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

When Nic, a slave within the mines outdoors of Rome, is pressured to go into a sealed cavern containing the misplaced treasures of Julius Caesar, he reveals even more than gold and gems: He discovers an old bulla, an amulet that belonged to the nice Caesar and is full of a magic as soon as reserved for the Gods -- magic a few Romans may kill for.

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

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

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All he had to do was once say my identify, and we’d be surrounded. yet for purposes I couldn’t clarify, he didn’t. I decreased my eyes, lifted the toga greater on my head, and at the back of Crispus, hoping that was once the final I’d see of Sal for the night. Or larger but, for the remainder of my existence. Aurelia remained at my part. She grabbed my arm to crush my speed, and as soon as Crispus was once a bit farther sooner than us, she acknowledged, “Are you yes we must always opt for him? If he doesn’t have Livia —” “I’m not likely to Horatio. no longer but! ” “That’s our cut price! ” “What discount? Crispus is taking me to Valerius, now not you. ” My inflammation wasn’t fullyyt her fault. i used to be terrified for my sister, frightened approximately what Valerius may want from me, and, scrumptious because it was once, the bread had purely slightly stuffed the deep good of my starvation. yet on most sensible of all of that, I didn’t have to pay attention her consistent pleadings for me to show myself in to a pompous senator who may probably cross me instantly directly to the executioner. “If you’re so keen, pass run and inform Horatio the place he can locate me. perhaps he’ll nonetheless offer you that invaluable present funds. ” “Do you think that funds is all I care approximately? ” “That’s precisely what i feel! Why can’t you notice there's extra occurring than who can have the excitement of hauling me in chains prior to the emperor? ” Her mouth opened in protest, then closed, and he or she stated, “Since we met, I’ve been shot at, threatened, chased, and approximately drowned. If all I cared approximately used to be the cash, I’d have disappeared in the past. ” “Then what do you care approximately? ” I requested. “It’s now not discovering my sister. You don’t even understand her. ” “But i do know you, and … and that i don’t hate you, Nic, it doesn't matter what you think. might be we disagree approximately Horatio, yet that doesn’t suggest I’m attempting to harm you. ” i peeked sideways at her. “I don’t hate you both. yet till i locate my sister, we’ll proceed to disagree. ” Her mouth opened back, yet this time she acknowledged not anything and basically mumbled that we should always capture as much as Crispus prior to he received clear of us. I adjusted the toga over my head back earlier than becoming a member of them. while I did, i realized her hand at her neck, as hooked up to that crepundia as I continuously was once to the bulla. With adequate gift funds, she can make herself right into a first rate younger girl of Rome, and that may provide her entry to her relations back. And therein used to be the matter. It used to be turning into more and more visible how improper our cut price used to be. the single manner she succeeded along with her ambitions was once to get the gift cash from Horatio. yet whether I defeated Radulf, there has been no warrantly Horatio may convince the emperor to allow me move loose. in truth, Horatio would possibly not even bring me to the emperor. For all I knew, he sought after the bulla for himself, and may kill me to maintain it. Aurelia and that i have been careening towards an deadlock. For her to achieve what she sought after such a lot, i'd probably need to fail. Crispus’s domestic used to be at the outskirts of the town, on a delicately sloping hill with vineyards so far as the attention may perhaps see. “They’re now not all ours,” he defined whilst he stuck either Aurelia and that i gaping at them.

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