Review: Serpent and Dove (Serpent and Dove #1)

Title: Serpent and Dove (Serpent and Dove #1)
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I’ve heard so much about this book, and I was so excited to finally read it! It definitely lived up to the hype.

This story had two different narratives, Lou and Reid. At first, I didn’t know why it had both narratives, since Lou’s narrative was more frequent. By the end of the story it made sense, because one character could tell the story if the other wasn’t able to give their perspective. It also gave both sides of the argument of the witches versus the witch hunters.

I loved the battle between the witches and the Chasseurs, the witch hunters. The storyline that brought Lou and Reid together was kind of silly at first. It was a little extreme to make them marry after being caught in a compromising position. However, they represented larger parts of the long battle between witches and witch hunters. It all came together beautifully at the end.

I loved the cliffhangers at the end of the book! I don’t know how I’m going to wait to find out what happens next!

What to read next:

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies #1) by Megan Shepherd

Have you read Serpent and Dove? What did you think of it?

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