This is a review of Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin.
Lou ran away from her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine. She lives with her best friend Coco (who is also a witch however from another coven). Forsaking all Magic she has to steal and scheme to survive. In a time were being a women is dangerous and witches are hunted, keeping a low profile is important. Or you may as well end up on a stake.
For Reid being a Chasseur is all he knows. Sworn to the Church he is determined all witches are evil and hunts them. There paths were never mend to cross but when a heist gone wrong both find that their way of thinking may not be right.
The magic system in this book is amazing. I love the whole eye for an eye thing were when you want to take something away from someone you need to give something up yourself to restore balance. I love how these paths may differ per witch since we all value things differently. The storyline in this book is great and original.
I love the characters in this book. For me the best characters were the side characters. Coco is such a fierce and loyal friend and Ansel is just so adorable. I would have liked it if there was a bit more background to the characters. I feel like there is a lot we do not know about there past. Like why Coco left her coven.
I am conflicted at the worldbuilding of this book. On one side I love the places and the way they are discribed. The world in itself is great. However the setting is suposed to be inspired by 15th century France but I do not see much of that in the book. Besides the aspect of the Church, view on women and witchhunting I do not see much France in the book. I think it would have been better if she either let go of the whole French thing and create her own world (in my opinion it is already looking like this) or make the setting more feel like France.
I loved this book, sadly not as much as I would have hoped. It was hyped up so much that I expected it to be a 5 star but for me it did not live up to that. I still enjoyed the book so much and would really recommend it but for me it is 4 out of 5 stars.