Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling Ascendance Trilogy, has woven an electrifying tale of greed and power, magic and destiny, and one boy's courage at the heart of it all. When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods - magic some Romans would kill for.
Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.
©2015 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.
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Just another great read. Enjoyed the characters and loved the narrator have enjoyed all if her books. Love it! Thanks!
Rome, magic, underdog? What's not to love!? The plot and story were great. Brings you right in!
"One of the best books i have read"
the book was by far one of the best books i have ever read i think!!
"This is AWSOME!!😍😍"
This book is perfect for people who love fantasy and Adventure! I love this book! The exquisite detailed writing describes so much about the scenery. The Story line is awsome. I definitely recommend this book!
"Great middle grade novel for boys and girls alike"
The audio performance was pleasing to listen to. It wasn't over acted, or set to cheesy music or read in a boring voice. I really appreciated the reading.
The book/story itself was great. Entertaining, interesting and fresh. Nielsen did a great job setting the time and place and I loved it.
"Another great series, waiting for book 2!"
Really liked this book, was a little slow in areas, but it made it's way...
Now waiting for book 2!!!
This book had a very predicable storyline. It also tended to romanticize that time. At many points in the book, I found myself thinking "nobody would bother to do that for him" or " he should be in way worse a situation than he is" The combined effect of these to things made the book seem childish and boring.
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