It is already that time again… time to discuss the book club read of the month! In February we read Serpent & Dove/ Heks & Jager by Shelby Mahurin. I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since it came out, it’s one of those hyped books that everyone seems to love. Now that it has been translated into Dutch as well, I figured it was the perfect time to pick up this book!
Heks & Jager by Shelby Mahurin
Published by Harper Collins YA on January 21st 2020
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
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.
Firstly, we need to talk about the cover!!! It is just so stunning. Probably one of the prettiest covers I’ve seen in a while. So well done whoever designed it! And thanks to the Dutch publisher for keeping the cover the same. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but damn a pretty cover certainly doesn’t hurt, it’s the first thing you see after all!
Onto the actual book… I loved it! I don’t read fantasy that often anymore because I feel like a lot of them are so similar. But this one was truly a great book. The first 2/3 chapters were a bit difficult to get through. I felt like a lot of information was thrown at me and it was a lot to process. At first, I had no clue who was who or what was happening. Luckily, it started to make sense quickly and then it just sucked me in.
It was very easy to read, it had a quick pace and the chapters were nice and short which I loved. I think the author did a good job of describing everything and making this world seem alive. I also really loved the characters. Louise definitely made me laugh out loud a couple of times, she’s so sassy and funny. And then there’s Reid… SWOON! Oh and let’s not forget Ansel, I thought he was really cute as well. I hope that we’ll read more about him in the sequel.
I must say, the overall storyline is quite predictable. But there are definitely enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and original. Besides, it has the tropes that I love; enemies to lovers and a slow-burn romance. And it also has magic, witches, an arranged marriage, forbidden love, and witch hunters. What more could one want?
I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. Why not 5 you may ask since I’ve just written a raving review. Well… I can’t really give you a reason why, it’s more of a feeling. Maybe I’m saving that last remaining star for the sequel; Blood & Honey. I really can’t wait! It will be published in September, I’m not sure about the Dutch translation, but I sure hope that will be published then as well.
The March pick of the book club will be revealed on Instagram soon; @ohmybook.club!