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The Scarlet Veil

By Shelby Mahurin
The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin digital book - Fable

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A new darkness is rising in Belterra. 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.

Six months have passed since Célie took her sacred vows and joined the ranks of the Chasseurs as their first huntswoman. With her fiancé, Jean Luc, as captain, she is determined to find her foothold in her new role and help protect Belterra. But whispers from her past still haunt her, and a new evil is rising—one that Célie herself must vanquish, unless she falls prey to the darkness. 

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Expressionless Face“WHAT WAS THAT ENDING? I NEED ANSWERS! Also, this book was way too long and Célie irritated me for half of it. And the mystery of the MAN was very predictable. The only thing I truly loved was Michal ❤️”
Characters change and growDark settingImmersive settingMagical settingDarkRomanticBad writingPredictableUnsatisfying ending
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“To say my jaw DROPPED at the end is an understatement! I need the second book in my hands right now!!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveFast-pacedTwistyDark settingMagical setting
“"He is the Angel of Death. And he can't take his eyes off me." I thought I understood before, the hold Shelby Mahurin's storytelling could have. Serpent & Dove has yet to release me after all these years—yet somehow, impossibly, The Scarlet Veil may have usurped its place. This book is a ghost. A delicious, entrancing story that will haunt anyone who's ever tried to be "good" when all the world wants them to be is small, quiet, meek. It's for the girls who grew up in purity culture—who excelled at it, only to wake up one day and realize all the world saw them as was a doll. Célie is a rare breed of character. Groomed to be delicate and soft, she carries this narrative with incredible strength and clarity, as well as the unending will to survive by whatever means necessary. Her journey is complex, full of questions and rapid observations of the world and characters around her as she observes, calculates, acts, and immediately re-strategizes if it fails. She's hopeful not out of naivety, but determination to create something beautiful out of destruction. And Michal...god is he destruction, but the best possible kind. If the quote at the start of this review tells you anything, it's to be prepared for a Damon/Stefan-type hybrid but ten times better. His tongue is clever, his presence intense, and when his focus locks in on Célie from that first encounter on, their chemistry is palpable. He sees Célie for what she is–brilliant, curious, quick. Even when he's teasing her, or doing the Beast yelling about the West Wing thing, he holds space for her voice and truly listens. I could go on about the plot but I'm terrified of giving spoilers, so I'll say this: Shelby continues to be masterful in weaving banter with tension, funny twists with gut-wrenching ones, and I had to pick my jaw up multiple times from where it dropped. And the ending. Holy f*cking h*ll. This is a Gothic love story, brushed by elements of horror and simmering with heat. It's a romance, yes, but also a raw, intimate look at what it is to grow up without truly knowing yourself—to go through trauma and violations, and try to unpack the truth from lies as the world crumbles around you. Célie's story will stick with me not only because of the sexy vampires and spectacular settings, but because she is me. I am her. And if she was willing to brave the dark, so can we.”

About Shelby Mahurin

Shelby Mahurin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Serpent & Dove trilogy. She 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. When not writing, Shelby watches The Office and reads voraciously. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semiferal children. Visit her online at www.shelbymahurin.com.

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