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- Publisher: HarperTeen (3 September 2019)
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- Language: English
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From the Back Cover
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.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur,
Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union--holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous ene-mies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
LOVE MAKES FOOLS
OF US ALL.
"Will cast a spell on romance fans."--Kirkus Reviews
"Drips with intrigue and shadow."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Mahurin has taken the witch and witch hunter trope and made it new again. The world-building will draw in readers and Lou's strong but wistful nature will keep them turning pages."--School Library Journal
"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The absolute best thing and my favourite thing about Serpent and Dove was/is the romance! I just couldn’t get enough of Lou and Reid.
I’m not normally a big fantasy genre fan but as soon as I read the blurb for this I couldn’t not pick it up. And I’m so glad I did it just had everything I love/adore/cherish in a book.
Reasons to read and love Serpent and Dove:
-marriage of convenience
-witch/witch hunter romance
-intricate magical system
-loveable side characters
-hilarious laugh out loud moments
-inner battle of right and wrong
If that hasn’t convinced you I don’t know what will.
September can’t get here fast enough!!! I need the sequel!!
Finally. Finally something witty and funny that actually made me laugh out loud. With a great story line and characters you can’t help but fall in love with.
Took a chapter to get right into the thick of it and it’s was so well written that it had me going from the first page onward.
If you loved daughter of the pirate king then this is of parallel humor and cunning. With expert writing that doesn’t use an excess of words to paint a very lovely picture.
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First off I have to talk about the characters who were all amazing. This book alternates between Lou and Reid's POVs which I loved as it really helped you to get a feel for each of their characters and connect better with them. Lou is sarcastic to the core, a thief and has a filthy mouth (so expect a lot of swearing in this). She reminds me a bit of Celaena Sardothian in the beginning books of the Throne of Glass series and I loved her. Reid on the other hand is the complete opposite. He is the Captain of the Chasseur, he is very serious, holds tightly to his principles and he kinda reminded me a little of Chaol Westfall and again I couldn't help but fall for him. To be honest this was the Chaol and Celaena relationship that I wanted at the beginning of the Throne of Glass books.
The romance in this was everything. It's a slow burn enemies to lovers and I was living for every moment of it. After an event that takes place at the beginning of the book Reid and Lou are forced into a marriage contract in order to save his reputation and keep Lou form prison and possible hanging. Not only are these two sworn enemies due to the fact that if Reid ever found out Lou was a witch he'd have her burned at the stake but they are complete opposites and Lou takes great pleasure in rubbing him up the wrong way. Their banter throughout this was to die for and I loved watching as they slowly began to let their guard down around each other. This is definitely the enemies to lovers romance that we all deserve.
I also loved the side characters in this first off there's Coco, Lou's best friend, who is also a witch and badass and we need more female friendships like this in YA books. And there's Ansel who is training to become a Chasseur and is absolutely adorable and I loved watching his and Lou's friendship grow throughout the book.
One of the other things I really liked about this was the magic system because it demands a sacrifice. Instead of begin able to use magic whenever they want the witches must give up something of equal value to the amount of magic they are using for example giving up one of there senses or a memory. I just feel that magic systems like this, that require some sort of balance are far more interesting to read about.
I really love the writing in this, it was fast paced and addictive and once I really got into this I did not want to put it down.
I will mention that there is a slightly explicit sex scene in this.
Trigger warnings: violence, self harm in regards to using blood magic, death, religious persecution and parental abuse.
Overall, this was a great read and if you love enemies to lovers romances then I urge you to pick it. I gave this 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Curiosity made me do it - albeit a hesitating one - and I pre-ordered it, then simply picked it up and couldn't put it down.
It's about witches. It's the Spanish Inquisition with a fantasy twist. It's not really YA because it's pretty harsh and brutal, and it has some steamy scenes.
Lou is the witch of the story - along with other side characters, including her best friend. She's in hiding from her mother, who wanted to use her for the good of mankind, to end the war between the witches and the Church.
Enter Reid. No, please, do enter! See, he's the enemy. He loathes witches. He grew up in the Church, trained to dispose of witches. All his life he was told witches were bad. Then fate has him having to marry one. Of course, he had no idea, at first.
