Serpent & Dove

Serpent & Dove

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062878021
0062878026
Branch Call Number: YAF MAHURIN, SHELBY
Characteristics: 519 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Serpent and dove

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NEW FAVE ALERT. 🖤

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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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!

JCLEmmaF Sep 06, 2019

Just about perfect.

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