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The Silver Branch (The Dolphin Ring Cycle #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,520 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Intrigue, plotting, and battles in the second of Rosemary Sutcliff's best-selling trilogy which began with The Eagle of the Ninth

Violence and unrest are sweeping through Roman Britain. Justin and Flavius find themselves caught up in the middle of it all when they discover a plot to overthrow the Emperor.

In fear for their lives they gather together a tattered band of men an
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Published February 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press (first published 1957)
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Srebrna grana je vrlo solidan istorijski roman za decu koji se bavi onim istorijskim trenutkom kad se Rimsko carstvo već malo ljulja ali još nije počelo sasvim da se raspada (tako, treći vek). Kod nas je, mislim, dosta loše prošao jer su ga objavili em kao roman za odrasle, što ipak nije, em kao "drugu knjigu trilogije" što takođe nije, samostalan je roman i pored toga što je glavni junak praunuk onog iz "Orla Devete legije".
Rouzmeri Satklif piše ne samo pouzdano što se tiče istorije i sa uvek
Miriam Joy
It's very noticeable, after reading a few of Rosemary Sutcliff's books in close succession, how her protagonists are never the 'strong' ones. In Song For A Dark Queen, it's narrated by the queen's harper, not one of her warriors or a member of her family or the queen herself. And within the context of the narrative, that makes perfect sense, but it's a slightly unexpected choice. In The Eagle Of The Ninth, the protagonist is lame in one leg because of an injury, and therefore struggles with chro ...more
Maureen E
Nov 15, 2008 Maureen E rated it liked it
Up until very recently I was unaware that Eagle of the Ninth, one of my all-time favorite Sutcliff books had a sequel. This is not the first time something like this has happened to me, and it's very demoralizing. Anyway, I made haste and got out The Silver Branch to read immediately. And then it sat in my To Be Read pile for ages until I made myself read it because I had to return it. Well, made myself read it isn't quite the right phrase, because I enjoyed every minute of it (except when a cer ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well, the annoying thing about this book was the spoilers contained in the blurb, two on the back cover and another one on the page inside the front cover, giving away two major turning points in the book and effectively telling us something that doesn't happen until the last act, though it is the point the book has been building up to. It doesn't spoil the book by any means but it does nail down the direction of the book for you before you've even picked it up. The first spoiled turning point d ...more
Abigail Hartman
Mar 21, 2011 Abigail Hartman rated it really liked it
I cannot quite tell if this ties with "The Eagle of the Ninth" or comes in as a close second, but either way, it is a wonderful story. As with "The Eagle of the Ninth," Sutcliff has an amazing knack for showing emotion in the little things of the story, and for sweeping the reader off to yesteryear. Justin and Flavius are spectacular, and the smattering of lesser characters are each unique - Evicatos of the Spear, Aunt Honoria, Centurian Anthonius, Cullen the Fool, Paulinus, and, larger than lif ...more
Katherine 黄爱芬
Justin bertemu Flavius di Inggris dan mrk menyadari bhw mrk msh bersepupu jauh. Ketika mrk mengetahui bhw Alectus mencoba mengkhianati Kaisar Carausius (kaisar buronan Romawi yg mengangkat dirinya sbg penguasa Inggris), mrk malah dimutasi ke daerah perbatasan.

Ternyata Alectus benar2 melakukan makar thd Carausius. Sebagian pendukung Carausius menyeberang utk minta bantuan pada Kaisar Constantius. Justin dan Flavius batal menyeberang dan memilih mengkonsolidasikan di dalam negeri dgn menggalang ke
Alexa Ayana
Sekuel ini masih menawarkan tema persahabatan seperti buku sebelumnya. Justin dan Flavius secara mengalami instan bonding saat bertemu di benteng laut Roma di Inggris. Kenyataan bahwa mereka masih bersaudara jauh adalah bonus persahabatan mereka. Saat Kaisar Roma di Inggris yang mereka hormati di gulingkan penasehatnya Allectus yang sewenang-wenang, dua pemuda ini berusaha untuk menyelamatkan rakyat dengan cara yang paling sederhana yang mereka pahami. Seperti buku pertama, buku ini berpotensi e ...more
Apr 24, 2011 Basicallyrun rated it really liked it
Shelves: asnc-y
I thought this was fantastic - the only reason it doesn't have five stars is because I'm judging it against The Eagle of the Ninth, which I just... like more for some reason. I adore the ties between this and The Eagle - I imagine Marcus would've been proud to see the use his eagle was put to. Justin's relationship with his father felt very real to me, too. Neither of them are really in the wrong, they're just *really awkward*. Bless.

