I really enjoyed this!
Serpent and Dove follows the story of a witch named Lou who is on the run from her coven. When she ends up in the hands of the Chasseurs (witch hunters) as a thief and known witch associate through some unforeseen circumstances she is forced to marry one of them.
I thought this book was cleverly done. I had heard it involved a witch and witch hunter being forcing to get married and I didn’t quite understand how it was going to happen, but the way the plot line played out it made sense. It wasn’t at all insta-lovey and there was definitely a period of hatred, turned to indifference, to mutual respect and then we started getting more feelings involved. It definitely progressed on the slower side of thing but I didn’t mind it.
I absolutely loved Lou’s character, especially how crass she is in the presence of the Chasseurs and how uncomfortable she makes them. I like that she acknowledges how prudish they are and goes out of her way to make them horrified or embarrassed by her behavior. It definitely kept me entertained throughout the plot.
Reid’s character was at first a little boring and too rigid for me but I like that we gradually see him thaw and actually get to know Lou and accept her for who she is. I thought his blind reverence for the Archbishop a little stale to be honest but it did play a key role in how the story played out. He was a lot more of an integral character than just Lou’s love interest and I like that he was a strong presence in the book. He is quite staunch and firm in his beliefs that all witches should be burned and to see how his perception of what he thought was right get drastically changed because of his feelings was a moment!
The pacing like I said was a little on the slower side but I was so invested in the plot that I honestly didn’t care, I just wanted more. I thought the premise was highly original and the whole dichotomy between the witches and the different covens was fascinating to get into. Hopefully after that ending and the witches being the main focus at the moment we get a deeper insight into that world in the next book!
⭐️4/5 Witchy, dark, high stakes!
These are five of my favourite quotes from the last 5 books that I have completed!
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
“It had been a long time since I’d prayed to Thora or Sigr. Not because I didn’t believe in the gods, but because I wasn’t sure they listened.”
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
“But is love ever truly a choice?”
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
“Then his heart, now broken into a thousand pieces, slowly began to turn to ice.”
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
“A witch and a witch hunter bound in holy matrimony. There was only one way such a story could end-a stake and a match.”
An Anonymous Girl by Sarah Pekkanen & Greer Hendriks
“If you have to ask if you can trust someone, you already know the answer.”
Time for another WWW Wednesday!!I am currently reading Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff! I am only about 10 pages in so I’m still on the early stages but I am SO excited to finally read this!
The last book I completed was My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. This was definitely one of the most twisted domestic thrillers I’ve read in a while. It was like a roller-coaster ride from beginning to end!
I think next I’ll be continuing on in the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes with Rebel Spring. I actually really enjoyed the plot and pacing from Falling Kingdoms and I found the characters quite complex and entertaining so I’m excited to continue on in this series!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books with extraordinary book titles. I have chosen 10 books from this year with interesting book titles that played a factor in making me want to pick them up! These could be books I’ve never heard of before, super hyped books or random books that immediately intrigued me because of its name.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Birthday by Meredith Russo
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
I had my misgiving about this book but once I got stuck in I was hooked!
Falling Kingdoms revolves around 4 individuals living in three separate kingdoms in the land of Mytica. As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed.
I thought this was very well planned out and I like that each of the main characters interacted with each other earlier on in the plot. Usually when we have multiple perspectives in fantasy novels it takes forever for the protagonists to cross paths but with Falling Kingdoms they all interact with each other quite frequently from the start which I enjoyed.
I found Cleo to be a little naïve and spoilt at times! Right at the start of the book with the whole altercation between Aron and the Tomas soured her a little fore me. She could have stepped in a whole lot sooner and diffused the situation, especially since she had Theon with her. It didn’t have to escalate to that level and end in bloodshed, which was the catalyst for the whole war. Her stubbornness and pride resulted in a lot of situations that definitely could have been avoided.
I thought the way Jonas focused all of his anger and aggression on Cleo was a little unfair. Sure she just sat back and let it happen but Aron was the one who ultimately killed his brother, I just thought he should have been more focused on him. I did like however, that he was able to be talked out of his insane quest to assassinate Cleo and Aron and work with the chief on bring the whole country down instead.
Magnus’s whole plot-line with Lucia made me a little uncomfortable to be perfectly honest. The way he was feeling towards he even before he found out she was adopted was a little weird and I’m not sure how it’s going to play out for the rest of the series. I just thought there are so many other options for him to pursue. Other than that little indiscretion I actually quite enjoy his character. Stepping up and becoming the Prince of Blood and trying to live up to his father’s expectations is entertaining! I’m always drawn to the bad boys and every time he interacts with Cleo he just exudes those bad boy vibes!
Lucia hasn’t really made an impact on me yet. I know she is supposed to be this all powerful sorceress but I have yet to see her really get involved in what is happening outside of her immediate family. I thought she would play a bigger role because she is the first of her kind in like 1000 years but I’m guessing she is going to establish herself in the books to come!
I found the premise to be very unique and quite cut throat. Characters that I thought would be integral to the plot are killed off at will and that definitely kept the stakes at an all-time high. This was a solid start to the series, and I am excited to continue on to see where it will progress next!
⭐️4/5 stars Great foundation for hopefully a great series!