Wrath of the Storm (+ Winners)

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 138 comments

First, here are the winners of last week’s HORIZON-themed contest:

** Larisa Β ** Mary ** Emily C ** Sammy **

If that’s not you, don’t worry! Your past entries are still in the drawing and there are several giveaway weeks left! Keep trying!

Today’s news is BIG! Big like, I have received sooo many emails asking about this,Β that I am excited to finally be able to give an actual answer!

If you’ve been reading the MARK OF THE THIEF series, then you know the second book, RISE OF THE WOLF, ends with Nic in a rather precarious situation. That has prompted a number of “Please tell me there will be a third book!” emails.

So here’s the thing.

Yes, there will be a third book.

It will be released on January 31, 2017.

And the cover and title are below.

To enter this week’s drawing, all you need to do is tell me in the comments below what you thinkΒ about the cover and title.

BONUS entry if you post the cover on your favorite social media (Facebook, Instagram, whatever – but you need to tag me in or tell me you’ve done it in comments), and/or send the following tweet:

See the cover and title for the 3rd MARK OF THE THIEF book by @nielsenwriter! Coming on 1/31/17, it’s called… https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30518478-wrath-of-the-storm

Wrath of the Storm cover

p.s. I promise to get back to SCOURGE updates soon! It’s less than 70 days from release! Seriously, I think you all will love this book, but it’s going to be a crazy few weeks of random but important news – I’m not even finished yet!


  1. The cover is awesome! Looks like that is the Jupiter Stone. Can’t wait to read it! Plus, I posted on my blog. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    • It looks so awesome cant’t wait to read it!

  2. For the title, “Wrath of the Storm” must have something to do with the Jupiter Stone, because he’s the god of lightning and storms, etc. So maybe Nic does something to anger him? I dunno! I’m really excited for it!

  3. Oh my gosh that is suuuuuuuuch an impressive cover! It would make me want to pick it up immediately if I saw it on a library shelf!
    Wow, you are writing so many books at once, it must be exhausting… Do you just write on one story until you get writer’s block then change story, or do you allocate, say, an hour a day per book? Just wondering πŸ˜‰

    • PS. Is this the last book?

    • Cara, I’m almost always in every stage of a book’s production: outlining, writing, editing, and promoting – just with four different books. I don’t give equal time to each project each day – just respond to what needs the greatest attention at the time in order to move forward. It can be exhausting, but I’m lucky enough to be able to write books I’m genuinely passionate about, so it’s work I love.

  4. I am awestruck by the cover. The art is amazing, and the name goes perfectly with what awaits Nic. Can’t wait for the release!!

  5. Epic, badass, breathtaking, glorious, those are just some words that come to mind! I’m overwhelmed by all the emotions this gives me. The title is so promising, like its saying: be ready for one heck of an adventure! The font used is pretty cool, and the image itself while it could be considered as simple, works perfectly. It stands out, it’d magic!!

  6. Also, what is your method of drawing the winners?

    Is it completely random (like names in a hat), or is it chosen based on the answer?

  7. OMG!! The cover is amazing! I am assuming that that is the Jupiter Stone, and the title is quite interesting. I can totally see how they both connect with the story. I am sooo excited for this last book!! I posted it on my Facebook account. I was wondering if you could give me advice on how not to give up on a story when writing it, Because I love to write, but usually at some point I forget about the story and don’t finish it. Any tips?

  8. So excited to see the cover of book #3! Very eye-catching and an interesting contrast to book #2, which is sitting beside me waiting to be read (They have the cool/hot thing going on). The title is great – any time you can use the word “wrath” it is a good thing. I am trying to decide whether I should just read Rise of the Wolf very, very, slowly now, after that comment about the ending and having to wait until January 2017. Not sure I can wait to start it though!

  9. Oh my! I love this civer and title. They both fit in nicely with the titles and covers of the previous books. The way that the fire/lava curls around the stag? shows much power, as it is the “Wrath of the Storm.” From the title, I hope to expect that there is much that the main character is going to be involved in, and that he may be the storm that the title talks about.

