Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Dark and Exhilarating, Fantasy Story
If you follow me on bookstagram, (come follow me in this journey if you aren’t already! 😉 @thebookssmuggler ) you may have noticed the poll I posted on my stories a few days ago.
You guys wanted a review on this exciting book, and I know it was very expected because this past week, September 1st, Blood and Honey was released. Sequel to Serpent and Dove. Let’s get into the review 😉 .
Shelby Mahurin’s debut story, “Serpent and Dove” is an incredible fantasy story. It is full of everything I love from these genre: an intriguing storyline with a courageous and realized heroine, a deadly system of magic, and a fierce romance that keeps you reading.
“There are some things that can’t be changed with words. Some things have to be seen. They have to be felt.”
Set in historical France, or rather a fantasy realm that seems like historical France, but with witches and witch hunters starring, we follow the story of Lou le Blanc. A very important witch, heir to great power, that after having to flee her coven in order to save her life, is living on the streets of Cesarine as a common thief, forsaking all magic.
Of course, this is a dangerous place; witches like Lou are hunted, feared and burned. The war between witches and the Church is an ancient and never stopping one and she seems to be in the middle of this particular one in Cesarine.
We also meet Reid Diggory, a soldier sworn to the Church as a Chasseur/Witch Hunter. He has always lived his life by their one principle and following their strict rules regarding witches inminent death.
His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked situation forces them into an impossible union; holy matrimony. Trapped with a member of the Chasseurs and in the middle of her mission to escape the witches coven, Lou must make a choice that will define her survival; unable to ignore her growing feelings and powerless to change what she truly is.
“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
Shelby Mahurin’s writing style is beautiful and addictive. The descriptions, the character’s development through the book, the plot twists and surprises. It was an easy and entertaining read. It definitely kept me hooked since the first chapter 😀 .
One of the things that fascinated me the most were the unique characters she created; espcially Lou. I love when authors create interesting and not-perfect main characters, because it makes the story more relatable.
Lou is an amazing, brave and courageous woman who knows her worth, despite the fact of her being a witch with different principles from others like her. Lou’s backstory also impacted me a lot and made me understand her.
Reid and Lou’s relationship is also a good aspect from this book. Eventhough it was a marriage of convenience, their dynamic is so fun and entertaining, the never boring enemies-to-lovers trope 😉 . Not only that, but the fact of him being a witch hunter and not knowing he is swearing marriage to a witch, makes the plot much more fascinating.
We also get super fun interactions between the rest of the Chasseurs and Lou’s best friend, Cosette Monvoisin, who enters the castle undercover to protect her.
Here, dark and mysterious deeds begin to be untangled and secrets the Church has kept hidden, that make the situation much more dangerous; not only for the witches, but for the soldiers of the Church.
“Our lives reflect our hearts.”
If like me, you are a fan of Fantasy, then this is a must-pick for you! From the beautiful setting, to the unique personalities of each character and intriguing storyline, Serpent and Dove will meet your expectations.
Shelby Mahurin did an astounding job with her debut! You won’t regret checking this charming and exhilarating read.
Have you read Serpent and Dove? What are you thoughts on it? Or are you planning on reading it?
I can’t wait for book two. I’ll be getting it immediately!
Let me know your thoughts down below in the comments. Stay safe and have a beautiful weekend, dear book lovers! 😀
“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.”