Synopsis

This dark and thrilling vampire romance—set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Serpent & Dove series—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas!

Célie Tremblay has always been a good girl: kind and beautiful, a daughter of whom every parent would be proud. She surprises the entire kingdom when she defies tradition to become the first huntswoman—including her new captain and fiancé, Jean Luc, who rules the huntsmen with an iron fist. He isn’t the only one concerned for Célie’s safety, however. Though her friends try to protect her from the horrors of her past, mysterious whispers still haunt her, and a new evil is rising in Belterra—leaving bodies in its wake, each one drained of blood.

Determined to prove herself in her new role, Célie tracks the killer to the lair of Les Éternels—ancient creatures only spoken about in nursery rhymes—and catches the attention of their king, a monster who hides his plans for her behind beautiful words and sharp smiles. Now Célie has new reason to fear the dark because the closer he gets, the more tempted she feels to give in to his dark hunger—and her own.

Audiobook Review

4,5 stars

First, I’d like to say that if I adored Serpent & Dove I hated Blood & Honey, so much that I still haven’t read the last of the trilogy!

BUT

With the Scarlet Veil, Shelby Mahurin convinced me to give Gods & Monsters a chance because I adored The Scarlet Veil!

The Scarlet Veil is a great mix of mystery, some gore, budding romance, action and self growth. It has a dark and eerie atmosphere paired with a strong yet underestimated female lead.

I love that Célie Tremblay seems unassuming to everyone but will prove more astute and resourceful than even the Chasseurs (huntsmen). She will have a tremendous growth even if it’s under extremely dramatic circumstances!

After the war and having helped defeat Morgane Leblanc, Célie Tremblay decided to become the first huntswoman. Her fiancé, Jean-Luc, the captain of les Chasseurs is determined to keep her safe and considers Célie like a pretty doll. And that INFURIATED me!

Granted, she was not handy with a ballasarde not was she very strong. But I detest when men underestimate women. And Célie had a great mind paired with good instinct. I think brain is worth more than muscles.

She also had tons of compassion and not every problem can be solved in confrontation. Some honey will lead you way farther than vinegar!

So I was not surprised at all when Célie decided to investigate the brutal murders leaving people of Belterra exsanguinated on her own.

In the process, she’ll soon become captive of Michal, the king of vampires also known as Les Eternels.

Célie had no idea vampires existed and that will come as a shock but she’ll hold her own! Never backing down and I loved her defiance!

Michal is a very compelling character, always playing between light and dark border. He has killed to survive yet spare Célie’s life. Not hiding the brutality and sensuality of vampires, he’ll show a lot of restraint with Célie and above all else, will allow her to make her own choices! That was way better than her stuffing fiancé!

While at the hand of the vampires, Célie will also discover stranger powers she had no idea she possessed!

Thrown into a dangerous yet fascinating world, Célie will have to face her demons and find new allies yet never knowing whom to totally trust.

Mystery, action, twists, betrayals and romance that book has a lot to please fantasy fans. The male interest is also morally gray which is a perk!  and I really need the sequel now as it ends on a huge cliffhanger and dramatic peak!

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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14 Comments

  1. I have been interested in this author, especially been wanting to read Serpent & Dove. Glad that this one was such a positive turnout though. I love seeing such great character growth especially when you least expect it to happen.

    Lovely review!

  2. Ooh, I had mixed feelings about Serpent & Dove, so I haven’t kept up with Shelby Mahurin’s work. I think I might have to check this one out, though–it sounds good!