Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Mark of the Thief | 454 comments

Final cover Rise of the Wolf

February 2016.

(Warning: Spoilers from Book 1 are below)

Nic and his sister are trapped in Radulf’s home, without magic.

His friends have betrayed his trust.

And the empire has learned what he can do.

The Praetors are coming…

If you have not yet seen the trailer for Book 1, you can check it out here:


  1. I can’t wait! Its going to be amazing! Your an amazing writer, I love your work!

    • Thank you, Madison!

      • I can’t wait! Love your books and I would love to read more

        • Writing as fast as I can. Thanks Mohammed!

          • I had to read the first book for summer reading and it was very good, I really want to read the next one.

          • Thanks, Bob! I hope you’ll enjoy Rise of the Wolf just as much – it’s going to be epic!

          • You’re book looks cool. I read the 1st book over summer and i found it interesting. I will be going on Barnes and noble on Friday yay!!!

          • Yay to a Barnes & Noble visit on Friday, though as a warning, RISE OF THE WOLF won’t be out until January 26th so you might have to preorder it from them. But thank you very much!

          • 2 questions (1) when will book three be out and (2) how many more will you make

          • Book 3 should be out next winter, and will be the final book of this series. However, I’m hard at work on a new series now, one that I think readers are really going to like!

          • Love your books can’t wait for next

          • Thanks very much, Danylo!

      • I can’t wait!

        • i finished the book the book yesterday it is my personal favorite.

          • Thank you very much, Vance!

          • did book 2 come out?

          • Yes! It came out about a month ago. RISE OF THE WOLF – you can ask for it at your local bookstore, order it online, or ask your librarian to get it. Thanks for asking!

      • I hope that there will be a third book because I really want to read the second and the Ascendance Trilogy books were the best books that I have ever read. Keep making books and iΒ΄ll keep buying them and reading them. Thank You!

        • That’s a deal, Jeff. (And yes, there will be a third book – I’m writing it right now, in fact!)

          • What is the title to the third book after The Rise of the Wolf?

          • It’s not titled yet. i’ve got a couple of thoughts in mind, but nothing solid yet.

          • What is the title to the book after Rise of the Wolf?

      • When will book 3 come out?? IM EXCITED THESE BOOKS ARE AMAZING.

        • Thank you, Vincent, I’m so glad you’re enjoying them! The third book won’t be released until next winter, but until then, I hope you find some other books to love just as much! Check this blog soon though when I’ll be announcing the title and cover of the third – it’s going to be an epic finale!

      • you are the best writer cant wait till the second one

      • Thank you so much for writing all these books! You have a true gift for writing…every quote on the back of all your books are absolutely right! Keep doing the great work!!!!!

      • Just by what you made the main character say in Rise of the Wolf, I thought it was over. Can’t wait until third book!

    • I CANT WAIT, I JUST FINISHED MARK OF THE THIEF!!! I WISH IT COULD GET A EARLY RELEASE πŸ™ hint hint….lol thank you for keeping my reading going as I go into the summer before 6th grade.

      • Well…I just got advanced copies today for Book 2! I’ll have a giveaway for them nearer the end of the summer!

        • How do we sign up for the give-away? Will you be signing it?

          Btw, loved your book mark of thief. Will be going back to library to look for other trilogy!

          • The giveaway for A NIGHT DIVIDED is here: and yes, it will be signed.

            Thank you on Mark of the Thief!

          • I loved mark of the thief and for about five minutes I almost cried thinking that it was the end

          • That’s pretty cool, Jacob. Luckily, Mark of the Thief is coming in only about six and a half months and is going to be epic! I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

      • Same!

    • When r u going to start finishing up the book? And can u realises it earlier please I’m just so excited for the next book!!

      • Rise of the Wolf has actually been finished for several months – it’s just waiting for the release date! I’ve started on book 3 now, and I’m writing as fast as I can!


      • Thanks very much, Jennifer! I’m super excited for this book to come out too! I think you’ll love it!

    • Everyone explodes because this is going to be the best book ever. #Malice of Mars #Nic is back. Also the first book was About the Bulla of Diana The second book is about The Malice of Mars so does that mean the third book is about The Jupiter Stone?

      • The Jupiter Stone? I dunno, Nicolas. The consequences for trying to make a Jupiter Stone are well…deadly. Hmmm….

          I’M NOT JOKING!

          • Yeah, I could do that….

            But I won’t. πŸ˜‰

            Happy reading! (Unless it ends badly, in which case I’ll which you, “Happy super distressed reading!”)

    • Yea, i read the first book, and it was awesome!! I loved how u put some roman history in ur story, i cant wait for the second one to come out! I hipe u make more of these awesome books! πŸ™‚

    • i loved your books it kept me awake all night i cant wait for the rise of the wolf.

      • Thank you, kamel, though I should warn you – in Rise of the Wolf, it will only get worse for Nic! πŸ˜‰

    • Is the next series going to be like the false prince and mark of the thief series? And do you have an estmated release date?? Love both series!!!!

      • Thanks for asking, Kordan, and for reading! I think the series may hit for a slightly older reader than False Prince and Mark of the Thief, but it will have a similar feel. I don’t know a release date yet. Probably winter of 2018.

  2. The first book was amazing, can’t wait for the seconde and the month of my birthday ! Sounds great. I’ve read all the false prince series and was hook after the first book witch led me to buy the seconde and third within a 3 day period .And the mark of the king was as good if not better then this series ! Thank you πŸ™‚

  3. What a gorgeous cover. My kiddo has been eagerly waiting for the next book, so excited it has a release date/cover. Congratulations!

    • Thanks very much, Brenda. I hope the kiddo will enjoy it.

      • Is the wolf Diana’s wolf? Well I can’t what for the next one. The first book got me reading from 1:30pm to 11:00pm.

        • I’m glad you enjoyed it so much, Thomas! As to whether it’s Diana’s wolf…hmmm… πŸ˜‰

  4. Is this hinting at Luperca (Lupa), the wolf goddess, or Diana? Love it, and am dying to read it!!!!

  5. I am so excited about Rise of the Wolf! I’m guessing it has something to do with bracelet (what is it exactly). I think it might be about Romulus and Remus.
    I’ve got a question. Sorry if you have to edit it, but how can his friends betray his trust? Is this about Valerius and Aurelia?
    I love the cover so much. It is so gorgeous. I love the silver and the blue…

  6. Love the cover! Can’t wait for Rise of the Wolf…

  7. WOW my B-Day month but the cover is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Hi, I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE ur books!!!! You are an AMAZING writer! Can’t wait to see what other books/ideas you’ll come up with!

    And in May, perfect timing!

    • Thank you, Sophia. And yes, more ideas are always coming…

    • May! I cannot wait that long! I started reading the book and cannot stop I got it from my book fair and was scared to start it because I would have to wait so long but I love it!!!

  9. Oh my god!! Sooooooooooo excited! Your my favourite author and MOTT was amazing!! Can’t wait for your next book! πŸ™‚ x

  10. Is that supposed to be the Malice of Mars? Interesting!

  11. WOW!!!! and some one told me Celia dies is that true?

    • Well, nobody other than my editor has read the second book yet, so any rumors you hear about what happens in the book are only rumors.

