Rise of the Wolf (Mark of the Thief #2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Number of Pages: 352
Published: January 26, 2016
Nic is caught between two sides of a war raging within Rome. A terrible predicament to be in for sure. On the one side are The Praetor's, who will stop at nothing to get Nic to retrieve the Malice of Mars, an amulet needed to create a Jupiter Stone. On the other side is Nic's grandfather, Radulf, who wants to use the amulet to destroy Rome and secure his power. Stuck in the middle are Nic's family and friends, who are constantly being used as leverage by both sides to manipulate him into doing what they want. It's very complicated to say the least, and Nic is always unsure of who he can completely trust. When Nic's mother is taken hostage by the Praetors, Nic challenges them to a chariot race. If he loses, Nic agrees to the Praetors demands, but if he wins he will achieve his goal of ensuring those he loves freedom and protection.