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Blood & Honey: Serpent & Dove, Book 2

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Witchy sequel enchants yet has serious stumbles.

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This witty, richly imagined sequel certainly enchants, but it's not without serious stumbles. The intricately rendered world of Blood & Honey mostly avoids getting bogged down as it balances many relationships (romantic, platonic, and familial); two systems of magic; werewolves; a monarchy; the magic-hating, religious witch hunters; and an intriguing theater troupe. The smart and funny banter from Book 1 is carried over here. There are new and fascinating characters. Refreshingly, women take on most of the leadership roles.

Problems include an early scene in which Lou and Reed try to have sex surrounded by sleeping friends. One awakes and has to tell them to cool off several times before they actually do. Later, Lou and Beau make fun of a poor, dirty barmaid with missing teeth. Reed and Lou can be annoyingly angsty. Useless character flaws don't help readers feel invested, so why include them at all? Also, Lou and Reed's super-hot romance is, regrettably, on ice for much of this story. All that said, readers will probably get swept up in the quest to defeat Morgane, and with lots of compelling themes and subplots, this is still a worthy read as fans await the final book.

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