  12. When is the second one coming out? Is it already out? I’m sorry, I just finished Mark of the Thief and I nearly died at the ending of it. I was freaking out. I want to read it so bad!!!!!

    • Rise of the Wolf will be out in February 2016. I think you’re going to love it, Venenssa!

  13. I can’t wait for the next book to come out! I loved your Ascendance Trilogy and have bought the Mark of the Thief, which I loved! I hope you write more series like these, or expand on the Ascendance Trilogy by writing a boo about king Jaron’s life as king in Carthya.

    • I’m glad you’ve enjoyed these books, Natz1. And thanks for the suggestions!

  14. That…. that is an awesome cover

  15. That is an amazing cover! I cannot wait! You’re book covers lways leave me hanging!

    -Your #1 fan, Jason

  16. This looks amazing. And beautiful – the cover is gorgeous! I can’t wait to read it. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Jason. I have been lucky with my covers, though credit for them always goes to my editor and to the Scholastic art team!

  17. love the first book can not wait for the second

  18. i know this might be personal, but are you a member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints? i have been dying ever since i started reading you False Prince series, i found it in desert book shop

  19. Wow…Mark of The Thief is sooo addicting…I’m thinking it might be my favorite book out of the 30 I red this month πŸ˜€
    Can’t wait for the 2nd version…Keep up the awesome work!!

  20. wow the cover looks awsome i just cant wait, do you design all of your book covers?

    • I don’t design any of them, Allen, and that is a good thing because I can barely draw a square. This amazing art is done by a very talented team at Scholastic.

  21. I CANNOT wait for the second Mark of the Thief book! By the way, is there any news on a movie for the Asendence Trilogy? Thanks for reading!

  22. Oh my god! Can’t wait! The first book was the bomb! The cover is SOOO amazing and the name! And I know the 2nd book is gonna be amazing too!
    How do you even think of book names and the story plot? I can’t think of any!

    • Thank you, Farah – I’m actually not that good at book names. It usually takes me a very long time to think of them and my editor usually rejects the first fifty. Plot is easier for me now, but that’s after many years of learning to work story through my head. I hope you enjoy RISE OF THE WOLF!

  23. WOW..that’s some cover. A lot of amazing books have covers that are less amazing than their content, and a lot of good covers are not done justice with the content of the story. With your books, however, we can gasp in amazement from both the cover and the actual story.

  24. OMG I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been re-reading Mark Of The Thief over and over since it came out. πŸ™‚
    Can’t wait to read it!!!!!

    (in NINE MONTHS… do you have a spare time machine?)

    • Thank you, Tori! I’m excited for it to come out too – it’s completely epic and I think you’re going to love it!

  25. I just finished The Mark of the Thief and I love it very much to the point that I am already itching for the second book. This stuff is as good as The Ascendance trilogy, if not better! I want more!

    • Thank you very much. I hope you’ll enjoy the second book just as much as the first!


    I am so excited! Can’t wait to read what you have in store for Nic!

    • What’s in store for Nic? Well, I can’t lie, I’m pretty mean to him in this second book. But some amazing things will happen too…

  27. two questions, 1). When is this book coming out and 2). What is going to be different this time besides that we know that Nic is getting his magic back and slowly and needs to get out or help his grandfather?

    • The book will be out in Feb 2016. And what’s different? The biggest thing is you’ll see Nic in the chariot races, and a few other surprises in store!

  28. Four things 1).I loved your first book and I am so excited about the second.2).Amazing cover I love it.3).Does it have to do with Lupa the wolf goddess? And.4). Is that a bracelet or armband?

    • Thank you, Charlie! It’s not about Lupa, but is about one of the Gods who is connected to the wolf. The object on the cover is an armband, such as what the gladiators used to wear, except this one is in silver rather than leather.

  29. And wait… chariot races?

  30. So I know it has a connection to Ares,and is that a werewolf (Another magical creature) on the cover?Like the griffin on the first cover.

    • It’s just a wolf on the cover. As to all of your other speculation… πŸ˜‰

  31. And the armband is silver like the moon!

    *whisper*These are all guesses*whisper*

  32. For gods related to wolfs I can only find Fenrir the Norse god,and Lupa the Roman god.

  33. Your book is 2nd place in my fav series.MY fac is percy jackson srry:(.I can’t wait fort he 2nd book.You are awesome so i hope you can also make the 3rd or 4th book because well YOUR AWESOME.

    • Thank you, Zeliose – and no offense taken on Rick Riordan’s books. they are fabulous! I’ll start working on the third book later this summer.

      • Wait a second, you’ve already written the second book? Does it take a long time to correct any mistakes, or make a bunch of the books to sell, or something? It must not take you very long to write it! That’s VERY impressive. Right now, i’m trying to write a book, but since i’m only 13, i doubt i’ll be getting it published (besides the fact that it probably won’t be good). I love to write (mostly chapter books), and i’ve written 2 of them and A LOT of short stories (some for school).
        Do you happen to have any advice for me? I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

        • I have completed the second book, but that was after months of work on it. I’ll start writing book three a little later this summer, and then will begin editing it late this fall. That’s awesome that you’re writing too. No worries if this particular project doesn’t get published – some of my stories are for publishing and some are for learning to write better.

          For advice – start reading books the way a writer might read them. Not just for the story, but start asking yourself how the writer handled things like characterization, emotion, description, etc. The better you understand how your favorite writers create their stories, the more you will know what to do for your story. Good luck!

    • Π½Ρ”Ρƒ Π½Ρ”β„“ΞΉΟƒΡ•’Ρ• I agree with u that Percy Jackson is Awosme but I would call Rick Riordan and Jennifer Nielsen equal

  34. I loved “Mark of the Thief”! I can’t wait to read all of the Praetor War series! I loved the Ascendance trilogy so much! Hope you write more books about King Jaron (I cannot let go of him!) I hope you find many enthusiastic readers who like your books such as myself throughout your career. I am waiting to read the next book of the Praetor War series, Rise of the Wolf. Your books are always surprising and full of excitement! Thank you!

    • Thank you, Imogen!

    • I know I can’t let go of Jaron either 😭😍

  35. i read mark of the thief and the false prince. i loved both of them. i cant wait to read rise of the wolf and the rest of the ascendance trilogy!! i also read your underworld series.. they were great. i hope you write some more. if you do, please make it a nice and long series. i never really meant to read the mark of the thief, it was just a random book on the shelf in my schools library.. but now i am in love with all your books.PLEASE write more awesome books. i will be grateful for eternity.
    p.s. one of the other bloggers is a friend who i showed the series to, and she loved it!!!

    • Thanks very much – I”m glad you’ve enjoyed my books. My next release will be in August, called A NIGHT DIVIDED. This is a standalone historical that takes place in East Germany during the Berlin Wall era. I might one day do a longer series, but I always enjoy the challenge of building new worlds and places!

  36. OMG!!!! i loved your books. best series ever. how did you ever think of all that stuff? one day, i just got a random book from the shelf (school library), then i read it, and fell in love with it. it just so happened to be mark of the thief. then, i saw stuff about the other boos, i read them too. im so sad since there are only 3 books in the ascendance trilogy. i cant wait for rise of the wolf.. cant you make it come out sooner? πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› please….. and also, do you have the name of the 3rd book of the mark of the thief series?
    ~a fan

    • I haven’t even written the third Mark of the Thief book yet – it’s just in outlining stage right now. But I’ll come up with a title this fall when I start writing it.

