Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin Book Review

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

Serpent & Dove

by Shelby Mahurin

Published by HarperTeen

Book 1 in the Serpent & Dove Series

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.


Violence Upper Young Adult Exciting

Steamy Scenes Supernatural


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin is the first book in her Serpent & Dove series, and follows two characters: Lou (Louise), a witch hiding from her coven in the city of Cesarine, where witchcraft is outlawed, and if caught, witches are burned, and Reid, sworn to the church, a witch hunter. When Lou and Reid are brought together by a misleading looking accident, both of their worlds change forever.

If you are wondering why I am posting this in the weeks I am dedicating to Christmas Stories, well, this book just happens to be around that time of year.

No joke, when I first read the synopsis of Serpent & Dove, I wasn't interested. Despite it being constantly recommended in fantasy book groups, and a suggested read on goodreads and kindle, I was still hesitating. But then two things happened: I started listening to Two Book Bitches, and damn it, they go and do a podcast on this book, and because I loath spoilers, and I love their podcast and wanted to listen to it, I was leaning towards it. Second, I was watching a favorite author of mine, Sarah J Maas, do a instagram live event with the author of this series, and SJM was literally gushing over Reid and Lou ... well I just HAD to read it.

I. Have. No. Regrets.

I loved this book! I loved that the setting is in a fictional world, yet is heavily inspired by the real world. There is Christianity. Wom