Title: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1)
Author: Shelby Mahurin
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Type: Series – Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Witch World, Magic
Primary Characters: Reid Diggory, Louise, Coco, Ansel, Beau
Narration: Dual POV
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I started. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Setting was so very different than what I initially thought. The European French setting is amazing. It’s like fantasy world set in France where people speak French words, but it’s not exactly France-France. It’s got a medieval vibe and it sort of resembled a several mixed culture.
Plot starts exactly as stated in blurb. Lou has fled her coven and deserted her magic. Very few are aware that she is a witch. Reid is sworn to church and is Chasseur. He has lived his entire life hunting for witches. An unexpected event will bind them in holy matrimony – marriage.
Banter was the best part of the book. It made me laugh out loud at several instances. Some parts are very hilarious, yet book balances with equal amount of depth, action, relationship development and character growth. Best hilarious moments were with – “Big Titty Liddy” song and the situations in which it is sung always made me laugh out loud.
Lou and Reid’s love/hate relationship is awesome. It was alluring to see them fall in love with one another along with understanding each other’s nature vs fighting the principles of their nurture. Questioning everything they learnt from childhood and seeing a different part of truth is a beautiful part of the story. It highlights Nature Vs Nurture beautifully. There were some twists that took me by surprise and some that I guessed but it didn’t ruin the experience for me at all.
Loved the stoic, serious, shy and prude nature of Reid. Bold, sassy, foul-mouthed and daring Lou is stellar. Coco as a best friend is perfect. Ansel & Beau were topping on the cake. I’m still skeptical about Jean Luc, lets see how he turns out. Madame Labelle turned out different.
The action was lively and very well structured. It does have some gore of hunting witches and burning them, yet its an astounding read. Plot does have a depth. Its well written, fast paced with adorable characters. Book has a potential to explore variety of magic system. A type of magic is from nature and asks balance and other magic system where its coming from within. There were instances where the era/dystopian world didn’t resonate well, but apart from that it’s a good.
Overall, it’s a captivating YA fantasy read. If you’re a lover of fantasy books action and vivid imagination, go ahead and pick this up. You even have a enemies-to-lovers backdrop romance as an additional topping. I am intrigued enough to see what happens next in Lou and Reid’s World.
Blurb as per Amazon
Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy trilogy, this tale of witchcraft and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Sara Holland.
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.