  10. I think that the title and cover are both super creative! Can’t wait for The Scourge! I was talking to my mom about it earlier and we are both excited to read it! The Ascendance trilogy was by far our favorite trilogy that we have read and became a discussion topic for us. I loved how the trilogy was one that my family could enjoy. Great job on those books!

  11. Better yet, I will tell you what my grade 5/6 class thought. My students loved it when we talked about it last week. They noticed a different animal in each cover, they noticed the flames first and thought the action was really going to heat up (sorry). They are trying to link the words wrath and storm to previous events in Rise of the Wolf (no spoilers for those who have yet to have the pleasure). Of course it looked really exciting to them and they are eager to read it. We were all very excited to notice that it is out in January. I had speculated that it might be April. Still a long time to go, but better than we thought.

  12. Personally, I think a loghter purple would have been nice but I absolutely adore both the cover and title, Ive also tweeted about the book cover!

  13. Love the stag on the front. Must have to do with Diana and her influence on Nic. Great color scheme too. Will definitely be getting this book!

  14. The front cover can tell a lot and the colors were wise choices. I would more than definitely read a book with an extraordinary cover such as this one.

  15. It’s very attractive with the dark background and red/orange animal in the center. But the lighting adds most of the excitement.

  16. Wow, that cover is so cool! It’s amazing what people can do these days. And the title… VERY appealing. I give both five gold stars! And I hope the books I publish someday get covers as stunning as that one.

    • I wish there was more to the story

  17. This is sooooo exciting!!!!!!! I can not wait now for Wrath of the Storm!! I think the cover is perfect. It’s kinda mysterious too, like you know it’s cool but your not sure what it is. And I can’t wait to find out!! The cover is awesome they did a wonderful job on it and this just made me more happy!!!!!

    • I also think the title is perfect for what I think is going to happen in the book.

      • P. S. Thank you for being awesome, you are amazing with everything you do! I love, love, love your books and tell everyone about them. Again, thank you!!!!

  18. The book cover for The False Prince is what first brought me to you. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I haven’t ordered Rise of the Wolf yet but I will soon (this getting paid once a month is a trial sometimes). The stag so regal and I have a feeling the orange-red is perfect for what happens in this book. Thanks again for the opportunity to win! Good luck everyone! I hope you win!

    • Same your books are so good they fill my β™₯️

  19. Congrats again to all the winners πŸ™‚

    Honestly, I haven’t read the Mark of the thief series but the book cover for me is emanating some sort of dark power maybe the book will be full of action scenes. But, overall it was great and awesome. I’ve been thinking what will be the deer in the book cover signifies with? I think the story will be about Diana the counterpart of Artemis in Greek Myth (Goddess of Hunt) because of the deer..Before scrolling down to this post, I also thought that the book title will be “wrath of the deer” hehe… Because of the deer in the middle part of the cover haha…

  20. It’s an interesting cover. I like how your covers give hints about things in the book, especially the Mark of the Thief Trilogy. It’s fun trying to figure out why the cover is like it is. Why that color? Why that object? Are those rocks and is that mist? I look forward to finding out why there a stag on the cover. And why is it that pretty navy blue color? It also seems odd that the stag is coming out of a ball a fire.

  21. SO COOL! I really like it! I shared it on Pinterest

  22. This cover is pretty cool. It will look nice next to all of the other books in the series, plus the the books from The False Prince series. (I haven’t read the first books in a while, so keep that in mind)
    So this cover looks pretty cool. In the first book, there was a fight in the arena, which involved fire, like the cover of the first book. The second book involved the room where the goddess was, which may have been cold and was stone.
    So the third book has this background that looks, to me, like a black tree. Is that the setting? I can’t believe that we have to wait another 7 months to find out.
    The objects on the cover are the objects in the books, so is this stag the Jupiter stone? It looks like it bursting out of the tree. Does he find it in a black tree? So many questions, and so few answers.
    The title can have many meanings. He could be facing the wrath of Jupiter himself, or his enemies could be facing the wrath of Jupiter if Nic has the Jupiter Stone. Or his enemies could have it and Nic could die. I don’t know. YET.
    Anyways, those are just my predictions. I also posted it on my instagram account @mackensie_pebble.

