Mark of the Thief

Mark of the Thief

Book - 2015
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When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds himself in possession of an ancient amulet filled with magic once reserved for the Gods, and becomes the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and destroy Rome.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, ©2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545561549
Characteristics: 339 pages ;,22 cm.


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Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen is the first novel of the Mark of the Thief series. Nic, a slave in Ancient Rome, stumbles upon a mythical locket. I would rate this story 4/5 stars. The writing style was great, but I disliked the protagonist himself because he was a bit cliche. In fact, I found a majority of the characters cliche. The plot was beautiful, and the pacing was flawless. I didn’t see the plot twist coming, but it still didn’t shock me either. I loved the worldbuilding. I thought the fundamentals of magic in this society was really well-written. Alana, grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jul 06, 2019

I tried to read this book, but could not get through it. I've taken a single year of middle school Latin and I found myself disgusted by the amount of historical inaccuracies. First of all: bullae (bulla, plural) were not only worn by the wealthy. ALL young boys wore them, and it was said that if your bulla cord broke, you could have just died and the bulla saved you. Also, the naming in the book is horrendous. Almost without exception, all parts of a male name ended in -us, such as Septimus Cornelius Scholasticus, for example. Also, names were usually two syllables at least, so Nic would never be used as a name, even with a slave. Another small note is that Caesar's initials would be GIC, not GJC, for Gaius Iulius Caesar. The Romans did not have the letter J. I think that this book could be entertaining for those who don't study Rome, but if you have done any real in-depth study, this will be mentally difficult to read. If you do read this book, take it with a grain of salt, because parts of it does not comply with its historical setting.

Dec 07, 2018

This book follows a young Roman slave, who finds Caeser’s treasure, and instead of cursing him, it gives him powers. With his powers, he decides to escape from his slave life, but he doesn’t realize just how powerful he had become. Ancient Rome is always a perfect setting for a book, and this book did not disappoint. Nielson uses just the right amount of history and fantasy to create the perfect book to read on a plane, or on a roadtrip. This book is only the first in a series, and it truly starts the series off in an interesting way. If you read the first book, then you must read the rest of series. I would rate this book a 9/10.
@Sonorous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 17, 2018

Thi is an awesome book! I think that both the False Prince and this book are equally good. I love all the twists, especially in the ending. Nielsen never gives you the ending you expect, making the books a lot more interesting!

Jun 23, 2018

As an adult reading this book, I found it very repetitive in the writing, however, I tried to forgive that aspect because it's intended for a younger audience who will probably not read it as rapidly as I did.

Overall, the story was nice, and the magic and adventure elements were engaging. I've recommended it to friends based on its success as a story without what I'd call great writing. It might have been a lot more satisfying a read for a young person. But I couldn't wait to read the next book, regardless of how I felt the writing itself was lacking.

Aug 29, 2017


Jun 26, 2017

I would not recommend this book. Why? Because the author is much much better then this. The characters were shallow and weak. It felt like the author wrote this in a day. Not well done!

Jun 24, 2017

It was a pretty good book! With all the fantasy it engages readers to read it and never put it down. It would have been better if there was a little more less dragging on! WE GET IT ALREADY!

Jun 23, 2017

I didn't mind reading this book, but The False Prince was significantly better. The dialogue dragged here, and the characters were not well drawn. I wouldn't recommend it, but I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it either.

Feb 02, 2017

The False Prince is better

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Jul 13, 2016

"As part of the grand joke that had become my life, the gods had given me a master with the wit of a withered carrot and compassion of a wasp."


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