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Of Beasts and Bonds

(Death and Destiny #2)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Librarian's Note: This is an alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780997529302

A SEFIA Star Award Winning Book: Seal of Excellence for Independent Authors

A deadlier war begins. New enemies arise. And, a bond must be completed, before it is too late.

A new threat to the earth arises, in the form of the angry and vengeful gods Mami Wata and Oya, now free from their imprisonment,
Published October 2016 by Kuumba Publishing (first published May 23rd 2016)
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Dee's Reading Zone
This was a great story based on prophecy, magic and mystery. I loved the relationship of Assefa and Sanura but honestly, I wanted them to complete the pomp and circumstances (bonding) to their union and come out kicking with all the evil cleverly named Mata Wata and Oya brought down upon them.

Yes, I loved N.D.'s writing style with very vivid mythology descriptions (500 years) and memorable characters (I am not giving out any spoilers) but I really wanted it my way after reading the first book.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from e Book discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.
I didn't read the first of the series but this book can be read as a stand alone without reading the first book. I can't wait for the final book and I'm going to read the first next so I understand it a bit better, although saying that it does explain it very well. It's a beautiful love story with the fantasy and paranormal running along side it. I really enjoyed even though ours the first b
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing story of magic, prophecy to take you away to another world again. Can’t get enough of this author’s books.
Ray Sunn
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think the first book was great, this one outdid the last one! I read half of the book in one night, but was drawn away by pressing matters I had to take care of, then I finished the other half the next night or is it morning since I stayed up till almost 4 am to finish reading it. It was that gripping good!

I really enjoyed the love story between Sanura and Asefa, a bond strengthened, not destroyed despite Mata Wata inflicting immense tragedies upon them and their love ones. You can feel t
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So since this is book 2 of a trilogy, know that you have to read book 1. This story is a continuation of the previous book. So having read book 1, I didn't think so much detail would be in this one. It's not enough that you can get out of reading book 1, but it's a lot. I thought so much detail in book 1 was to set up the character world, but I see that's just the particular style of this writer. Unfortunately it didn't always work for me and I found myself skimming often. I'm still invested
Arlena Dean

Title: Of Beasts And Bonds
Author: N.D. Jones
Publisher: Kuumba Publishing
Series: Death and Destiny # 2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Of Beast and Bonds" by N.D. Jones

My Thoughts......

This novel was a the second in the 'Death and Destiny' which featured.....

Special Agent Assefa Berber and Dr. Sanura Williams picks up where book one left off [from the extensive world built around Western African lore and their culture]. The readers gets a paranormal romance [darker preternatural eleme
Gisele Walko
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So nice to catch up with Sanura and Assefa again. I liked this book even better than the first one (which was great). I felt the romance and the supernatural elements were more balanced this time around. This is a long book, but I seldom felt that the story wasn't well paced. A time or two it seemed a little slow, but all things considered, fantastic! This one also had more humor in it. Can't wait to see what happens with the rest of the Handfisting Ceremony, and if Mami Wata get's what's coming ...more
Sue Davis
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Story Is Good !!!

I have really enjoyed this mated witch / cat set. Their trip of love and loyalty is remarkable . With great friends and family making a lot of wonderful interwoven side stories. A real test of strength and power. I look forward to the next story.
Kimberly Hicks
Well my favorite couple is back and better than ever in the continuing saga of Death and Destiny series. Special Agent Assefa Berber and Dr. Sanura Williams had their hands full trying to juggle their relationship and the fates that fight against them. Anyone who has read this series knows that Sanura loves Assefa, but their relationship wasn’t quite complete since she has yet to receive Assefa’s claiming bite. What would possess her not to do this you might ask? For starters, Sanura’s father’s ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wowza! What an amazing read! I honestly had no idea what to expect. With this author, expect the unexpected!

I've read tons of paranormal stories throughout the years. However, I've yet to stumble upon a paranormal read with the depth and complexity of this story. There are so many elements and components to this read. Together each element and component cohesively bind the story of Assefa and Sanura! Their painful journey is filled with strife, betrayal, and death. The death of Darryl Hughes is
Katara Johnson
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has begun!

The Fire witch and Cat of legends are fouled into an ancient battle against the water goddess. I love how the author describes test and battles while introducing and describing new characters and ancient ways of the Motherland. It makes the reader excited for book 3 and wondering will they win the battle.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She's the most power Goddesses Oy and Mami Wata, are battling for control. Each has her own champion that only know of the prophecy but do not want to believe it's them.
Sanura is the most powerful witch of legend and her love, Assefa is the most powerful cat of legend. The prophecy states that the Witch and Cat of Legend are to fight the Goddess Mami Wata to protect the world from her water demons. But first, they need to mate. Even though Sanura loves Assefa with all her heart, there are other
"Of Beasts and Bonds" is a satisfying continuation of the "Death and Destiny" trilogy. Sanura and Assefa are now living together, but they can't complete the mate bond, for reasons we discover during the narrative. Meanwhile, there are challenges to Assefa's position from within the Sankofa magical community, and Mami Wata is trying to weaken Assefa and Sanura by attacking those close to them.

