Serpent and Dove- Book Review

Title:- Serpent and Dove

Author;- Shelby Mahurin

Date published;- September 3rd 2019

No. of pages:- 513 pages

Genre:- YA/ Fantasy


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

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 am NOT a fantasy genre fan but one of the new year resolution this year was to read at least fantasy novel. The only fantasy novel I liked was Harry Potter and I didnt really understand what the fuss was about reading fantasy novels. Now I got this book and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

Enter Lou and Reid. Lou is a witch and Reid is a witch hunter. An unfortunate circumstance between the two forced Lou to marry Reid even though Reid has no idea that Lou is a witch. And then follows the story where witches are vowed to destroy the world with the Chausseurs committed to kill the witches and a forbidden love story between Lou and Reid `

I must say, I couldn’t literally put the book down! It was really good! The story is told with Lou’s and Reid’s POV and there were some funny parts, the banter between Lou and Reid and eventual romance between the two. I also like the other characters like Coco (really liked her character) and Ansel and the ending felt like I was watching an interesting action movie! And, having read this book, I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

If you are looking for a good fantasy novel to read, I strongly recommend starting this series–overall worth five stars!

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and obsesses over her Twitter feed. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband, semi-feral toddlers, two dogs, and one cat.

Shelby’s favorite books include A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and, of course, Harry Potter.

Her debut novel, SERPENT & DOVE, will release from Harper Teen in Fall 2019, with a sequel to come the following year. She is represented by Sarah Landis of Sterling Lord Literistic.

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