Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Author: Shelby Mahurin

Book Series: Serpent and Dove Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, TW for cutting, language, gore, romance, and a sex scene)

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 519

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Synopsis: 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.

Review: Overall, I thought this book was great. The plot was intriguing, the magic system was amazingly well done, and the world building was magnificient.

However, I had issues with this book. While I thought it was amazing, the opening takes forever to get into. The book doesn’t explain anything at first, it just jumps into the narrative, and while this isn’t a bad thing, it means that your audience is confused and frustrated. The book also has a problem where it relies on the blurb to tell you a bit of the back story, especially for the beginning bits. I don’t like that a book can’t stand without it’s blurb, it shouldn’t be needed in telling the story.

Verdict: It was great, but confusing.