The Omen of Stones (When Wishes Bleed) by Casey L. Bond
When Wishes Bleed
YA, paranormal fantasy
Casey L. Bond
March 13, 2020
Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
Spirit and Stone. Song and Sky. Fate and Future all align.
On my seventeenth birthday, I finally heard Fate’s voice. He whispered to me again and again, insisting I find the Omen of Stones. Having never heard of such lore, I thought I could ignore his pleas. The Summer Solstice proved otherwise. Being surrounded by fellow witches worked my magic up into a powerful swell that crashed and churned within me. As the energy crackled through my veins, I shunned my royal duties to follow the call of my heart.
Venturing beyond the safety of the Kingdom’s borders, I felt Fate nudging me toward a destiny I was eager to claim. Confidence in my craft blinded me from the ominous clouds of danger that roiled on the horizon.
Captured by purists dead-set on purging the Kingdom of magic and witches, my salvation came in the form of a mysterious girl who wielded stones like daggers. Something about her called to me, whispering we were stronger together, strong enough to stand against the dark forces threatening to crush my kingdom. Trusting Fate could jeopardize my heritage and my throne, but defying him could cost Omen’s life.
Look out for the next generation…
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.