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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (751 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Eagle of the Ninth Series Release Date:
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When the last of the Roman Auxiliaries leave Britain forever, they abandon the country to internal strife and the menace of invasion by Saxons. These are dark days indeed for Aquila, a young Roman officer who returns to his family villa to find all that he loves destroyed by the invaders. He escapes slavery only to learn that his sister has married a Saxon, and the knowledge fills him with bitterness. It takes many years of hardship and strenuous fighting under the Roman-British leader Ambrosius before Aquila finds a measure of contentment, learned partly from the kind and gentle Brother Ninnias, partly from the loving loyalty of his wife Ness, and partly from an encounter with his sister’s son who is fighting with the enemy. This exciting chronicle, full of stirring incident and bitter conflict, brings to vivid life the turbulent period before the Dark Ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A spellbinding historical adventure.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • “This is historical fiction at its best. Post Roman Britain comes alive in this novel. The characters are all believable and no matter how small a part they play they are complete, as is the plot—no strands are left loose.”

    Historical Novels Review

  • “This is an exciting chronicle full of stirring incident and bitter conflict. With her customary skill, Rosemary Sutcliff brings vividly to life the turbulent period of her story, the time when the last of the Romans in Britain were struggling to carry forward what light they could into the Dark Ages that were to follow.”

    Henry Z. Walck, Inc. 

  • “A book that rewards careful reading and that tells a good story.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1959 Carnegie Medal for Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 2/16/2014

    " Bitter hero seeking revenge grows up. Stirring. Great battle scenes and historical color. Sutcliff's classics hold up very well indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rik | 2/16/2014

    " The best book in the series. As with the other two books, I felt that I was reading a factual account of post Roman Britain. I liked the idea that the Roman Britains did not deliberatly loose the Roman aspects to their lives, but the invaders never had them, and in this way much was lost. A great story, well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by booklady | 2/4/2014

    " I really need to reread these because I don't remember the individual plots--only that they were excellent and that I devoured them! I'm giving this only 4 stars because it took me a week to finish, but that may be unfair. It might be a 5 star and I just took longer to read it because we were busy then. It was 3 years ago. Anyway, I know it was really, really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marilou | 1/18/2014

    " The Lantern Bearers tells of a British born soldier of the Roman Legion (4th century A.D.?) during the pull out of the Legions who were called back to save Rome from the invading barbarians. Aquila is at once a Brit, a Roman, and must deal with invading Saxons. "

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