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    An Amazon Best Book of 2019

    New York Times Best Seller

    B&N's YA Book Club Pick

    Indiebound Best Seller

    Number Six on the 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List

    "A brilliant debut, full of everything I love: a sparkling and fully realized heroine, an intricate and deadly system of magic, and a searing romance that kept me reading long into the night. Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book." (Sarah J. Maas, number one New York Times best-selling author of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series)

    Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy duology, this tale of witchcraft and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Sara Holland.

    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.

    As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation - marriage.

    Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

    Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, book one of this stunning fantasy trilogy will leave listeners burning for more.

    ©2019 Shelby Mahurin (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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    An author full of ideas

    Good story with lots of good ideas but characters too poor (I'm sure there would be so much more to add to them) and simple. Would need more time to make it perfect and addictive. Male narrator pretty bad. Especially compare to the female voice. Will read the all trilogy thought.

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    bon livre

    l'histoire est bonne bien que très prévisible, mais la performance de Holter Graham est terrible ! Il parle du nez et ses intonations sont très étranges

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    Can't wait for the next

    I really enjoyed this audiobook.
    The story in itself is well written and the world and characters really well built.
    The performance was really nice to listen to and had me really engrossed in the story.

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    • Megan Barber
    • 23/01/2020

    Story is okay, Male narrator almost ruins it

    I am a huge fan of the Court of Roses and Thorns series, so I hoped I would really enjoy this. It was good. I would probably pick up the second one when it comes out, unless they have the same male narrator! When I heard his first chapter, I considered turning the book off and returning it. I’m glad I pushed through, but I won’t listen to the second one if he narrates again. Listeners, beware!

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    • Maddie
    • 26/09/2020

    What even was this?

    Woof - not sure what to say here. This book was definitely a disappointment and I have to agree that the glowing reviews and praise-filled industry blurbs are deeply confusing. This is obviously written by a novice writer who needed a much, much better editor. I realize that there are some books that are just meant to be trashy good fun, and that not everything has to be high art, and honestly, what did I expect going into a book like this? Still, I guess I just crave a modicum of craft, even in my trashy good fun reads. Main issues that made this a bust for me:

    -repetitive, sloppy language that relies on cliches: The amount of times someone tucked a strand of hair as a gesture of affection, or had a single tear slide down their face to show their internal torment, or gritted their teeth and clenched their fists to demonstrate their anger - it was practically funny by the end. Also, everyone obviously has blue eyes, green eyes, or blue-green eyes (TURQUOISE eyes, in fact, that you can see through a dark window across a lawn, at night!), because everyone knows that attractive magical people can only have blue or green eyes. The first chapter uses the word "grin" about 25 times (only a slight exaggeration). It's riddled with sloppy dialogue tags and action descriptors, even in places where I feel like they should have been scrutinized thoroughly, such as the aforementioned first chapter, and the very last line of the book. "Reid groaned audibly. "Shit."" Isn't a groan, by definition, audible? Shouldn't someone have cared enough, somewhere along the way, to tell the author to tighten up the language a bit?

    -the relationship: yikes! this book was billed as a hate-to-love slow burn romance involving a forced marriage between a witch and a witch hunter. To me, that screams: ANGST ANGST ANGST, intense dark shit, brooding self-loathing, mistrust, miscommunication - you know, all the best aspects of heart-wrenching angsty romance. This romance was not a slow burn, or even a true hate-to-love. It read much closer to INSTA-love. Sure, they disliked each other at first, but very quickly struck up a witty and general friendly dynamic, then seemed to wake up one day thinking the other person was hot and awesome. What followed was the fluffiest string of scenes - theater outings, royal balls, and - literal - Christmas shopping trips (!?!?!) where-in the characters do things like: trip and tumble in the snow, laughing; almost kiss but then don't for no explicable reason whatsoever; and have conversations that go as dark as Lou saying "I don't want to talk about that right now," and Reid saying "Okay." The author does not seem to know how to use the natural tension between the characters to good effect, or demonstrate how and why they are falling in love in a believable way. It's apparently enough to say: they like each other, because...they do! And then repeatedly tell the reader that they are the love of each other's life for the rest of the book...

    -Reid: I love me a good fantasy romance wish-fulfillment hero. Reid is....not that. He has all the personality of a brick of compressed sawdust. He has a potentially super juicy back story - abandoned at birth, raised in the church, indoctrinated into a way of thinking that allows him to literally burn children alive without guilt - like, that's some dark ass shit! But none of that is really excavated in a meaningful way, it just serves as backstory that the author can tell us about constantly in the effort of giving him some depth, instead of actually showing us anything interesting about his character. He also falls into the "possessive, slightly jealous and domineering husband" box that is...supposed to be an attractive character trait? He would never hit Lou, of course (even though he literally burns people like Lou alive), so that makes his possessive domineering jealousy...charming??? Like....what?!?!?

