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

When Nic, a slave within the mines open air of Rome, is pressured to go into a sealed cavern containing the misplaced treasures of Julius Caesar, he reveals even more than gold and gem stones: He discovers an historical bulla, an amulet that belonged to the nice 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 strength of the bulla pulsing via his veins, Nic is decided to develop into unfastened. yet as a substitute, he reveals himself on the middle of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor conflict, a conflict to wreck Rome from inside. Traitors and spies lurk at each flip, each one extra determined than the subsequent to take advantage of Nic's newfound powers for his or her personal darkish purposes.

In a quest to forestall the uprising, shop 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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I observed Livia a number of ft away, additionally at the flooring. “Take this as a warning,” I stated with as a lot anger as I felt. “Once you kill me, I’m going again as a color. i'm going to hang-out you each day of your depressing lifestyles. And I’ll get pleasure from it too. ” Sal’s eyes widened at my hazard, then he stated, “I’ll have them toss you into the lake and drown your spirit. i'll kill every thing that's even a reminiscence of you. ” He raised the knife and that i closed my eyes. “Sal, i'm going to provide you with what you will have! ” Livia yelled. “I will marry you. ” My eyes flew open and that i struggled back underneath Sal’s weight. “No! ” I cried. so far as i used to be involved, Sal used to be a roach that had crawled from the underworld and brought on human shape. He hadn’t performed a superb task of it both — the resemblance used to be a long way too shut. If she married him, Livia’s lifestyles may purely develop worse than it already was once, and that i may by no means, by no means settle for him as a part of our relatives. yet she had Sal’s cognizance now and he reduced the knife. Livia walked to Sal and fell to her knees beside him. “Let my brother live,” she stated, folding her hand round his arm retaining the knife. “And while I come of age subsequent 12 months, i'll be yours. ” Sal placed his surrender hers and my belly lurched. after they either acquired to their toes, i may ultimately breathe back, although the air smelled like Sal, fetid adequate to make me retch. The guards who have been with Caela back and dragged me to my ft, watching for their orders. “No! ” I stated back to Livia. “You must never marry him. ” “It’ll keep your existence. ” Tears stuffed her eyes. “This is the single manner. ” anything approximately Sal’s widening smile made me apprehensive. With a short look to Livia, he stated, “That poultry within the wagon will visit Rome, as my reward to the emperor. Nic will select it, as a part of the video games in a couple of days. ” Now his eyes fastened on mine. “I won't kill you, Nic, yet i'm going to come to the video games and spot what kind of enjoyable the empire has together with your existence there. I doubt you are going to final ten mins in that enviornment. ” Livia cried out and pled for Sal to alter his brain, yet he had stored his promise by means of permitting me to stay, and wouldn't be persuaded to do whatever extra. I yelled out in protest and fought with every little thing I had, however the guards threw me into the wagon and certain me to it with chains. “Let me consult him one final time! ” Livia was once sobbing now. “Mother sought after him to understand —” yet through then, the guards had already started riding me away, and her phrases have been drowned out within the noise. I didn’t struggle anymore after that. My shoulder throbbed, i used to be numb with fear for Livia, and that i was once fearful of what lay forward for me. As we rode away within the waning mild, I observed a wagon strategy the mines, bearing a flag marked with the home of Valerius. Even from right here, Crispus’s curly blond hair was once seen. that they had come, simply because the senator had promised. yet they have been too past due. We rode all through a hot evening, and have been greeted within the early morning hours by means of darkish skies that threatened rain. I didn’t brain rain, specifically in those sizzling summer time months, yet I dreaded the assumption of the typhoon starting to be worse.

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