Book Review || Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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.

  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
  • Pages: 513
  • Edition: HarperTeen, Hardcover (September 2019)

[Published September 2019 | Source: Goodreads]

Where do I even begin? How do I express my love for this masterpiece?! Serpent and Dove was such an addicting read and I flew through it like a witch on a broomstick.

Set in a time and place where witches are being hunted and burned at the stake, this world built by Shelby Mahurin is archaic—filled with traditions and beliefs that would gather sneers and criticism nowadays. Patriarchy is heavily emphasized and sexism is very evident. However, such topics didn’t throw me off as our heroine is not one for traditions.

Here we witness how the twist of fate bound a runaway witch and a witch hunter in holy matrimony. Marriage of convenience. A traditional, uptight chasseur and a crass and feisty witch? what could go wrong?

The book was eloquently penned. I was easily absorbed into this world filled with magic and sticky buns. Reading was smooth and straightforward but still has the depth that I was looking for.

Throughout the story, we follow the POVs of Lou and Reid. A perfect way to distinguish how opposite the two characters were when it comes to their faith and principles.

Enemies to lovers/opposites attract trope is usually a double-edged sword for me. When done badly, it can be cringey, especially when the main characters fight just for the sake of fighting (when they’re bickering about the most useless, senseless, worthless things). But when it’s done perfectly, we get Serpent and Dove. Yes. I said that.

The plot was page-turning. If I wasn’t the biggest spoiler of myself, some of the twists would have left me bewildered. But no, while I was reading this book I was lurking around fandom sites and unfortunately, stepped on several land mines.

Character-wise, I have nothing but praises. I love Lou so much! She is the best female lead I could ever ask for. She is bold, fierce and overflowing with wit. Every scene with her is never not funny, and that’s a lot of scenes so… we’ve all been blessed.

She is loyal and kind, but she can be fierce and ruthless if she has to (especially when it comes to protecting her loved ones).

Reid complements her very well. Reid, despite being a chasseur who hunts witches, still has the biggest heart. He treated Lou fairly despite her being a “thief” for a wife.

The secondary characters are also very lovable. You can’t just help but root for them, especially Coco and Ansel. They are such loyal friends and really helped to drive the story as well.

This is one of my favorite books to date. Such a strong debut. I rarely re-read books but I will surely be reading this again before the sequel comes out!

I was no one’s sacrifice. Not then. Not now. Not ever.”

― Lou, Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

5 / 5

16 thoughts on “Book Review || Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin”

    1. Thank you so much! And yes, I’ve seen some mixed reviews too, especially from booktubers and bloggers that I love. No hard feelings though, I know everyone has different preferences, I’m just glad I found a book that I loved so much. ^_^ And thank you for nominating me, I’ll look into it! ♥

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    1. I’m so excited for the B&H cover reveal! I’ve seen quite a few unpopular opinions about this book and I understand that it’s not for everyone, so it really makes me happy when other readers love this book as well. ♥

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