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Wrath of the Storm

(Mark of the Thief #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,845 ratings  ·  236 reviews
A quest for freedom. The magic of the gods. A storm to destroy a world.

Trouble has a way of finding 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 a
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Scholastic Press
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#1) Mark of the Thief ★★☆☆☆
#2) Rise of the Wolf ★★★★☆

… I’m so disappointed at the moment. While Nielsen’s Mark of the Thief series was never going to live up to the incredible standards set by her debut series, I never thought she would pen something so utterly bland. It was a monumental struggle for me to reach the end of this story. I did not enjoy a single second of it.

For one, the plot was incredibly circular. The first two-thirds were dedicated to building up to the dramatic final battle s
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great finish to an overall excellent series. I listened to the audio version and, again, I can't say enough about the superb quality of the voice acting by narrator MacLeod Andrews, who really brought the story to life. I listen to audiobooks regularly with my two kids (9 and 12), and this series was definitely a hit with both of them.

As a adult listening along I found it equally engaging. There is a nice balance of action and light humour, and for me the ancient Roman setting was a plus. The
Colleen Houck
A satisfying conclusion. It was a nail biter though. Love the griffin the dragon and the unicorn. Clearly, I'm a fantasy lover. What a great story overlapping the history of the Roman empire!
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy-sci-fi
Though I do think this series could easily have been condensed into two books given the plot, it was a fun read as I have come to expect from this author:-) The characters were well developed and likable and the story inventive and engaging.
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Serine Majid
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's beautiful! 😍😍😍😍😍😍
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
nearly this story killed me to finish. let me just explain the whole book in a 2 scene:
Nic tries to sneak out and do all the heroic stupid stuff himself.
he finds Aurilia and Crispus in his way.
Nic: let me go.
them: no let us come with you we can help!
Nic: No you can't! I can do my work worrying about you!
them: Oh no we actually help you don't you remember? we are coming and you can't stop us.
Nic: OK.
they go, and enemies somehow capture these two idiots EACH TIME and then Nic has
Avery (ThePagemaster)
Another great ending to another great series, from another great author! All of her books seems tobe inhale reads for me.

What I like the most about this trilogy is that, in a world of YA books where the story gets sidetracked when a romance is introduced. Then, the story just becomes a romance story, with a fantasy/sci-fi/thriller/etc. element or setting. Here, Nielsen lets the romance develop more naturally, than instantly and with unhealthy reasons. The chemistry and back-and-forth between Nic
Monika Awad
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, the story started a it slow but it got heated REALLY fast! AMAZING!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL AND YOU JUST GET THE FEEEEEEELS
Joseph Leskey
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: literally anybody in a strictly non-metaphoric!!!
Original review:
Now this was too expertly amazing. This was the excellent style of book that sets all of my great processing unit into motion in an attempt to resolve all the problems that appear in the storyline. It would seem, however, that this author thought out this book quite well and the problems became quite… oh, bother, I lack an adjective. Such is life, and life is as such.

Of course, just the fact that this thing is set in Rome is a mark for its merit. The hum
Reading Teen
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Still completely head over heels in love with Jennifer A. Neilson's writing and these characters she's created and hope she never stops.

Vanessa Wojciechowski
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, must-get
omg. it's actually over. thanks Isabella for telling me its okay to cry and she understands the shock I went through. Now what... well I wanted to say that Jennifer Nielson is an AMAZING author and the emotional roller coasters that she puts you on when you read her books are unbelievable.
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: There were so many problems with this book. At least the ending was decently crafted, but I couldn't be satisfied considering all the problems that led up to it.

First, how old are Nic and Aurelia? 16? Then why are they pledging undying love for each other and constantly trying to get themselves killed to save the other one? Plus, they don't really do much for each other to be that interesting. Aurelia doesn't care about money and can use a bow. Nick badmouths authority and has a
Haley S
THIS IS A REVIEW FOR ALL THREE MARK OF THE THIEF BOOKS (Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm )!

I just finished Wrath of the Storm, the third and final book in the Mark of the Thief Trilogy, so I decided to write a review of the trilogy as a whole, instead of doing one book at a time.

I really, really enjoyed this trilogy. It was super good!

I have to be honest though. I wasn’t really drawn into the series when I read the first book, Mark of the Thief. It may have been becaus
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: If I was lucky, I still had another hour to live. Of course, if luck had ever played a role in my life, I wouldn't have been here in the first place.

