Title: Serpent and Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Audience: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Bound as one to love, honour, 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 forgot how much I loved Serpent and Dove, especially as it was one of the first fantasy romance books I read. My favourite part has to be the relationship between Lou and Reid, I can’t wait to see how it is going to develop.
The characters in Serpent and Dove are what makes the book stand out for me. I love them and their interactions with each other, and I think that it really pulls the whole book together. Lou is still one of my favourite protagonists, I love the journey that she goes on throughout the book and can’t wait to see how she will continue to grow. When it comes to Reid, the other protagonist, I didn’t feel as much connection to him initially, but as the book continued, I began to get more of a feel for his personality.
When it comes to the romance in Serpent and Dove, I found that it got better the further into the book that I got. In the beginning, it doesn’t seem like it is going to work out, and it feels like it is going to be very one dimensional. However, as the book progresses, the romance comes into its own and starts to make me believe. I will say that the banter between Lou and Reid is what keeps it alive for me, and I hope that it will carry on throughout the series. Their relationship did also make me very emotional towards the end of the book, which surprised me as I don’t usually get emotional at romantically based events.
Serpent and Dove has some really good worldbuilding, meaning you are immersed in the story very quickly. The setting is a mix between a made up town and historical France, which was a slightly strange dynamic and took a little bit of time to get used to. When it comes to the magic system in Serpent and Dove, it is well explained but also leaves some bits up to the reader’s imagination. I like this dynamic, but I can see how it may annoy some other readers. At the very end, we are also started to be introduced to a different form of magic, and I am interested in how they will differ from each other.
I am looking forward to picking up the next book in the series, Blood and Honey, but I have heard quite a few negative things which does scare me a little bit. Fingers crossed I love it as much as I did Serpent and Dove.