Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Series: Mark of the Thief #2
Genres: MG Historical, Middle Grade Speculative
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Nic may have escaped enslavement in the mines outside of Rome, but his troubles are far from over. The Praetor War—the battle to destroy Rome from within—is in full force, and Nic is caught in the crossfire. The secretive Praetors are determined to unlock a powerful amulet—one sure to bring the empire to its knees. Worse, the Praetors believe Nic holds the key to finding this amulet, and they will stop at nothing to steal it, even if that means harming the people Nic holds most dear.
When the Praetors capture Nic’s mother, Nic knows he must do anything to save her. He challenges the Praetors to a chariot race. If he wins, they will release his mother. But if he loses, he must hand over a magic that will certainly bring about the end of Rome as well as his own life. Can Nic once again harness his magic and gather the strength to defeat his enemies? Or will he lose his mother and bear witness to Rome’s destruction?Can Nic harness his magic to defeat his enemies? RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen Click To Tweet
I enjoyed this second book in the Mark of the Thief series. Nic gets himself into lots of trouble but he’s also pretty resourceful in getting himself out of it (or just simply through it). There were lots of interesting historical bits in the story about this time period in Rome and the customs and beliefs in the different Roman gods. I did think the romance aspect seemed a little out of place at times for characters as young as they were, but that’s probably also related to the time period. Definitely a cliffhanger ending!