Premise/plot: Wrath of the Storm is the third book in the Mark of the Thief trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I'd recommend reading the books in order, and, since I love, love, love, love, love Nielsen's books, I'd definitely recommend you read them sooner rather than later! The series is middle grade fantasy set in ancient Rome. Nicol
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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I checked it out, I remember the beginning, but for the life of me I can't remember how it ended. Did I finish? Did I just give up? We're only talking last month - it obviously didn't make an impression.
Brendan C
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
so good!!! I am so sad that the series is over, and in my personal opinion, it was a great way to finish the series, and the best book in the series.
While Nic is in possession of Caesar's bulla and the Malice of Mars, both powerful amulets in themselves, there are those who want him to call forth a powerful storm, full of lightning, to create Jupiter's Stone. He alone has the magic to do it, but it comes at a cost...his life.

Brutus is doing the bidding of goddess, Diana with eyes on destroying Rome. There are those who are against Diana's plans, too. Nic must use his magic to keep those he loves fiercely safe, while trying to either appease
Abigail Levine
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wrath of the Storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen is the last book in this fantasy trilogy. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in ancient Roman times? Nicolas Calva, an escaped slave from Rome, has gained the power of the gods, saved his mother and sister, and fought against the most powerful Praetors of Rome, all in hopes of keeping Rome safe. But now, he has to face his biggest challenge yet-making the Jupiter Stone. However, the Mistress, a once-adored vestalis, has sided with the g ...more
Apr 28, 2017 added it
I loved this book! Usually fantasy books told in first person with the main character being a teenager is awkward and sometimes a large dose of cringe inducing moments. But, Jennifer Nielsen circumvents this by making the entire setting in Ancient Rome with magic to minimize this. In certain situations concerning personal moments with another character she also makes the character interactions normal, or at least something you can relate to which is refreshing for the first person point of view ...more
Wrath of the Storm is the third book in the Mark of the Thief series. Having read all the books in this trilogy I was very satisfied with the ending of this book and the series. It was quite the thrilling ride getting there though!

Nic was awesome as always, looking out for the world. Loved the battle scenes. There was a lot more romance in this book then previously but it was also "angsty" and a bit awkward. The politics in this story actually gave nice conflict that gave greater depth to the pl
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Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overall, Jennifer A Nielsen's Wrath of the Storm was a fabulous ending to this trilogy. It had lots of high-stakes adventure and just the right amount of romance to satisfy older readers. I'm glad I decided to pick this up and I highly recommend this trilogy, especially to lovers of fantasy for middle grade and YA readers.

The first book of this trilogy is called The Mark of the Thief, and the second book is called The Rise of the Wolf, to anyone who may be wondering.
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This wasn't the thrilling ending I was expecting, slightly disappointed. The writing style was too shallow, there was no character depth and I constantly found my self not caring for the outcome of some of the character's survival. The ending, however, made up for anything that was lacking, it was really good.
Basically the whole plot and story-line of the book was fantastic, but it just lacked in characterisation and writing depth.
Rating: 73%
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an exciting conclusion to this series. Like the previous two books, this book had a lot of action and an interesting story. I was very happy with ending of this book. The ending wasn't a complete surprise, but it was still satisfying. Also, there was plenty of magic, which I enjoyed.

I still liked the MC, Nic. He and Aurelia made some character improvements, but they stayed true who they essentialy were. Also, it was nice to have Nic's family there and involved in this story. I really l
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2017
This audiobook was narrated perfectly, and the book overall was a satisfying end to the trilogy. 3.5 stars.
Grilled Toast
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favorite of the series! I got through this one quicker and it was actually pretty good. Impressed.
Ferson (Jefferson)
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
100,000,000 stars!! This was a wonderful finish to the series! The mix of everything from adventure, to just everything you love in a book! I just loved this series it was an amazing book!!!!!!

I am definitely going to read more of Nielsen!!

Highly Recommend!!!
Sophia Small
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing. Definitely my favorite in the series. Definitely...didn't...cry...
Elizabeth "Liza"
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster. In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has f ...more

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“I’m in love with you, Aurelia. The kind of love where at first I couldn’t get you out of my head, and after that, I never wanted to. The kind of love where I would take a thousand more whippings if it meant I’d have you at the end of it.” 5 likes
“You look exhausted,” she said. “Everyone else has already eaten their dinner, but I’m sure you’re hungry too.”

I shrugged. “I just want to be alone. Maybe I’ll take a walk through the gardens.”

As I started out the door, Aurelia said, “I want to be alone too. Do you think you and I could be alone together?”

My heart skipped a beat, and I looked around us again, not sure of whether I wanted this moment to be interrupted. “That’s not a good idea.”

She sighed. “I’m going to come with you, Nic. It’s only a question of whether I’ll walk beside you or behind you. I warn you, though, if I must follow, then I’m going to throw rocks at the back of your head.”

“Well, we can’t have that.” I smiled, then motioned for her to come with me. “Let’s go be alone together.”
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