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The Eagle of the Ninth (Roman Britain Trilogy Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    Great Book!

    This has got to be one of the best books that I have ever read! If you know nothing about Roman history or the structure of the Roman army, then you may have a bit of trouble understanding it. I found this amazing book when my class had to read it. If you think this was a poor book, then either you are not in to this kind of thing, or you just don't have any background info at all!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    Books are great reads especially when then involve history. To c

    Books are great reads especially when then involve history. To create a fiction book with all the historical settings takes great talent. To make it harder, have the author choose an event that has very few details and creating a story. Rosemary Sutcliff does a wonderful job doing just that in The Eagle of the Ninth.

    This book is the fiction story of a young man in the Roman army. Marcus Flavius Aquila is following in his father's footsteps. He even is assigned a legion in the wilds of Britain where his father was last seen. Years before Marcus' father marched with his legion beyond Agricola's Wall to settle unrest amongst the native tribes. The legion is never heard from again. The symbol of the Ninth Legion, the eagle, is lost. Marcus longs to bring honor to his father's name by bringing the eagle back to Rome. An injury during an uprising causes Marcus to stay with his uncle who also resides in Britain. As the body heals, Marcus discovers several new friends including that of a slave. Their friendship grows beyond normal master and slave boundaries. They find brothers.

    During a fireside discussion with a friend of his uncle's, Marcus hears of a rumor regarding the eagle of the ninth legion. It is supposed to be part of a religious shrine in the wilds for an unknown tribe. It is only a rumor, but it more than Marcus has heard in years past. He longs to go on the journey to bring it back. As his leg heals, Marcus and his former slave embark on a journey through unknown territory looking for the rumored eagle. The discoveries along the way shape them into the men they were meant to be.

    Sutcliff does a great job in creating a fictional story while keeping the setting historical. She pulls from some real life events to create this book. It seems that around 117 A.D. a Roman legion did march out into the wilds just like the one in the story. They were never heard from again. No one knew whatever became of them. In the early 1900's excavations uncovered a wingless eagle that appeared to be of Roman origin. Why was it there and how did it get so far away from the Roman occupation? Sutcliff combines these two events and creates a possibility of solution for the mystery.

    When we first got this book, I was anticipating a much harder read. It came with a reading set for my daughter's class that included such works as Odyssey and the Oedipus Trilogy. These are not light reads for an eighth grader. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a light and enjoyable read. This book would be a good read for as young as a fifth grader though it might be a slight challenge for them. If you are homeschooling, have them read it during a unit study of Roman history. It will fit in nicely.

    I give Eagle of the Ninth a thumbs up in entertainment and in historical accuracy. Sutcliff did a wonderful job in creating a connection between events that have mystified archeologists. You will walk away wanting to know more about the period and the people. That constitutes success in my book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2003

    Splendid!!!

    I highly recommend The Eagle of the Ninth to anyone who likes a well written book. It's interesting, thrilling and everything you could ever want in a really good story. It also gives a clever look on England, during the Roman occupation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great.

    Great.

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