Friday, 15 November 2019

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.

My Review:

Serpent and Dove was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and it definitely lived up to the hype. It has enemies to lovers, witchcraft and magic, girls supporting girls, loyal friendships, a badass heroine and positive character growth. There were snarky comments, sass, rude humour and a saucy sex scene that I’d recommend for mature readers.

Lou and Reed were wonderful central characters and I enjoyed the split narrative and delving into Reed’s mind. It was easier to understand his views on why he disliked witchcraft so much etc. The character arcs were believable and realistic; the journey that they all went on changed them for the better.

I loved the humour in Serpent & Dove; the Big Tiddy Liddy song was funny! I liked how the dynamic was different with Lou being more dominant than Reed when it’s usually the other way around.
I would recommend this book to fans of magic, romance, forbidden romance and forced marriage.

5 out of 5 stars

[ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!]

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