➷ Serpent & Dove Author Shelby Mahurin – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

Serpent & Dove For Her Sixteenth Birthday, Louise Le Blanc S Mother Gave Her Three Things A Sacrificial Altar, A Ritual Knife, And A Wicked Scar Lou S Death Could End The Ancient War Between The Church And Witches, But When She Falls In Love With One Of The Church S Huntsmen, She S Forced To Choose Her Coven Or Her Heart Inspired By French Folklore, Serpent Dove Is Pitched As The Crucible Meets Sarah J Maas Publication Is Planned For Fall


10 thoughts on “Serpent & Dove

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    I was lucky enough to read SERPENT DOVE before publication, and it quickly became one of my favorite books of all time If you re a fan of Sarah J Maas mature themes, then this is a MUST READ Below I ve jotted some other reasons to pick this up Don t mind my scrambled brain Also, PICK THIS BOOK UP YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT Things SERPENT DOVE has that I never knew I needed until the second I did in random order because I said so 1 Forced Marriage I swooned with the rest of I was lucky enough to read SERPENT DOVE before publication, and it quickly became one of my favorite books of all time If you re a fan of Sarah J Maas mature themes, then this is a MUST READ Below I ve jotted some other reasons to pick this up Don t mind my scrambled brain Also, PICK THIS BOOK UP YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT Things SERPENT DOVE has that I never knew I needed until the second I did in random order because I said so 1 Forced Marriage I swooned with the rest of the world while reading Outlander and seeing Jamie and Claire s relationship blossom, but the marriage of convenience in this is so good Like, blow your socks off, melt your brain, and make you binge on Ben Jerry s good.2 Chasseurs AKA French Witch Hunters Affiliated with the Church Brooding fae men with wings are hot Vampires are sexy BUT THIS BOOK S WITCH HUNTER, REID, IS THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF HOT, SEXY, SWEET, AND PURE I will fight for Reid I will die for him And I will die for this dynamic of witch and witch hunter thrown together AND HIS CHARACTER ARC UGHHHH This is a man who learns his lesson Multiple times And it s fantastic.3 L O U Our main heroine is so spunky, so sassy, you ll be cracking up with her on every page With a tragic backstory, and, tbh, a tragic present, it s amazing she never once turned mopey or broody She leapt off every page, and I don t think it took a single chapter before I knew she was going to be my best fictional friend She s strong, funny, independent, and she puts Reid in his place often So often When life throws a challenge at Lou, she smashes it to bits and demands a sticky bun in return SHE IS THE HEROINE YA NEEDS.4 The Sides being a bitthan Sides Okay, so I could put each of these wonderful side characters into their own sections, but then I d want to spoil and gush, and I CANT DO THAT YET GAH BUT, I will say, Coco, Ansel, and even lovely, stubborn Beau, will split your heart into three as you toy with who to give it to Just share it between them and be done with it Trust me None of these characters feels forced, all of them have personalities and dreams and lives, and the way they compliment each other gives me SO MANY FEELS I want to weave all the moment of Lou and Coco together and use it as a blanket THIS IS A GOOD FRIENDSHIP LADIES AND GENTS THIS IS A FRIENDSHIP I WILL WALK THROUGH FIRE FOR.5 Villains Being Beautifully Gray THERE IS NO GOOD SIDE TO TAKE IN THIS STORY EXCEPT PROBABLY LOU S ALSO BECAUSE I SAID SO There are motives abound This isn t some hastily put together nemesis who blabs about taking over the world and destroying enemies This is real and raw This is an age old fight between two sides both in the wrong Both in the right And it s executed to actual perfection There are so many layers to each antagonist, each read through is a new, eye opening experience.6 WITCHES I know I know This is a witch book, and I was unaware I wanted witches Going into this, the only witch stories I d read were urban fantasies I ve never seen witches utilized in a historical fantasy such as this There is darkness and depth Maturity Nuance Shelby Mahurin made meof a fan of witches than I imagined possible Their magic system is so unique, so fresh, I want it etched into my brain forever as a HOW TO WRITE MAGIC PROPERLY example And the witches relationships with one another, and to the earth, makes my heart pound double time I love them so much Even if they re a tad creepy and bloodthirsty.7 OTHER THINGS I CAN T SAY BECAUSE SPOILERS Wow This plot is something else You get pulled in because of the characters Their dialogue took seconds to drag me under, but the plot kept me hooked It s new It s different And I m so obsessed with how this story plays out The main plot, the romance, the friendships, everything ties together in the most poetic way possible It s like reading Shakespeare, except I can understand it All in all, SERPENT DOVE is one of my favorite books of all time because it s different, but not It has tropes we love in YA hate to love, a bubbly, real best friend, war, tricky relationships, but it spins them on their head It s not typical hate to love It s not your usual bubbly best friend because Lou is equally as bubbly It s everything I wanted in a book after devouring ACOMAF Mature relationships and developed characters Witty dialogue and beautiful prose This book delivers in every way possible I m 1000% certain this book will RUIN the world In the best way, of course


