Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Book Synopsis

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.

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*Non Spoiler Review*

I had seen this book popping up so much on booktok, booktube and bookblogs. The first thing I will tell you before I jump into this review is I usually avoid trendy books – well until the hype dies down a bit. To be honest, I have no reasonable explanation as to why I do it, I just do haha.

My first impression was I like the main characters Lou and Red. Lou is a strong willed, slightly paranoid witch who is on the run. Reid is a Chasseur a witch hunter who follows the Church’s rule to the letter. But an incident happens where the Royal family is set upon and Reid faces an unexpected situation.

Mahurin sets the tone of the book quite quickly, you learn quickly there are two sides to the coin. The Chasseurs view and the Witches view. I am usually not a fan of switch characters viewpoint every few chapters, but this did end up working for me.

While the theme of this book is quite common, I really enjoyed the enemies to lovers trope. The supporting characters add extra flavour to the world and you get enough background on them to become attached. There are some intense battle scenes, comedic moments and slow burn that doesn’t leave you dissatisfied.

Overall, if you love a fantasy novel with a small amount of spice and a big amount of story, then this might be the book for you.

I am glad this was a popular book.

Spice Rating: 3/6 – See my rating system here

Book Rating: 5/5

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