Debut Novel Pick for September: Serpent and Dove

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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.

Starting a new series on the blog this month! Each month I’ll be sharing a new debut that catches my eye. This month I picked Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin.

I saw this book on Facebook of all things. There was a video promo that stopped my scroll and when I saw that Sarah J. Maas was blurbing it, I knew I wanted to look the book up.

And it sounds GREAT.

Somewhere I read that this world is inspired by 17th century France, which, sign me up. Also a forced marriage between a witch and a witch hunter who doesn’t know his wife is a witch? DRAMA. Then I scanned through some of the advance reviews on Goodreads and people are loving this book which makes me very excited. And that cover is just gorgeous.

Though I haven’t seen much hype elsewhere for it, I’m interested to see if this one starts popping up on bookstagram. I’m looking forward to getting a copy myself…though probably not right away as my book collection is a little bit out of control (but what else is new).

Serpent & Dove is scheduled to be released on September 3rd from HarperTeen.


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