Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove Duology Series #1)

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove Duology Series #1)

by Shelby Mahurin

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"A brilliant debut, full of everything I love: a sparkling and fully realized heroine, an intricate and deadly system of magic, and a searing romance that kept me reading long into the night. Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book." —Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses series

Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy duology, this tale of witchcraft and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Sara Holland.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062878045
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Serpent & Dove Duology Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 5,582
File size: 990 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semiferal children. Serpent & Dove is her debut novel. Visit her online at

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Serpent & Dove 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
MichelleKenneth 6 months ago
I could not put this book down! I love a really good witchy story and this one definitely delivered. This is a long read, but definitely worth it. It was not slow moving at any point. The book was packed with adventure, romance, and conflict. I loved the main character Lou(ise). Her banter and humor at the most awkward moments had me cracking up. I was on the train reading a graphic love scene when she said something so inappropriate I actually laughed out loud. All I could think was, "God, I love her." I loved how the author started this story off with 'this is how society views witches and this is how witches views society.' It was completely black and white, no room for gray areas. But Lou and Coco are the gray areas. As the story goes on, we see others who are also in the gray areas, but afraid to do anything, or just don't know what to do to change the good vs. evil mentality. Each side has their version of who the good guy is, and it is always themselves. Evil is always the enemy, the person that does not believe or live the way they do. And that, right there, is what Shelby Mahurin tries to dispel as she works her way through this novel. There are people on both sides that don't believe what their society believes. There has to be another way to win peace between the two sides. The author also explores love throughout this book. My heart went out to the characters, because they all struggled with their relationships with their parents. Some children are thrown away. Others are hated by their parents. Some parents are searching for their lost child, and when found, they struggle to make amends (or even reveal the truth). Some children come to terms with the fact they have a lot of illegitimate brothers and sisters out there. Mahurin did an excellent job exploring the many facets of love through the characters. In a way, you have to wonder if perhaps she was trying to work out the issues going on in her own life, because there is that sense of abandonment that is repeated throughout with the main characters. There are strained relationships with the mother (or mother figures). But more importantly, our main characters learn to love each other for who they are, even if it is everything they grew up to hate. In the battle between good and evil, in the end, it is love that matters. Love is the only thing that should matter. The question is how can they bridge that gap when they've spent centuries learning to hate each other? This was a great read. I received an ARC of this book and there's a note from the author I want to share. "Beyond forcing me to examine my own perceptions, these characters also helped me rediscover the spark I'd lost-that essence of self we so often sacrifice to others. They took me on a journey of self-discovery while they ate sticky buns and battled witches, and for this reason alone, they'll always hold a special place in my heart." - Shelby Mahurin P.S. Plan on having a bunch of warm cinnamon buns nearby as you read this book. ;)
Anonymous 6 months ago
Excellent story! I have a hard time finding a book to read after reading and re reading Sarah J Maas, so I was pleasantly surprised that I loved this story. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!
LeonardR 6 months ago
Right from the beginning, the book makes it quite clear that this is going to be a story about witches; or at least involving witches. It adds a little French city theme, a Christian-ish order doubling as witch hunters and suddenly you think you are in a re-imagined episode of Hugo’s Notre Dame with Frollo going after Esmeralda and her band of gypsies. Whereas Phoebus and Esmeralda have their moments together, in Serpent and Dove you have Louise (the witch) and Reid (the part warrior for the Church / part witch hunter), with the Archbishop completing the trio. it’s written in the first person perspective but through both the eyes of Reid and Louise (each chapter heading gives a hint as to who is the narrator). Through unique and rather unexpected circumstances they are forced into marriage (Reid not knowing that Louise is a witch of course). It appears to be far fetched at first. How could this marriage last if the truth is ever revealed? The author is requiring an incredibly open mind from the reader early on. But as the twists and plots being to unravel, it all comes to full circle. After the last chapter, I’m singing praises in my head to the absolute genius of this work. Perhaps Hunchback is not the right analogy. Reid and Louise play off of each other like an old fashioned black and white Tracy and Hepburn movie (maybe even Bogart/Bacall). In any event, any book that makes me want to forego sleep so I can turn a few more pages, has earned full points.
taramichelle 7 months ago
