OVERRIDE

The Eagle of the Ninth

The Roman Britain Trilogy

Rosemary Sutcliff

Square Fish

The Ninth Legion marched into the mists of Northern Britain—and they were never seen again. Four thousand men disappeared and their eagle standard was lost. It’s a mystery that’s never been solved, until now . . .  Marcus has to find out what happened to his father, who led the legion. So he sets out into the unknown, on a quest so dangerous that nobody expects him to return.

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

I Frontier Fort

From the Fosseway westward to Isca Dumnoniorum the road was simply a British trackway, broadened and roughly metalled, strengthened by corduroys of logs in the softest places, but otherwise unchanged from its old estate, as it wound among the hills, thrusting farther and farther into the wilderness.

It was a busy road and saw many travellers: traders with bronze weapons and raw yellow amber in their ponies’ packs; country folk driving shaggy cattle or lean pigs from village to village; sometimes a band of tawny-haired tribesmen from farther west; strolling harpers

READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for The Eagle of the Ninth

“Sutcliff has a genius for the re-creation of an historical period.”—Horn Book Reflections

“An unusual blend of stirring action and poetic symbolism. Authentic in background, skillful in plot, and perceptive in characterization.”—Booklist

“Imaginatively conceived.”—The New Yorker

“Decades later, I can still hear echoes of The Eagle of the Ninth in my head: the chink of mail, the tired beat of the legionaries’ feet.”—The Independent

“What a splendid story it is, compulsive reading!”—Junior Bookshelf

An ALA Notable Book

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Rosemary Sutcliff

  • Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) wrote dozens of books for young readers, including her award-winning Roman Britain trilogy, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers, which won the Carnegie Medal. The Eagle of the Ninth is now a major motion picture, The Eagle, directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Channing Tatum. Born in Surrey, Sutcliff spent her childhood in Malta and on various other naval bases where her father was stationed. At a young age, she contracted Still’s Disease, which confined her to a wheelchair for most of her life. Shortly before her death, she was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) one of Britain's most prestigious honors. She died in West Sussex, England, in 1992.
  • Rosemary Sutcliff
    Rosemary Sutcliff
BACK

READING GUIDE

OTHER GUIDES

Teacher's Guide
BACK

BUY THE BOOK

Available Formats and Book Details

The Eagle of the Ninth

The Roman Britain Trilogy

Rosemary Sutcliff

American Library Association Notable Children's Books
  • Trade Paperback

  • Trade Paperback

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS EDITION

  • e-Book

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS EDITION

BACK

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Square Fish

BACK