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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: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504626934
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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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  • “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.”

    AudioFile 

  • “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 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 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 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 Angelyn | 1/4/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/13/2013

    " Not quite as good as "The Eagle of the Ninth," but pretty good. Down the scale of fantasy towards realism. Continues the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen Burrow | 10/27/2013

    " Not my favorite Sutcliff, but not every Sutcliff can be. It's still a remarkable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xanpet | 10/24/2013

    " This was better than The Eagle of the Ninth in many ways, though it might be because I didn't have a visual version to compare it with. Nevertheless it felt as though there was much more action. I also liked the relationship between Flavius and Justin. An all round good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Atkins | 10/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the 1st book in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 123bex | 10/19/2013

    " I loved this just as much as the Eagle of the Ninth. Perhaps more, even; although it was darker, it was no less engaging and I found myself very moved during the final chapters. Looking forward to The Lantern Bearers, "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emilita | 10/8/2013

    " i absolutely hated this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryLynn | 8/30/2013

    " It was interesting, but not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny Mcclean | 7/13/2013

    " A great swashbuckling read. I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arabella | 6/22/2013

    " Excellent historical fiction for younger readers but equally good read for an adult reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eyebright | 5/10/2013

    " Another Rosemary Sutcliff masterpiece. Need I say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 booklady | 2/23/2013

    " I think by now I had the girls reading these and they were getting impatient with me to hurry up so they could have this one. We only had one more--the rest we were going to have to get from the library. Oh horrors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johan | 6/25/2012

    " A good read,which continues the story of The Eagle of the Ninth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessab | 11/14/2011

    " What a cracking read this was. I really enjoyed it from the first page and it was really exciting until the last. A really interesting tale. Cant wait to read the last in the trilogy - although I dont really want to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 10/27/2011

    " mooi boek "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian | 8/19/2011

    " Definitely not my favourite of the Sutfliff Roman Britain books, although it was interesting to read having read books that occur before (Eagle of the Ninth) and after (Lantern Bearers) the events of this book. I liked the supporting women characters, especially Flavius' aunt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malinda | 5/10/2011

    " I had not read Rusemary Sutcliff since I was a young girl. I started off again with "Eagle of the Ninth" which is wonderfully descriptive writing and now I am into this second book in the Roman trilogy. Fun reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Supriya | 4/19/2011

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/7/2011

    " As good as "Eagle of the Ninth." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/31/2011

    " This was also good, but I was sad that it wasn't a continuation of the same characters. But still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eyebright | 9/14/2010

    " Another Rosemary Sutcliff masterpiece. Need I say more? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelyn | 1/3/2010

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/22/2009

    " Not quite as good as "The Eagle of the Ninth," but pretty good. Down the scale of fantasy towards realism. Continues the story. "

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About the Author
Author Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff (1920–1992) was born in Surrey, England. A voracious private reader, she left her regular studies at fourteen to attend art school. In 1950 her first children’s book was published, and from then on, she devoted her time and talents to writing children’s historical novels. Many of her books are set in Roman Britain, a period that particularly interested her. She received the OBE in 1975 and, in 1992, was awarded the CBE. She was still writing on the morning of her death at the age of seventy-two.

About the Narrator

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.