      My next release will come out on August 25, called A NIGHT DIVIDED. This is a historical about a girl whose family is divided on the night the Berlin Wall goes up, and what she will attempt in order to reunite them. I hope you’ll check it out!

  37. I’m so happy about book two! Is there gonna be a future movie on Mark of the thief thought?
    And I really am looking forward to a night devided as well!

    • Hi Sarah. There are no current plans for a movie of Mark of the Thief, though who knows what the future will hold, right? And watch this blog early next week. I’ll be doing an ARC giveaway for A Night Divided.

  38. I can’t wait to read the second book. Miss jenn, I LOVE your twists and turns in your books because it makes me jump all day and can’t believe it. Keep up the good work!

  39. I met you in Mary Emily Bryan Middle School in Missouri and got the False Prince, Runaway King, and the Shadow Throne signed and I have LOVED your books and especially loved the Mark Of The Thief because I grew up with Percy Jackson and Heros Of Olympus ( which is Rome And Greek Mythology) so to have another Rome book was awesome
    I thought this book was like the Percy Jackson series and a book called Shadow and Bone
    Thank you for your books

    • Thank you very much, Cody! I’m honored that you have continued to read and enjoy my books.

  40. I can’t wait! I love your books (especially The Ascendance Trilogy) I’ve at least read them 3 times (all 3) You know you enjoy a certain authors books when you have a dream about it… (Yeah no joke, had a dream about A FOURTH book to the Ascendance Trilogy, this being a Prequel)The book revolves around Jaron/Sages brother, Darius. Darius saw through Conner’s devious plan, only to figure that it was too late, Conner already killed his family. Although, Darius’ fathers last words were “You must find Sage, your brother Sage!” And Darius goes on a quest to find Sage, but only to be killed by Conner at the end. (Supposed to have something to do with saving Arimanda, never really thought about the last part) πŸ˜€

    • That’s a crazy cool dream, Mohammed! Sounds like you’ve got a writer’s brain!

    • OMG. that would be so cool!!!!!!!! what if that really did end up happening…:D πŸ˜‰ it would also explain a little more about how sage/jaron, darius,and everybody else lived before jaron was “killed” by pirates on connor’s orders. i was kind of confused on that part. also maybe some more details about amarinda would be included. i wish it could happen. πŸ™‚

  41. i can’t wait to read it. i bet its going to be as great as all of your other books. my friend is addicted to the ascendance trilogy. i haven’t read the shadow throne or the runaway king yet, but i don’t think i will ever get a chance to without having my friend spoil it for me… today, we kept arguing about how King Jaron Artrolius Eckbert III’s name is pronounced. can you please settle the argument?
    is it Jar-one or Jay-ron? also, who is your favorite character in both the ascendance trilogy and the mark of the theif series? thank you so much. πŸ˜€ ;D πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

    • I pronounce it Jar (rhymes with bear) – on (un). In the books, I definitely love to write Jaron’s character – he’s such a brat and so unpredictable that he’s really fun. I also have a lot of love for Mott and Imogen, and a character you don’t meet until the second book, Fink. In Mark of the Thief, I admire Nic’s heart and desire to do the right thing, and Aurelia is a lot of fun to write since she is so tough.

      • Wow! it is just so cool to talk to you! I love the characters you come up with! My favorite from the ascendants trilogy is probably Imogen, and Nic, of course, from the Mark of The Thief! I also think its pretty awesome how Jaron can steal things so easily, and how you designed the plot as if Sage really wasn’t Jaron, that he himself believed it! It was a real twist and surprise! It made me gasp in shock! Thanks for all the hard work you put into these books, also! It is so kind of you to write stories for others entertainment! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€
        You are the best! πŸ™‚

  42. Hi! I was wondering if you could give me a description of the visual appearance of Jaron, Imogen, Roden, and Amarinda… I am planning to be one of them for Halloween. I finally finished the shadow throne. I just have to say… wow! Your books are so unpredictable! I used to be a HUGE Harry Potter geek, but those books were too predicatble… I like your books more than any other books right now. The Ascendance Trilogy is the best!

    • Aside from what’s in the books, I don’t think I could give you a better picture of what they might look like. One thought is to do a google image search for the character by name. For example, Imogen The False Prince. This will bring up images and you might find one there that you like. Thank you!

  43. Wow! Once I started reading Mark of the Thief I could not stop! It is super entertaining! Is the key to the Jupiter Stone the crepundia with Aurelia?

    • Thanks, William. Aurelia does not have the key to the Jupiter Stone, unfortunately, but Nic certainly hopes to get closer to it in the second book.

  44. Jennifer Nielsen,
    You are my favorite writer! Your books are amazing! When I start one, I can’t put it down until I have finished it! You are sooooooo awesome and talented!

    • By the way, I once had a teacher named Mrs. Nielsen in 4th grade! Haha! πŸ™‚

    • Ah, thank you, Banana (if that is your real name) πŸ˜‰

  45. Hello Mrs.Nielson,
    I inquired some time ago how one would get a book signed by you. You replied that we could mail you the book so I would you be able to tell me your address?

  46. I love your books. They are awesome. I can’t wait for the second and the third one. You are one of my favourite authors. The best novel i read:

  47. Your books are the best thing that ever happened to me. I really appreciate all the hard work and efforts that you put into writing these amazing books. I can’t wait till your next book. πŸ™‚

  48. i just finished mark of the thief and it was amazing!! thank you so much!! i am so excited for the next one!!!!!!

  49. i am a big fan of all of your books and cant wait to read more

  50. so how old exactly is nic? I’ve been imagining him around sage’s age, but is he older?

  51. Oh my God I honestly cannot wait!!! I love your writing Jennifer, you’re my favourite author and I adore your books so much!! This trilogy is going to be amazing!!

  52. The second book cover is my background I’m so excited for it to come out!!

    • That’s fantastic, MG! And my editor says it’s even more electric in print, rather than online.

  53. I am so excited for the next book at first I wasn’t really sure I was going to read the first book but now I’m so happy I did. I can’t wait!

    • Thanks very much, Olivia. I’m glad you liked the first book. The second one will be out on January 26th – I hope you’ll like it too!

  54. PS. Please hurry

  55. My friend Taby told me to read the book and I loved it! I’m really excited for the second book! I think your an amazing writer and can’t wait to read your other books! Nic has become one of my favorite characters and I can’t wait to see more of him in the second book!

    • Thank so much, Kate! I hope you’ll enjoy Rise of the Wolf also – it’s going to take Nic to the chariot races!

  56. I can’t wait to see how Nic over comes Radulf.

    • IF Nic overcomes Radulf? πŸ˜‰

      I think you’re going to love Rise of the Wolf, Aubrey!

  57. Hello! I loved Mark o the Thief but I’m probably one of the oldest people reading your books… Being 15… But a good book is a good book. :3

    • Ah no, Destiny – you’re not even close to the oldest reader, but I’m very glad you enjoyed Mark of the Thief! Thanks much!

