Of Fear and Faith
By N.D. Jones
I have just finished OF FEAR AND FAITH (at 3:30 in the morning) and I am so impressed with this book that I had to come straight to my computer to write my review, despite the early hour.
OF FEAR AND FAITH is the first book in the DEATH AND DESTINY trilogy by author N.D. Jones. Its main characters—psychology professor, Sanura Williams (a Fire Spirit Witch) and Special FBI agent, Assefa Berber (her were-cat familiar)—must come together to face their individual fears to take on preternatural demons and full-human scumbags in order to become who they are destined to be, the Fire Witch and Cat of Legend.
This is a great story. It’s just that simple.
The author’s profile page states she has, “a desire to see more novels with positive, sexy, and three-dimensional African American characters as soul mates, friends, and lovers”. Well, she certainly accomplishes that goal with this book.
Both Sanura and Assefa are well rounded individuals with likes, dislikes, goals and dreams, fears and concerns and despite their hero statuses, weaknesses. They make mistakes. They’re human—sort of. They’re great together. I was enamored with their romance, their personality traits and their story. THEY, the characters, gave the story weight and dimension.
I also enjoyed getting to know Sanura’s mother, Makena (also a witch) and her god-father Mike (a magical dwarf) as well as all the other characters.
OF FEAR AND FAITH is a paranormal romance with strong African-American characters. I love that! What I love more is that the African-American side of these characters IS celebrated and yet, it is NOT the end-all/be-all of who they are. It’s not all about the color of their skin and their culture (not entirely); they are just people. Sure, they’re people who can create magic and turn into 600 pound cats; and yes, they’re demon hunters and warriors…but, they’re just people. That’s what makes this a great book. It’s about WHO they are and what they can do together despite their fears and because of their faith in their beliefs and in each other.
Although readers should be aware of the type of book it is when they buy it, I do feel the need to warn the inattentive that there is a great deal of sexual content. However, it does not overrun the story. Sometimes, in the romance genre, authors tend to move the sex scenes along with tidbits of actual story. That’s not the case in this book. The romance (and what comes with it) is important to the story but doesn’t overwhelm it. I personally like that… a lot.
This is a wonderfully entertaining story with fun and interesting characters. I enjoyed every minute of it and cannot wait to read the second installment OF BEAST AND BONDS in this trilogy. If YOU are looking for a good book to read…this is it. I would highly recommend it for lovers of paranormal stories, romances, African-American characters and/or fantasy.