28.9.08

The Lantern Bearers

The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
Recommended Reading Age: 13
Rating: 10

This is the third and last book in the "trilogy*" that consists of The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch and this book, The Lantern Bearers. I thought that this book was very bitter-sweet.

It starts on a rather happy note: the main character is Aquila, a Roman soldier on leave at the family farm. About a chapter into this book, however, things begin to change, when Aquila is called back to the fort. After a disastrous episode, he is taken captive by a band of raiding Saxons. The rest of the book is all about his escape and subsequent joining of a British war band.

I really enjoyed how this book showed him as he really grew up, from being a bitter and angry young man to being a more mature person in his mid-thirties. There are many parts that really touched my heart.

*This, along with the three books being a chronological series, has been published as one volume called The Three Legions.

1 comment:

Eärwen said...

I've read that one! :) Um, your blog is a little off-balance...the middle is empty, while the words are on the sides and pretty impossible to read!
I read Eagle of the Ninth, too, by the way!
have you read the Hittite Warrior?