  58. Hiya! I read the false prince series and it was absolutely amazing! Then I read the Mark Of The Thief and it was… EVEN BETTER! I can’t wait to read Rise of the Wolf because I have tons of huskies and wolves are my favorite animal! It’s going to be great!!

    • Thank you, Ashlyn! I hope you’ll enjoy RISE OF THE WOLF just as much as the others!

  59. I have scrolled through the comments and they all say “I can’t wait for the Rise of the Wolf!” in different words. Well, I was about to write, but then realized that you were probably sick of all that. So, I won’t say that, and I will just say I loved the unpredictable plot! Most books make it so you can guess what happens next. Not in your books! But I just thought I’d let you know, in the early part of the book there is a grammatical mistake, you got its and it’s mixed up! But hey, everyone makes mistakes. I just you to know, you are one of my favorite authors!!!

    • Thanks, April. And I MISSED an it’s/its reference? Gah! #GonnaLoseSleepOverThat πŸ˜‰

  60. I was typing so quickly I made some mistakes! I meant to say “I just thought you should know” not “I just you to know”. And before that I meant to say “Well, I was was about to write that” not “Well, I was about to write”! Whoops!

  61. i read first book it was amazing. lent to friend. he loved it . he lent tha book to his friend then he lent the book to his friend the book is now at missisaga i need to read number two. jennifer stay awesome and grammaticly correct cause me no grammer

  62. when to release… my name is actualy nonamee don’t judge. parents…
    don’t know what the wheere doing

  63. I read the first book for summer reading and it was amazing! I recommended it to all of my friends for summer reading! I am so excited for the second book! I can’t wait to read about Nic some more! And maybe Aurelia!

    • Thank you very much, Sara! Yes, you’ll see more of Aurelia in RISE OF THE WOLF, and see how Nic attempts to get out of his latest trouble.

  64. I loved the book I can’t decide which book is better. The Mark of Athena or The Mark of the thief. I can’t place my finger on what I like about though. I guess that means there are many reasons. Anyways you are an awesome writer Jennifer.

    • Thanks for putting Mark of the Thief in the same sentence with Mark of Athena, Aidan – I agree, that is an awesome book! I’m glad you enjoyed Mark of the Thief too!

  65. I love the mark of the thief jennifer I just got done with it it is so awesome i bet your next book will be a hole lot better…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    • Thanks very much, rr – The second book is going to be epic! I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much!

  66. I loved The Mark of the Thief!! Kept me hanging on to every last word, and I had a vivid image of what was going on in the writing the whole time! Quite a bit of a plot twist, with Nic’s mom leaving him and Livia at the mine. I was surprised to hear that they weren’t actually sold into slavery! I am very glad that I found this book, and I will definitely recommend it to friends!!

    • Thank you very much, Mariah! Recommending the book to others is the highest of compliments!

  67. i just fineshed the mark of the thief. I was so happy when i saw that there was a second one but then i got sad when i found out that it is not out YET. great frist book. i would totally recomend this book to anyone. i myself am not much of a reader but i just could not wait to finish it. will there be a wolf in this new one or not.

    • Hi Zach – if you’re not usually a reader, then your kind words mean even more to me. Thanks very much for letting me know you liked Mark of the Thief, and I think you’ll love Rise of the Wolf even more! There will be a wolf in the story. Though it’s not a huge part of the plot, the wolf plays a very important role in Nic’s growing magic.

      • thanks.

  68. I have always been a huge fan of mythology, especially concerning Greek and Roman gods. The way you intertwined the Roman gods with Ancient Rome, and the historical aspects of the empire is absolutely fantastic. The False Prince trilogy was amazing, and I’m so excited to read the second book! Only 7 months more to go!

    • Thanks very much, Alice! I hope you will enjoy Rise of the Wolf just as much!

  69. I wonder why the book is called “rise of the wolf”, Well I guess I have to wait and see.

  70. It is a great book and I hope I can read it soon

  71. It is a great book and I hope I can read it soon! You are a great writer and I enjoyed reading the False prince series.

  72. All I wanted for my last birthday was the Ascendance Trilogy, and now I am positive that my life wont be complete without reading (and owning) all of your books.
    I got ALL my friends hooked on Prince Jaron, and I am SOOOO thrilled that you have written these books.

    So thanks a million times for your writing, it really does mean a lot that there are good, clean, non-sci-fi-teens killing each other-books. I devour your books and am very grateful for them, and I can’t wait for this book to come out.

    • Thanks very much, Leah! Recommending one of my books to your friends is the highest of compliments.

  73. β„“ΟƒΞ½Ρ”βˆ‚ Ρ‚Π½ΞΉΡ• Ξ±Ο‰Ρ”Ρ•ΟƒΠΌΡ”β„“Ρƒ αωσѕмє вσσк. Β’Ξ±ΠΈ’Ρ‚ ωαιт Ρ‚ΞΉβ„“β„“ Ρ‚Π½Ρ” ΠΈΡ”Ο‡Ρ‚ ΟƒΠΈΡ” Β’ΟƒΠΌΡ” συт. ΞΉ β„“ΟƒΞ½Ρ”βˆ‚ ΞΉΡ‚ Ρ•Οƒ ΠΌΟ…Β’Π½ ΞΉ fΞΉΠΈΞΉΡ•Π½Ρ”βˆ‚ ΞΉΡ‚ ΞΉΠΈ 2 βˆ‚Ξ±ΡƒΡ•! Ρ‚Π½Ρ” ΠΈΡ”Ο‡Ρ‚ вσσк ℓσσкѕ яєαℓℓу ’σσℓ Ξ±ΠΈβˆ‚ ΞΉ Β’Ξ±ΠΈ Ξ±β„“ΡΡ”Ξ±βˆ‚Ρƒ Ρ‚Ρ”β„“β„“ ΞΉΡ‚’Ρ• gΟƒΟƒβˆ‚ Π²ΡƒΡ” Ρ‚Π½Ρ” ωσℓf ΟƒΠΈ Ρ‚Π½Ρ” fяσит. Ρ‚Π½Ρ” ωσℓf ΞΉΡ• ΠΌΡƒ ѕριяιт Ξ±ΠΈΞΉΠΌΞ±β„“ Ξ±ΠΈβˆ‚ ΠΌΡƒ fανσяιтє Ξ±ΠΈΞΉΠΌΞ±β„“ Ξ±β„“β„“ ΡΟƒΟ…ΠΈβˆ‚ нσρє ΞΉΡ‚ Β’ΟƒΠΌΡ”Ρ• συт ѕσσи! ℓσνєѕ ΡƒΡ• Ο‰ΟƒΡΠΊπŸ˜€ πŸ•

    • Thank you, Mangle! I hope you’ll enjoy Rise of the Wolf just as much!

  74. Jennifer do u know what ur spirit animals is

  75. Jennifer if u had to what book would be ur fav not in ur books but other authors

    • I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, and Artemis Fowl, and I loved “Loot” by Jude Watson.

      • Yay I love harry potter books too!

  76. Wow, I’m hyped for this book to come out!

  77. I can’ t wait till this book comes out! πŸ˜€ I love this series!

    • Thanks very much, Lulu! I’m very excited for you to read it!

