Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Published: 3rd September 2019
Rating: 5/5 stars
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin follows Louise le Blanc, a witch, who two years ago fled her coven and took refuge in the city of Cesarine, where she has forsaken her magic and lives off of whatever she can steal. In Cesarine, witches are feared, hunted and burned. She crosses paths with Reid Diggory, a Chassaur sworn to the Church, who has lived his life under one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. A wicked stunt forces them together into an impossible marriage and as feelings begin to develop, a choice must be made that will decide both their fates. For her enemies will bring a fate worse than fire.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin is an absolutely brilliant, magic-filled, swoon worthy read! I LOVED it so much ❤️ I could not put it down and flew through it! Serpent & Dove follows Louise Le Blanc, a witch, who has fled her coven and taken shelter in the city of Cesarine. This city is dangerous, especially for witches like Lou, who are burned at the stake by the Chasseurs, out of fear of their powers.
After a successful robbery of the wealthy Monsieur Tremblay’s estate, Lou is able to retrieve the much sought after, Angelica’s ring. However, she is nearly caught trying to flee the scene by the Chasseurs, a group of elite witch hunters sworn to protect the King. Among them is Captain Reid Diggory, a handsome, well-seasoned fighter, who is determined to kill every witch in France.
When Reid and Lou’s paths cross again at the theater, where Lou has made her home in the rafters, an intense fight breaks out between them which has them tumbling onto the stage in front of a very large crowd including the archbishop. When people begin to talk, the archbishop comes up with a plan to settle the brewing rumors. Marriage.
While they had a very rocky start, Reid and Lou begin to get to know each other and eventually fall in love. All the while, Lou is hiding who and what she really is from him. When he discovers that she is in fact a witch, he struggles to deal with his feelings for her and his duty as a Chasseur.
Lou’s mother, the infamous Morgane le Blanc and queen of the witches, returns for her to complete a ceremony that will strengthen the witches’ power and allow them to take back to city, but will kill Lou in the process. Reid and Coco, Lou’s best friend, make their way to Chateau le Blanc to save her. After a bloody, heart-stopping fight they manage to save Lou and escape the Chateau. However the fight isn’t over yet, not even close.
Serpent & Dove included my all time favourite trope: enemies to lovers and is one my favourite reads of 2019. The story is full of secrets, magic, love and characters with hidden identities. Lou is definitely my favourite character by far. She is so passionate and fierce and doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do, not even Reid 😂💪 Book two, Blood & Honey, will be released September 17th 2020! I cannot wait for it! And can we all just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the cover is ❤️
Hope you all enjoyed my review! Have you read Serpent & Dove yet? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments 😀 Bye guys, happy reading! x