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    There d never been a choice not for me From that first moment I d seen her at the parade dressed in a baggy suit and ridiculous mustache my fate had been sealed YOU GUYS You guys YoU gUyS This book To say I love SERPENT DOVE with all of my heart would be a complete understatement My love for this book descends deeper than that I feel it in my SOUL From the very first line, Lou is alive and she fights every single page to stay that way She has a fire within her that speaks to There d never been a choice not for me From that first moment I d seen her at the parade dressed in a baggy suit and ridiculous mustache my fate had been sealed YOU GUYS You guys YoU gUyS This book To say I love SERPENT DOVE with all of my heart would be a complete understatement My love for this book descends deeper than that I feel it in my SOUL From the very first line, Lou is alive and she fights every single page to stay that way She has a fire within her that speaks to my own and is honestly the witchy feminist icon we ve all been waiting for She is brave and vulnerable and literally one of the funniest YA heroines I have ever met And then there s my darling Reid, so naive, so misguided, soReid You will understand what I mean when you read you WILL read it His story arc is probably the strongest I ve ever read and you can t help but fall in love with him and all of his terse habits Huntsman or not The romance in this novel is steamy and tingly and so freaking delicious The stakes are H I G H, and the plot twists are abundant But the characters, oh my Lord, the characters Shelby is a master at all things SHE HAS ALL THE STRENGTHS , but every single character in this incredible story is beautifully crafted and unique They practically walk off the page and start bossing you around Honestly, I wouldn t have it any other way The world building is vivid, the magic system is INSANELY COOL, but the message of this novel is what stole my heart and will never give it back This is a story about learning to accept others for who they are This is a story about deciding your fate in life rather than accepting one that was forced upon you This is a story about love being the ultimate unifier, whether that be romantic or platonic This is a story I needed when I was younger


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    Shelby was absolutely amazing in letting me read her beautiful, heart wrenching book, Serpent Dove For that, I am eternally grateful, because this book now has a special place in my heart as one of my all time favourite books I devoured this book over two afternoons where I locked myself away with a plate of cookies and didn t emerge until it was completed, demanding that no one interrupted me I was unable to put it down, because Shelby s writing is so incredible, so beautiful and capti Shelby was absolutely amazing in letting me read her beautiful, heart wrenching book, Serpent Dove For that, I am eternally grateful, because this book now has a special place in my heart as one of my all time favourite books I devoured this book over two afternoons where I locked myself away with a plate of cookies and didn t emerge until it was completed, demanding that no one interrupted me I was unable to put it down, because Shelby s writing is so incredible, so beautiful and captivating, that I wanted to discover what happened next.Guys, when this book comes out in 2019, please don t hesitate to buy it It transported me to an entirely new and magical world that also felt wonderfully familiar, taking me on an adventure full of witches and intrigue and romance It made me laugh and cry It made me feel inspired It made me want the second book in my hands immediately.Serpent Dove is a book full of amazing and surprising twists and turns I was sitting on the edge of my seat, not wanting to put the book down I needed to see how certain plot points came together, how some ended I was shocked onthan one occasion, and I may have gotten teary a few times before reading the last page Everything was so beautifully woven together Some things I didn t even see coming until I reached the end And that s the sign of a fabulous, talented author.However, it was the characters that were my favourite aspect of the novel This book has a cast of wonderful characters that I have come to adore They drive the novel, their actions and personal stories and motivations propelling the story forward This is a character driven novel at its finest Lou is definitely going to become your next favourite YA Fantasy heroine She is strong and intelligent and driven and sarcastic, but also captivating and vulnerable in such beautiful ways.Serpent Dove by Shelby Mahurin is a fantastic read If you are looking for a book about witches with a believable and captivating romance than I urge you to read this book The world building is incredible, and the magic system is unique and fascinating 2019 cannot come fast enough so I can have a beautiful, physical copy in my hands


