Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin Review

Posted May 7, 2021 by Tina in Books / 0 Comments

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Serpent & Dove
by Shelby Mahurin
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
on August 4, 2020
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Adaptations, Fantasy, Wizards & Witches, Romance, General
Source: Library

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin is a young adult fantasy romance trilogy. Witch Hunter vs Witch in an enemies to lovers romance. Serpent and Dove is the first book in the Serpent & Dove Series followed by Blood & Honey and God & Monsters is expected to be released in July 2021

Serpent & Dove Summary

In Serpent & Dove, we follow Louise who ran away and is now hiding from her coven, becoming a common thief to survive in the city Cesarine. One slight little problem with Cesarine. Cesarine has a church that trains men called Chasseurs to hunt and kill witches. For 2 years, she has kept herself alive and under the church’s radar, but a series of events forces her to marry a Chasseur to keep her out of trouble.

So full disclosurer I read this on audiobook. I know there were a few nights that I was a little tired when listening to it. I am pretty sure that I didn’t miss anything big but I totally could have. So if I say something wasn’t explained well and it totally was. Let me know in the comments please.


I absolutely love Louise (Lou) le Blanc. She is so fun to read from. This is the kind of character that I live for, sarcastic, fearless, stubborn, and foul-mouthed.

Reid Diggory…….. kinda boring. Side note. Why does every character with Diggory in its name boring. Is there some hidden meaning?


This is an enemies to lovers romance. Slowish burn. Not a whole lot of smexy time. I would say that this is the main plot of the book. So with enemies to lovers romance, I crave palpable loathing. I want to feel like there is no way that these 2 could fall in love. With this kind of trope, we all know the enemies fall in love, so it’s about the journey and how. I need to be so engrossed in the passionate hate romance for it to work for me. The romance in this book…… not so much. I was way more interested in what was up the forbidden stairway than the romance storyline of this book.

Magic System

This is an area I really wish the book would of dived more into. The Chasseurs seek out witches because their magic has a smell when performed recently. Serpent & Dove has a soft magic system. It isn’t explain well, but understandably since our main character is trying to avoid using magic in order not to get caught.

World Building

Most of the setting was in the church sooooo the world building was a little on the light side.


It felt like Shelby Mahuirin’s main focus was on the romance which you know my thoughts on from above. The over all plot has some intriguing but a little predictable twists. It would have been more enjoyable to me if we got more passionate enemies in the beginning or less romance and more focus on the magic and why she left her coven plot line.


Lou is what kept me reading. She was just a fun character and I am a character-driven reader. I have said it before and this is a prime example. If you have a not-so-great plot but a good character? I will still like it. So overall I liked it. I am not sure if I’m going to continue. I guess I’ll leave that up to you.

Let me know in the comments. Does the magic system in Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin get more fleshed out? Did I miss some details? Should I read the rest of the series or is it more of the same?

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Posted May 7, 2021 by Tina in Books / 0 Comments