RISE OF THE WOLF is released!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | 103 comments

RISE OF THE WOLF has been released! I love this book, and I’m so excited for you all to read it!


Here’s the Goodreads summary: Nic may have escaped enslavement in the mines outside of Rome, but his troubles are far from over. The Praetor War–the battle to destroy Rome from within–is in full force, and Nic is caught in the crossfire. The secretive Praetors are determined to unlock a powerful amulet–one sure to bring the empire to its knees. Worse, the Praetors believe Nic holds the key to finding this amulet, and they will stop at nothing to steal it, even if that means harming the people Nic holds most dear.

When the Praetors capture Nic’s mother, Nic knows he must do anything to save her. He challenges the Praetors to a chariot race. If he wins, they will release his mother. But if he loses, he must hand over a magic that will certainly destroy Rome and end his own life. Can Nic once again harness his magic and gather the strength to defeat his enemies? Or will he lose his mother and bear witness to Rome’s destruction?


I really think you’re going to love this one – it’s dangerous and funny, has some great chariot racing scenes, and a few surprises I don’t think you’ll expect!

You need to have read Book 1, MARK OF THE THIEF, before starting into this one. But if you’re ready for this book, you can ask your local librarian to get a copy or pick up your own copy in most places where you buy books (if they don’t have it – ask them to order it for you!). If you want to find it online, here are some places you can try:



Barnes & Noble


Also, from last week’s final ARC giveaway, the winner today is:

Aaron Cleaveley

That’s all the giveaways for now, but watch later this summer for ARC giveaways of my fall book, THE SCOURGE.


  1. I’m so excited for Rise of the Wolf’s release! I can’t wait to read it!
    – Loreley

  2. Congrats, Jennifer! So excited for you!

    • I always appreciate your support, Natalie. I hope you’re well.

  3. My sister pre-ordered it for Christmas for me and I got it today!! I am starting it today!! I’m excited for it!

    • Woot! Happy reading!

      • I’m halfway through! It’s really good so far! Can’t wait to see what happens in the end!

        • Yay! Thanks, Jamie!

          • I finished it!!!it was really good! Can’t wait for the third one!

          • Thank you, Jamie! I’m already excited for the third book, but until then I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

  4. Congratulations on the release of Rise of the Wolf, can’t wait to read with my kiddo.

    • I hope they’ll enjoy it, Brenda! Nic is in so much trouble this time!

  5. I’m so excited to get it but I still didn’t find it in stores today, oh well I’ll try again tomorrow.. Ahhhhhh. Anyway I wanted to ask you something Jennifer, I was writing a term paper today using an author as a reference and I stumbled apon an author named Jennifer J. Nelson! Is she related to you? Just wondering 😂
    Love your books!
    – Hend

    • Gah! If it’s not there again, you can ask a clerk about it. And sorry no, Nelson and Nielsen are quite close for last names, just not close enough to be any relation! 😉

  6. Oh my god, it’s finally released! It’s been a long year waiting for this.

    • I’ve been waiting too, Rashida! I’m so excited to finally be able to share this story!

  7. I’m so excited to read this one aah!!!

  8. Finally. 🙂 Congratulations!

  9. So excited! But here I am again, needing to wait for at least three months should I wait in local bookstores. I’ll just order online and speed up the delivery… the delivery cost will surely be worth it.

    • Sometimes it’s like that, no? When it’s all about choosing the best of a few “meh” options. Thank you, John.

  10. Yay! So excited… to read this in a year when my library finally gets it. But hey, another book YAY!

  11. I just finished the Ascendance Trilogy, and the timing couldn’t be better for the release of Mark of the Thief book 2! I’ll let you know what I think when I get the book, I’m sure it will be a great read.

  12. Ahhhhh just got it finally and loving it omg ❤️❤️❤️

  13. Can’t wait to read the next book in such a brilliant series!

  14. I’m an aspiring writer any tips and really excited about the new book

  15. Yayyyyyyy!!!

  16. Booked a hold on it at my public library. It’s ready for pick-up and I’m so excited to read it!!

    • Yay! Happy reading!

      • I am almost at the end of the book and it is amazing!! I won’t say anything to people who haven’t read it yet but Jennifer I love your writing!! Especially your sense of humor XD

  17. Hi Jennifer,
    I got a hard copy of your book however do you know any place where they are selling it in paperback? Thanks 🙂

    • I don’t think it’ll be sold in paperback anywhere until late 2016. But thanks for asking!

