Wish Hunter is the first audiobook in the Savannah River urban fantasy series by Hero Bowen & Jordan Riley Swan. Narrated by Lisa Flanagan, the authors quickly pulled me into the world of wish stealing.
by Hero Bowen, Jordan Riley Swan
Series: The Savannah River Series #1
Narrator: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 11 hours and 28 minutes
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
Narration: 4 cups Speed: 1.3x
Explore the dark underworld of wish hunting in the compelling first installment of this urban fantasy trilogy set in Savannah, Georgia—perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and V. E. Schwab.
Nadia Kaminski’s family has stolen wishes for generations, auctioning them off to skeevy business tycoons and politicians in back-alley deals. Their operation is simple enough. Find someone who gained a wish after saving a life. Trick the wisher into sharing a deep secret. Steal the wish.
And as a marriage counselor, Nadia has more access to people’s secrets than most.
But when Nadia comes across the perfect opportunity to steal a wish for herself, she takes it—and the rock star she’s stolen it from desperately wants his wish back.
As Nadia tries to figure out how to get rid of the cocky thorn in her side, she must face off against vengeful wish hunters, her all-too-powerful family, and the consequences of her own desires—because stealing wishes can be a deadly affair.
Content note: spousal death, gun violence, miscarriage
I am always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series and was curious about the idea of wish hunting. We meet protagonist, Nadia Kaminski, a wish stealer from a family of wish stealers. If you save a life you gain a wish, but to steal someone’s wish you must make them reveal a secret. As a marriage counselor, Nadia is able to steal wishes as clients reveal their darkest secrets. It’s a good thing to because her family is indebted to the Wish Master.
It took a bit to establish the world building, magic system and backstory to Nadia and her family, so the beginning started off slow. When Nadia meets Miles, a rock star with an unused wish, things really picked up and hooked me.
Nadia is working hard to steal wishes to pay back the Wish Master, but she desperately wants a wish to bring back her dead husband before it’s too late. This leads her to swipe a wish which sends her down a path filled with danger, challenges and truths.
I love the concept of the world and the storyline the authors have developed. Secondary characters from her cantankerous and controlling grandmother to her powerful sister. The relationship between Nadia and Miles begins roughly, which isn’t surprising considering what she did, but it moved to a partnership and something as yet undefined.
Things slowly build up as the action and danger increased before the author left us hanging while we wait the next audiobook. Overall, this was a satisfying start to the Savannah River series and I look forward to more.
Lisa Flanagan narrates and captured the persona of our protagonist and other main characters. Her pacing and pitch made listening a choice I would recommend.
*The ebook is available through Kindle Unlimited and the audio is whispersynced.
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The setup for this one sounds phenomenal!
A wish stealer? Now that’s fun. I could see where that would get interesting.
Anne - Books of My Heart
Unique premise! Thanks for sharing.
What a fresh premise for an urban fantasy!
It’s the first time I hear about this one but it looks good
Nadz@Totally Addicted to Reading
An interesting premise. The tory sounds exciting too despite the slow star.