Review // Serpent & Dove

Binge-worthy, addictive, and romantic, Shelby Mahurin’s debut, Serpent & Dove is worth the hype.


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.


It’s the best feeling in the world when you read a book that, upon finishing, leaves you breathless and desperate for more. Serpent & Dove is that kind of book. ⁣

Full disclosure: I’m not big into fantasy right now. I loved fantasy when I was younger, but it’s been a while since I’ve felt gripped by a series. Still, Serpent & Dove was fabulous and pulled me in from the start. You don’t even have to be a fan of fantasy, I think this book is universally enjoyable.

This book has it all. It’s an amazing slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers, marriage-of-convenience romance. It’s a compellingly written and un-put-downable fantasy. It’s also witty and laugh-out-loud funny.⁣

I am forever indebted to Mahurin for giving us this amazing story and amazing cast of characters. More than anything, though, I am forever indebted to Mahurin for giving us Big Titty Liddy. ⁣

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ / 5
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