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

When Nic, a slave within the mines open air of Rome, is compelled to go into a sealed cavern containing the misplaced treasures of Julius Caesar, he unearths even more than gold and gems: He discovers an historic bulla, an amulet that belonged to the good Caesar and is stuffed with a magic as soon as reserved for the Gods -- magic a few Romans could kill for.

Now, with the lethal energy of the bulla pulsing via his veins, Nic is decided to develop into unfastened. yet as an alternative, he reveals himself on the heart of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor conflict, a conflict to damage Rome from inside. Traitors and spies lurk at each flip, each one extra determined than the subsequent to exploit Nic's newfound powers for his or her personal darkish purposes.

In a quest to prevent the uprising, retailer Rome, and safe his personal freedom, Nic needs to harness the magic inside of himself and defeat the empire's strongest and savage leaders.

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They pulled out their swords and commenced working out the doorways. it'll purely take them a couple of minutes to get in right here. each passing moment threatened any desire I nonetheless needed to get away. I redirected the pony into denser jungle and glanced again in basic terms lengthy sufficient for a fast examine Radulf. His face was once approximately as crimson as his uniform. the following face I observed used to be much more known. Sal leapt out from at the back of a tree — one I had installed position myself merely the evening prior to — and attempted to leap at the horse, yet he neglected and fell to the floor as a substitute. If he had stuck me, with my toes nonetheless connected, he’d have despatched me to my demise. So I targeted back, simply as I had earlier than, and as i assumed in regards to the power i wanted, it wasn’t not easy to snap my legs unfastened from the ropes. I instantly led the pony to the place Sal was once status at the floor. He was once limping from his failed test at taking my horse, and, i realized, additionally bleeding from a wound in his shoulder. “The bestiarius has an excellent spear,” he acknowledged. “But bad objective. ” I slid off the pony. “Get on, yet steer clear of the griffin. She hates horses, and possibly hates you too. So get out into the open — she won’t be there. when you've got the emperor’s recognition, inform him I’m alive, at once whereas he can see me. It’s your in basic terms probability to turn out your innocence. ” Sal climbed onto the pony and commenced to experience away, then acknowledged, “Why are you supporting me? ” rather than answering such an most unlikely query, I requested, “How’s my sister? ” “I don’t understand. ” Sal’s eyes flickered with anything that just about handed for remorse. “When they arrested me, they took her. ” Spurred by way of a mixture of panic and anger, I lunged ahead and grabbed the horse’s reins. “Who took her? How might you permit that ensue? ” Sal kicked me away along with his foot and that i landed at the floor. “Let it occur? Do you think that i wished any of this? ” He prodded his horse away. “Wherever your sister is, it’s your fault, Nic. You all started all of this! ” I yelled at him to offer me a greater resolution, yet he was once already long gone. My brain raced to fill in its personal rationalization. whilst had she been taken? simply because in simple terms the day prior to this morning, Crispus stated he might ask his father to get Livia from the mines. The timing used to be tight, yet that needed to be the place she was once, simply because no one else would’ve had any cause to take her. I made myself think Senator Valerius had her, and she or he used to be secure the following in Rome, simply because if he didn’t, then she may be at any place … or now not. I felt a swell in my feelings, terrified on the percentages that ran via my brain. anywhere she was once, Sal used to be correct approximately something. This used to be my fault. Above the jungle leaves, I observed the top of a spear. The bestiarius had most likely heard me yelling at Sal and used to be following the sound. I instantly ducked at the back of a tree, inflicting an viewers uproar as they attempted to indicate me out to the hunter. So I sprinted again within the path I had come, calling Caela’s identify. the world appeared rather a lot higher than it have been the evening prior to, and with the warmth and the yelling crowds, i may slightly carry options jointly.

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