  23. Amazing book, amazing series, amazing cover, amazing title!

    I posted this on my author website. See it here: maxnicholsbooks.com

    Thank you so much for another great book, and a great snippet of writing behind-the-scenes in the comments!

  24. Love the cover! I really like how the magma is cooled on most of the cover, but then in the center there’s a hot spot. And the sparks flying just put it all together. Definitely one of your best covers!

  25. That cover is AMAZING! I can’t wait for next january to see what happens to Nic next!

  26. One word.


  27. The cover and title are AWESOME. I love how consistent the covers and the titles of the series are. “The Wrath of the Storm” feels like something wow is undoubtedly going to be unleashed!!!

  28. the cover looks so cool!!! It’s going to look so nice next to the other two :)))

  29. Is that a deer? The cover looks sweet, but not as good as Scourge

  30. I do believe it’s meant to be a volcano.It’s an incredible picture there’s plenty awe to it.

  31. Have you seen the cover of Calamity by Brandon Sanderson? How there’s this large ball of something EXPLODING? Yeah, that’s my head currently. BOOM.

  32. As a teacher, this is a cover that would make my students stop and want to read the book! I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but that’s still how books are chosen! I am excited by this cover because kids will start reading your books, and you have written so many for them to be able to dabble in. And, my favorite thing, is that you write novels across the genre spectrum!!!! GREAT WORK!

  33. I love the cover!!! Can’t wait to read it.

  34. I love the cover! I like how it matches the rest of the books with one main object in the middle and a nice textured background. I wonder what the deer symbolizes. As for the title, again I like how it goes with the series and I can’t wait to find out what it means! And congrats to my friend Larisa who won the last giveaway, WOOOHOOO!! πŸ˜€

    • I shared the cover on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


  35. Thank you!!!
    Just for the fun of it I LOVE THE COVER! It is the most majestic cover I’ve ever seen. Beautiful… πŸ™‚

    • I emailed you back. Please check πŸ˜‰

  36. How many words does the False Prince have? I am an aspiring writer and was wondering how many words I should target for in my novels. Right now I have nearly 65,000 and I don’t know how much more I can add without it being a drag.

    • False Prince is around 72,000 words. But don’t worry too much about word count – it’s more important to tell the story the best way you can.

      • Thank you! I really appreciate it!

  37. The cover is so intriguing and wonderful! I think it looks amaaazing! πŸ˜€

  38. OHMIGOSH!!!!!!!!! I love the cover so much! Both the cover and title make the book look super exciting. It’s so relieving to know that there will be a third book. I’m worried for Nic! I really hope everything turns out okay for him. Thank you so much for having the giveaway!!

  39. Hello again,
    I’ve come to let you know that I’ve posted on Google Circles, my favorite social media.
    Have an amazing day,
    Palwasha K.

  40. I will post the cover on my Instagram πŸ™‚

    I really love the hidden details-the type that make you want to take a closer look (the patterns in the stone, the embers, the Greek watermarked pattern, and the writing. I’m guessing the theme of this cover is fire, and the font really helps bring that out by looking almost like an intricate stamp/burn. The deer looks so majestic, almost as if it is daring you to pick up the book. Another thing that catches my attention is the contrast of the black and red, it makes the cover pop. The cover is absolutely gorgeous.

  41. YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS! Everything is YES! I love the cover, Love the title, and serious cannot wait to get my hands on it. Hopefully in ARC form so I can have a complete Praetor War set (Yes I know the official title of the series is Mark of the Thief, but I like the other one better so that’s what I use in informal and non-reccomending settings.) P.S. It looks so epic!

  42. I am SUPER EXCITED about this book. The cover looks great and the title is very intriguing!
    I posted the cover on my blog for more people to hear about this book coming out!
    Are you sad that this awesome series is coming to a close? I am.

    • I’m always sad to end a series – it’s like saying goodbye to friends. But I’m so excited for what’s coming next, that I’m happy as well. (That announcement is coming in a couple of weeks).

  43. I think the book cover looks amazing and the title adds suspense. I think you did a wonderful job and I can’t wait to read it!!

  44. I hear you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but this book makes me excited to read it.

  45. It’s an intriguing cover because when I think about a storms wrath I don’t think of a stag. It makes me wonder how the stag comes into play.

