Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Finished reading Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Title: Serpent & Dove
Writer: Shelby Mahurin
Genre: #fantasy
Length: 518 pages
My rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: eBook from Amazon


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.


I was super happy to see that this book was reviewed in Instagram by @phantomfable. I bought this book from Amazon after reading the review and read it immediately. Now I am desperately waiting for the next book to come out.

First I have to say that the book’s description got me to the wrong direction. I thought this would be more like a romance book and not like a political book. I loved it anyway. Even the hidden politics and teachings inside it.

The characters were very well-built and the story flowed forward immediately. I loved the banter between the main characters but hated the righteous mind of Reid. I am sorry Reid but I just could not stand your presence either your fanatic mind 😭😭😭 You being the churchman just killed my mood.

The writer got deep into the character’s motives. The book was not easy to read and I had a heavy burden on my shoulders all the time as it was not fully a fantasy book. The things, the burning and hatred, happened right here at my doorstep in Europe. Sometimes it is good to be reminded of that, but not all the time.

This was now a second book for me where I felt the need to stop reading to save myself for the pain of thinking. I did not stop and I am happy. The book was so good that I am going to read the second one. And yeah, Reid and Lou fit to each other perfectly 💕

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