Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Wrath of the Storm, by Jennifer Nielsen

The Wrath of the Storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen is the final book of the Mark of the Thief trilogy. It is about an escaped slave named Nicolas Calva, who lives in the vast empire of Rome. Trouble has a way of always finding Nicolas (also called Nic). Ever since he received the Divine Star, a mark that allows one to wield the magic of the gods, all of the powers of Rome have been circling Nic. With Caesar’s bulla and the Malice of Mars, two of the three magical amulets, Nic has to maneuver his way through scheming government officials and magical beasts in order to save the empire. 

After finding the Malice of Mars, Nic has to prevent the infamous Mistress as well as the Praetors of Rome from destroying the empire from within. The Mistress is a former vestalis named Atroxia who has been punished and cursed by the roman goddess Diana. The Mistress’s main mission is to deliver the Jupiter Stone, the third and most powerful magical amulet, to Diana. Nic is the only person who can stop the Mistress from delivering the Jupiter Stone to Diana and renewing the Praetor War in the heavens. 

It is up to Nic to keep his friends and family safe, claim his own freedom, and rescue Rome before his magic gets the better of him. I really enjoyed this book because it is very action-packed and had many heart-stopping moments. The author did a really nice job allowing you as the reader to experience what Nic was experiencing, see what Nic was seeing, and feel what Nic was feeling. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Roman Mythology and action-packed adventures.

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