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    With faith and fire in his heart, he hunted the wicked and set them apart to burn at the stake for evil committedfor the Lord s word no magic permitted Dazzling Captivating Page turning I had the amazing opportunity to read SERPENT DOVE pre publication, and this stunning book is one of the best YA debuts I have ever read and is the twisty witchy book my soul needed Set in a magical alternative France, SERPENT DOVE follows witch and witch hunter, Lou and Reid, as they are fWith faith and fire in his heart, he hunted the wicked and set them apart to burn at the stake for evil committedfor the Lord s word no magic permitted Dazzling Captivating Page turning I had the amazing opportunity to read SERPENT DOVE pre publication, and this stunning book is one of the best YA debuts I have ever read and is the twisty witchy book my soul needed Set in a magical alternative France, SERPENT DOVE follows witch and witch hunter, Lou and Reid, as they are forced into marriage and fall in love amidst an ancient blood feud between the witches and the Church and the only way for the witches to end their persecution and rise again is with Lou s death Masterfully written with a high stakes plot, intricate world building, swoon worthy romance, rich sensory descriptions I m going to need a SERPENT DOVE cookbook because the food descriptions are mouthwatering and a cast of characters who I would do anything for, SERPENT DOVE is perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Nina and Matthias from the Six of Crows duologyIn that brief movement, I understood The doubt, the hesitation, the mourning of a future I d never have it belonged to her as well Gone was the spitting hellcat Now, there was only a woman And she was small And she was frightened And she was strongLou is the main character YA needs Bold, confident, and funny, yet also afraid and vulnerable, she is a character who shows us it is okay to be scared and flawed and that we can recognize our flaws learn from them and move forward and we can overcome anything with bravery and a dash of humor She savors and loves life, and it was beautiful to watch her relationship with Reid grow and teach him to do the same There s nothing I lovethan a forced marriage, and these two complemented, challenged, and changed one another so beautifully they are the ship of dreams Aside from Lou and Reid, every character in this book was so real and handled with care each having distinct personalities, motivations, fears, and desires I haven t fallen in love with a cast of characters so much since Six of Crows Ansel and Coco hold my heart, and I loved the strong and healthy friendship Lou had with each of them Lou and Coco are the female friendship every book needs And even the antagonists are wonderfully morally grey showing all of our characters that the lines between witch and witch hunter, Church and coven, aren t as defined as they may believeAbove the smoke Above the smell The whole of the heavens stretched out in one great panorama of obsidian and diamond Infinite EternalTHE WORLD I adore this atmospheric, gothic, dark, haunting, magical alternate France The world was seamlessly built with every detail from the architecture to the politics, to the food have I mentioned how much I need a SERPENT DOVE cookbook described perfectly without ever becoming info dumpy Throughout reading I felt as though I lived in this world and was able to picture it cinematically Mahurin is an author to watch out for She understands the importance of details and did her research well utilizing Bible passages and historical France to build an authentic and believable world, while adding just enough magic, danger, and nuanced social and political dynamics to create a unique world unlike anything I ve read This is the setting of my dreams and I ll forever be sad I can t actually see the view from the roof of Soleil et LuneWe each stared at the other hungrily as if in that brief moment, a thousand other moments might ve happened There is still quite some time before the release of this book, so I won t get into any plot details, but I will say this SERPENT DOVE is a book of twists and turns with high stakes that kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next The ending of this book was a race that left me breathless, unable to predict what would happen, and boy did A LOT happen that changes everything and perfectly sets the stage for the sequel I loved every heart pounding moment of this bookThe future is inevitable We might as well be proactive There aren t enough words to describe my love for SERPENT DOVE I seriously cannot wait for this book to take over the world, because it will It is the twisty witchy book of my dark, romantic heart and I m already clamoring to get my hands on the sequel I m so excited for the world to fall in love with Lou and Reid and this story the way I have Make sure to add SERPENT DOVE on every Goodreads list andwish list because you need to read this book Let s just fast forward to FALL 2019 so I can scream about this book with the worldThere was only one way such a story could end a stake and a match


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    5 out of 5 stars All opinions are my own I had the incredible honor of getting the chance to read this amazing story before its debut release and it was simply specular I started reading it at nine ish pm and I didn t finish until midnight, I spent the majority of the night with these astounding characters and the twist and turns they encountered each step of the way I really enjoyed the blunt aspects of the story Lou, the main heroine, is very vocal with her opinion about the things that a 5 out of 5 stars All opinions are my own I had the incredible honor of getting the chance to read this amazing story before its debut release and it was simply specular I started reading it at nine ish pm and I didn t finish until midnight, I spent the majority of the night with these astounding characters and the twist and turns they encountered each step of the way I really enjoyed the blunt aspects of the story Lou, the main heroine, is very vocal with her opinion about the things that are going on in her world and how she s has her own inner strength that she wields throughout the book and I really appreciate that I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers because as a fantasy lover myself I devoured this book in one sitting.Mahurin s voice as an author is compelling, complex, and impactful I cannot wait to see and readof her books in the near future


  6. says:

    LOVED this book the characters and world are so vivid Enemies to lovers with a feminist bent.


  7. says:

    This is the dark, morally gray witch fantasy I have been waiting for I had the lucky opportunity to read a pre pub version of Serpent Dove, and I m dying for it to get out there in the world so I can recommend it to everyone I know The world building in this gritty, alternative France is seamless and fully realized Lou is such a gem, one of my new favorite female protagonists She s flawed and complicated in a way that I connected with deeply She s selfish, but also compassionate and This is the dark, morally gray witch fantasy I have been waiting for I had the lucky opportunity to read a pre pub version of Serpent Dove, and I m dying for it to get out there in the world so I can recommend it to everyone I know The world building in this gritty, alternative France is seamless and fully realized Lou is such a gem, one of my new favorite female protagonists She s flawed and complicated in a way that I connected with deeply She s selfish, but also compassionate and hard on herself And, if I didn t already love her enough, her extensive knowledge of obscene pub songs would clinch it for sure The marriage of convenience between her and Reid is perfection the two of them are so different, so exquisitely designed to drive each other crazy It s a delight to watch them butt heads, and the slow burn is soooo good And the witches THE WITCHES The central conflict of the story is a power struggle between a matriarchal society of witches and the Church, and both sides are so fucked up in the best possible way I can t wait to see how our ragtag gang of misfits takes on both of these monumental forces in Book Two Serpent Dove was a totally immersive read that I couldn t put down Highly recommend, especially for fans of Leigh Bardugo


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