serpent and dove; book review

i first purchased serpent and dove on audbile as part of my monthly subscription. i love listening to audio books as i fall asleep as i think the narration gives the fiction more personality. however, as i usually listen at night i often miss parts of the story and you can usually buy the kindle version of the book fairly cheaply if you already have the audible version and vice versa.

since becoming a bit more involved in the bookstagram community i’ve seen so much love for serpent and dove so i thought i’d give it a read too and i’m so glad i did!

book review of serpent and dove

serpent and dove is told from the perspective of two characters, lou and reid. lou is angsty, tough, a theif, has to disguise herself and, most importantly, a dame blanche; a witch. after eaves dropping in on a conversation at a brothel her and her two accomplices, bas and coco, decide to steal a ring and this leads to a world of trouble for lou.

reid is a holy man, devout, strong, incredibly tall and very proper. he was an orphan raised by the church and then became one of the chasseurs, a warrior, a killer, a witch hunter. he’s there the night lou tries to steal the ring. she gets away but they run into each other again and the chase resumes leading to both of them falling into a compromising position.

serpent and dove ebook cover and mug from the february fairyloot box.

the plot thickens when, to save the reputation of his captain, the archbishop forces the two to marry. a witch and a witch killer in holy matrimony. of course, there’s more to this than meets the eye.

throughout the story we see lou and reid deal with the difficulty in being married to someone they don’t know or understand. their interactions together are funny, because it’s so obvious lou has no care for the devout ways of her husband. lou has had to toughen up for the last two years and she struggles with the lack of freedom her new life, stuck in the chasseurs tower. reid, however, was in love with another woman who told him to put the church before marriage never expecting to find him married to someone so different.

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i really loved this story. the character interactions had moments of great tenderness as well as comedy. both characters are fierce and stubborn in their own ways and dealing with a life they never saw for themselves. lou has secrets that could get her killed at the hands of her husband if he knew she was a witch and is balancing on a knife edge throughout trying to keep her secret whilst trying to train her repressed magic to keep away from her enemies.

there is nothing i didn’t enjoy about this story. you really feel lou’s anquish during the conflict of the book and it’s easy to start disliking the main antagonist when you finally meet them. the sub characters, ansel and coco are likable and really help to steer the characters concious. there is sexual tension which just makes you want to shout at the characters and get them to finally kiss. the writing just keeps you turning pages. i read this over a weekend as i just couldn’t put it down.

serpent and dove is an excellent young adult read with likable, interesting characters, great conflict, tension and surprise reveals. i loved it. lou is my new favourite, favourite female lead. blood and honey, (preorder with affiliate link) the sequel, will follow serpent and dove and i can not wait to get my hands on the next book!

One of my goals for 2020 is to read 52 books or around one a week. Some might be new, some are ones I’ve had for a while or been meaning to read, some I haven’t quite finished yet and some will be recommendations from others. You can see all the books I’ve read so far on my Good Reads 2020 Reading Challenge.

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