- Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192789988
- ISBN-13: 978-0192789983
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles (The Eagle of the Ninth / The Silver Branch / The Lantern Bearers) Paperback – June 3, 2010
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The books go beyond the lifetime of Marcus - the second and third books follow the lives of his descendants, right up to the final days, when the Romans leave Britain for good, extinguishing their beacons before they sail away.
These books were written for children, but are every bit as good to read for adults. I suppose they would be classed as pre-teen and early teen. There is plenty of action, and some very tense situations, because Britain was the object of interest to more peoples than the Romans. The Saxons also appear, and the nature of Britain changes yet again.
I recommend these books for all ages, having recently re-read all three.
Britain is a mongrel nation, and that comes out in these books, and might even instill a desire to learn more about the things portrayed. It did that with me when I first became acquainted with them forty years ago.
I read Rosemary Sutliff in high school more years ago than I care to recall and liked what I read. In the decades since I had not read anything by her until The Eagle of the Ninth and I must say that I have missed out. There will be those who don't have the level of interest that I do and they will probably not care for the works but if you've liked her King Arthur books as I have, then you will want to read these three as well.
There's always a 'but' and mine aren't huge, I did give it 4 stars after all. Perhaps it's a reflection of the storytelling of the era and the audience (Sutcliff wrote these in the 50s for a young adult audience)but for those of us used to reading Roman army stories this one might come off as a bit 'tame' and light on in the battle scenes. She tends to skip over and summarise, getting to the end of these parts as if the audience would be too squeamish. One of the few times she doesn't do this (the battle of the basilica in book 2) proves to be one of the most engaging scenes in the 3 books: I'm not necessarily after gladius-to-the-hilt details, but she might have spent more time on the fight scenes.
One other related criticism; particularly in book 3, Sutcliff tends to jump years at a time and summarise whole periods (6 years passed before ...) and this happens 2-3 times in book 3. I thought she might have handled this a bit better.Read more ›
That lady introduced me, and no doubt, many others of my generation, to a love of historical fiction, and only recently I had the pleasure of introducing her stories to my young great niece, whose mother scolded me because her daughter didn't sleep that night reading those wonderful stories - she (the mother) later admitted her subsequent addiction to Ms Sutcliffe wonderful stories!
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I read Eagle of the Ninth in 6th or 7th grade. History had already become my favorite subject in school but this book, selected randomly one day when our teacher led us into the... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Stewart Horowitz
This is a really great book. It's well written and exciting. The historical points are of great interest and are included as part of the story and not just in a history lesson way.Published on January 10, 2014 by Leonie Burrows
Good, clean, exciting and fun: The good and clean is what is lacking in contemporary titles. My son loves it and i love it too because it teaches good character.Published on November 30, 2013 by Inayet Sahin
I first read 'Eagle of the Ninth' as a teenager and although it is a book for young adults, I still enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The book was in terrific shape and the read was light and entertaining. I have only read the first tale but am excited about getting to the other two.Published on June 8, 2013 by Mark M.
I loved the trilogy, with the first story (Eagle of the Ninth) being even better than the movie. Book was in excellent condition and I rec'd it quickly. Thank you.Published on January 30, 2013 by RenataH