Serpent & Dove is the first book in the duology by Shelby Mahurin.
Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn.
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.
Mahurin takes readers to a world where magic is hidden and the church seems to be the main enemy. This book is filled with intrigue and if you’re a fan of fantasy and romance, I definitely recommend this book.
This is definitely an enemies to lovers story with strong heroines and kickass and loveable sidekicks as well as witches and witch hunters. The main character Lou is a strong, independent woman who doesn’t like to rely on anyone as well as being a witch. She has a great friendship with Coco and when she is thrown into a situation she quickly adapts to being forced into marriage.
Reid Diggory is a huntsman for the church and his mission is to kill witches. He is such an interesting character and I loved the relationship development with Lou.
There is rich world building and I can imagine being alongside Lou and Reid as they go to many different places. There are also strong themes of challenging prejudices and conceived notions of whats wrong and right. Through Lou and Reid’s relationship and romance as well as the secondary characters Ansel and Coco, we see that not all witches and huntsmen are bad.
The cliffhanger has me wanting the second book already. This book is definitely filled with romance and intrigue. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of the Black Witch series.