14 days and 210 pgs later, completed my 1st ever read of Rosemary Sutcliff. THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH, which was also adapted as the movie The Eagle, I may have seen that.
It is a story of Rome occupied Britain era, a centurion (Commander of a legion aka battalion) of a roman legion Marcus Aquilla who was posted at a outpost in Britain, where he fought a rebellion and become half-crippled as his leg got a big wound. He lose his job, but he has an intention to find about his father’s legion and their lost eagle (The proud emblem for a legion), his father’s legion has gone northward beyond the wall and Hadrian’s wall and never came back from the unknown lands (Historically there were 2 walls built on the northern side of Britain to prevent them from northern barbarians). He also took with him the slave he bought, the Britisher Esca.
Rosemary Sutcliffe was better known as a children writer and who was into retelling of old myths and legends through her stories. She was born in Dec 1920 and died in Jul 1992. She has wtitten a lot of novels on the histotical premises, this was one of the series, she has also wtitten her autobiography ‘Blue Remembered Hills’.
This a good read and book is just 210 pgs long (my copy), you are able to understand everything, she has used a lot of nature and surroundings explanations in here, so you will get a feel of the era and harsh northern barbaric lands, but the English uses is different, you cannot read fast as the language has a unique property of using such words you may not get the meaning, but slowly and steadily you get hang of it and can complete the book. There are not much of high end war descriptions, as it basically consists of journey details which the 2 main characters took.
Its an adventure read, I will rate 5.5/8
Jai Raam ji ki 🙂