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Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove, 2) Paperback – July 6, 2021

4.3 out of 5 stars 3,258 ratings
Book 2 of 3: Serpent & Dove

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“In Lou’s world she not only finds her voice, but makes men take notice and change their views of women. With so many twists and turns, this book is a must for fans of the first.” -- School Library Journal

“Seductive, steamy, and satisfying.  Mahurin has delivered a fearless and captivating sequel that has me hooked. This is officially one of my favorite series ever.” -- Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth

“Decadent and dangerous, Blood & Honey was exactly the book I needed at precisely the right time. The rich cast of characters captivated me, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next for this merry band of miscreants.” -- Reneé Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath & the Dawn series

"Blood & Honey grabbed me by the throat. Shining with irreverent humor and brutal heartache, every magical word is rendered beautifully throughout the many twists and harrowing turns. Mahurin delivers a triumphant return to Belterra." -- Isabel Ibañez, author of Woven In Moonlight

“A breathless, breathtaking continuation of the magical world Mahurin has created pits the strength of love against the need to protect those one loves…at any cost.  Would you lose your soul to save someone else’s? Blood & Honey doesn’t just address this question; it slams the reader into the story - and that existential question - in a brilliant, unending roller-coaster ride.”   -- Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light

Praise for Serpent & Dove:
“Drips with intrigue and shadow.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“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, #1 New York Times  bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses series

“Will cast a spell on romance fans.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“Mahurin has taken the witch and witch hunter trope and made it new again. The world-building will draw in readers and Lou’s strong but wistful nature will keep them turning pages.” -- School Library Journal

About the Author

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semiferal children. Serpent & Dove is her debut novel and is followed by Blood & Honey. Visit her online at www.shelbymahurin.com.


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  • Publisher : HarperTeen (July 6, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 560 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062878085
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062878083
  • Reading age : 14 - 17 years
  • Grade level : 9 - 12
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.31 x 8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wait to read this when the third book comes out
By Charisma_reads on September 17, 2020
This book just wasn’t what my expectations where for it. SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT.

The whole love story between Reid and Lou was completely off.
Reid fighting his magic and “accepting” Lou as a witch but resenting her when using magic throughout 99% of the book was tedious and annoying.
The fighting scenes were quite dull.
I wanted to DNF this book multiple times.
I did however like the new characters into the book.
I thought the way she did Ansels death was not done tastefully and completely disrespectful towards his character.
I enjoyed how she ended the book because I thought it was hopeful way to end off to start a third book.
Overall, this book was dull and frustratingly annoying.
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Readinginpyjamas
3.0 out of 5 stars The angst level is high in this one!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just falls short of bewitching...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just falls short of bewitching...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2020
"Ask me no questions, mon amour, and I shall tell you no lies..."
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Did I like this book? Yes, very much. Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Did I love this book? I hate to say it, but no.
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"The wisest course of action isn't always the right one..."
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In this sequel we see Lou, Reid and Co navigating the consequences from the end of Serpent & Dove whilst trying to anticipate an attack from La Dame Des Sorcieres.
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What I really liked about this book was how we got to see more of the world and the magical creatures that inhabit it. There were lot of new and interesting characters introduced along the way. And that cliffhanger... Wow! I did predict it with some of the earlier foreshadowing but, my gods, it still hit hard!
I also experienced a first whilst reading this book as I took part in an Interactive Art Read-A-Long through A Touch of Magic Designs on IG. This included five mystery prints labelled with a corresponding chapter. It depicted the scene beautifully and helped to bring the characters to life. It also had me rushing to read on to reach the next print. This read-a-long is a big part of why this review is 4 stars instead of 3.
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"She wore secrets like armour, and she shed them for no one... "
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Now, I loved Serpent & Dove and I was abolsutely hooked on it. I feel Blood & Honey just fell short of that. It honestly felt like Lou and Reid were strangers - that original spark was missing. The story between those two felt repetitive in this book and not fresh like in S&D. It felt like this was a 'filler' book before getting to the Finale. I'm a sucker for romance and theirs just seemed to dwindle. I'm hoping to see a revival in book 3.
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"You are earth. And she is fire..."
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Mary or Gray Stu's here!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Favourite Author?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2021
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2021
It is fair to say that the character development in this book was stellar. Serpent & Dove paved the way for an ongoing emotional investment in Lou and Reid that was really honed in on in the sequel. Blood & Honey had me rooting for them from the very beginning and throughout, even with all their struggles. Admittedly it was frustrating to read through the arguments and tension at times but it was real. No relationship with that amount of conflict is going to be easy and Shelby really illustrated that in her writing.

We also saw more from the other characters in the story which I appreciated. Seeing little mini romances and relationships develop between different characters in the world was both exciting and frustrating. Ansel in particularly grew on me a lot, he is so underestimated and I just wanted to see him flourish! Coco on the other hand actually started to get on my nerves in this book. She was one of my favourites going in but she made some pretty lousy choices which ultimately dimmed my overall perception of her character by the end.

World building in Blood & Honey was impeccable. The magic system got some well needed attention. I thoroughly enjoyed reading as it was fleshed out more and more. The writing is very immersive which really helps to teleport the readers mind to every location the characters venture to. This is particularly important for Blood & Honey as the characters travels play so heavily on the overarching plot line.

The plot! Heart wrenching, emotional and full of angst. The twists and turns in the plot, especially towards the end, were so unexpected. I audibly gasped at the ending. I was not ready! That is pretty much all I can say without spoiling the whole thing.

It is fair to say that Blood & Honey did suffer slight ‘Second Book Syndrome’ in that I was bored at certain points. Mainly during the meat in the middle chapters. I just wanted to skip to the part where they made it to where they were going! Admittedly though, listening to the audio book made even the more dry parts of the book sound thrilling. The voice acting was really well done and I was impressed with how much passion and enthusiasm the actors put into playing their parts in the story. Each voice played a vital role in me feeling like I was in the midst of an epic fantasy story and I loved that.

To conclude, Blood & Honey is a story about learning. We learn not only about imperfect relationships but about the people in them. We learn that Lou is reckless and out of control, Reid is rigid and believes everything has a place. What they both needed to learn in this book was how to balance each other out. How to make each other better people, instead of focusing on what makes them different.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THAT. ENDING.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 25, 2021
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