  46. Eep! I love the new cover!!! I read the first book in this series and can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I love how personal you are with your fans, Ms. Nielsen! Thanks for the amazing books!

  47. I love the cover and if I was in a library or a bookstore, I would definitely pick it up. I find the cover to be attractive and appealing with the color and font that is used. The title also provides a sense of adventure that will take place. The False Prince and the Ascendance Trilogy in general left such a lasting impression, I even suggested to my English teacher to think about putting it on our Summer Reading List.
    I can’t wait to finally start reading this series now that it is summer!!

    I shared the post with the cover on Facebook as well.

  48. This cover makes me excited for January! The title also makes me think explosive and great things will happen in Nic’s next adventure. πŸ™‚

    I also posted the picture on my FB page. For some reason, I could not tag you in post.


  49. Wow!! Such an amazing cover!!! In your Skype with our classes, you said that many readers could interpret the cover differently about how the story would end. So amazing! I’ll be first in line for it.

    • Yup! It all comes down to whether a reader believes Nic is going to try to get the Jupiter Stone, knowing he will most likely not survive it. Thanks much!

  50. I’m in love with this cover, it’s so beautifuuuuul 😍😍😍❀❀❀

  51. Wow! The cover looks truly amazing! It looks so different then the other covers in the series. I wonder what the stag has to do with. I can’t wait to read it next year! πŸ˜€

  52. This cover makes me want to have the book right now!!!!! Also the title is amazing. It makes it sound action packed.

  53. I absolutely love it. Very eye catching πŸ‘€

  54. WOW. THAT. IS. BREATHTAKING. The title is AMAZING! I love the lightning too! Dang it! Now I am even MORE excited! How am I ever going to be able to wait until January?!?

  55. I believe the cover to be quite alluring, as my eye is immediately drawn to the stag at the center of the cover, surrounded by what appears to be lightning. And I can only assume the stag is a representation of some sort of powerful entity. If I were to walk by, I would definitely pick this book up.
    In addition, the title is also very enticing, as it offers an air of power and mytsery, relating back to the cover perfectly.
    -I also shared the cover on my facebook page πŸ™‚

  56. Love the cover! It looks to me like the buck is emerging from a molten portal…while also poised in front of a glowing stone. Very cool!

    Of course, having read the first book (the second is on my TBR pile) I’m guessing that lightning has to do with the Jupiter Stone, but love that the image is both powerful and a bit secretive. πŸ™‚

  57. That cover is absolutely stunning! And the title definitely catches my attention; I like the connection between storm and the lightening around the stag. I love the color scheme. And the stag. πŸ™‚

  58. Great cover. It really evokes the emotion of wrath. Loved this series and have recommended it to all my students. Can’t wait for the last story.

  59. Hi! Sorry to bother you! I was wondering if you didn’t get the email with a link to my trailer I sent you. My computer has a history of messing up stuff like that. THANK YOU!!!

    • I got it, Chandler, and I’m sorry I haven’t looked at it yet. I’ve got a ton of stuff going on right now so emails have been pushed to the back burner. I will get to it soon though (I hope!).

  60. GASP! Oh how did I miss the release of the second book! I’m heading looking this up right now. Now I have all this catching up to do! What’s the title again?
    I really like the colors of the cover, though the deer confuses me. (But if that’s a second book thing then ignore my comment, I can’t expect to win this week anyway with this.) I’m very excited!
    The only thing is I am going on an LDS mission in a month so I’ll miss a lot of these release dates. But at least I won’t have to wait when I get back! XD

  61. I LOVE the cover! It stands out so boldly! I love how it’s simple, but it really gets the title across… And about the title: I haven’t actually read Mark of the Thief, but I want to soon. So I can’t say much about it, but I like the way that you gave the storm emotions. You’re so good at metaphors. πŸ™‚

  62. That is the coolest cover EVER! I’m so excited for Wrath of the Storm!!!

  63. I haven’t read much of Mark of the Thief yet, I was reading a Night Divided, but I think the stone coming out of the volcano looks very thrilling. I’m very curious about the buck.

