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This review is from: The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles (Paperback)
Rosemary Sutcliff, in this trilogy is far too good and subtle a writer to be consigned to the ghetto of children's literature. All three books explore the theme of what it means to be a Roman in Britain, and the slow move from being a Roman with strong ties to Britain in the first book, to being a Roman who's loyalty to Roman ways and Rome strongly depends on how good Rome is for Britain in the second book, to a Roman who when push comes to shove, and Rome abandons Britain, discovers that he has actually become British and so abandons Rome.
Sutcliff's characterisation is subtle and complex, battle scenes serve a valid narrative purpose and her plotting is highly believable. I cannot reccomend this highly enough.
Oh, by the by, steer well clear of The Eagle (the film version). Devoid of all subleties, moral ambiguities and taking liberties with the plot it is hugely dissapointing after the book.