The Book: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
The Rating: 5🌟
“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay.”
What a book.
What a DEBUT!!
Serpent and Dove is officially one of my favourite reads of 2019. It’s magical, mysterious and kept me completely enraptured from the first page right until the very end.
I’ve been hearing so much about this book over the last 6 months or so, and I was insanely curious about it. So imagine how delighted I was to receive a copy of Serpent & Dove as the September FairyLoot book of the month!
Set in a world where witches are persecuted by the church in a battle that has been raging for centuries, Shelby Mahurin weaves magic with forbidden romance and political intrigue, creating a world that feels both real and fantastical at the same time.
Our heroine is Lou, a witch in hiding, who has run away from a shadowy past that still haunts her. She and her friend Coco are searching for a way to keep Lou hidden from those who wish her harm, as Lou harbours a dark secret that could lead to serious consequences for her world and those around her.
After a chance (and very dramatic encounter) Lou ends up in a rather sticky situation – married to a Chasseur. The Chasseurs are an order of soldiers sworn to the church whose sole mission is to ensure that all witches – witches like Lou – burn. Do you see the potential problem?
Reid Diggory is not just a Chasseur, he is a Captain and the favourite of the Archbishop. He is stubborn as an ox, loyal to a fault and absolutely dreamy… when he’s not being stubborn!
Lou and Reid can’t stand each other to begin with, and sparks fly between them as Lou tries to hide who she is and Reid tries to discover her secrets. If you love the enemies to lovers trope (which I absolutely do) then you’ll love this book, as Shelby writes it so, so well!
The world she has created is rich and diverse, and she’s obviously put a lot of thought into the history and back story. You can feel the depth of the world she’s written as you’re reading, which I absolutely loved. Shelby has drawn a lot of inspiration from France and its history, which you really get a feel for in the story. However it’s not overpowering in any way, and the world she’s created feels different and unique from other fantasy worlds.
The end of this book was absolutely superb, and I cannot wait for the sequel! I’m just sad we have to wait so long for it… I honestly want to read it right now!
All in all, this was a stunning debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from Shelby – she’s definitely one to watch out for in the YA Fantasy world!
Have you read Serpent & Dove yet? let me know what you thought in the comments.