  78. I’m guessing the thing on the cover is like the bulla. Some kind of of thing that contains power. A gift from Diana god of the hunt to man on earth. Like on the first cover it showed the bulla and a Griffey on it, and there is the other one a bond or what ever it is with a wolf on it(could be Dana’s wolf). So their is my theory. Sorry if you have to delete.

    • It is another of the magical amulets, Thomas, but I can’t say yet whose it is or what this one does. I think you’ll like it though!

  79. Man I can’t whate You already finished the second one!!! I fell so impatient right now. I’m wating for halo 5 and this book and I’m just left with wanting more stories!!!(do mind my spelling)

    • I KNOW! The wait for books always drives me crazy too! I hope January just comes faster!

  80. When is it coming out Jennifer?

  81. Yay! Can’t wait plz could u estimate how many books will be in this series

  82. Cool

  83. Will the books get more pages then the book before it?

    • Hmm, I’m not sure. I think the two books are about the same length. The second book might be a little longer.

  84. i wounder if there will be cool suff

  85. please bring cala back in some way shape or form! My favorite series ive read so far!!

    • Thanks a ton, Jaden! I hope you’ll like Rise of the Wolf just as much!


    • Wow – thank you Avan! I hope you’ll like Rise of the Wolf just as much!

  87. I love Mark of The Theif, Just Can’t wait for The next one!

    • Thank you very much, Annie – I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and I definitely hope you’ll love RISE OF THE WOLF!

    • Annie are you from Ulrich Intermediate? If so thank you for recommending the false e prince to me. It has been my FAVORITE BOOK EVER SINCE.

  88. This book has a great feel to it theirs so many twist and turns in nic’s life to find out his grand father is still alive but it sucks I can’t check out ur second book 😰

    • It’s coming soon, Brady – only another couple of months to wait! Thank you!

  89. Loved the ascendants trilogy and look forward to another great one that is full of action and adventure.Thank you so much for helping kids love to read the books you write, just like me. Once again Thank You

    • Thank you, Roe! I hope you’ll enjoy Mark of the Thief just as much!


    I’m your #1 fan.
    DON’T forget that.

    • Keep me in a cage, huh? Well that will depend – do I still have access to chocolate while in the cage? I won’t stop writing as long as readers like you keep reading!

      • Jenny It is almost February! You know what that means! Last week we had a book fair and I saw Mark of the Thief. I recommended it to everyone I saw there! I even did a book project out of it.
        You are an amazing writer. Me and my friend Lauren are anxious to read your new book.

        P.S: I’m counting down the days until February! πŸ˜‰ LOVE YOU

        • I just scrolled through the comments. It sounds like you made every one fall in love with your books!

        • Thanks for the recommendations, Jessica!

    • Yeah they are really good!


    • Hee-hee! Um, how about this: Not everyone survives book 2…



        • Well, I gotta be honest Jake. It was to be mean. πŸ˜‰ I literally cannot think of any other reason I might’ve written something like that. But you’re going to love it!

  92. I love your writing!! I’ve read the Ascendance Trilogy three times already!!!

  93. I am so exited to see the book. Loved the first one and every thing I have read written by you. Can’t wait.

  94. I absolutely loved Mark of the Thief! Have you figured out how many more books your going to put into this series?

    • Thanks very much, Jake! This will probably be another trilogy. I’m writing the third and final book right now!

  95. Hi Jennifer I just got done with mark of the thief book 1 loved it. It was my first book from you and I loved it so much I told my 6th grade teacher about it and she bought 30 copies for her class. At Jersey Shore area middle school. She loved the first book and I know she will love the 2nd and 3rd book love your writing and want to see the next book.

    • Wow, Colin – thanks extra much for the recommendation! Those are always the highest of compliments.

  96. I loved mark of the thief and I’m hoping to get rise of the wolf soon!!! I’ve also read the first 2 books in the asendents trilogy and they where AMAZING!!!!! It’s like you write your books just for me!!!

    • Actually, Buck – I write the books I most want to read. But if you like them too then we must have very similar taste in stories, which is a cool thing! Thanks for reading!

  97. Can you tell me the ideas for the titles?

    • Sorry, Jeff. Can’t release any of those ideas until after my editor and I have settled on it. And honestly, the title ideas I have right now are pretty lame. Not worth sharing.

  98. I have read all the books you’ve made and I LOVED Them. Whenever I’m asked what my fav author is,I reply w/ Jennifer Nielsen. Keep making more more books because I’m sure I’ll love all of them.

    • Aw, thanks, Jay! As long as there are awesome readers like you out there, I will always continue writing!

  99. I LOVED ALL you books I can’t wait for this one and I hope u make a lil sumtin sumtin for a cool book about Jason as king of sumtin I love you books so much u are what got me into reading and I love you for it

    • Thank you very much, Boooot! I LOVE that you enjoy reading now – that totally makes me day!

  100. Mrs. Nielsen, i read the first book, and it was so awesome!! I really liked how u added some roman history to this. I hope u keep on making these super awesome books!! πŸ™‚

    Ps. I love to read a lot, so yea!

  101. I finished the book like 2 weeks ago, I got an early unedited copy from my librarian. It was great!!!! I can’t wait for the third one, sadly its going to come out next year I guess.

    • Thanks very much! Hopefully your librarian will get an early copy of the third book, so that at least you can read it that much sooner!

  102. I loved the first book; I read it in 2 days! I’m sure that I’ll love the next book when it comes out, and Mark of the Thief is my new favorite book.

    • Thanks very much, Jon! I hope you’ll enjoy Rise of the Wolf too!

  103. You are the best author in the whole wide world Jennifer Neilson

  104. I LOVE the ASCENDANCE trilogy’s, my god they are the best books I have ever read in my entire life! And believe me, I read like a hundred books each month, and none of them are as awesome as yours! My favorite author used to be Rick Riordan, but now you both are my favorite authors. I have also read the Mark of the thief, AND I LOVE IT❀️❀️❀️!!! I love Sage/ Jaron to! His personalities are so awesome. I am literally dying, for you to write another book about him. Could you PLEASE write it! I will forever love you and your books Jennifer Neilson. I love Jaron and Nic!!!

    • Thank you very much, Sanya. I don’t currently have any plans to write a fourth False Prince book, but I do have some upcoming books to announce that I think you’ll enjoy just as much!

  105. Thanks Jennifer Neilson! I know I can always count on you! You will never disappoint me! I always imagined myself in the Ascendance trilogies, and pretended to be Jaron’s twin sister!

  106. I love the Mark of the Thief too! The book is so AWSOME!!! I ❀️ Nic Calva! He is so coool! I love the roman mythology too! I read Rick Riorden’s books to as I told you, so I know all about the Roman gods and goddesses. I love Diana! She is so cool too!!! I love what you did to the story, you are so AWSOME!!! AMAZING! I love all your stories! The covers are Magnificent! I love all of them! I am in love with your books!

  107. I just finished “Mark of the Thief” and I looooooved it!!!! How many books in that series have you made? What are their titles? I’m sorry if I seem ignorant, I’m just confused. Thank you!

