Review: The Eagle of the Ninth

The Eagle of the Ninth
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sutcliff wrote back in the 1950's, and makes classical history come alive for young readers.

Set in early 2nd century Roman Britain, an injury forces the young centurion Marcus to retire. But he finds a calling seeking to recover a lost Roman standard Eagle from northern Celtic tribes where it was lost.

The author uses simple literary devices without being too clunky, teaching young readers how such things work. One of the themes is treating others with respect and freedom, no matter the cultural differences at play.

Recommended reading for the 12-15 age range.

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