Serpent & Dove
by Shelby Mahurin
Everyone knows witches cannot be trusted – only feared. And hunted.
This is a debut novel that will have you laughing just as much as it will leave you in completely shocked by the end. Louise le Blanc has been on the run for years, and not just from the men who would have her hanged if they discovered her magic, but from her mother. If she can just stay hidden, Louise knows she can survive on her own, but when a horribly unfortunate series of events finds her in a compromising situation with Reid Diggory, a “huntsman” of the Church, (i.e. a man who has lived by the mantra, thou shalt not suffer a witch to live), she’s forced into matrimony that could not be farther from holy.
Marriage is hard enough when you actually want to be married, so as Lou and Reid attempt to live in peaceful coexistence, neither of them are prepared for the sacrifices they’ll have to make if they both want to make it out of this alive. As Lou realizes she’s developed feelings for Reid, she remembers that she is exactly the thing he’s been taught to hate. To kill. Reid swears he’ll protect her, but will he stand by her if she tells him the truth? Would he turn his back on his brothers and love a witch? Then there’s the fact that her mother wants her dead, and with the Solstice getting closer every day, Lou’s mother will stop at nothing to bring her home.
If you've hit your limit of serious, heavy narratives and just need a reason to laugh and just be dazzled, this is the perfect series to dive into.
The Grace Year, The Hazel Wood, or A Court of Thorns and Roses (series), or if you are in need of a bold and strong female character who is 100% herself at all times, read this book!
Violence: Witches are not seen as human in this world, and as such, they’re killed with very little thought. They’re seen as “creatures,” not human beings who feel pain. There is also a descriptive scene concerning human sacrifice. Familial Estrangement: Lou is betrayed by her own mother, and while she does her best to hide it, losing her has made Lou feel unwanted, afraid, and unworthy of her mother’s love. This can be a hard topic for all of us, but especially if you’ve had experience with a parent leaving or a loved one breaking your trust. Sexual references are present mostly in innuendos and rude comments, as well as one sex scene between the main characters.
15+ due to violence, swearing, and sexual references. This book is a great way for readers to connect with a female protagonist who is not playing by anyone’s rules but her own.