    I did like Lou and found some of the humor and banter enjoyable, but that's about the only good thing I can say for this. Even the cast of secondary characters didn't feel interesting and well-drawn, they just felt like more fluffy cardboard cutouts used to prop up the plot. The pacing was a mess, with no discernible sense of a timeline - was it days, weeks, months passing? I honestly don't know! The settings are poorly drawn, the world-building lackluster. Honestly, the whole thing felt like a fanfiction mash up between Outlander and A Discovery of Witches. And I am someone who has obviously read Outlander and A Discovery of Witches, and I also enjoy fanfiction, so that's not necessarily a dealbreaker for me. It was just so poorly executed that it's a big big disappointment.

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    • Elena
    • 29/02/2020

    Religious story

    I really enjoyed the main female character. She was a strong, funny, foul mouth girl which I really enjoyed. The female narrator did a wonderful job. Unfortunately, there was a very strong religious undertone to the whole story. Because of the heavy religious aspect I’m not going to continue listening to this audiobook. I also strongly dislike the male narrator.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 12/09/2019

    Holy Witches Batman

    Honestly, I was pretty skeptical with the first chunk of this book. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to stick with it, but I’m glad I did. The characters, the world building, the French influence.... it’s actually amazing. Such a magical story, you won’t be able to put it down!

    I deducted a star only for the first 30% being a bit slow and the male lead INITIALLY being incredibly unlikable. However, he quickly develops and grows on you. Additionally, Lou, the female lead, is a hilarious gift and I LOVE HER.

    The male narration leaves something to be desired. It’s not awful, but his cadence is choppy and a little off putting. In contrast, the female narrator is exquisite so they balance out.

    Overall? Definitely worth a listen/read. I can’t wait for the next one!

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    • C&D Read, Listen, Watch, and Play 🎸🎮💻⚾
    • 10/09/2019

    a new favorite

    I had high hopes going into Serpent & Dove and was not disappointed. Which is great, because before I read the book I had already ordered two copies and know it’s coming in a subscription box. Oh, and I had also already bought tickets to the Epic Reads Meetup fall tour to meet her, so there was a lot of hype for this book to live up to and it absolutely did.


    Serpent and Dove is a dual-POV YA fantasy debut from Shelby Mahurin. There are so many things I loved about this novel I just made a list. Also, I’m super busy this week at work and my kids are back to baseball this week so I have to make it shorter.

    -STRONG WOMEN
    -excellent enemies to friends love story (my favvv)
    -witches! And a unique take on how they cast spells
    -flawed characters – I love this especially. Please don’t give me a Mary Sue. I’m not interested.
    -swearing. Why is this on the list? Because I’m a sailor and I love to swear. Characters who swear are instantly more relate-able to me. Mahurin uses real swear words too. Made up swear words are tiresome.
    -sexy. The sex isn’t explicit and no parts are actually named, but the sex scenes are really well done. The fade-to-black gets annoying sometimes so I’m glad to see authors writing about loving consensual sexual relationships. Shelby tweeted about this as well.
    -lots of action and strong character development. It was like the perfect combo for me and I never once got bored or wanted to fast forward the audio. Seeing the characters grow and develop was something I really enjoyed, and I am normally much more of a story-driven reader.
    -super funny -the witty banter between Lou and Reid was 10/10
    -well-built story arc. No plot holes (that I found) and a satisfying ending. Of course I still have questions because this is a series, but that’s to be expected.
    -piggybacking off the one above – the REVEALS. I loved the way the story unfolded and how major surprises were revealed. They felt natural.

    The absolute worst thing about this book is that I can’t read what happens next until 2020. ugh.


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    I've listened to books narrated by both Holter Graham and Saskia Maarleveld before, so I knew going in that I would like them. As expected, they were great. Saskia Maarleveld in particular is so easy to listen to.

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    • DrHeather
    • 15/02/2020

    So bad

    I couldn’t even get halfway through. Main character is painfully stupid. There’s zero chemistry. I kept listening hoping there would be some redeeming factor like a good sex scene and it was just too painful to continue.

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    • Deborah
    • 09/11/2019

    Unexpected!