Do you see where I'm going with this? Can you already imagine the feels and the heartstrings that shall be pulled, as you read the story and journey of Lou and Reid? Of how two enemies fall in love with each other?
My God, but did Ms. Mahurin do an excellent job! Cliffhanger isn't as bad as others but because you can't help but fall in love with everything about this book, you finish it wanting book two RIGHT NOW.
5 brilliant stars.
Louise tenta se manter discreta e sobreviver de pequenos furtos no submundo do crime. Até que um evento faz ela precisar de casar com Reid - o pupilo do cruel arcebispo da cidade, e também, um dos melhores caçadores de bruxas.
Serpent & Dove foi uma das melhores surpresas que tive nessas últimas semanas.
Eu estava torcendo para gostar do livro, mas não imaginei que fosse me prender tanto ao ponto de ler em um dia.
Ele tem muitos pontos positivos que eu gostaria de destacar aqui nessa resenha e, talvez ajudar você, futuro leitor, a colocar logo na lista de leituras.
O sistema de magia mostrado na história me agradou bastante. Aqui são apresentados dois tipos de bruxas. E cada uma extrai a magia de uma determinada maneira.
O que eu adorei, é que elas tem os seus limites e não usam a magia para consertar qualquer dificuldade que apareça e, muitas vezes que usam, ela é bem sutil, já que os caçadores podem sentir o rastro que ela deixa.
Sobre os personagens: A protagonista é de longe a melhor personagem desse livro todo.
A autora promete uma mulher forte e destemida, e ela nos dá isso.
A Louise é incrível, engraçada, destemida e sem papas na língua. Ela sempre tem uma resposta espertinha e nunca abaixa a cabeça.
O livro ainda tem outros personagens muito bons, em especial a melhor amiga bruxa da Lou, Coco, e e o caçador, Ansel.
A Lou e a Coco tem uma amizade incrível! Eu simplesmente amo quando o livro apresenta mulheres maravilhosas e não cria rivalidade entre elas.
Logo chega o Ansel e também cria uma afinidade com as duas. Ele é tão doce e maravilhoso, que eu quero guardar em um potinho longe de toda a maldade do mundo.
Eu gostei sim do Reid, mas para mim ele não chegou perto de ser tão carismático quanto esses três personagens, e até entendo isso. A autora colocou nele todas as características de um fanático religioso que acha que sua "verdade" está acima de tudo.
O bom é que ele tem uma evolução muito positiva na história.
Sobre a trama principal: adorei que a história não tenha jogado tudo para mim já no começo. No decorrer da leitura eu fui descobrindo mais sobre os motivos que levaram a Louise fugir do clã, e vários detalhes que ligam ela a cidade onde buscou refúgio.
O livro entrega revelações até os últimos capítulos e, isso não serviu apenas para preencher as lacunas que vão ficando, mas também para me manter totalmente presa e focada na leitura. E olha, tem revelações ein.
Teve um outro ponto positivo nesse livro que fez eu gostar muito dele, e foi o romance. Se vocês gostam de um relacionamento de tirar o fôlego. De um casal que desenvolve um amor mesmo com personalidades, opiniões e ideias diferentes. Esse livro é para vocês.
Eu fiquei com medo de não gostar tanto do relacionamento por ele apelar para o clichê de casamento arranjado (praticamente forçado) e também pelo Reid ter características que eu abomino em pessoas na vida real. Mas não aconteceu. Eu amei os dois como um casal e quase pulei de alegria quando eles deram um primeiro beijo (sou dessas, haha).
Ultimamente eu nem ando fazendo muita questão de romances nos livros, mas esse não seria tão bom sem a presença dele.
Tudo o que citei acima foi suficiente para adorar o livro, mas ele não se tornou um 5 estrelas por um motivo: Eu gostaria de ter lido mais detalhes do mundo.
Tudo o que sei, é que a cidade foi inspirada em algum lugar da França. Eu queria que tivessem mais detalhes, que o mundo fosse explicado da mesma maneira que a magia foi. Não basta simplesmente inventar o nome de uma cidade e colocar alguns poucos elementos que remetem a uma cultura.
