Blood & Honey picks up where Serpent & Dove left off— with Lou, Reid, Coco, Ansel, and Beau on the run from the Dames Blanches and the chasseurs. Lou’s mother, Morgane, is still trying to kill her, and Reid is struggling to reconcile his newfound witch powers with his religious chasseur upbringing. With Madame LaBelle in tow, the group is on the run in a magical forest with nowhere to turn. They need a plan— and fast.
When Morgane sends Lou a message indicating she will strike during the Archbishop’s funeral, the group decides to seek out an alliance with the Dames Rouges, led by Coco’s aunt, the werewolf pack, and the Chasseurs. The group separates to secure their alliance, and along the way partners with a traveling group of performers— but of course they have secrets and reasons of their own to hate Morgane.
Lou is also being pulled toward magic’s darker side and is acting erratic. Reid is desperate to save her before she begins her ascension into madness. When the group arrives in the capital for the funeral, they realize that Morgane is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Time is running out and the group doesn’t know which of their new allies they can trust. Can the group finally take her down before they lose someone they love?
We thoroughly enjoyed the second installment in this series! We admit that we had super high expectations for book two since Serpent & Dove was our favorite book of 2019. Blood & Honey did not disappoint.
The characters were just as we left them. Lou was as witty and adorably-insane as ever and Reid was still stern and broody. We also learned more about Coco, her aunt, La Voison, and blood magic. And Ansel, our sweet, innocent Ansel! He was as charming as ever, and we felt so bad they he didn’t believe he was of any use to the group.
The plot was fast paced, and though Lou and Reid spent some time apart, it wasn’t as long a separation as in some YA novels. Their romance faced some turmoil in this book due to Reid’s inability to accept his magic and Lou’s accession into darkness. But they still had major chemistry and we loved their banter. Although, we do admit the witty banter was stronger in the first book.
The addition of the alliance with the werewolves and the chasseurs was unexpected but added a much-needed plot boost.
And— omg. The ending! We won’t spoil anything for you, but we need book three ASAP. We will say this: get some tissues for the last fifty pages of the book, because you may cry. Of course Blood & Honey ended on a major plot twist that sets up book three nicely. We need book three ASAP, or at least a title and cover. Too bad we have to wait a year.
Did we love this book as much as the first? While we did enjoy Blood & Honey, the first book remains our favorite in the series. However, we will say that this book definitely did not suffer from the second book slump that is so common with YA series. The plot and character developments were spot-on and set up the conclusion to this series so well! We can’t wait to catch up with our favorite band of witches in the last installment.