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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (653 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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In The Eagle of the Ninth, Marcus Flavius Aquila ventured into the wilds of Caledonia to retrieve the lost Eagle of his father’s dishonored Ninth Legion. In this new story of Roman Britain, the mutilated standard is found again by Flavius, a descendant of Marcus, and his cousin Justin, a young surgeon in the Roman army. It is found at a time when conflicting loyalties, violence, and intrigue are undermining Roman rule in Britain.

Justin and Flavius are accidentally caught up in this power struggle when they discover a plot to overthrow the emperor. A series of adventures carries them across England and down again to the South, where they become secret agents of Rome. But when the time comes for open revolt, they are ready with a band of loyalists to carry the Eagle of the Ninth into the thick of battle to win new honor for the Eagle and for Rome.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rosemary Sutcliff brings this distant period in world history to life, giving her characters color, texture, and vivid personalities…Johanna Ward gives each character a rich and meaningful individuality so that the listener has no difficulty ‘seeing’ Justin, Flavius, their friends, and their enemies.”

    Looking Glass Children’s Book Review

  • “Superb...Enthusiastically recommended.”

    Horn Book

  • The Silver Branch is set in Britain at the time of the Roman occupation, and Johanna Ward is a marvelous guide to that period. Her sharp narration is paced so that the listener can become familiar with the sites and culture of the time…The Silver Branch brings this historical period alive.”


  • “Rosemary Sutcliff’s superb historical imagination never fails.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “[Sutcliff] writes as though Roman Britain were as real and as close to her as the England of today.”

    Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 2/19/2014

    " I've read this before. It was good, but I didn't feel that it had the amazing plot line as did "The Eagle of the Ninth". Finding out who was related to who was a little confusing--so if you thinks that was clear, maybe you could tell me. I found it a little depressing (if I thought correctly) that Marcus and Cottia died when they were young. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim Stewart | 1/22/2014

    " Average, wanted to give it 2 and half stars but i cant. Just seemed a bit underdone compared to the Eagle of the ninth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Supriya | 1/7/2014

    " Woobies get banished to the Wall, end up saving Britain from the nasty tribeses on the Border. Gladiators die! Mysterious exiled Scots spy! Everything is PERFECT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angelyn | 1/4/2014

    " It's her sequel to the Eagle of the Ninth. It's not her best but still good. "

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