Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin | Review

“Maybe men can learn a thing or two from women.”





Bound as one to love, honour, 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, Reed 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.


I have been looking forward to reading this book since it was released however I didn’t pick it up until I saw that it was 99p on Kindle. I couldn’t pass the opportunity of picking it up for so cheap.

Now I know I am in the minority saying this, but Serpent & Dove was just okay for me. It definitely didn’t live up to the hype and actually left me feeling quite let down. I had such high hopes for this book, they continued at the start when I really enjoyed it. However all my hopes and dreams that I had came crashing down around 50% in when the romance began. I just wasn’t feeling it, it was subtle in the slightest. It is one of those YA romances that feels forced and is so in your face that you just cant ignore it. There is one scene that really sealed the deal for me, I cringed throughout it all and honestly felt like I wanted to put it down after this. I persisted because I had built up an interest in the world and plot for the first 50% had this of come earlier on in the book I would not have finished it.

Whilst I felt that the world building did lack and the explanations of magic systems also lacked, I did enjoy it and I quite liked the idea of the book and the story line. I feel like not a lot was built upon apart from the characters which were the main focus. I feel like the author completely forgot about the magic system, forgot to explain what was going on and assumed that because we knew they were witches we would automatically understand the magic system. The idea of witches being involved, excited me and this could have been so much more but it was only brushed over.

The characters made this book for me. Up until 50% of the book I absolutely loved Lou, she is such a hilarious and sassy character. She doesn’t take any shit from anybody and I really loved her for that. I liked Reid, I liked to see him not be afraid of what people thought and stick to his morals. Ansel is definitely an underrated character I really liked him and would have liked to have had more about him and his background. I just feel like after the romance aspect came into play everything fell flat.

I feel like there were 490 pages leading up to the finale, and then 20 pages of the battle which ended abruptly and quickly. This definitely could have been expanded on as I felt like it lacked a lot and had it have been longer and more detailed it would have added to my enjoyment.

I would say that this is a decent debut novel and by no means did I hate it, if I did I wouldn’t have carried on reading it. Would I pick up the sequel? Maybe if I can find it cheap again but I won’t rush to be reading it.

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