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Frontier Wolf (Puffin Books) Paperback – 28 Jun 1984

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (28 Jun. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140314725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140314724
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.4 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosemary Sutcliff was born in Surrey, the daughter of a naval officer. At the age of two she contracted the progressively wasting Still's disease, and hence spent most of her life in a wheelchair. Her first children's book was published in 1950, and from then on she devoted her time and talents to the writing of children's historical novels, which have placed her name high in the field of contemporary children's literature. Rosemary received an OBE in the 1975 Birthday Honours List.

Rosemary Sutcliff's novels about Roman Britain have won much critical acclaim. The best-known of these is her The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy, of which the second book in the trilogy, The Lantern Bearers, was awarded the 1959 Carnegie Medal.

Sadly, Rosemary died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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I loved Rosemary Sutcliff's books as a child, and this was my favourite (along with Knight's Fee and Simon). Alexios is in disgrace after a mistake that cost the lives of many of his men and is "promoted" to his first command - an irregular company called the Frontier Wolves. At first he struggles to win their respect and to live down his previous error in command, but gradually begins to settle in as commander. His friendship with Cunorix, the son of the local chieftain, is one of the most important strands of the book, and one of the joys of this book is the vividly-depicted life of Celtic Britain and the uneasy and fragile compromise with the Roman invaders. It is a fascinating depiction of the strains and rewards of policing a border far from the heart of an empire.

However, things begin to go wrong for Alexios and his men with the arrival of an arrogant superior officer who does not understand the fluidity required of troops guarding a frontier. The final part of the book is a gripping description of a desperate flight under sustained attack and includes a moving and believable description of single combat that will make you unable to put it down until it's over.

As with many of Sutcliff's books, this is a story about friendship and honour and learning who you are. I recommend it to anyone who liked The Eagle of the Ninth - Alexios even has Marcus's flawed emerald signet ring and I like to think they are some relation!
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Alexios is one of my favourite characters ever. I first read this when I was about 12 or 13, and 17 years later it is still as good. He's a beautifully realised hero, quiet, unassuming, and when he makes the same choice that got him into so much trouble the first time, it's hard not to feel apprehensive for him. The bit where they arrive at Bremenium, only to find the place raized, had my heart sinking as much as the characters' hearts did !
Never mind King Arthur, they should just have made THIS film instead !
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Although this, like nearly all Rosemary Sutcliff's stories, was written for a younger audience I don't mind admitting that I read this for the first time as a 36 year old and loved it. Of all her books I think this is my favourite although The Lantern Bearers is a deeper and more affecting read. Frontier Wolf is a fairly straight adventure story set in Roman Britian in the C4th but is pitch perfect with not a single misstep in either character or plot detail. Despite the relative simplicity of the plot the book is completely gripping and by the time you reach the last act, when the Frontier Wolves have to run the gauntlet of hostile tribes to reach Hadrian's Wall, you just have to keep reading and reading.

Absolutely and highly recommended for any reader from about 10 years and with no upper limit.
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