Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Mark of the Thief is an excellent start to the series. This historical fiction/fantasy novel takes place during the Roman Empire three hundred years after Julius Caesar’s death. Mine slave, Nicolas Calva, discovers the Bulla of Julius Caesar in a sealed cavern. The amulet gives him magical abilities allowing him to talk to animals and added strength. All he wants is his freedom, but he finds himself trying to stop a plot to destroy Rome.
I loved this story that is suitable for young adults. Jennifer A. Nielsen does a fantastic job with the historical aspect and plot of this novel. I like Nic. He is hard working, brave, and devoted to his sister Livia. I enjoyed his relationship with Caela, the Griffin. I loved Nic’s appreciation for food, and all the things that a free person would take for granted. Nic undergoes a lot in this story. He has no idea who he can trust. Radulf is a worthy opponent. The Roman General will do anything in his power to crush the empire. I found his connection to Nic interesting.
Mark of the Thief is a great new historical fiction/fantasy. This book kept me mesmerized and was hard to put down. I would love to see this book turned into a movie.
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