This book was in the Grade 9 high school English curriculum. It was then, and still remains one of my favourite books!
I just read this book for the first time and am sad that I missed it when I was younger. That being said, I still really enjoyed it as an adult. Rosemary Sutcliff is a great author and the characters, plot, and setting were all so well done. I read this book very quickly because I always wanted to know what happened next.
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Amazing book! I want to see the movie!
I really enjoyed this book, even though I am an adult and I think it is targeted toward younger audiences. Nice historical touches from the perspective of the Romans in England.
I like to read the book before I see the movie. :)
This book is one of the little-known classics.
A truly excellent and unique work of historical fiction, by perhaps THE master author of historical fiction in the latter half of the 20th century. "The Eagle of the Ninth" is categorized as young adult, but has intelligence and maturity in spades that many more "adult" books lack. The focus is on character development, especially the friendship between the young centurion Marcus and his slave Esca. Another big theme is the clash of their cultures, Roman and Scottish-Celtic respectively.
What keeps you reading is the intriguing story, its mystery and adventure. What you may not realize is that you are learning about Roman Britain's history as well! Sutcliff's research is so thorough and well-done that it fades into the background. Unlike other historical fiction novels, in which the historical research is often emphasized awkwardly by the author and sometimes gets in the way of the story, this one gets the balance just right. The story flows naturally out of the historical context, informs its texture and attitude, and nothing feels forced.
reader1812 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
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