Wednesday 13 November 2019

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin - A Review

I would not have read this book if it wasn't for the read-along with #booktalkwithwifey that Aleksandra (@drawingandreading) and Chiara (@_ckarys) organize every month. 

As you would have seen from the title, I am talking about the book Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. It is a young adult fantasy debut novel and it is the first book in Serpent & Dove series. The next book is called Blood & Honey and it will be published on August 2020.

In the book we follow the story of Lou and Reid. 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.
Reid Diggory who is sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, 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.

Serpent & Dove is a book that I wasn't expecting to like based on its synopsis, but I loved it and became one of my favorites. 
The story, which has a great hate to love trope, is very good and the writing of it is beautiful and vivid. This is a not plot driven book but more of a character driven one. There is of course action but not so much, just what it is required. 
I loved Lou with her sassy and strong character and how her relationship with Reid evolved  throughout the book. Slowly but beautifully, as you would expect. 
The book has also an excellent world building and magic system.

August cannot come soon enough to read the next one. 

I highly recommend Serpent & Dove to everyone!!

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!


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