Review: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

Set in a fictional world where witches were being hunted by the Church and their way of witchcraft involved golden threads, memories, and blood. They were all considered evil and the Chasseurs who pursued them would not bother letting them live. Lou and her friend Coco hid their true powers in order to live a normal life with people. By an ironic twist of fate, Lou found herself entangled with the witch hunter she needed to stay away from. Lou and Reid somehow ended up getting married and just when you thought their world would turn upside down, another mind-blowing twist endangered their very own existence.

There were some unfavorable reviews I’ve seen on discussion boards, but I personally enjoyed it! When I first read this story a year ago, I thought it was rushed, or maybe I rushed reading it. Last month, I picked this book again and I allowed myself to take more time reading it. So I exclusively read Serpent and Dove without any other books on the side (if you know me, I always keep another book handy whenever I go).

Anyway, I can’t explain it, but the more pages I delved into, the more excited I felt for all the characters, especially Reid’s. Sure, at first, Reid kinda annoyed me, but I really grew to like him as I spent more time reading. And Lou, she’s something else. She cracked me up with her impulsiveness and “marriage of convenience” issues, yet at the same time, her life and journey made my heart sigh in sorrow. The other characters, Coco and Ansel, were a delightful combo. Madame Labelle surprised me but I think Morgane was the one that intrigued me most.

Serpent and Dove is a good read, Shelby Mahurin is an awesome storyteller, and thought the book was well written. I actually had a book hangover after reading it. Although I admit, there’s still a lot more to traverse like world-building and the magic system in the story, I can’t wait to see how the characters would fare. So I am reading Blood and Honey really soon.



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