Ainda assim foi um livro ótimo para mim e, para um debut, foi mais surpreendente do que estava esperando.
Acredito que a autora vai evoluir no decorrer do processo de criação e escrita. Mal posso esperar para isso, pois aqui ela já mostrou uma fração do que é capaz de fazer.
A continuação será lançada no segundo semestre do ano que vem, e nem preciso dizer que estou arrancando os cabelos para ler logo.
O final do livro deixa um gancho bem legal para o próximo e estou curiosa para saber os rumos que a história vai tomar.
Serpent & Dove vai além de uma trama sobre bruxas caçadas e obrigadas a esconderem os seus poderes.
É a história de dois inimigos que se tornam amantes e começam a perceber que nos dois lados existem coisas boas, mas que também existem mentiras e trapaças. Que nenhuma verdade está acima da outra e, que nenhuma vingança pode apagar um amor que nasceu em meio ao ódio e intolerância.
É também uma história de amizades surgindo nos momentos mais sombrios e improváveis.
É sobre uma mulher que se impôs e não deixou uma guerra antiga determinar o final da sua vida.
Um livro que com certeza não passará batido por alguma editora daqui.
This is a solid debut while geared toward a YA audience it can enjoyed by those of us a bit older the characters are likeable and while the romance is a strong part of the novel it’s not, quite, the sole focus the author has a fantastic imagination the magic system is well thought out and the author has obviously given some thought as to how to prevent the witches from being too over powered it moves along with a good pace, the romance might be predictable but Lou and Reid are both very likeable and well drawn the secondary cast especially Ansel and Coco are fantastic and they are interesting hints about the world building there a lot of greys in the story the witches have been persecuted but they have done legitimately horrific acts the Church may be running a inquisition but they are not portrayed as complete black hats in a world where magic is real there are plenty of genuine reasons to be afraid even if the the author seem a little too in love with twists and turns there were so many in regards to characters heritages that it got predictable why I didn’t give it 5 stars that said it was a superior debut and will definitely be reading and buying the sequel.
Serpent & Dove was such an alluring novel. The story captured my attention from the first pages. Shelby Mahurin managed to create an intricate society and a unique magic system that enthralled me completely. The writing style was very appealing and I felt myself being swept away by the narrative.
“The streets bustled with revelers bundled in coats and scarves, and a light coating of snow-dusted everything—the shops, the stalls, the carriages, the street. Wreaths with red bows hung from nearly every door. The wind caught at the ribbons and made the tails dance.”
Told in dual POV, the story had enough fantasy and romantic elements to keep me engaged in the plot. The action was well-paced and left room for character development. The heroine, Lou, had such an effervescent personality, I loved her from the start. She's was such a badass, brave and sassy but also kindhearted. Her antics were truly adorable and her foul mouth was pure delight. The push and pull and the build-up tension between her and Reid made this book that much sweeter. I'm a sucker for slow-burn romance, and I have to say that this book delivered some very hot scenes between the protagonists. I had my doubts about Reid's character at first, he seemed a bit dull and unanimated but his evolution was noticeable and gradually I started to warm up to him. Raised to be a witch hunter, it was hard to put aside the doctrine that the archbishop beat into him but in the end, love proved to be much stronger than any obstacle and I rooted so hard for him and Lou to be together. Also, the secondary characters were very interesting and relatable. Ansel, Coco, Jean Luc, even Beau, all added flavor to the story and kept it entertaining.
“Every aspect of Reid was precise, certain, every color in its proper place. Undiluted by indecision, he saw the world in black and white, suffering none of the messy, charcoal colors in between. The colors of ash and smoke. Of fear and doubt.The colors of me.”
The ending felt a bit abrupt after the revelations in the last chapter but I hope that the next book in the series will continue Lou and Reid's story. Overall I think it was a great debut novel. It was darker than I expected and had a lot more mature content than a typical YA book but for me, that was a bonus.
"It doesn’t end in death. It ends in hope."
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance stories with a touch of magic.