  18. I am reading it now, and I’m dreading having to wait for the next one. You are the Queen of Cliff Hangers, and it kills me. I love your books so much. Good luck with the third! I am already ecstatic about it!!

    • Thanks, Sophia! If you’re enjoying this book, then I think you’re going to love the third – it’ll be epic!

      • I have no doubt that it will be epic! All of your books are.

  19. First, I need to tell you that you are my favorite author of all time. I probably reread the False Prince series dozens of times, and always highly recommend it to all of my friends. I purchased Rise of the Wolf the day it came out (so exciting). I FINALLY finished it today! Thank you for this amazing story! I loved all the suspenseful plot twists and can’t wait to see what happens next in Nic’s adventure!
    Thank you so much,
    Kayla 🙂

    • Aw, thank you, Kayla – this made my night! I’m glad you enjoyed Rise of the Wolf.

  20. Just finished Rise Of The Wolf! I loved Nic’s sense of humor as always and cannot wait for the third book! It was so interesting to see Nic grow and interact with other characters, especially Radulf. Thank you for creating an amazing story! Let’s hope Nic has a few more tricks up his sleeve…..

    • Thank you, Sam! Nic definitely has more to discover! Let’s just hope it’s enough for what’s coming his way next…

  21. OMG I FINISHED WHAT HAPPENS NEXT YOU MUST TELL ME. I’ve been reading the book day and night and finally finished such a great piece now I’m gonna read a night divided

    • All right, Tim, here’s what’s coming next for Nic: Things are going to get much, much worse. But until you get that third book with all the details, I hope you’ll enjoy A Night Divided! Thanks much!

      • When’s the next one coming out? What’s it gonna be called? And already on page 60 amazing s far!! Do you have any mark of the thief and rise of wolf bookmarks?

  22. I just finished Rise of the Wolf after it arrived and it looked even better face-to-face. Or book-to-face. Something like that.
    I really, really don’t want to wait an entire year for the next book! An entire year!
    There are things I really want to mention, but won’t because of spoilers.
    It’s going to be a long, long year.
    Thanks for writing! Can’t wait for Scourge and the next book of Rise of the Wolf!
    – Loreley

  23. Yes if you are ok with that and maybe 2 because my friend Nathaniel like the false prince series so I let him read my mark of the thief. He enjoyed it very much so I’m letting him read the rise of the wolf so he’d probably want one also. Where’d did you come up with this Gertrude fritz and Greta thing? Very nice names for characters I’m at the part where Gerta stole the pulley. Can’t wait to finish!!!!

    • I write about the inspiration for A NIGHT DIVIDED here: http://jennielsen.com/archives/1676 and I hope you enjoy the rest of the story! The part with Gerta and the pulley always makes me nervous. I’ll send bookmarks out to you this week!

  24. I finished the book!!!! Amazing end to it , don’t want to spoil the end for other readers so I won’t say anything but I enjoyed it very much!! And thank you for the bookmarks Mrs. Nielsen

  25. It’s February! Any movie news?

    • Give me another week to post that. It’s not going to be too exciting but I will have updates.

  26. More BLOG post please and when is the scourge going to out I need to read your books!

    • The Scourge will be out on August 30th! My next post will probably start talking about that book. I’m so excited for it!

  27. Will it be a trilogy? And you should make more trailers the first one was really cool!!

    • It will be a trilogy, and I’d love to do more trailers, but if we do put another one together, it’ll probably be for The Scourge.

  28. *Spoiler Alert*

    The wolf wasn’t included much in the book but it was the title why?

    • Because of the significance of the Malice of Mars, guarded by Mars’s animal, the wolf.

  29. After reading Mark of the Thief, my entire family – well at least the teens and tweens were anxiously awaiting the Rise of the Wolf. I surprised them Monday by buying it on Audible and we had a homeschooling Pajama Day and listened to it for 4.5 hours. My husband cheated and finished it late one night after the kids went to bed. We finally finished listening to it yesterday and we LOVED it. Even the nine year old who didn’t read the first book. We are anxiously awaiting the next book. Thank you for such a great story.

    • Thank you, Megan! Tell your family that the third book contains my favorite ending of any story I’ve ever written – I can’t wait for its release so we can all talk about it!

  30. Is the 3rd book going to be the last book?

    • Yes, though I think you’re going to love the way the series ends! And very soon I’ll have an announcement about the series that’ll come next. I’m so excited about it!

