The Omen of Stones (When Wishes Bleed) by Casey L. Bond
The Omen of Stones by Casey L. Bond is the story of the next generation in the When Wishes Bleed series. Sable and Tauren, from book 1, are blessed with the birth of a son that they name River on a day that even the elements acknowledge as something unique. From early on, his mother recognizes that he is favored by Fate and endowed with rare witch affinities. Little does anyone know that his coming of age will put him on a course to fight for his life, his kingdom, and for Fate himself. On the same day that River was born, Omen entered the world in an enchanted and traumatic way, forever one with the stones of the earth. Her draw to the river brings her face to face with her future while unearthing her past and the extent of her powers.
The series, When Wishes Bleed, is a wonderfully crafted tale of magic and intrigue. A totally teen appropriate book that adults will enjoy as well. Casey weaves all the elements of storytelling; a detailed and fascinating world, with captivating characters, and an intriguing plot into a really enjoyable tale. While the main focus of The Omen of Stones is on River and Omen it will be way more fulfilling if you have already read When Wishes Bleed, since Sable and Tauren and details from book 1 are heavily integrated into the story. The ending is tied up nicely, but there are a number of other characters that could be spun-off into more books about the world of Nautilus, (Hint, hint Casey!)
I always like finding books that not only I enjoy reading but that I can also recommend to my teen daughter and her friends. Casey writes those kinds of stories and has become a favorite of mine in the teen/YA genre. As a bonus The Omen of Stones is currently available for free on
Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.