Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1)

Book 1 of 3 in the Mark of the Thief Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.279951
When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on February 24, 2015 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 054556154X
ISBN-13: 9780545561549
9 Book Reviews
  • miniscule
    minisculeover 1 year55 stars
    this is one of my favorite books because i like how Jennifer .a . Neilson (Author) made me feel as if it were real
    • dibyeshabout 3 years
      • klutz
        klutzalmost 4 years
        It is great if ur looking 4 adventure
        • wolflover583274
          wolflover583274almost 5 years
          SOOOOOOOOOO Many twist and turns and the reason in reading this is because i wanted to read the secout book so bad because it's about the wolves!
          • Rodrigo Zummaralmost 6 years
            Mark of The Thief is a very interesting book. This is book fills the category of fiction. Mark of the Thief is about a slave named "Nicolas Calva". He is a slave that works in the mines outside of Rome. His mother was sold to a family in Rome, his father got "struck by a lightning", and he has a sister named Livia(Which he risks his life in every chapter of the book to help her). General Radulf tells him to retrieve Julius Caesar's bulla and bring it back to him. At that cave, many problems happen, he fights a gryphon named Caela and then they both escape together with the bulla. As the story builds up, you will see how Nic meets Aurelia, Crispus, Valerious, etc. and how he changes from a slave to a civilian. Almost all of the book, he spends hiding and training with his bulla to control his magic and defeat General Radulf. Many things happen at the end that make you want to read the books that follow this one. In my opinion, this is a great story and you start to feel like you are deeply related to Nic and his suffering. I really guarantee that this book will kill your boredom and also teach you a lot of things the Romans believed back in ancient Rome. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.
            • Juan Pablo Egasalmost 6 years
              This book is a very good and fun book to read because it will keep you entertained it's about a boy who works in the mines that is send to a old cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar. there he found something more than just gold and gemstones, he discovers an ancient bulla an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods magic some Romans would kill for. In my opinion this book bring memories like the one of the romans, Gods and warriors. You should read it, I guarantee that you wont get bored reading it its really fun. I hope you like it as much as I did.
              • happypug12
                happypug12over 6 years44 starsFeatured
                When this book started, immediately I was brought back to one of my favorite book series: Gods and Warriors. (I almost thought I had accidentally picked up the Gods and Warriors book again.) But after the first chapter I realized that this was a whole different story. Nic finds the Bulla, which is filled with the overpowering magic bestowed by one of the gods–the question is: which god or goddess? Nic's wildest dreams comes true–along with some of his worst nightmares too. Another user of magic searches tirelessly for him and his bulla, seeking to harness the magic it contains. Who really are Nic's allies and enemies? Or is there really no difference between them? In this well-paced fantasy story, Nic is pitted against the beasts, magic itself, griffins, family, and the desires of his own heart. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!
                • blafou
                  blafoualmost 7 years55 stars
                  Have you ever wondered what Ancient Rome was like? Well, this book Mark of the Thief will tell what it was like along with all the action you need for a good book. The antagonist is the evil general and the protagonist is Nic. This book is about a teenager named Nic who was a slave in the mines for many years until one cave changes his life. He is sent into a cave that is supposed to be Caesar's tomb. In the cave he finds a pennant called a bulla that gives him special powers. But there is an enemy, a corrupt general wants that bulla so much he is willing to kill anyone who stands in his way. Along the way Nic meets some friends who help him out with his quest to defeat the corrupt general. Nic meets some enemies along the way too. Nic soon finds out that he is to be sent into battle against this general. Will Nic have the strength to win the battle and beat the general? Read Mark of the Thief to find out.
                  • kmckneely
                    kmckneelyabout 7 years55 stars
                    This story is told in the time of the Roman Empire. A slave boy, named Nicholas, works in the mines. He is sent by his master, Sal, to go look in Caeser's treasures to go steal a one of a kind necklace that holds magical powers, called a "bulla". Nicholas is tired of being a slave and decides to use the bulla to escape his master. Will he be able to remain free? Will he be able to keep his promise to his mother to keep his sister safe too by gaining her freedom? What about the powerful general who wants the magical powers of the bulla all to himself? Will he bring down the Roman Empire?