The tension between Sanura and Assefa is based on elements that are typical for the paranormal romance g
T.M. Payne
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book: Of Beasts and Bonds
Author: N D Jones
Publication Date: 8/18/2016
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


*May contain spoilers *

This story picks up where book one left us. Sanura and Assefa are planning to mate still but there are many things trying to prevent this from happening. The prophecy is trying to take hold so it is going to be an emotional battle for this couple and their loved ones. We also see a new relationship perhaps on the horizon. Zareb and Cin. Th
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I'm sorry there are no spoilers found here except the quest will continue on. Now on to the prophesied Cat and Fire Witch of legend, Assefa and Dr Sanura. With their incomplete bonding and the evil, Mami Wata, water goddess, their coming together has unleashed on the world. Death. Destruction. Magic. Mystery. Myth. All things are tested and re-tested again. Bonding should be a simple step in their progression, but every turn leads them to another task that needs to be completed.

As with the firs
Deb Smith
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author does a good job telling a story meant to be the center story of 3 when the reader has not read bk 1. In the beginning I was not impressed. There is a lot of time spent in describing the opulent clothing and home goods of the characters. I would have preferred more of the reasoning for what was happening. However, that peeve gave way to respect of the story telling ability of the author. She brought some really complex characters to the story and was able to make them real to ev
Michael Bell
I still cannot understand why Assefa and Sanura didn't complete their mating ceremony. It wasn't about being married in the human sense of the word. Their powers needed to be fully joined to battle the forces that are determined to see them fail. I wonder if Assefa actually works for a living. HE does very little work as an FBI agent. I wonder why the police never investigated the deaths of Mrs. Livingston and her husband. The novel was long and the detour to Missouri was inconsequential. It was ...more
Lola White
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The whole story is well done—the whole trilogy for that matter. I love that the two main characters are revealing themselves to each other bit by bit, and that both their magic are developing in tandem. I love the intricate and rich relationships both main characters enjoy, giving a sense of the deep roots they have and what they have to lose. Technically, when the time comes, they will fight for the world, for a goddess, but you know they’re really fighting for their circle of friends and famil ...more
Rameisha Johnson
At this rate the third book is going to be lit!

There is no darkness without light and no love without pain. Just like the first book, this story was well crafted. I pride myself with predicting how characters move through a plot and while my current predictions still remain invalidated, I can't wait to read how this story concludes.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Why Assefa got to go through hell and back since Sanura is still trying to hold on to her dead daddy. Man that whole back and forward was making me so mad. This man proved that he loves you without the extra of the witch of legends mess. It’s funny that she is a psychologist and still can’t see how her hang ups is hurting her relationship and their chances of winning. I hope she gets it together soon. As usual this series has sucked me in and I am loving it.
Linda Mims
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This book had everything I like in a romance. There was a tall, dark, and handsome hero in Agent Assefa Berber and a beautiful, strong heroine in Dr. Sanura Williams. There were also plenty of unexpected complications that rendered their love story unfulfilled despite their hot, passionate encounters. Then, throw in the paranormal aspect, plus envy, chaos, and murder and I was in heaven.

Author N. D. Jones is the talent we’ve been clamoring for. Her writing is clean, crisp, and exciting, and he

May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very pleasant read. Well-written, intelligent, and well-paced. Besides reacquainting myself with Sanura, and Assefa (who has to be the most perfect man on the goddamn planet, in his looks, attitude, intelligence, and bad-assery), it was great to learn more about their pasts, and life - in all its paranormal ups and downs.
There were plenty of good guys to love...and bad guys to absolutely hate. (Like Greg's asshole father, and Mami Wata).
I don't know what took me so long to read this,
Unfortunately, I didn't like this book as much of as the first due to the lack of mystery/suspense. It was also a lot of going back and forth between the two characters. I still want to read the third book in the series, hopefully the author goes back to the mystery suspense elements from the first book. I also would like to see the relationship of Assefa and Sanura to be solid instead of all the doubts and insecurities the two characters have about the relationship. ...more
Leah Ford
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all i would like to say up-front that i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but, i am going to be completely honest...... I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one.

It was slower than the first one and for my own personal read there was an overload of sex. Admittedly well written exciting sex but just too much!!

The characters, both good and bad are wonderful. Even though the story is mostly about Assefa and Sanura you get a great feel for all the characters.

When the story got going
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good

I liked it quite a lot but one thing I find strange and that’s the use of Jaguar shifters in a Africa setting. Jaguars are south and Central American animals, and to the best of my knowledge have never been found in either Asia or Africa. Why have them as central to a story featuring Africans?
Sarah G
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that scares you. Ok so maybe not so much scare as creep me out with some of the things Mami Wata throws at people. I’m sure she’s just warming up though.

So Sanura now believes, like all who meet her, witches and were-cat alike, that she is the prophecy fire witch. That she is the mortal reincarnation of Oya, goddess of wind, thunderbolts and fire. The one who just so happens to wage a war on her sister Mami Wata every 500 years.
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N. D. Jones, Ed.D. is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. In her desire to see more novels with positive, sexy, and three-dimensional Black characters as soul mates, friends, and lovers, she took on that challenge herself. Along with the fantasy romance series Forever Yours, and a contemporary romance trilogy, The Styles of Love, she has authored ...more

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