Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove #2) by Shelby Mahurin

Fantasy, 528 pages, published in 2020

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of her mother, Lou and the crew must figure out where they are safe and how they can defeat Morgane.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Content Warning: general violence

I really enjoyed the first book, so I was really looking forward to this one, but unfortunately, I didn’t like it and it kind of ruined my fond memories of the first one.

The ending of the first one really made it sound like this book was going to focus on the side characters and have Lou and Reid in the background, but that was not the case at all. In fact, I feel like it put the side characters in the background even more, in favor of new side characters.

I honestly could not even tell you what the plot of this book was. In the beginning, the group kind of had a goal, but because of a twist at the end, all the work they put into that goal for the first half of the book seemed wasted. This just made it feel really boring.

The villain is also so bland. It feels like they are being evil just for the sake of being evil.

The relationship between Reid and Lou was the cause of my enjoyment of the first book, but in this one, they just didn’t have the same appeal to me. The hate to love tension was gone, and in it’s place, there was a different kind of tension. They just had a lot of things to work out, but it felt like they didn’t even really talk about them before deciding that everything was resolved.

I think this series is a perfect example of a book that should have been a standalone. There was no need to draw out the “plot”, the villain, or the lack of worldbuilding. I found out that this was going to be a trilogy, not a duology, right before starting this book, and honestly, there’s no way I’ll finish the series.

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