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Serpent & Dove

de Shelby Mahurin

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"A brilliant debut, full of everything I love: a sparkling and fully realized heroine, an intricate and deadly system of magic, and a searing romance that kept me reading long into the night. Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book." --Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses series Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy duology, 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. Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, book one of this stunning fantasy duology will leave readers burning for more.… (més)
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I am always a sucker for enemies to lovers and supernatural elements like witches and magic, so it's no wonder I read this book in less than 24 hours. This was an excellent slow burn romance to boot, with a spicy scene that left me satisfied. But as I closed the book, some part of me felt unfulfilled. Maybe it's "first book in a series" syndrome, or something else, but I still can't place where exactly the issue was and it prevents me from giving all five stars.

This book started off very strong, I loved the setting, the complex magic system, the different TYPES of magic, and the dangers of having magic in this world. I thought Lou was a very fun character, a good leading lady, but we didn't really get to delve into her actual backstory until the very end of the book. I found myself wanting more, instead of the rushed explanation of parentage we got at the end. (Maybe this is resolved in the second book, so I will hold my judgment until I've finished the series. You can't give everything away in the first book. haha)

I loved the rest of the cast of characters (especially Coco and Ansel) and I loved the usage of the historical names of famous witches as titles.

I think my issue is how quickly Reid changed his mind about witches after finding out Lou was a witch. He had no real time to process and he didn't slowly change his mind about witches over time like Ansel did. We established that Reid was so set in his ways and beliefs throughout the whole book, that him changing his mind for love after ONE two-three page conversation with Ansel was sort of unbelievable. I just think it needed a bit more fleshing out or a slow conversion (mid-way through the book start calling witches "she" instead of "it" but don't really point it out to him until the climax of the action?) to make it more believable.

THEN to top it all off he finds out that every female he knew was a witch, one was his mother, he's technically a prince, AND he's the first male witch? He has ZERO time to process this and just seems to begrudgingly accept it. I felt bad for Reid, because his character seemed more like a plot device compared to everyone else. But I'm hoping the second book will help fix this.

Regardless of this issue, I still really enjoyed the book. If you're a fan of ACOTAR or Kingdom of the Wicked (with a touch of The Year of the Witching), this book is something you'll also enjoy. ( )
  ktreads22 | Jul 13, 2022 |
meh. this is definitely a teen book that is best for actual teens - if i'd read it about 13-15 i'm sure i would have liked it much better. It was too boring and full of things i've seen too many times being telegraphed way too heavily at this point. if it wasn't for a club read i wouldn't have bothered finishing it. ( )
  Malaraa | Apr 26, 2022 |
FULL REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4260260682?book_show_action=false&from...


THIS WAS SOOOOOO GOOD,
THE ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE WAS DONE AMAZINGLY!
I love Lou, hilarious, Ansel is such a cinnamon roll!

I love how Lou is in control, she does what she wants in the relationship and doesn't go overboard like some other authors do in their books. Lou refuses to become a submissive wife and is not forced to do anything that she doesn't want to.

( )
  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
At time of writing this, I have read this twice now, both in 2021 and now that I have read all 3 of the books, I have to say this one is the best, 5 stars. I believe it is set in France and for a debut novel, I actually found this really good. I'd had it on my shelf for a month or two before deciding to just finally read it and oh boy was it worth it. It starts off with a robbery attempt and we're already getting an idea of the main character Lou is a witch in hiding from her Mother. The other main character is Reid, a devout religious man of the chasseurs which is a group formed by the Archbishop that kills or hunts Witches. So of course, eventually, Lou and Reid cross paths and she ultimately frames him for assault. The Archbishop really likes Reid and he knows if he puts Lou in prison, the chasseurs reputation will be ruined. Instead, he forces them to marry. And thats when enemies to lovers kicks in but in this book, you're really unsure about what may happen.



I love how Lou is in control, she does what she wants in the relationship and doesn't go overboard like some other authors do in their books. Lou refuses to become a submissive wife and is not forced to do anything that she doesn't want to. Eventually we meet Ansel Diggory, a young chasseur and who Lou taunts by singing indecent pub songs and annoying him with her humming. We see how innocent and sheltered he is because he was so shocked that pub songs were indecent and even more shocked a woman has been to a pub.

I thought Lou wasn't too caring about others until the scene at the stake, that really shows her in a new light. I also loved how there were different types of witches, I even took a quiz on Epic Reads to see which one I am and I am a Dame Blanche!

Mahurin really wrote these characters well, even Coco who wasn't a major character really. The characters really felt real and I laughed because of Lou and smiled because of Ansel. I love how Lou drives Reid mad and how serious he is.

This book is proof that boys can be shy and prude and girls can be loud and bold. I feel like there is not a lot of books that show boys being shy and prude.

The writing is good, the enemies to lovers trope was done good and the characters were good.

5/5 stars ( )
  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
I love fantasy and I love the idea of witches. But I didn’t like this book.

I had plenty of gripes however I’ll only mention a few. Why is it that every story HAS to be a duo-logy or trilogy? The author easily could’ve wrapped up this story in one book if the pacing had been better. Instead, she made the bizarre decision to withhold any backstory FOR ANYTHING AT ALL until the very end of the novel, filling the rest with...nonsense.

Also, what is the setting and tone for this book? It seems to be lending that it is set in 15th or 16th century France but the main character, Lou, doesn’t appear to behave reasonably as if she’s actually apart of this setting, which is jarring to the reader. Another thing that confuses me personally, is the decision to make the religion of the book Catholicism but also introduce all of the magic. Which brings my question, is this set in 16th century France or some sort of fictional place? And if it’s set in a fictional setting then why didn’t the author take more steps to build her world in that way? It kind of appears lazy and ill thought out and I didn’t like it. ( )
  akkasai | Feb 26, 2022 |
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"A brilliant debut, full of everything I love: a sparkling and fully realized heroine, an intricate and deadly system of magic, and a searing romance that kept me reading long into the night. Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book." --Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses series Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy duology, 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. Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, book one of this stunning fantasy duology will leave readers burning for more.

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