Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars
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 book was purchased by me and read by choice. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.
I don’t necessarily think this would classify as YA Fantasy; I feel like it has more of an NA or Adult Fantasy feel to it, mainly because it does have frequent explicit language and mature behavior within it.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I buddy read this with a friend via audio and from the second that Saskia Maarleveld opened her mouth, I fell in love. Not only was the writing style rich and captivating, the voice acting was intoxicating. I knew from the start that this book had a lot of hype, and I always go into hyped books with reservation, but I knew plenty of people who both read and listened and they LOVED it. Well, add me to the list of people who are utterly obsessed with Louise le Blanc!
This story focuses on a witch being in a forced marriage with a witch hunter. Lou, the witch, is a sassy, sarcastic, and true to herself woman, while Reid is a very “by the book” religious man, following the teachings of the Archbishop without question. This book utilizes history and it’s treatment of women as one of the plot points and I loved every second of Lou being the QUEEN that she is! Using Lou and her best friend CoCo to defy the norms and carve their own path was so refreshing! This is definitely a hate to love, slow burn trope; your Slytherin badass Lou and her Cinnamon Roll Hufflepuff Reid thrown together in an unthinkable situation. The voice acting between Saskia and Holter Graham was perfect for this novel and I am thankful they chose these amazing actors to bring them to life!
There are also many more themes such as religion and it’s power/influence on society, royalty, and reclaiming one’s own identity, but I won’t go into much detail because I don’t want to spoil it! The development of the story was such a joy to experience. There were times where I did feel like it was TOO fast paced and I had to go back and clarify a few things, but that was part of the allure in my opinion. This book was a wild ride, full of twists and turns! This book is unPUTDOWNable and I will be thinking about this story for many more days to come. ALL THE STARS to one of my favorite books of 2019!
This book is available NOW to purchase, though I do highly suggest the audio!
PS: If you’ve read Six of Crows you will be able to make a connection and really get the story that we deserved for those characters (LOL)
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