The Eagle of the Ninth
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
Recommended reading age: 12
After borrowing this book from the library about a year ago, and returning it after reading the first page, I have finally read it to completion. It was wonderful!!!
It is a story about the Roman rule over Britain. The main character is Marcus, a young commander of a cohort. He comes to Britain and takes charge of a frontier outpost. Soon trouble brews and Marcus's leg is maimed in the ensuing battle and he has to retire from service. Through a series of events, he finds himself on a dangerous search for a Roman banner lost to the British. For the rest of this very exciting adventure, I was turning page after page, anxious to know what happens next. I refrain from going into details because I know just how frustrating it can be to have a story spoiled.
One thing about this book I wonder at was the obvious ingenious ways of idol-worshipers. They somehow found a way to make their beliefs seem real, even though they were manufacturing them "behind the scenes." But what is even more astounding is that (at least some of the time) the people orchestrating the ceremony actually believed that the gods were a reality. I find that amazing.
Anyway, I give this book an A+, 10+, 10/10 and 100%. That's all.