As ever, Sutcliff writes beautifully, and does a brilliant jo
Jennifer Freitag
When Justin, an army surgeon, and his soldier cousin, Flavius, discover a plot against their British emperor Carausius, they are forced to go into hiding. There they spend their time dodging the Saxon agents of the traitor while creating secret communications with the Roman Caesar Constantius on the Continent. All the while they build up a rogue Legion of their own, making for their standard a mysterious, wingless Eagle whose history lies in shadow, a glory of past days to lead them on to future ...more
Ellis L.
Jan 16, 2013 Ellis L. rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
I have fond memories of reading Sutcliff back when I was in my early teens. Nostalgia doesn't always serve me well, though, so I wasn't sure what I was going to find when I read this book. But it was easily got on my Kindle, and I was looking for a change of pace. I was not disappointed.

I'll let others describe the book; here I'll describe my reaction to it. I enjoyed it. It's not great literature, but it's solid literature and Sutcliff had a good eye and ear for historical matters. One doesn't
Aug 29, 2016 Yannis rated it really liked it
4 stars I guess because why not? It's a solid good history fiction book about as good as the first of the series. It may even be read as a stand alone although the reader will be kinda wondering what is the lost eagle's story but this adds to the mystery. Mystery and the unexpected is something missing in the book coming to think of it. You immediately know the good guys and the bad ones(seriously, the hero sees a guy killing a bug and immediately understands he's a very evil guy and his main op ...more
Hadiyanti Ainun
Apr 17, 2015 Hadiyanti Ainun rated it it was amazing
i read the indonesian-translation one. wether the translation one similar or not, i'm preety sure this book truly awesome. its proves that even people in the past aren't always 'jahiliyah'--unknowledgeable. they have their own sitcon. in this case, justin and flavius certainly against allectus the traitor.

for short, i love this book
Emma Filbrun
Oct 27, 2015 Emma Filbrun rated it it was amazing
Justin, a young surgeon in the Roman army, arrives in Britain, at Rutupiae, where the Romans have a fort and lighthouse, at the narrowest point of the English channel. The first man he meets turns out to be Flavius, a kinsman of his, and they quickly become inseparable friends. The two of them become personally acquainted with Carausius, who has made himself Emperor of Britain, and equal with the two other emperors the Roman Empire now has. One day, when they are out duck hunting, they see Allec ...more
Aug 08, 2015 A.M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
It is AD 286 in Roman Britain and Carausius has declared himself Emperor over Britain and northern Gaul. As a naval leader, he has united the warring local tribes and protected them from the sea pirates and he has bigger plans. Tiberius Lucius Justinianus - Justin has been transferred in as a junior surgeon. The first person he meets turns out to be a junior centurion and his distant cousin, Marcelus Flavius Aquila, Flavius. They are both descendants of Marcus from book one.
But Carausius’ reign
Nika Khoperia
Sep 25, 2016 Nika Khoperia rated it really liked it
როუზმერი სატკლიფის „ვერცხლის ტოტი" მეორე წიგნია „მეცხრე ლეგიონის არწივის" შესახებ წიგნების სერიიდან. მოქმედება III საუკუნის ბრიტანეთში ხდება, მარკუს ფლავიუს აკვილას პიქტებში მოგზაურობასა და დაკარგული IX ლეგიონის არწივის პიქტებისთვის მოპარვისა და კალევა ატრებატუმში წამოღებიდან 150 წელზე მეტი ხნის შემდეგ. ამბავი ახლაც მეტად საინტერესო იყო და პერიოდიც შესანიშნავად შერჩეული - დიოკლეტიანეს იმპერატორობის ხანა, როდესაც მან იმპერია ორ ნაწილად გაყო და ერთი ნაწილი თავის თანამებრძოლსა და მეგობარს მაქსიმიან ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Mantelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It must be 20 years since I last reread this childhood favorite. I still love it and so appreciate Sutcliff's treating her readers as intelligent beings. It made me feel good as a tween to be considered a reader who didn't need to be talked down to--who knew who Euripides was and what a pilum was used for. Sutcliff once wrote that her books were for children from 9 to 90. Ave, Rosemary, your 62 year old child salutes you!
Feb 03, 2012 Rik rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rik by: Joseph
Really enjoyed this book. Some similarities between this and the first, such as unusual friendship between the Roman occupiers and the locals, made it a little less fresh, but then I did read them one after the other. Again it felt authentic, and does , as the forward says, have real historical context. Makes me want to find out more about this period in history.
Jul 13, 2015 Nellie rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Roman Britain Trilogy. Once again, it took me until the third chapter before the book grabbed my attention.
This book follows the story of cousins, Justin and Flavius. Justin is a surgeon. They overhear a plot to murder the military commander. Instead of being rewarded for their discovery they are sent to an outpost in disgrace. They then learn of another plot but do not reach the military commander in time. Because of the fear of desertion, they meet a military reb
A historical novel set in Britain at the end of the 3rd century, this is the story of two cousins from the Roman legions, Justin and Flavius, who get caught up in the intrigues surrounding the self-proclaimed emperor of Britain, Carausius. Carausius is murdered by his finance minister, Allectus, and the province of Britain starts to be overrun by Saxons. Eventually, the two cousins and their motley band of followers help the Roman forces of emperor Constantius reclaim the province of Britain for ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Elizabeth rated it liked it
A kind of sequel to the far superior "Eagle of the Ninth" and read as part of the material for upcoming Readers' Group meeting of Sutcliff's work. This one involves two descendants of Marcus Aquila of the first story defending Britain against a traitorous henchman of the local British mini-Emperor Carausius, again based on real events of the Romano-British period about which, it would seem, little is really known. I found this one rather superficial and didn't care too much about the lead charac ...more
Lori Clark-Erickson
Historical Topic and Time Period: The Holy Roman Empire
Lexile Level: 1120
My Rating 3
What did I like best about this book: I like the end of the book when Justin and Flavius concurred their enemy and became heroes.
What I disliked most about this book: Was that the author gave way to much information and that is was hard to follow.
Brief summarize: Justin is a roman centurion. That goes to Briton to fight the Saxon armies. Justin meets his cousin Flavius they go on a quest to expose the second in c
Aug 28, 2016 Sulime rated it it was amazing
After reading „The Eagle of the Ninth“ and liking but not loving it, I turned to „The Silver Branch“ with moderate expectations but I was surprised. In my opinion, it is clearly the better novel.

