After everybody and their grandma raved about this novel, I finally picked up my Fairyloot edition and tore through the pages of Serpent & Dove. Did I love it? Hate it? Let’s find out!
The Plot (as found on Goodreads):
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 enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
I enjoyed this book a lot, and I’ll go into detail on the hows and whys in a moment. Before I want to address a rather big issue I had with Serpent & Dove that made me feel rather uneasy through most of the novel.
While I can enjoy well-written enemies to lovers stories, the fact that here the main guy is basically a religious fanatic out to hunt witches and then ends up with a witch somehow didn’t sit right with me. The way they referred to witches as “it” instead of “she” and how they saw himself as the savior almost made me sick to my stomach. For a big portion of the novel, I actually questioned whether I would be able to enjoy this at all.
At some point Shelby Mahurin managed to win me over, but that slightly uneasy feeling in my stomach never fully went away.