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Wrath of the storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Wrath of the storm (edition 2017)

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Title:Wrath of the storm
Authors:Jennifer A. Nielsen
Info:New York : Scholastic Press, 2017.
Collections:Fall 2018

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Wrath of the Storm (Mark of the Thief #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen



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Literary Merit: Good
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Recommended: Highly Recommended
Reading Level: High School

Nielsen concludes her Mark of the Thief trilogy with an action-packed parable about the futility of war. Nic, the series' ill-fated Chosen One, has spent much of the series collecting ever-stronger weapons to use against formidable enemies. Ultimately, he must learn that the only true way to stop never-ending conflict is through forgiveness and the destruction of the very weapons he's sacrificed so much to obtain. The lesson may seem a little trite, but Nielsen makes it work with a well-developed, deeply conflicted protagonist and some truly frightening - and sometimes grisly - plot twists. Nic's motivations, flaws, and thought processes all feel natural and believable, but his cast of supporting characters often seem like they are simply fantasy types equipped with Roman names and gear, from the spunky love interest to the cackling bad guy. Despite the shallowness of the supporting cast, this tale will be popular with fans of Nielsen's series, as well as with fans of YA fantasy and adventure in general. Admirably, reading the first two books of the series is not a requirement to appreciate and understand this finale. Give peace - and this book - a chance. ( )
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Trouble has a way of seeking out Nicolas Calva, and it's not likely to leave him alone any time soon. With Caesar's magic bulla, the Malice of Mars, and the possibility of a Jupiter Stone in play, all the powers of Rome are circling Nic. He'll have to maneuver his way through scheming government officials and reawakened magical beasts to save the Empire. Can he manage to keep his friends and family safe, claim his own freedom once and for all, and rescue the Empire -- before the magic gets the better of him?

With twists and turns on every page, critically acclaimed author Jennifer Nielsen weaves an epic, action-packed conclusion to her extraordinary Mark of the Thief trilogy.

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Nicolas Calva has Caesar's magic bulla, the Malice of Mars, and he has hidden the dangerous Jupiter Stone, but he still has to find a way to defeat The Mistress, a dragon who contains the soul of the vestalis Atroxia, and who hates Rome, and save his mother and friends, and maybe even the Empire itself--and he is troubled by his sneaking sympathy for Atroxia, who was unjustly condemned.… (more)

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