Review: When Wishes Bleed by Casey L. Bond

One Prince. One Witch. One Fate. 

The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave, but this was no normal visit. My fingers prickled to touch him. So, I granted his request by handing him a single wishbone. When he snapped it, the wish … bled.

Hearing me suck in a shocked breath, he asked what it meant. Such an ominous omen could only mean one thing: his death was imminent. Fate revealed that he wouldn’t die of natural causes. Someone wanted him dead. Stunned by the revelation, the man I now knew as Prince Tauren disappeared into a night I feared he wouldn’t survive. The following day, I received an invitation to the castle. While it seemed the prince believed I could intervene and uncover who was plotting his death, his motives didn’t stop there. I was being summoned to join twelve other women in vying for the opportunity to be his wife and future queen.

Going could mean jeopardizing my plans to reclaim my heritage and resurrect the House of Fate. But staying would guarantee Tauren’s death, and the blood of his wish would be on my hands.

When Wishes Bleed is an intimately magical read, with a mesmerizing world building and fantastic storyline. There’s something quite mesmerizing in Casey L. Bond’s writing that gets her readers hooked right from the first page. This book is no exception. I’ve always loved stories about witches, but Casey takes these magical entities to a whole new level.

Sable is from the 13th sector in the Nautilus Kingdom, where witches reside in peace. She’s different from the rest of the Gallows – she is the only on from the House of Fate. There are the other houses – Earth, Fire, Air, and Water – and there’s Fate who whispers things, fortunes, events, etc. to Sable. In turn, she tells people their future, and that is how she meets Tauren and her world changes. Sable sees his bloody future, the multiple attempts to his life and she believes she’s got to protect him at all cost. But she also has the responsibility to the House of Fate – to make sure she gets accepted by the witches who are turning their backs on her.

Prince Tauren, yes, the prince of Nautilus, needs a wife – and in true Selection fashion, needs to select one who’ll stand by him when the inevitable comes. The people trying to kill him, on the other hand – seem to be gaining the upperhand in everything that has been happening.

I loved getting to know the witches, priestesses and guardians, even the invitees that stirred different feelings from me. Of course I like the main characters, Sable, Breckan and Mira, as well as Arron, I felt like I had a close affinity with each of them. I’m not so sure about Tauren, though. I wished he was a lot stronger character who insists on not getting protection, but as a prince whose life is in danger, I get it why he was that way.

Nevertheless, I’ve had a great time perusing this book, kept me awake for a couple of nights and actually had me smiling most of the time. When Wishes Bleed is indeed a magical read and I can’t wait to read Omen of Stones next!!

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