  31. Nic should meet Sage.I love how you put character into both of them, and each have unique traits. like sage, is very proud, never runs, and always confident. Nic is different, he just wants a quiet life, without trouble, and doesn’t like to start fights. Just thought it was interesting how it’s like that

    • That’s very perceptive, Gobi, and you’re right – Nic and Sage do have their similarities, but to me they are very different in their approach to problems. It’d be interesting if they mt.

      • YES!!!

  32. I emailed you about if you’re making a move, are you?

  33. Movie I mean

  34. Best book ever! I just finished reading the book and OMG was it good… The way you included Radulf in as a main character that actually cared about Nic was a big surprise. Overall it was just an amazing book that I could just read it again and again.
    – Currently waiting for the next book
    Thx for the great book. 🙂

    • Thanks very much, Alexander! I liked how Radulf’s character evolved too!

  35. Can you tell me the name of the third book to Mark of the Thief.

    • Well, it’s a cool title…but I can’t reveal it yet. It’s coming soon though!

  36. Mrs. Nielsen, I am a middle school student and I have always enjoyed reading. I am known to my friends and family as “The Book Nerd”, and I am definitely proud of it! I have read so many different book series that it would be impossible to count. My favorites were formally Harry Potter, Fablehaven, and The Hunger Games. That is, they WERE my favorites, until I started reading your books! The Ascendance Trilogy simply AMAZED me. I made my neighbor read them, and she LOVED them. One year later, we are STILL talking about this series. Admittedly, I thought there would never be a better series than that one, but I am beginning to think Mark of the Thief is my all time favorite. I read Rise of the Wolf in one day, and am going crazy waiting for the next one! Do you have a release date for book three yet? I simply ADORE your work! You have such an amazing writing style! Your books are never boring and always have such unpredictable twists! It is awesome. I am planning to read your Night Divided next and can’t wait for The Scourge. Thank you so much for writing such amazing books!

    • Wow, thank you Elise! The third book is due out next winter, which I know is a long time, but it’s going to be so epic, the wait is worth it! As you wait, I hope you will enjoy those other titles of mine, along with many other great books you’ll discover.

  37. Yay! I am SO excited! Any chance there will be another launch party for book 3?

    • I don’t know, Elise. I’ll probably do a signing somewhere, but maybe not an official launch party. I will likely be doing something though for The Scourge – if I can figure out what.

  38. I finished reading the Rise of the Wolf and it was truly amazing, I spent all night reading it! Nic is a lot like Jaron from the Ascendance Trilogy (my all time favorite series). I can’t wait for the next book, I know it’ll be as awesome as the rest! I’m so hyped up about it!!
    When’s the next book going to be released?

    • Thanks very much, Farah! The third book will be released next winter, and it’s one I hope you will love too!

  39. I just finished Mark of the Thief, and am currently letting my sister read it, who’s library doesn’t have nay books by you. And I can’t wait till I get my hands on Rise of the Wolf.

    • Well, I definitely think your library should get some of my books 😉 but until then, thanks for loaning out your copy to your sister!

  40. This was like the best book ever!! I loved it and am excited for the 3rd book!!

  41. What do you think the page limit is going to be, like it would be awesome if they were like, really big, because I’m very sad that this is the last book of the series, “Mark of the Thief.”

    • It will be about as long as the other books, but I have other books out, so maybe while you are waiting for Mark of the Thief 3, you can look at my other books and see if any catch your attention! If not, there are many, many wonderful other books that your local librarian can show you.

  42. it is a pretty long wait for book three of Mark of the Thief, so I just found this book on Barnes and Noble by Charlotte Bronte, called Jane Eyre. I was just wondering if you would suggested it. I can not find a good book cause I still haven’t gotten over Mark of the Thief. It’s so awesome and I can’t wait until the third book! So excited. The wait is totally worth it! So all I’m wondering if you would suggest Jane Eyre from Charlotte Bronte?

    • Jane Eyre is one of the great all-time classics, and a book everyone should know. If you decide to get it, then I hope you will enjoy it!

  43. So all I was really wondering if Jane Erye is appropriate or not? Cause I saw the age ranks: 18+.

    • Ah! You can read a little about the content here and decide if it’s the kind of book for you.

  44. Omg I loved Mark of the Thief I can’t wait to buy the book next week ! But … I’m still confused on the. Last part of book 1

    • Thanks, Blake! I hope you enjoy Rise of the Wolf (and that your questions about Mark of the Thief get cleared up!)

  45. So what did I miss? A movie? Another book? Hope I didn’t miss anything

    • Ha! Scroll through the blog and see if there’s anything where you’re behind.

  46. I love the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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