    • Hi Gunnar! Mark of the Thief is the first book of the series. Rise of the Wolf will be released in January, and I’m writing the third book now. I’m glad you loved the first one. If you did, I think you’ll like the second even more – Nic is in so much more trouble! πŸ˜‰

  108. Hi Jennifer Nelson, just wondering have you finished the second or third book. If not it would be really cool if you could add a few more Roman Gods or make a twist in the series and put Greek Gods! Can’t wait for your new book!
    Thank you for reading my opinion πŸ˜…πŸ˜€

    • Hi Mangle! The second book is completely finished and has been for several months now. It’s only waiting for the release date to arrive (and getting printed, distributed, and reviewed!). I’m currently writing the third book. That’s a cool suggestion to add in the Greek Gods, but in a way, I always have. The Romans pretty much took the Greek Gods and then gave them Roman names. Jupiter is Zeus. Diana is Artemis. Neptune is Poseidon, and so on. To call them by their Greek names would be out of sync with history because the Romans felt they had made their Gods a bit cooler than what the Greeks did. That said, I do appreciate your suggestions. I love that you’re thinking of possibilities for this series! Thank you.

  109. Hi! I loved your book, just as i love all your work (especially the false prince), i really liked Auriella! You came to my school a year ago and i thought you were really cool! i hope that one day i will be able to write like you!!! πŸ˜‰ I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE TO COME OUT!!!

  110. Hi!!! OMG I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!! This one was great! I loved Auriella, (she’s better than Imogene!) and Nic was really cool!!! I also love the false prince series!!! Jaron/sage is awesome!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚
    You came to my school a year or so ago and it was so cool! I love writing and I hope to be an author one day, and I really want to be as good as you!!! Thank You!!!!!!!

    • Thanks very much, Mira! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my books, and very excited that you would also like to become an author one day. The way to get better is simple: just keep on writing. If you do that, eventually you will become exactly the author you hope to be!

  111. When is it going to come out?

  112. I love your first book though!I cannot WAIT till the rise of the wolf comes out.

  113. I just read mark of the thief and I have got to say that it was a amazing book and I can’t wait for the next one I’m sure it will be just as amazing if not better than the first

    • Thanks very much, Caleb. I hope you will enjoy Rise of the Wolf too! Watch for a giveaway of it starting on Sunday.

  114. True Jennifer Nelson and I had actually thought about thats Cuase i read Rick Riordan but you know how the romans were scared of Neptune/Posiodon you could add him in their if there was a war. And I like suggesting things for books. I am very thankful that you read this, thank you.

  115. I liked Mark of the Thief the best

  116. I know that you are the aunt of one of my neighbors here in Northern Utah, and i can still vividly remembering having the pleasure of meeting your after you’re book False Prince came out. I received this book, Mark of the Thief, and for the first time, read it in one day. Being a slow reader it of course surprised me to be capable of doing this between periods and at home, yet being captivated in this novel truly helped me gain a new understanding and respect towards literature – novels especially. I cannot wait until the second book is released! You are such an amazing writer, and i can guarantee whatever you publish, will be on my shelf!

    • That is fantastic, Taylor. I’m so glad you enjoyed Mark of the Thief – if you’re a slower reader, then this is an even higher compliment. I hope you’ll enjoy Rise of the Wolf too!

  117. Please why did u do this to me? I read the mark of the thief in a week and than I realized the second book wouldn’t be out until January!!!!!! I almost cried. I recommended all of your books to my grandparents parents and some friends. My grandma read the false prince and is working on reading the second book and my mom is reading the false prince and my friend read mark of the thief. Jennifer I absolutely LOVE your books. I wish u could give me a hint on what this book will be about!! Probably has something to do with that bracelet or something like the bulla on the cover had something to do with the story. Keep writing your amazing books!! I’m running out of ideas!! Do you recommend any of your other books or other people’s books?? W

  118. I love your books! The False Prince series are awesome and the Mark of the Theif is just as good! I love the twists and turns of each book and yeah. Waiting for your next book πŸ˜€

  119. The first book was awesome. I hope there will be more than 3 books it is the best. I gave it to my friend who doesn’t read much and now he reads the book constantly. I have an Idea for the 3 book title. Here it is: Roar of the Tiger. I hope you like it. Reply ASAP.

    • That’s a cool title, Tharun! I’m not sure it fits with the direction of the third book, but it is a cool title.

  120. Hey Jennifer, I love your writing! The Ascendance trilogy was amazing! I would like to say that your plots are very well written, and your characters are complex and wonderfully flawed. As a fan of good action, foreshadowing, and well placed sarcasm/sass, you’re doing a great job. I can’t wait for Rise of the Wolf. P.S. The song Just Breathe by Pearl Jam really captures the essence of The Shadow Throne.

    • Thanks much, Aravis! I agree on Just Breathe, but check out “Rise” by Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam lead singer). I think you’ll really see The Shadow Throne in it!

  121. I really enjoyed the first book. The ending you left just made want to read this book so much.

  122. Do you know what day in February it will come out because these books are awesome. My favorite book!

    • Thanks Adrienne! RISE OF THE WOLF will be released on January 26th – just two weeks away!

  123. Oh my god!!!!! I am in love with everything you write Jennifer Neilsen! I can not choose between you and Rick Riordan! You both are my FAVORITE authors! I love the Mark of the theif! But my god the ascendance trilogy! Oh my god:BEST BOOKS EVER! I read the false prince, runaway king, and the shadow throne a gazillions of times and still love it!!!!!!!! I LOVE Jaron and Nic! I guess you are seriously tired about me and everyone screaming that we love your books and can not just wait till the rise of the wolf. If so I am so sorry about that, but Jennifer Nielsen I think YOU just topped Rick Riorden. I could just go on and on about what an amazing author you are, for like a million years, so I really should just stop. YOA ARE TRULY THE BEEEEST!!!

    PS: Can not wait till the rise of the wolf (could say it about a billion times)!!!

    • Well Shannon, you sorta made my night. Thanks very much! Rick Riordan is an amazing author – I am honored you would even put me in the same sentence with him.

  124. You (sorry with pronunciation)

  125. I love mark of the theif it was one of the best books I’ve read my favourite character would be Nic because he is smart and cunning and isn’t afraid to be himself

    • Thanks very much, Chad! I hope you’ll enjoy Rise of the Wolf just as much!

  126. OMG
    I really actually literally CANNOT WAIT

  127. I don’t mean to sound impatient but any idea as to when the sequel to rise of the wolf will be out

    • Well Connor, I do have some idea about that, but I don’t think you’ll like it much! Look for Mark of the Thief 3 in January 2017. I know that’s soooooo long to wait, but I promise it’ll be worth it! The ending to that book is my favorite book ending I’ve ever written.

  128. Hey Jennifer! I ABSOLUTLY LOVVVVE your books and I think one of your best so far is this Mark Of The Thief series!!! I just got Rise Of The Wolf and I finished it in 3 days!! Now I am soooooosoooosooo sad because I can’t read the third now! How couuuulllllddd youuu!?? Anyway you are one of my fav. authors and I loved the False Prince series. I told a few of my friends to read your books and they read a few! Please please PLEASE tell me the third book of Mark Of The Thief will come out soon! I waited a year for Rise Of The Wolf to come out (I got it on its release day :)) and I hope I won’t wait a year for this one! Keep writing!

    • Um…it’ll be another year to wait. Sorry Az. But I think if you liked this book, you are going to completely LOVE the third book. It’s going to be epic!

