The Eagle of the NinthThe Roman Britain Trilogy (Volume 1)
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.
ALA Notable Children's Books, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Carnegie Medal
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,...
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