Serpent & Dove

Serpent & Dove

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"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."-- jacket
Two years ago Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Then a wicked stunt forces the two into holy matrimony. Lou is 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. -- Adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2019
ISBN: 9780062878021
Characteristics: 519 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Serpent and dove


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WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

I really enjoyed this!! Interesting concept and loved the world of magic that the author creates. While it was fairly predictable it was still entertaining and engaging enough that I didn’t want to put it down.

The main relationship did feel a bit rushed to be honest. I would have been happy with an extra 50 pages or so to draw it out a little more, but I loved the set up, the intro to new characters and I’m definitely excited to see where the story takes us!

Feb 21, 2021

Very nice but a bit messy. A little more editing might’ve done the trick.

LoganLib_Sheridan Feb 18, 2021

This is definitely a book for Sarah J Maas fans. It's also an actual enemies to lovers. When a witch a witch hunter are forced together they can't help but learn about each other and begin to see the humanity in the other.

I love the use of magic in this book as magic requires sacrifice and there are different kinds of magic. Lou is a Dame Blanche who sees connections and patterns and is able to manipulate those patterns to create magic. Coco is a Dame Rouge and uses blood magic, mixing her blood and other blood to create magic.

I think this has a bit of older feminism in it as the book has very traditionalist conservative witch hunters who view women as being of the domestic sphere and not for public life. Lou contradicts this by being as masculine as possible as opposed to being both feminine and powerful. This is not the worst example of feminism though and there are representations of different women with their own power.

I do like how open Reed is. He finds himself stuck with an unwanted bride but he still does all he can to protect and care for her, makes sure shes happy, even if he thinks she's crazy. He has some backwards ideas but Lou sets him right and he goes along with it.

The ending of this book is chock full of twists. Some are obvious and foreshadowed, others are not so obvious. It makes for a VERY climactic ending. Fortunately the book is not left on a major cliffhanger.

Dec 17, 2020

This is so poorly written. I tried getting through a few chapters and got bored. Maybe the aim to make the women seem emancipated and strong but they were just.. incompetent and irksome. Meh. It might have improved with more reading but .. not inclined. Even though I was encouraged by the anti-fanatical/religious stance.

InnisfilTeenReads Sep 22, 2020

Serpents and Dove is a tale about a young girl named Lou who is on the run and trying to cut ties with her witch ancestry. She must hide her identity as a witch in a city called Cesarine as witches are hunted and burned there by the church's chasseurs. Yet, Lou finds herself bound by marriage with a chasseur named Reid after a chaotic event and must adjust accordingly in her newest predicament! I absolutely loved this book and can not wait to read the next book in the series! Lou’s character is by far my favorite, the author did such a great job bringing to life an intelligent and brave female hero. Furthermore, Ried’s character growth throughout this one book was very well written, and I absolutely loved the character he grew to be! The relationship between Lou and Reid is another reason why I ranked this book so high as I absolutely love enemies to lovers romances and Shelby Mahurin executed it so well. There was the perfect amount of bickering between the two characters as well as vulnerable moments which helped them learn to understand and love eachother better! The magic system in this book was also very interesting to learn about and there were many twists and changes of events towards the end that left me quite shocked as I never would have expected them. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading two perspectives in a book, enemies to lovers romances, intense adventure scenes and unexpected endings in books! Overall, I thought the plot was very well written and progressed quite nicely and the main characters were so likeable! - Marwa

Sep 10, 2020

This book was really just awful and weirdly hyped?? Like neither of the characters are very interesting and there's no interesting sub plot for the most part, it really is just a poorly done love story. I love enemies to lovers tropes but this just wasn't it. All that and then the author tosses in a sex scene? No thank you

Aug 28, 2020

Such a good book! It made me laugh a lot. Such a cute,sweet,and funny love/hate story.


Lou is a witch, a Dame Blanche in hiding who steals and lies in order to survive since fleeing her old life. Reid is a Chasseur, a witch hunter with the fire of religion burning beneath him, spurring him forward to kill as many witches as possible in the name of God and his Archbishop. When the two are forced together into a marriage of "convenience" (for neither of them), they will be forced to confront their beliefs and find a way to make a life together, or betray each other in the worst way possible - or, maybe, to fall in love, irrevocably and completely?

This has literally every. Single. Thing. I love in YA/NA fantasy. Kickass girls, tough boys with hearts of gold, character growth, some spicy sex scenes, a fully fleshed-out world, and a story that completely draws you in and doesn't let you go. I was up way too late finishing this because I quite literally could not put it down.

First off, the characters here are so wonderfully round and complex. Lou's backstory is revealed in pieces, and I was immediately hooked on her and needed to know who she was from page one. She is tough, sarcastic, and brutal, with a wicked sense of humour and this drive to survive that is fully unparalleled. Reid, on the other hand, grows up in the Archbishop's care, and he is so adamant in his beliefs at the beginning of the story. He is doing God's work, and that's the end of the story for him. But his growth, and Lou's in return, as they get to know each other and develop together is absolutely wonderful and kept me fully engrossed.

The world of Serpent and Dove is so vivid and real. There is magic, of course, and the two types of witches that we learn about are the Dame Blanches and the Dames Rouges - essentially natural witches and blood witches. It feels like 18th-19th century France, with the French influences leaping off the page, but something I absolutely adored about this was the hint-dropping at the larger magical world. There is a mention of werewolves, loup garous, at one point, and it's very clear that these witches are only the tip of the iceberg. That potential made everything feel so fresh and interesting, and I can't wait to find out more about what else exists here.

Finally, the story here was as engaging as I knew it would be. Forced marriage that involves a hate-to-love, forbidden romance? YES PLEASE. But also, the way that Shelby has masterfully woven that romance into the bigger picture of Lou's past catching up to her was masterful, and by the end, the revelations start flying hard and fast, and somehow, it surprised me.

I absolutely adore it when an author can surprise me.

So, yes. This is officially going on my favourites list. It has witches, romance, dark magic, and wonderful characters, and I'm going to be thinking about it for a long time.

Apr 27, 2020

This book has helped me get through the stress of quarantine. I absolutely adored this narrative and am extremely excited for the next. I enjoyed the plot points between the witches and the Chasseur and found myself at the edge of my seat while reading. Also, the characters were enjoyable, and I found myself relating to them in some odd way. The relationship between Lou and Reid was my favorite. The chemistry between the two of them was fun to read. The plot was relatively easy to catch up with and I found this novel to be an easy but enjoyable read. Although witches are common in fantasy, I found this novel to be unique. I am very excited to see what happens next in this series. Rating – 5/5.
@Average_Bookworm of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLJuliaV Mar 30, 2020

In a world where powerful witches threaten the peace and the Church employs tailor made soldiers to snuff them all out, Lou must find a way to hide from both sides. And what better place than in plain sight?
When a botched attempt to steal a protective trinket throws her into the clutches of the Church's witch-hunters, the Chasseurs, Lou has to use all her wit and as little of her magic to keep her identity hidden. Unfortunately her tactics get her shackled to Reid, the most devoted Chasseur in the city. Fans of witty banter and snarky comebacks will love the relationship these two build between themselves. As events unfold, witch and witch hunter have to learn to rely on each other to survive the rising turmoil within the city.
This is an epic story about learning tolerance and how understanding the other side is better than zealously denouncing it. Not to mention how the universal power of humor and sarcasm can really bring people together!

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Every aspect of Reid was precise, certain, every color in its proper place. Undiluted by indecision, he saw the world in black and white, suffering none of the messy, charcoal colors in between. The colors of ash and smoke. Of fear and doubt.

The colors of me.


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