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Serpent & Dove: Library Edition (The Serpent & Dove Duology Lib/E, 1) Audio CD – CD, 3 September 2019

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"A brilliant debut...Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book."

-- "Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

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Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn't fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day--with words now instead of cows. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semiferal children. Serpent & Dove is her debut novel. Visit her online at www.shelbymahurin.com.



Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others. Graham is the winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.



Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award-winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (3 September 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982688602
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982688608
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ Customer suggested age: 13 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 363 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.51 x 3.05 x 15.49 cm
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Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn't fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and reads voraciously. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semi-feral children.

Serpent &amp; Dove is Shelby’s debut novel. You can visit her online at www.shelbymahurin.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @shelbymahurin.

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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 19 May 2022
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good
By saiprangya on 19 May 2022
The overall book is good 😊 just a lil damage happened..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review.
By AroobaQamar on 18 August 2021
“There are some things that can’t be changed with words.”
- Serpent & Dove.

I picked this book right after i read another fantasy book. I was so indulged in fantasy so I picked another one.

The first half of the book was slow no doubt but the second half had my mind blown. It was so unexpected and the best part was how the book ends, in a way that I couldn’t keep my hands off of the second book.

The story starts with Louise running, hiding and in search of a ring that might keep her safe and hidden. When she’s about to be caught she uses the ring to escape and eventually runs into Reid.
The events take turns and they are left to no choice other than getting married.

Reid, a Chasseur married to Lou, a witch.
Chasseurs are known to hate witches. They kill / hunt them.
Witches, scared of Chasseurs.
And now they are married.

A perfect tale of enemy to lovers, although i feel it all happened too fast.

Great writing and narration.💯
Even though the book was slow in the start but the second half was definitely worth the wait!!🙌🏻
It’s a ⭐️ 3.8/5 ⭐️ for me.

Favourite quotes from the book:
• “Undiluted by indecision,he saw the world in black and white, suffering none of the messy, charcoal colours in between.
The colours of ash and smoke. Of fear and doubt.
The colours of me.”
• “Only God can read the depths of our soul.”
• “Love makes fools of us all, darling.”
• “Perhaps, but a wounded animal is a dangerous beast.”
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! Paperback Quality is astounding.
By Relphea Ava on 11 January 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Yes it can be predictable in certain ways but as readers, it can't be helped after reading many books. Despite that I loved it, with a strong female lead and an amazing male lead. The side characters had a strong presence which I highly appreciate as well as the style of writing. So glad I already brought the last two books I can gladly dive into them now.
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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 14 June 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magic overriding your emotions ❤️
By bookmonk._ on 14 June 2020
A WITCH & A WITCH HUNTER BOUND IN HOLY MATRIMONY, THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAY SUCH A STORY COULD END A STAKE AND A MATCH.
"You're to be my wife." Catching up to her in two strides, I reached out to grab her arm, but stopped short of touching her. "That means you'll obey me."Does it?" She raised her brows, still grinning. I suppose that means you'll honor and protect me, then? If we're adhering to the dusty old roles of your patriarchy?"I shortened my pace to match hers. "Yes."She clapped her hands together. "Excellent. At least this will be entertaining. I have many enemies."
Serpent and dove written by @shelbymahurin ,a 2019 YA romantic fantasy fiction revolves around a witch, Louise le blanc and a witch hunter,Reid diggory. Louise has fled from her coven and took shelter in the city of cesarine forsaking all magic and is stealing for livelihood, her life takes a dramatic turn when an unforeseen event Leads to her getting married to Reid diggory,a chasseur sworn to church, they aren't meant to be together yet when fate plays a cruel game, Louise has to choose between love and Life. I have always been a huge fan of fantasy fiction and as I was devouring page after page of serpent &dove, I fell in love with the lucid and dreamy writing, the bold and beautiful Lou, the precise and pious Reid, daring and dauntless Coco, it was like a movie unfolding before me, I have never quite enjoyed a YA romantic fantasy fiction as much as I did Serpent and dove, its not just a love story,it's the story of survival, resilience, faith and the fact that love conquers all. Anxiously waiting for the second book, blood & honey, for another Ride full of Fun,adventure and hopefully a happy ending(I have always been a fan of tragic endings since it makes love more meaningful yet I don't want to take chances for this book I might just have a myocardial infarction).Keeping my fingers crossed for more magic to fill my existence.Thank you for such a gem of a book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gostei bastante
Reviewed in Brazil 🇧🇷 on 14 October 2019
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Reviewed in Brazil 🇧🇷 on 14 October 2019
Há dois anos atrás, Louise precisou fugir do seu clã e procurar refúgio na sombria cidade de Cesarina. Mas a cidade esconde muitos perigos para uma mulher como ela. Bruxas são caçadas e queimadas, os caçadores são venerados pelos habitantes da cidade como homens santos.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The romance in this was everything
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 12 September 2019
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Talia Baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're sensitive to overused words and phrasing, stay away
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 8 September 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you're sensitive to overused words and phrasing, stay away
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 8 September 2019
I didn't make it through the first chapter, so I'm not going to be rude and give it 1 star simply because it isn't to my taste. I don't trust reviewers who do that.

However, seasoned readers should probably beware.

I was immediately drawn to this book based on numerous targeted ads.