    Honestly I wanted to DNF this book at the start, but I saw the reviews and decided to push on. After all, it has one of my favorite tropes. Romeo and Juliet. The story took me by surprise as I started to find myself engrossed with the characters and my emotions turning with them as they went on their journey. The surprises had me started as well and I’m so glad I pushed through this book. Started slow but then before you know it- you’re going Down hill with no brakes. Can’t can’t CANT wait for the next book.

    The ONLY issues I had was the narrators. The woman kept a whispering and was hard to hear/understand at times. And the male reader read with passion. But he read way too fast and used odd accents that rolled together after a while. While they were’t terrible, it was part of the reason I almost DNF’d this book.

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    • Marc Limas
    • 22/10/2019

    Male Reader isn't my Favorite

    While I enjoyed the beginning of this book and the magic system I felt like to romance was strained and I didn't like the male lead. It could have been the male reader of the audiobook though, his cadence was strange and it made the character so severe. There was a total disconnect between Lou's personality when she was being read by the female reader and the male reader and it made it seem like the male love interest fell in love with a completely different person. The ending was a let down as well... There was a lot of repeating of ideas the reader already understood. I would have just preferred to stay with the female reader and Lou's journey, I found myself caring very little about Reid. I will probably read the next book, I think this author has some great ideas and I am looking forward to them maturing!

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    • Shannon
    • 09/12/2019

    Just not enough plot

    And too much insta love type romance, I didn’t really get into either main character , I liked lu at first but she kind of got stale, it will be good for someone mostly looking for romance novel

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    • Shelby
    • 12/09/2019

    Good story...

    The story was fine, it kept me reasonably engaged but I had a big problem with the male narrator. His voices were inconsistent and the cadence was at best distracting and at worst unbearable. I probably won’t pick up a sequel.

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    • FakeFairy
    • 14/12/2020

    Starke weibliche Charas mit guter Story

    Die Story ist solide aufgebaut und die Charaktere gut entwickelt. Der Hauptcharakter ist eine selbstbewusst und aufgeweckte Frau mit Tiefe und einem losen Mundwerk, welchen ich sehr gefeiert habe. Die Thematisierung von Hexenverfolgungen in der Geschichte hat mich sehr berührt, was für mich ein großer Pluspunkt für ein gutes Buch ist.
    Leider hatte ich teilweise Probleme den Sprecher zu verstehen, da er manchmal etwas undeutlich spricht.

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    • Carolina Cao
    • 26/09/2019

    Magnificent

    It‘s been a while since I fell so hard for a book. Every character was nuanced and I just loved all the protagonists and side characters. The antagonists weren’t boringly one-dimensional but very interesting and you get to love to hate them. It was fast-paced and witty and don’t get me started on the swoon-worthy romance. Overall a brilliant story and I can’t wait for the sequel!

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    • Denise
    • 24/12/2020

    A gripping -if well known - story

    I got through this story within a day as I simply couldn't put it down. The main character is a strong minded independent young witch who doesn't practise witchkraft anymore. And then she is forced to marry - something she swore to herself she would never do. And a witchhunter at that!
    I especially enjoyed that you get pieces of the story from both characters thus understanding their motives much better. And even though the story is quite predictable it is still gripping and a light bit of reading/ listening.
    The only downside was Reid's naraator whose voice gets quite nasal and annoying sometimes.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 15/05/2021

    Good heroine

    Good book and story. I like heroines who are standing their ground and are not simply damsels in distress. At times she appaired too quirky (as if the author had tried a bit too hard) to be really relatable though. Narrators were very good and I enjoyed listening to it!

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    • Alice Klinger
    • 07/01/2021

    I really enjoyed the story, the twists

    I really enjoyed the story and the twists of it.
    I loved the end
    I enjoyed the female speaker, not so much the male one pretending to do female voices.

    I can recommend this book and are looking forward to the next book of the series

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    • Natascha Asberger
    • 16/10/2020

    Good fanatsy romance story

    Took me half the book to get into the story but then I enjoyed it. The religion/church theme was irritating in the beginning but it made sense later in the book. I did not find the romance as gripping as the ones in the Sarah J Maas books but it was solid.

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    • Sabrina
    • 12/06/2020

    Tolle Fantasiegeschichte!

    Die Sprecher sind großartig, die Welt die kreiert wurde macht einen neugierig und die Geschichte ist nicht künstlich auf pg13 getrimmt. Volle Kaufempfehlung

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 04/05/2020

    Creative idea but weak character development

    I loved the speaker, the setting, the mentioning of several queer relationships and the main character Lu in the beginning. However, she turned from a fierce to a whiney character. I also didn't feel the love story. It seemed a bit hurried.