Serpent & Dove
By: Shelby Mahurin
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 513
Synopsis: Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
This Review will be spoiler free.
Happy Blogmas day 15 everyone, it’s time for another review! I was so happy this week to get some time to actually just sit down and read for hours, it was amazing! I haven’t been able to do that in months, I forgot how nice it can be. This book also made it easy to just tune out the world for a bit and get sucked into a story. I was hesitantly excited for this book, as I had seen a lot of hype for it online before hand. of course hype is not always the marker of a good book so I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I should not have been worried, this book really delivered everything that it promised!
The plot was simple at first glance, but had some amazing twists and turns that took me by surprise, and definitely set the stage for a wonderful trilogy (which I assume it will be as the second book is already slotted for release next year). The world building was seamlessly fitted into the story, woven in so that you barely even noticed it was happening. That is the biggest part of any fantasy novel, and it can make or break the story, luckily here it was expertly done!
I fell in love with Reid and Lou, individually they were really interesting characters, and together their opposites attract dynamic (though full of tropes and cliches) was delightful and always fun. I really loved Lou’s wit and her sharp tongue. It is rare that the “tough girl” protagonist actually ends up as advertised, usually they are revealed to be soft and sweet underneath. i loved that Lou never lost her spunk, it was who she is and it made her a dynamic character.
Don’t count this book out because of its hype or the seemingly trope filled nature of its story. This book made me laugh and smile while also breaking my heart. It was a fast-paced story with deeper elements than you see at first glance. The romance was sweet and slow-burning but incredibly satisfying, and I for one will be counting down the days until book 2 comes out!
Have yo bread this book? le the know in the comments! What are some tropes you love to see in books?