    • I read The Mark of the Thief, but I also LOVED A Night Divided. I think you will LOVE The Mark of the Thief.

    • I am SO excited to read the next book. My library just got it, and I am counting down the days until it gets returned. I also suggested that my friends read the series, and the love it. When will the first book of the new series get out??

    • I read the ending A Night Divided, and I thought the ending was really good, so this ending must be REALLY good.

  64. Absolutely stunning! The red stands out beautifully against the more neutral colors of the cover. And the title is phenomenal!!! I love this so much!
    (Also, I posted the cover on Facebook!0 πŸ™‚

  65. I think that the cover looks really cool. I love the colour scheme! As for the title, I like the way that it sounds. Almost ominous, giving the idea something big is going to happen.

  66. I think that the cover is amazing! The fire definitely stand out against the navy blue background! Although it seems to me that this book’s cover is quite different then the other two’s that are in the series.
    The title of the book is stupendous!


  68. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait that long! I am like, screaming in my head right now! Ugh, how am I going to wait! The second book, Rise of the Wolf, had such a huge cliffhanger. I truly hate it. WHY?
    Why did that have to happen? Anyway, anyone who hasn’t read the second book, or just all the books, I recommend reading them when the third book is out! Just so you don’t have to wait, like me!

  69. Wow, WRATH OF THE STORM looks so awesome. It’s very mature-looking, like you’d find it on an adult fantasy shelf, which I think is cool. I’m very excited to see what happens in the book, too – and I think I can guess what must happen at some point, since the title literally mentions the dangerous fury of storms. Very scary for Nic!

  70. Awesome!! It looks so epic and I really love the colors! Btw I tweeted about it. πŸ™‚

  71. Wow, I love the cover for Wrath of the Storm. I seriously wonder what font that is… Also, the title is definitely intriguing. It sounds rather ominous to me. But in a good, suspenseful way.

  72. This is an amazing cover! To be quite honest, a lot of times, covers are hit or miss these days, and this is definitely a hit! Keep being amazing, I can’t wait to get my hands on it next year!

  73. It’s such a beautiful cover! The title makes me want to read the book as soon as possible πŸ™‚

  74. This may hurt my chances in the contest.

    But i really can’t lie its a good cover but this is my least favorite of the three covers. I like composition of the cover but im not too fond of the deer portion of the cover. It doesnt seem to match the style of the other two covers which were gorgeous. I wish that deer was implemented and added in a more cohesive way like the wolf and Caila was in the other two covers.

    I am curious was this cover done by a different artist??

    I am really looking forward to reading this continuation though!! πŸ™‚

    (I hope my opinion didnt offend you!)

  75. I’m in love with the cover! I love the way it looks like an eye, and yet you can’t help but get the feeling that you’re looking into the eye of a volcanic creature. Then there’s the stag right in the center of it all. Maybe a reference to the turmoil Nic is going through?

    Anyway, super excited! I also managed to post this on Pinterest.

    Best wishes to you these next few crazy weeks of randomness!

  76. I am reading the second book right now! I love the cover. I am not going to read all the above comments because I don’t want to spoil it. But rest assured I will own them all before its all over.

  77. I love the depth of the colors and the way they intertwined with the design.

  78. The dark background glorifies the electrifying center. I am way too excited about this book, and I already know it’ll be amazing, seeing as your book always are. Congrats to the winner! Are you going to be writing a new series, other than the Wrath Of the Storm one? BTW, I posted about it on Facebook.

  79. Great cover! Can’t wait to read the last book with my daughter….ah patience!!!! Any advanced copies???? πŸ™‚

    • Not yet! I’m sure I’ll have a giveaway for ARCs in December, though.

  80. The title of your book is great, it’s epic and foreshadows the turbulent times that await Nic. We’re guessing the deer is Diana’s symbol, though we thought the central image should have stayed consistent with the theme of the artifact being in the center. Since the bulla was on the first cover and was the central magical object of book one (with the malice replacing the bulla in book 2), we thought you could have the stone that Nic hid in the tree as the cover of book 3. But to make the stone more exciting, it could have runic etchings and engravings (possibly Diana’s arrow), or have lightening rippling across it since Jupiter is lord of the skies.

