The Eagle (The Roman Britain Trilogy)

By Rosemary Sutcliff

The 9th Legion marched into the mists of Northern Britain―and they have been by no means visible back. hundreds of thousands of guys disappeared and their eagle commonplace was once misplaced. it is a secret that is by no means been solved, before . . .
Marcus has to determine what occurred to his father, who led the legion. So he units out into the unknown, on a quest so risky that no-one expects him to return.

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So it's you,” the slave stated finally. “Yes, it's I. ” The silence all started back, and back the slave broke it. “Why did you switch the aim of the gang the previous day? i didn't ask for mercy. ” “Possibly that was once why. ” The slave hesitated, after which acknowledged defiantly, “I used to be afraid the day gone by; I, who've been a warrior. i used to be afraid to choke out my existence within the Fisher’s web. ” “I know,” Marcus acknowledged. “But nonetheless, you probably did no longer ask for mercy. ” The other’s eyes have been mounted on his face, a bit questioned. “Why have you ever got me? ” “I have desire of a body-slave. ” “Surely the world is an strange position to select one. ” “But then, i wanted for an strange body-slave. ” Marcus seemed up with the merest quirk of a grin into the sullen gray eyes mounted so unswervingly on his personal. “Not one like Stephanos, that has been a slave all his existence, and is therefore—nothing extra. ” It was once a strange dialog among grasp and slave, yet neither of them was once deliberating that. “I were yet years a slave,” stated the opposite quietly. “And sooner than that you simply have been a warrior—and your identify? ” “I am Esca, son of Cunoval, of the tribe of Brigantes, the bearers of the blue war-shield. ” “And I am—I used to be, a Centurion of Auxiliaries with the second one Legion,” Marcus acknowledged, now not figuring out fairly why he made the answer, figuring out simply that it needed to be made. Roman and Briton confronted one another within the lamplight, whereas the 2 statements appeared to grasp like a problem within the air among them. Then Esca positioned out a hand unconsciously and touched the sting of the sofa. “That i do know, for the goaty one, Stephanos, informed me; and likewise that my grasp has been wounded. i'm sorry for that. ” “Thank you,” Marcus acknowledged. Esca regarded down at his personal hand at the fringe of the sofa, after which up back. “It may were effortless to flee on my means here,” he acknowledged slowly. “The outdated goaty possible no longer have held me again if I had selected to damage for freedom. yet I selected to compliment him since it was once in my center that it would be you that we went to. ” “And if it have been one other, in spite of everything? ” “Then I must have escaped later, to the wilds the place my clipped ear wouldn't betray me. There are nonetheless loose tribes past the frontiers. ” As he spoke, he drew from the breast of his tough tunic, the place it had lain opposed to his dermis, a narrow knife, which he dealt with as tenderly as though it have been a specific thing residing and liked. “I had this, to my free up. ” “And now? ” Marcus acknowledged, now not giving a look to the slim, lethal factor. For a second the sullenness lifted from Esca’s face. He leaned ahead and enable the dagger fall with a bit clatter directly to the inlaid desk at Marcus’s part. “I am the Centurion’s hound, to lie on the Centurion’s feet,” he acknowledged. So Esca joined the loved ones and, sporting the spear that marked him for a private slave and enhanced to mere family slaves, stood in the back of Marcus’s sofa at nutrition to pour wine for him, fetched and carried and observed to his property, and slept on a bed throughout his door at evening. He made an excellent body-slave, so stable that Marcus guessed him to were somebody’s armour-bearer within the days sooner than his ear used to be clipped; a father’s, or an elder brother’s, might be, after the customized of the tribes.

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