The plot sounded fantastic. Great cover art. Character names that weren't otherworldly levels of obnoxious (I'm looking at you, Clary).

So, I gave it a shot. Instantly purchased, even though I already have oh-so-many books sitting at home unread.

I cracked this open less than an hour ago, and decided that I can't bring myself to continue.

I don't consider myself an ABSOLUTE snob. I understand no book is perfect. I just want to be transported!

Why did I stop reading this quickly, I hear all two of you asking?

Simple:

The editor on this book failed.

FAILED.

Seriously, worst editor EVER.

Here are the references to a smile/mouth/laughter in the first few pages alone as a descriptor:

Page 4 (the equivalent of the second page, as it begins on page 3):

"I couldn't help but grin."
"Smirked."
"I cackled."

Page 5:

"She pouted."
"Grinning."

Page 6:
"Chuckling."
"Whose lips twitched in an effort not to grin."
"Saccharine smile."
"Forcing a grin."
"Lips curling upward."

(There was also a "winked conspiratorially" which implies a smile yet again.)

Page 8:

"A wide smile."
"She grinned like a cat with cream."

Page 9:

"An alluring smile."

Page 10:

"An evil smile split his face."
"Andre bared his teeth."

(This is where I tapped out, but I'll continue through the first chapter just for your benefit.)

Page 11:

"Babette cast the two a small smile."
"Their grins vanished."

Page 12:

"Licking his lips nervously."
"With gleeful smirks."

Page 13:
"Her smile grew small and cruel."
"Smothering a snort."
"Shook with silent laughter."

Page 14:
"His mouth twisted."

Page 16:
"I could almost see her smile. It matched my own."

Phew!

Now, maybe I'm just too sensitive and that's really not that bad. But, keep in mind that 1) I probably missed some and 2) this is a fairly easy read, so the repetitiveness of descriptors feels fairly unrelenting.

If this were the only issue, I probably wouldn't have said anything. But poor editing becomes even more clear through other examples.

For instance:
"Babette glared at us." And then, just a couple short sentences later on the same page: "He glared at her for several long seconds." I don't think it was intended repetition to mirror Babette, but rather, they didn't realize that "glared" was already used above. And if it was an intentional glare, it should have been more obvious like "he matched her glare" or something, to make the two pointedly linked.

Similarly, the word "however" is used at least a few times within the first chapter.

References to "stupid" or idiot/idiocy, also several times in the first chapter.

It may very well be a book with a wonderful plot and full, developed characters - it certainly seemed like it had the potential to be interesting. However, I was so thoroughly taken out of it by the way certain phrasings and descriptors were overused that I decided it wasn't worth it. It felt rough, unpolished, and amateurish in this regard.

If you are not sensitive to cliches in word choices and repetition, you may love this book! I'm not saying don't give it a try - it may just be a "me" issue.

But, to the editor...and author, for that matter...please enter future novels into one of those "overused words" analysis websites online before beginning edits.

No one needs to read the word "grin" six times in one chapter alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite of 2019
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 6 November 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFEITO
Reviewed in Brazil 🇧🇷 on 16 March 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFEITO
Reviewed in Brazil 🇧🇷 on 16 March 2020
Absolutamente perfeito, memorável e com personagens que podem contar comigo pra tudo, PODE ENTRAR MELHOR FANTASIA DE 2020! ⠀

Serpent & Dove é o primeiro livro de uma até então duologia escrita por Shelby Mahurin e que infelizmente não tem aqui no Brasil ainda, mas eu vou indicar porque sei que quando chegar, vocês lembrarão das seguintes palavras: Reid, Lou e Ansel, contem comigo pra tudo!!!!!! ⠀

Tá, não eram exatamente essas palavras mas senta que vem. ⠀

Reid é um caçador de bruxas. Um Chasseur treinado pela igreja para exterminar tudo aquilo que era antinatural, abominável e que vagava de demoníaco na terra: as bruxas. E quem nossa menina é? Louise — que ela não me veja a chamando por esse nome —, uma criminosa ardilosa que se deixou ser vista mais de uma vez e que acabou se metendo numa situação um pouco extrema com o caçador gostoso. ⠀

Mas seguimores, sinopses e resumos a parte, vamos ao que interessa né? Reid é um GOSTOSÃO de quase 2m, contido, irônico e MUITO fofinho e puritano. Já a Lou é devassa, fala o que pensa e não tá nem aí pra quem tá ao redor dela, ela canta muito mal e tem uma boca muito suja. ⠀

A escrita da Shelby me fascinou de um jeito que eu não via desde Sarah J. Maas e Leigh Bardugo; ela liga os detalhes e faz coisas sem que você perceba, quando tudo tá quietinho, ela joga um plot twist na sua cara e depois disso é só ladeira abaixo. ⠀

Tombo atrás de tombo, a história te prende e você come as unhas, morde os dedos e fica com o coração na mão para o desfecho que os personagens podem ou não ter. Ela te prende a cada personalidade e você se vê em alguns momentos, se afeiçoando até a alguns personagens insuportáveis e ficando mais interessado em alguns coadjuvantes. ⠀

Mal posso esperar pra setembro chegar e Blood & Honey vir com toda a glória possível para o desfecho dessa duologia que me conquistou com todo o coração. ⠀

Digo e repito: Shelby Mahurin, conte comigo pra tudo!
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