  81. I can’t wait for the third book. The cover looks great!

  82. I love the cover. Even if I had never read this series before or any of your books, I would definitely pick this book up because the cover is so amazing. People always say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I can already tell that this book is going to be an awesome read.

  83. The Wrath of Storm look’s cool. I am reading The Mark of the Thief right now.

    • Thanks Luke. The second book of the series is Rise of the Wolf – if you read that one too, then you’ll be ready for Wrath of the Storm.

  84. This looks like an amazing book. I can’t wait to read it.

    • Thanks so much, Kyler! I”m very proud of this one, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  85. i just cant wait to read your third and final book coming out ( im really looking forward so much to see if nic and aurelia can some how get back together because i honestly cried when crispus and aurelia got married like i felt so bad for nic like not only does he have to fight a very powerful enemy but now the girl he most cerainly loved or at least liked is now married) but ya im really looking forward to it and i really really appreciate you making a third and final closure to one of my favorite series so far oh and one last question will there be any new main characters that will be playing key rules? but anyway again thanks for making this book! PS. Book cover looks amazing!

    • Thanks very much, Donovan! Of course – Aurelia is not married yet, but she has agreed to marry Crispus. But it will be an explosive sort of book, one I hope you’ll enjoy! No major new characters, though there are several minor ones that you’ll get to know better. Happy reading!

  86. I think the title is amazing and the cover in my opinion really represents the stone because the deer on it looks like a powerful animal and if the Jupiter stone is the moats powerful it just sounds like they really go together

    P.S you are my favorite author and i was wondering 2 thing is this book going to be a cliffhanger at the end and do have any idea what your next series will be about

    • sry that was supposed to have an ? at the endπŸ˜…

    • Thanks, Zach. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Wrath of the Storm has a very definite ending, and in fact, is my favorite ending I’ve ever done with a book. Second, I do know what my next series will be about – it’s called “The Traitor’s Game” and I’ll begin talking about it in more detail soon!

  87. I also agree with everyone that the cover is amazing. I have read book 1 and 2 and can’t wait for the 3rd book to come out.

    • Thank you, Yudith! I’m so excited to share this book with you!

  88. when I finished reading Rise of the wolf I was so exited to hear that the wrath of the storm was finally coming out.

    • Thank you, Rhys! I hope you’ll enjoy Wrath of the Storm also.

  89. I was so happy when I heard this book was coming out. I have been waiting for it to come out since I finished reading rise of the wolf

    • Thanks, Rhys! I’m so excited to share this book with everyone. I hope you’ll like it!

  90. Beautiful cover. I can’t wait to read it1

  91. I love the cover. Why does it have a stag through?

    • Hi Ann – the stag is the animal for Diana, who in this series wants to make war against the rest of the Gods.

  92. The cover is beautiful! Is the black(ish) background lava? Or a tree?

    • Thank you – I think it’s like the fallout of what’s exploding on the cover, though it could be something different.

  93. the book was awesome but I don’t understand the end where Radulf says it could get very interesting for us

    • Thanks, Isaac. I can give you these two hints: At the end, Nic recognizes a familiar tingling in his hand. And, magic can always sense the presence of other magic. So there is a reason that Radulf thinks things could get interesting…

  94. I LOVE THIS SERIES! I really love the Ascendance Trilogy also, I thought that it would be hard trying to top that but I was wrong! This was one of the best series I have ever read!

    • Wow, thank you, Larissa. That is a wonderful compliment. Glad to have you for a reader.

  95. The cover looks amazing!! I only have one question: Is this book a happy ending for Nick and Aurelia, or Crispus and Aurelia??

    • Hmmm…I can tell you this, Primrose – it’s my favorite ending I’ve ever written into a book. But the ending? You’ll just have to see for yourself…πŸ˜‰

  96. I just finished the book. It is AMAZING. I absolutely LOVE it. Thank you so much for writing it.

  97. OMG!!!! I’m speechless after reading the book. It was sooooo good. Are you going to make another series relating to this???

    • Hi Johnathan, I think for now, the Mark of the Thief series will remain as it is. But who knows what the future will bring! Thanks for your kind words!

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