Y’all I FINALLY read this and I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner! The Goodreads hype did not disappoint.
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.
This is a debut novel?? I’m so impressed!
The worldbuilding in this book was wonderful, the characters felt real, the plot was fast-paced with high stakes, and the relationships in the book were complex and great.
I absolutely love witchy things and this book is no exception. Ironically, I had just finished watching an episode from season 2 of Outlander with the Dame Blanche so this was perfect timing. I really loved the history of magic, the feminist spins, and the moral parallels we can draw between the story and real-world issues. The worldbuilding developed very naturally and is nuanced yet understandable. I want to know more about this world because it’s so interesting, not because I just don’t understand it (looking at you, Wicked as You Wish).
Reid and Lou both go through a lot of development in this book. They’re both great as independent characters and I really liked seeing their bond form and grow stronger as the book progressed. I obviously enjoyed the romance, but as usual I was also here for the friendships. The less-than-excellent relationship between Reid and Jean Luc was just as important as the admirable relationship between Coco and Lou. And Ansel, dear Ansel. I have so much love for Ansel. I won’t say much about this because holy spoilers, but the familial relationships here are also insane and I loved them. Again, we can draw some real lessons from these parts of the story that also help make this fantasy book more relatable.
There’s always something going on in this book that kept me turning the pages. Filled with many twists it was very difficult to put the book down when my break at work ended, *sigh*. Although there was some “downtime” in the book, I never stopped feeling the urgency behind the plot. The ending of the book definitely leaves me wanting more and I can’t wait to see what develops in book two.
I would definitely recommend reading Serpent & Dove, the hype and my expectations were certainly met. I’ll definitely be getting my hands on Blood & Honey as soon as I can!
Have you read Serpent & Dove? What are your thoughts?