Serpent and Dove by: Shelby Mahurin Review

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy 

Overall Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: 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.


It is no secret that 2019 has been the year I’ve struggled with young adult. All year I have been giving tons and tons of young adult books a try and I just cannot get into them. I was even worried that I had started “aging out” of the age range and even thinking about that possibility made me very sad. Serpent and Dove was a very big turning point for my reading this year. It’s been awhile since I read a fantasy book that hooked me from the jump and that I couldn’t put down. There was more than one late night whilst reading this brilliant novel. 

This book has a fantastic, steady plot that keeps you guessing. If you are a fan of will they, won’t they romances then this novel is your bread and butter. It is the best execution of this that I have seen in a long time. What really made this story for me was the characters. Our main character Lou is everything you want in a sassy, badass, thief. Reid was the standout for me though. He is the most broody goody two shoes “hero” and I loved every minute he was on the page. You start out with an expectation of who he is and will be, and he surprises you on every page. You truly get so attached to every character so early on. The side characters were fleshed out so well and I cannot wait to see where the author goes with the next book!

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