      • Yay

        • I loved the Ascendance trilogy and you are my favorite writer, I can’t wait for the third book! I got Rise Of The Wolf on the day it came out because I preordered it right after you said that you would make a new book!

  129. By the way, are you planning on making a movie? I hope so, and I really hope that it’s good because soooo many of my favorite books are ruined because the movie is horrible and doesn’t follow the book, like Percy Jackson. They completely cut out the fight with Ares and with Luke and how Luke left camp and how Percy got a scorpion bite.

    • I hope to post an update on the movie soon, though it won’t be a major update. And I totally agree on the Sea of Monsters movie – it wasn’t good. So my fingers are crossed that the movie does more justice to the book!

      • Yay!

      • My fingers are also crossed

        • Yeah, don’t have the second book yet but I really want to see what happens next!

  130. I was given a chance to get the Rise of the Wolf yesterday and finished it last night. It was an amazing book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I cannot wait to see what you do with the next book in the series! I am a huge fan of your books in this series and your others.

    • Thanks, Rylee! I’m glad you liked Rise of the Wolf, and I think you’ll love the third book just as much! It’s going to be epic!

  131. I have read over a hundred books since school started and I always love coming back to your books. Thank you for being an amazing author!

    • Thank you very much, Rylee! And congrats on such an amazing reading achievement!

  132. OMG I haven’t been on this website for ages I DIDN’T KNOW RISE OF THE WOLF WAS OUT!!! GOTTA GO GET IT!! SEE Y’ALL πŸ†

  133. im so exited i cant wait to get your new book!!!…I really love your books and i love all your trilogies. ive read all of them and i cant wait for this one!!KEEP UP THE GOOD WRITING!!

  134. I love to read and explore the books you write, they are just so interesting and amazing. One of the books i read i thought i would not like turned into one of my favorite books. You do your job very well. I can not wait to read rise of the wolf and other books you write.I also love that when you make a series you leave a cliff hanger at the end so we will be eager to read the next book. PLEASE MAKE MORE BOOKS TO THIS SERIES AND ALL THE OTHERS.

    • Thank you, Megan! The third and final book of this series will be out next winter.

      • I cant wait to read. It what will it be called?

    • Thanks very much, Megan!

  135. I can’t wait for the next book to come out I loved mark of the the if its one of my favorite books. Keep it up your doing great.

  136. I’m starting to write my own book called “The Stolen Throne” and after reading “The False Prince,” you inspired me. I really want to keep reading, but I STILL don’t have the next book. Thank you for writing these books! Mine is about a stolen son who was formed in the kingdom and someone rising up to defeat him because he was turned evil. I wanted to know your thoughts on it. I can’t wait till I get the next book, and I might get it around Easter, so that’s good. THANKS!

    • That sounds like a really cool concept! I hope you keep working on it (and I hope that you get the rest of the Ascendance books soon).

  137. When will the third book be out? I just recently finished Rise of The Wolf and I can’t wait much longer!!! The suspense is real!!!!!

    • Thanks, Albert! The bad news is that there’s still a while to wait – until next winter. The good news is that the ending for the third book is my favorite of any book I’ve ever written, so I hope you’ll agree that it was worth waiting for!

  138. I just finished the 2 book it was AWESOME. Its better than any other book ive ever read

    • Thanks very much, Braedon! If you liked this one, then I can’t wait until you get to read book 3!

  139. Hey! I’ve been avid fan of yours since the release of ‘The Flase Prince.’ Preparing for the third installment of ‘The Mark of the Thief’ I really hope that you somehow make Aurelia and Nic work out in a relationship, as it nearly brought to tears (yes I’m a guy, but the book is just that good!) when she accepted Crispus marriage proposal Infront of The Mistress. Please make it work out! also, is the third book going to be finale? Or will you keep writing about Nic and his expansive and complex world? Thank you so much for writing some of my favorite books!

    • Thanks very much, Oscar. There is a resolution to Nic, Aurelia, and Crispus’s relationship – I hope it’ll be one you like. The third book is the final of the series and is my favorite ending I’ve ever written into a novel. I can’t wait until I can finally share it!

      • When is the third book coming out? I CAN’T WAIT!

        • It should be out next winter, Dylan, and I know that’s a long time to wait, but it’s got my favorite ending of any book I’ve ever written, so I hope you’ll think the wait was worth it!

  140. Hello again, and thanks for your quick response! Sadly there’s a long wait for the epic finale to be released πŸ™ . Do you know of any other similar books or series that are good? I have read the Flase prince series and the Mark of the thief series, I’m a fan of that genre, so do you have any suggestions? Thanks πŸ˜€

    • Hi Oscar! It’s hard for me to recommend books like mine, but I can tell you some I’ve enjoyed. You might check out anything by Brandon Mull, or “Michael Vey” by Richard Paul Evans, or “The Warrior’s Heir” series by Cinda Williams Chima.

    • I loved the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. It is just a suggestion that I wanted to throw out.

  141. I got the first book for my birthday last year and I had read the false prince and so forth, and I was really excited. I finished it quick and I was really excited for the second book. I don’t have it yet, but I can’t wait to read it!

  142. How many books are there going to be in this series? I looooooooved the first book!!!! Is there movie coming? Or has it come out yet?

    • Thanks very much, Taylor! There are three books planned for this series, with the third book coming out next winter. No movies are currently planned for this series, but perhaps one day!

  143. Your books are awesome maybe add a hidden amulet or have nic find out he’s a descendant of Cesar or a god in book 3

  144. When is the next book coming out after rise of the wolf

    • It should be out next winter – a long time to wait I know, but I hope you think it was worth it!

  145. i cant wait to read the next book after the rise of the wolf and i wonder if nic will become a god and pliz tell me he dont die and will he make a jupiter stone for the mistress

    • or will he be able to defeat the mistress and make a jupiter stone to stop all the bad plans for the roman empire

      • πŸ˜‰ Well, Nic is definitely not out of trouble yet – in fact, his biggest challenges are still to come! But I hope you will like how the story ends – it’s my favorite ending of any book I’ve ever written. Thanks, Shane!

  146. yes i love the ending to it makes me want to read more i am kind of mad the next book wont come out till winter but i look forward to reading it it is the only book i have not read yet, of yours i love all of your books and i am proud to say that you are my favorite author, make this one the best out of all dont rush take your time and i cant wait until it comes out thanks a lot for your time and i like that you have this comment thing on here it is something that most authors dont have and once again thanks a lot and thank you for your time, and dont take to much time on this you need to write that book lol

  147. and do u have a title in mind i would like to hear it


    • I do have a title for the book, though I can’t announce it yet. I will soon!

  148. ok i do understand that do u know where you will announce it

    • Probably soon – I’m just waiting for a green light from my editor.

  149. how much would it be to get a signed copy of the next book i want one when it comes out in winter

    • If you want to buy any of my signed books, you can do that through The King’s English. Just put your name in the notes on the ordering page so I know who to sign it to. The prices for each book are shown on that page.

      If you just want a signed sticker from me that you can paste into a book you already have, that’s totally fine. Just send me your mailing address to

  150. ok will the next book be on that website

  151. Thought that by what the main character said, that was the last book. Can’t wait until third book!

  152. When do you think you’ll be able to announce the title of book three from Mark of the Thief book series?

  153. I hope every thing turns out fine for my three MOST interesting characters who would be Nic, Aurelia, and Livia. Maybe even Nic’s mother.

