Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1)
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Nic is a slave in the mines. When he finds a bulla (which seems to be a kind of amulet) that belonged to Caesar, he inherits magical powers. Powers people would kill for.
Nic hopes to use the power to free himself and his sister, but the magic is more than he bargained for or can control.
He is lost in a power struggle that could destroy himself and Rome.
The beginning of a series that will use magic in ancient Rome.
Good for middle grade readers.
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