Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
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.
I loved this book!!! I’m so glad that I finally read it because I absolutely adored it. I knew that I was going to enjoy it but I didn’t realize just how much I was going to love it.
The characters in this book are some of my favorites. From main characters to side characters, I loved them all. Lou is one of our main characters and I adored her. She’s such a strong character who goes through so much throughout the book. Her struggles and growth was so interesting to read about.
Reid is our other main character. We stan a grumpy king. It was interesting to read about a character who was so dedicated to their faith but ended up being so open minded. He’s such a lovable character that I don’t think we see enough of in Young Adult books.
Mahurin’s writing is beautiful. It didn’t read as a debut book. I loved her world building and her dialogue was so fun and witty, especially Lou’s lines. I also really enjoyed the dual POVs. I normally don’t like them but I think Mahurin did a good job of using them to show off Lou and Reid’s different beliefs.
The beginning of the book is a little slow but after those initial chapters I was hooked and I stayed hooked up until the very end. There were some absolutely heart wrenching scenes and I just wanted everyone to be okay. There were also some twists that I didn’t see coming. I think the way Mahurin portrayed Reid’s faith and his dedication was so interesting and was also done really well. I loved reading about it and how it affected his relationship with Lou. I liked reading about it especially as someone who’s in a relationship with someone that is more religious than me.
This book has definitely become one of my new favorite reads of this year, also maybe one of my favorite books ever. I can’t wait for the next book. I need to know that everyone will be okay. Also I really like this is just going to be a duology. I just finished the book last week and I already want to reread it. If you’re on the fence about reading this definitely give it a chance. You likely won’t regret it!