Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: September 2019
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Forbidden Love, Devotion, Family
Serpent & Dove is one of those fantastic fantasy books that completely deserve being devoured, as slowly or as fast as you wish. It will increase your interest with each new chapter, so much that its 500 pages will have felt like 300 by the end. Shelby Mahurin doesn’t reinvent witches, but she does do something interesting with the concept and the use of magic. The forbidden love part sure was exciting, too, and I dare say I’m counting down the days until the release of book 2.
If I have one complaint, it’s that the characters didn’t spend enough time outside of buildings and closed doors. But Shelby Mahurin doesn’t over-describe and she likes to make her characters talk with conviction, passion and even malice (hehe), so unless you somehow don’t end up being amused or intrigued by the idea of a witch and a witch-hunter marrying each other without knowing the truth about one another, I dare say add this title to your pile of books you want to get through during your time in isolation. (Maybe even at the top of the pile.)
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