Serpent & Dove
by Mahurin, Shelby






In a world where witches are hunted by the church, Louise le Blanc, who fled her coven for the city of Cesarine, is forced into marriage with Reid Diggory, a church huntsman.





Though Louise Le Blanc fled from her coven, she has never quite left her magic behind-and in Cesarine, where soldiers of the Church, called Chausseurs, ruthlessly hunt and burn witches, the slightest whiff of magic is a dangerous thing. Lou carves a life out of trickery and crime, but when she encounters a rising star Chausseur named Reid, she has to con him into a compromising position to keep from being exposed. But then the Church forces them to marry, trapping them both in a wary, unpleasant union. Though a genuine attraction grows between them, Lou knows that Reid's values are firm; the truth of what she is endangers her no matter how much he's come to care. A detailed supporting cast and a rich, French-inspired world make for a strong backdrop, but the core of this fantasy is Lou and Reid's complicated, often steamy romance, and a religious war that shows no side in a gentle light. There are no resolutions here, either-readers will have to wait for the inevitable sequel for those. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Though Louise Le Blanc fled from her coven, she has never quite left her magic behind-and in Cesarine, where soldiers of the Church, called Chausseurs, ruthlessly hunt and burn witches, the slightest whiff of magic is a dangerous thing. Lou carves a life out of trickery and crime, but when she encounters a rising star Chausseur named Reid, she has to con him into a compromising position to keep from being exposed. But then the Church forces them to marry, trapping them both in a wary, unpleasant union. Though a genuine attraction grows between them, Lou knows that Reid's values are firm; the truth of what she is endangers her no matter how much he's come to care. A detailed supporting cast and a rich, French-inspired world make for a strong backdrop, but the core of this fantasy is Lou and Reid's complicated, often steamy romance, and a religious war that shows no side in a gentle light. There are no resolutions here, either-readers will have to wait for the inevitable sequel for those. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





A stealth witch and a devout witch hunter are forced to marry. In this French-flavored fantasy world, witches are hunted down by the Church's Chasseurs and burned at the stake; they retaliate against this genocidal crusade through vicious terrorist attacks. Thief Louise le Blanc wants none of that—she's left her witch life behind. But Lou ends up on Chasseur captain Reid Diggory's radar when a heist goes bad; his attempt to catch her lands them in a situation so compromising that the archbishop suggests marriage to save face. Lou's initial priority is self-protection—wanting to avoid both fallout from the heist and a dangerous figure from her past—and she's fine with using Reid. The slow-burn, opposites-attract romance between crass, irreverent Lou and prim and proper Reid gets very hot and sexy once it ignites. Lou sees firsthand the damages some witches do to innocents, has her presumptions about individual Chasseurs challenged, and also sees up close the horrors Chasseurs perpetrate. Despite occasional pacing hiccups and an easily guessed twist, the secondary characters will charm readers, and the story picks up when Lou's past dangerously catches up to her, revealing the true stakes. Though at heart a romance, rich second-tier characters round out the shades-of-gray, morality-and-empathy themes. Witches, Chasseurs, and some secondary characters come in all colors; the leads appear white. The ending screams sequel. Will cast a spell on romance fans. (Fantasy. 15-adult) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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