    • Fingers crossed then!

      • I was just wondering what made you decide to let the one guy marry Aurelia and not let nic marry her I mean when she said yes to him I felt so bad for nic so I wondered why you did it

        • It’s a tough scene, I know, but it’s the only way for Aurelia to save her life from the Mistress.

  154. About how long do you think that the Mark of the Thief book 3 is going to be on Amazon after you publish it?

    • Mark of the Thief 3 will go up on Amazon about six months before it’s published, so anyone who wants to pre-order it will have plenty of time to do that. Thanks for asking!

  155. And I totally agree with what Oscar said about Nic and Aurelia (my two most favorite characters). I really think they both have a great sense of humor.

    • Thank you! I think they’re funny together, the way they play off each other.

  156. When do you think the cover of the book in the mark of the thief series is going to be realesed? Btw I cried myself to sleep thinking the second book was the last one!

    • I’m sorry you had such a sad night, but I’m glad I didn’t have to tell you it was the last. I think the cover of the third book will be released soon. At least, I hope so!

  157. Also what inspired you to make the mark of the thief series?

    • It came from the combination of two actual historical facts: First is the bulla, which Roman boys used to wear for good luck. Second is Julius Caesar’s claim to have come from the goddess Venus. I just asked the question, “What if Caesar was telling the truth?” And then, “What if his magic was kept in his bulla, which becomes lost after Caesar’s death?” The answers to those two questions became the foundation for Mark of the Thief.

  158. Thanks for the response and I just have one more question which is why did you make crispus and Aurelia marry was there a specific reason or just to make character feelings for nic?

    • Aurelia and Crisps aren’t married. She only agreed to marry him, making them closer to what we would consider as engaged. And it was done because it was the only way Aurelia could save her life. But yes, that is hard on Nic, unfortunately.

  159. Oh never mind sorry you already told me that sorry πŸ˜€

  160. I am a little disappointed that Aurelia had to marry Cripsus. That’s the part I probably hates the most, it was one of the reasons that made me cry, and I’m hoping something happens where Aurelia actually doesn’t marry Cripsus. Or I might of spelt his name wrong. These characters’ names can get a bit confusing sometimes!

    • She’s agreed to marry Crisps, sort of like what we would consider engaged. It is hard on Nic, but hopefully he has time in the next book to change her mind. Of course, she had to do it to save her life!

  161. So if Aurelia already agreed to marry Cripsus in front of the Mistriss or sorry, might of spelled that wrong but don’t feel like picking up the book and reading the ending, but anyway, wouldn’t that mean if since Aurelia married him, and he could help her save her life by marring him, wouldn’t Aurelia not be safe anymore and the Mistriss would do what ever was going to happen to Aurelia if she hadn’t of married Cripsus? So she wouldn’t ever be able to marry Nic? I mean, not unless Nic somehow became a Pretator, or sorry, keep spelling things wrong, I know it’s totally not spelled like that! I think I might be confusing you be spelling things incorrect.

    • You’re right on all of this – as it currently stands, as long as Aurelia keeps her agreement to marry Crispus, she will be protected. So that either has to be the outcome of the story, or something else has to change. Which is going to be very difficult, no matter what.

  162. But I said that, because it said in the book, that Preators are safe and so is the wife of a Preator.

  163. love your first book hope the second and third are just as good

  164. When will book 3 be out?
    I love tham and most of the time I don’t like to read.

    • Thanks very much, Jessica – that’s a huge compliment if you’re not normally a reader. Book 3 should be out next winter – which I know is a long wait, but I think you’re going to love it!

  165. I have read the first and second book. Is there a third one?

    • Yes, Miranda, the third book will be out this coming winter. On Sunday, I’ll reveal the title and cover here on this blog!

  166. Just Finished he second book OMG! Loved it can’t wait to find out what will happen to Nic, Aurilie, Nic’s mother and the rest can’t wait for the third book I love a lol the books you have ridden so far for the lost prince series and the mark of the their series can’t wait to see more of your books on the shelfπŸ‘!!!!

  167. I am reading the rise of the wolf and it’s brilliant. I just love the story. I can’t wait for the third book to come out. Keep up the good work Jennifer A. NielsenπŸ‘πŸ»

  168. Just found your book while on vacation contacted its owner and I’m returning it to the school but it had be intrigued so I went out and got a copy. Can’t wait to start reading it.

    • That’s awesome, Brooklyn – thanks so much!

    • what school do you go to

  169. what is the date of the next book

  170. what is the title of the book

    • In order, the books of this trilogy are: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm.

  171. What is the book called so I can look for it?

    • Book 1: Mark of the Thief
      Book 2: Rise of the Wolf
      Book 3: Wrath of the Storm

  172. Hey, you probably don’t remember my earlier comment, but my book is progressing well and I wanted to know if you had any further advice since you are an author. I was super pleased by the Mark of Thief series and I’m glad you incorporated mythology into your books-especially Roman mythology. Thank you!

    • Oh yeah, sadly, it’s been a year since my last post and I had to rewrite my book since it just wasn’t working out. But this new one is good and trucking along. So in advance, I appreciate your advice and comments.

      • Rewrites…story of my life. But rewrites are great – they are the difference between writing and art.

    • I’m not sure what advice I gave you before, but I am very glad your book is continuing to progress. That’s fantastic! For new advice…look at ways you can intensity the emotion of your book, to fill it with higher highs and lower lows. Those intense moments grab readers. You need to make those moments feel real, of course, but look for ways to intensify your writing. Good luck!

      • Thank you so much!

  173. Awesome books i am going to read the second book of the false prince series awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  174. Have you met JK Rowling? I’ve been putting the Harry Potter series off for too long and I’m halfway through the last book. You and Rowling are some of my favorite authors, and it was just a random question I just had to ask.

    • I wish I could say yes, but unfortunately, I have not had that privilege. Perhaps one day…if I am very, very lucky, and bribe all the right people! πŸ˜‰

  175. Was the emperor in the first Mark of the Thief a real emperor?

    • Yes, Tacitus ruled from 275 – 276 AD, then Florianus (Book 2) for a few months, then Probus from 276 – 282. That’s partially the reason why I chose these years for the setting, because of the rapid (and suspicious) turnover of emperors. Moreover, Radulf is based on a military general named Ricimer who, like Radulf, could not ascend to be an emperor, but who seemed to hold more power than the emperors. Some historians suspect that Ricimer is connected to the frequent change in emperors.

  176. Thank you, reading the last book and I am mad it a trilogy not a series and am going to read The Infinity Ring series .

    • Sorry there aren’t more books of the series, but I hope you’ll enjoy Infinity Ring!

  177. ___ is my mom she said I coud use her email becuse I didn’t have got one now

  178. I desided to read the false prince insted of the infinity ring

  179. just saw my frend on here thaught it was cool that he was emailing a auther

  180. why dose latmere get shot

    • Sage could leave Farthenwood any time he wants to. but he doesn’t leave, and it’s because of what happens to Latamer. That scared him, and humbled him, and also gave him an idea to avenge that moment.

  181. hi my name is michael

  182. you right the best book ever

  183. is this you or your illustrator

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