Serpent & Dove: 1 Hardcover – 3 September 2019
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“Drips with intrigue and shadow.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“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)
“Will cast a spell on romance fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“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)
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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.
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- ISBN-10 : 0062878026
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062878021
- Hardcover : 528 pages
- Item Weight : 565 g
- Publisher : HarperTeen (3 September 2019)
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.99 x 20.96 cm
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Language: : English
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"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
Set in medieval fantasy age Lou is a witch on the run, possessed by her rarely practised powerful magic. But each demonstration of spell conveys a cost or perhaps a memory or conceivably one of your faculties or a part of your life. She has a friend along- Coco as companion but improbable conditions land her destiny with Reid a huntsman- essentially an inquisitor, of the congregation whose blessed mission is to chase witches. When unfortunate circumstances lands Lou and Reid in a holy matrimony, Reid decides to leave behind his love and make his was his world. But Lou's secret is short kept before she could reply and now Reid must decide what weighs more- love or his holy mission.
Nevertheless how far can a witch and witch hunter go for the love and can Reid overcome his closest betrayal.
I completely cherished this YA and accept that every fantasy and romance reader needs to read it. The book isn't especially engaged in a specific genre but gives away more than enough flashes of action, romance, dystopia and even poetry with the hilarious spells. The character building is strong which astonished me for being debut work of the author. The magic element surpasses every expectation I had. Reid and Lou are entirely affable characters while Ansel and Coco go out to be my top picks more than the fundamental charaters
What's more better is that the audiobook is so incredibly well narrated- so much that it's no less than a 12 hours long movie with bewildering plot. I was least aware I would like the the silence at regular intervals. It's good to see the protagonists and sidekicks just take a breath sometimes than fight for lives relentlessly.
The story at best is very logical and gives cunning glimpses of why magic was considered bad in the county and if it was really so or the product of hatred of those who didn't possess it.
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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.
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.
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?
The editor on this book 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."
"Whose lips twitched in an effort not to grin."
"Forcing a grin."
"Lips curling upward."
(There was also a "winked conspiratorially" which implies a smile yet again.)
"A wide smile."
"She grinned like a cat with cream."
"An alluring smile."
"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.)
"Babette cast the two a small smile."
"Their grins vanished."
"Licking his lips nervously."
"With gleeful smirks."
"Her smile grew small and cruel."
"Smothering a snort."
"Shook with silent laughter."
"His mouth twisted."
"I could almost see her smile. It matched my own."
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.
"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.
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.
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.