Serpent & Dove has been tempting me since I first got it. I finally gave in this weekend and this book totally broke my slump! I absolutely adored the main characters and how they developed throughout the story. They were just brilliantly written and so vibrant. Plus, there’s magic, banter, and some fantastic world-building. I’m so excited for the next book because I can’t find to find out more about everything! I actually didn’t even notice how long this one was, I just flew through it. The plot was incredibly engaging and entertaining with just enough twists to keep me guessing. But I must admit that, although everything else was fantastic, the romance was my favorite part. The romance in Serpent & Dove was the best kind of hate-to-love. I just loved seeing their relationship develop and how it challenged each of the characters. Anyway, if you like YA fantasy, I would highly recommend picking this one up when it comes out in September! There’s also a not insignificant chance that I’m going to be reading it again soon. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I had a feeling as soon as I started reading this book that it would become one of my all time favorites, and after finishing it I am happy to report that it did not disappoint! I quickly fell in love with the characters, especially Lou who made me laugh out loud several times, and the world that the author transports the reader into. If I hadn't known going in that this was the author's debut, I wouldn't have pegged it as such. I am highly anticipating the sequel and any subsequent books we might get in this series; and any more works from this author. If you are a fan of enemies to lovers, witches, and fierce heroines, I would recommended picking up this book!
Anonymous 7 days ago
If you like a central romance in your fantasy worlds (and I do) then this is a great read. The prose is tight and evocative. Mahurin immerses us in her high-stakes world, letting the action unfold without stalling the plot with long expositional passages so common to magical world building. She draws on a lot of familiar tropes but she does them so well they feel fresh and immediate. Magic has a cost. The characters aren't perfect. The world is at once strikingly beautiful and imminently treacherous. For all fans of witches, action-laden fantasy, and enemies-to-lovers stories, you won't be sorry you picked this one up!
Mel-Loves-Books 3 months ago
“I loved him. Deeply. Such a love was not something of just the heart and mind. It wasn’t something to be felt and eventually forgotten, to be touched without it in return touching you. No… this love was something else. Something irrevocable. It was something of the soul.” I have a major book hangover from Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin. This book was just a wonderful romantic and intense read. It had a fabulous hate to love relationship between a witch and a witch hunter, forced together in a marriage neither wanted. And it read exactly like i wanted a book like this to read. I can’t get it out of my head. The hype is real for me. I give it 5 stars and a zillion hearts. “‘Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you.’ He trailed his fingers down my arm in slow, torturous strokes. My head fell back on his shoulder, my eyes fluttering closed as his lips continued to move against my neck. ‘Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay.’”
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book had me hooked the minute I read the first sentence and it kept my attention throughout the day as I vigorously read page after page just to find out more about the characters. Finished the book in a day, it was that good.I cannot wait for the sequel, things are going to get interesting!
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Take_Me_AwayPH 4 months ago
I was super excited about this book because of the paranormal romance aspect, as I haven't read one in quite a while. And once I had this in my hands, I was not disappointed at all. This was a very good book. There were some issues, but for the most part, I already can't wait for the next book. Louise ran from her coven and to escape unknown horrors. She ran to a nearby city where witches are hunted by the Church by witch hunters called Chasseurs. Then there's Reid, the witch hunter. They meet and it ends in their marriage. But of course, when a witch and a witch hunter wed, things don't exactly go as planned. For the most part, I really liked this book. Mahurin's prose was nothing short of amazing. It kept me glued to the book and I didn't use tabs this time, but I wrote all the quotes down in my notebook. And I filled up the first 6 pages worth of quotes and notes on the plot. Butttttt I did feel at some times she got a bit.... Long-winded. It was really flowery and got too descriptive at sometimes. I'm not really sure how I felt about it. I liked it, but then again, I felt like a lot of it could have been cut out. As for the romance, I LOVED it. I'm already a fan of forbidden love, so seeing a witch and witch hunter together are right up my alley. And as all the things come together for this story, it makes it even better. And as a librarian, I will say this is categorized as Upper YA because there is sex on the page. There aren't any body parts mentioned and it doesn't go too indepth, but it is there. (No I am not censoring or telling people not to read it. I just try to write these things in my review because parents ask me these things all the time when they check out books at my library.) The plot is the other thing that kind of got sticky for me. At times I did feel like it was lagging, but that could also be the writing style. But, I did feel like I missed a large part of the back story, and it was finally told. But not until the end of the story. Normally I would have stopped reading a book for that, but the concept of a witch and a witch hunter together were too good to pass up. I HAD to know what happened. This wasn't as perfect as I had heard, but it was pretty damn close. I already can't wait for the next one. Especially with the bomb that was dropped at the end. I can honestly say this is going to be an interesting series.
CassylK 5 months ago
