When Nic, a slave within the mines outdoor of Rome, is compelled to go into a sealed cavern containing the misplaced treasures of Julius Caesar, he unearths even more than gold and gems: He discovers an historical bulla, an amulet that belonged to the nice Caesar and is full of a magic as soon as reserved for the Gods -- magic a few Romans could kill for.

Now, with the lethal strength of the bulla pulsing via his veins, Nic is decided to develop into loose. yet as an alternative, he unearths himself on the heart of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor struggle, a conflict to damage Rome from inside of. Traitors and spies lurk at each flip, every one extra determined than the subsequent to exploit Nic's newfound powers for his or her personal darkish purposes.

In a quest to prevent the uprising, store Rome, and safe his personal freedom, Nic needs to harness the magic inside himself and defeat the empire's strongest and savage leaders.

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There’s a gap above us! ” one of many teenagers acknowledged. “But we can’t get there. ” I regarded up. the youngsters had climbed as excessive because the ladder allowed them, however the water might quickly succeed in these at the reduce rungs. not anything except a few dangling roots have been there to get them over to the opening within the floor, and we had no manner of understanding in the event that they may carry the load of the youngsters. in the event that they attempted to move and fell, they’d land backtrack the following within the water. “Help them,” I acknowledged to Aurelia. “What approximately these chains in your legs? they may be more durable to wreck. ” She stated it as though she didn’t have every little thing to do with that truth. yet I bypassed the argument and instructed her back to aid the more youthful ones get out. as soon as she left, as conscientiously as i'll, I waded during the water, at my chest now. yet I basically acquired a brief methods ahead of I gave up. i wished my legs loose, however it additionally took all my focus to carry my stability. I didn’t are looking to move lower than back. “This isn’t worthy it, Nic. ” Radulf’s voice in my head was once so calm that it appeared misplaced with the remainder of the chaos actually spilling into this room. “The water’s strain will open the entrance besides, so there’s no element in making issues tougher on we all. ” “There are teenagers in the following! ” I yelled. “Stop this! ” “He can’t pay attention you out there,” Aurelia referred to as all the way down to me. and perhaps he couldn’t, yet I needed to say anything. She didn’t know the way his phrases thundered among my ears, no matter if i needed them there or now not. Anger all started filling me, crowding out another feel of worry, guilt, and depression. i used to be ate up with fury at what Radulf was once doing, and a wish to turn out Aurelia mistaken in each real way. It was once adequate that even with no focusing on it, my subsequent leap forward broke aside the chains. The pull threw off my stability and that i fell sideways into the water. Or i assumed i used to be sideways. I thrashed my palms in the course of the water, yet that despatched out extra magic, which pulled chunks of dust and rock down from above. I vaguely heard the kids yelling at me to prevent what i used to be doing, yet I didn’t understand how. One huge rock fell from above, touchdown at the dangling chain of my left hand and locking me to the ground of the room, a ways under the water. I struggled to damage free, which fee me the final of my air. My lungs burst aside and that i flailed round for my existence. ultimately, I broke adequate of the chain to push up off the floor and spear my approach to the pinnacle. I got here up lengthy sufficient to choke out a number of the water, and to work out the outlet had widened, making it more uncomplicated for the youngsters to climb onto dry earth. while Aurelia observed me floor, she referred to as my identify and began to claim anything else, yet I went lower than back. rather a lot dust and rock had fallen that the water was once now a thick, blinding soup. at the least those who have been blameless might get out. regrettably, the checklist of innocents didn't contain me, which was once anything i might need to settle for. probably this was once what I deserved for my crimes. As I sank to the ground back, I placed either arms at the bulla, letting it hot me.

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