I was so nervous to read this book because usually I hate things that everyone else loves but NOT THIS TIME. I am already trash for witch magic and then you add in enemies to lovers slow burn and I am dead. The dynamic between the two MC's was so well done and made me unable to put the book down. Lou was one of my favorite protagonists I've read in a long time because I am also always here for sassy sarcastic funny females so more of that please. I loved seeing Reid as the more uptight one getting all flustered over a lady and Ansel is my child who must always be protected. I do wish there'd been more of a resolved ending but I can't even be fully mad like I usually am about it because I will 100% be preordering the sequel as soon as I'm able to can I do that yet or... I will say, I feel like this book was largely more NA than YA, based on the way the characters acted/spoke and the much more suggestive themes in the book. I really wish that this age group would become a thing because this is the exact type of story I (and a lot of people I think) would love to see more of :) *nudge* But Shelby is an instant read for me and I can't wait to see what other stories she has hiding in that wonderful brain.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Just fabulous! A magical, addictive read!! I loved the premise, the characters, the whole thing! A great different spin on witches! Lou is hysterical.. love the Romance, the little touches of history. This was great from start to finish!!! I hate that I have to wait a year for the next book! This great new author is now on my favs list!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
loved it! it grabbed my attention from the beginning and didn't let go!
SE_Chadwell 6 months ago
I was very surprised to learn that this is her debut novel. I was pretty impressed! The level of detail that went into the world itself was very impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed the witchcraft dynamics in the novel. The whole concept of balance for Lou’s gift turned into an interesting challenge for not only Lou but some of the other characters as well. I was very intrigued by the blood witches. I really wanted to get more information on them. Hopefully that’s to come in the sequel. As for the characters, I wasn’t too keen on Lou at first. She definitely came on extremely strong, but it didn’t take too long to find her hilarious. Reid was about the same as well, however, I LOVED Reid’s slow progression of comfort and fondness for Lou. It was brilliant. I don’t have enough good things to say about it. It was so well done and I wish we could have seen just a bit more, but alas, the story must go on. Reid’s reaction to the reveal of Lou’s true identity was handled perfectly, but it felt cut short. I would have loved to explore it a bit longer but the plot got in the way. Towards the end of the novel he gets a lot thrown at him at once and we don’t get to see him process too much of it, which was disappointing. Speaking of which, pacing wise it was great until about 75 percent of the way through. The ending felt a bit rushed. There was a lot happening all at once, really quickly. Kind of felt like someone got in the car and just floored the gas. I feel like there was a missed opportunity to make the book a bit more suspenseful, at least from Lou’s side of things. She’s so terrified of being found or discovered constantly, but I often forgot about it. I just felt like the build up to the later events of the novel could have been executed better. My only true complaint is that the bible verses and the church got to be a bit much. Parts of it bordered on straight annoyance when they would talk about the witch’s religion to the church and ridicule it. As a Wiccan, it definitely rubbed me the wrong way, but that’s more of a personal matter. I do understand it was an integral part of the novel so I’m willing to look past it… Mostly. Overall, I give the book a 4.25. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique spin on a common topic. The world was enchanting, the romance was brilliant and the plot was mostly well executed. There were several scenes that I wouldn’t hesitate to go back and reread as I absolutely adored them. As far as rereading the entire novel from cover to cover… maybe once in a blue moon. In conclusion, a great read!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I couldn't put this book down! I loved everything about it and right after I finished it I went back and re-read it. I will definitely be attending the young adult book club so I can discuss this book because I love it so much!
miareese 6 months ago
I had a lot of fun reading this and did not want to put it down at all! It's been a while since I flew through a YA fantasy like that and I absolutely can't wait for the next one. I actually don't think I've ever read a YA fantasy where the MC was a witch, and I really enjoyed the magic system and hope to learn more about it/see it expanded on in the next installment. I do want to make note that this is pretty romance-heavy, which I don't see as a negative at all, but some may go into this not expecting how central it is to the plot, and I know that throws some people off. All-in-all, this was a solid start to what seems to be a promising series!
taylormahurin 6 months ago
This beauty is easily one of my favorite reads of all time. From an articulated plot with plenty of twists, to an subtle yet incredibly detailed historical French setting, this story pulled me in from the first line. With character's masking their emotional depth with wit, it's impossible not to fall in love with the manner in which Shelby writes them. You will even find yourself routing for the side character's as the plot unfolds. Add in a magic system as complex as it is unique, and you have yourself a witchy fiction novel unlike any before it. And somehow, as if you thought the book couldn't sound any better, Shelby manages to make you consider social structure and the double standards that exist in the current social climate, as well as the moral constructs that have determined where we stand culturally as humans. Bottom line - if you enjoy a slow burning romance (enemies to lovers, the best kind!), shockingly relatable characters, twists that BLOW YOUR MIND, and world building that is comparable to that of some of the most notable fiction novels of our time - than you need this book in your life. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. Cannot wait for book #2!