Let me explain: In “The Eagle” I could identify with the two protagonists, but they sometimes seemed a bit too “smooth” for me, due to a lack of decisive traits and little flaws. I also had problems with the flow of the action which was rather unexciting because every problem the two heroes had was solve
Sep 19, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
This is the first sequel to Eagle of the Ninth, which I read a couple of months back for a Children's Classics reading group. I bought the box set, but didn't jump straight in to the next volume, unlike most of the other books we've read, but there's a group member who is extremely passionate about these books, and the Arthurian retelling that seems to follow them. Having just had a fairly disappointing read of The Sword in the Stone, he said that RS's Arthur story was the best he'd ever read, a ...more
David Manns
Nov 22, 2015 David Manns rated it really liked it
Set a century or so after The Eagle of The Ninth, Rosemary Sutcliff's second novel set in Roman Britain deals with the events surrounding the so-called Emporer of Britain, Carausius. Two cousins, Flavius (a descendant of Marcus Aquila from the first book) and Justin are posted to serve under Carausius as he attempts to build Britain into a strong province, able to withstand attacks by the Saxons and to act as an outpost of civilisation should Roma fall.

Alas Carausius falls prey to a jealous usur
Mar 10, 2012 Isis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is fabulous. I think I preferred it to The Eagle Of The Ninth (which I know is the opposite of most opinions), but that's because I saw the movie The Eagle before reading the book, and I thought the changes to the plot of the quest made for a stronger story (although in most other respects I preferred the book), so the book itself suffered by comparison. I preferred the plot: saving their country is more potent than saving a symbol. (Although I love how the symbol shows up here!) Finally, I ...more
This is the tale of the real-life Carausian Revolt (don't worry, I had to look it up on Wikipedia too), brought to us fictionally through the lives of a pair of Marcus Aquila's descendents, Flavius the centurion and Justin the surgeon. Having ended up tangled in the plot against emperor Carausius' life, they travel all across Britain and eventually find themselves in charge of the resistance forces against his murderer, the new emperor Allectus.

I was expecting this to have a lot more spying and
Mar 11, 2012 Jacey rated it really liked it
Set some time after Eagle of the Ninth but tied to it because the main characters are probably a descended from Marcus and we return to the farm on the Downs that Marcus was granted after recovering the Eagle. It's 100 years before the last legion will leave Britain, but already the great days of Rome are over. Carausius is the Roman emperor in Britain and may be the one to hold back the dark, but he's betrayed and usurped by Allectus the Traitor.

Justin, an army surgeon with the legions, is post
Cynthia Haggard
May 27, 2012 Cynthia Haggard rated it really liked it
THE SILVER BRANCH is set about 200 years after THE EAGLE. Marcus Flavius Aquila’s namesake grandson (called Flavius rather than Marcus) and his cousin Justin come across something that points to treason in the Emperor’s general staff. Young and naive, they immediately find a way of informing the emperor.

In what follows the cousins find themselves caught up in the messy politics of divided loyalties as the people who live in Britain put up a fierce resistance against the Saxon invaders.

If one cou
Mary Overton
Sutcliff offers finely researched history lessons. Here's a chronological listing of her novels:

THE SILVER BRANCH is set at the turn of the 3rd to 4th centuries during the Roman occupation of Britain, when Allectus the Traitor murders the British "emperor" Carausius. Unfortunately, as fiction the book tanks - its plot contrived and the characters flat.

A status report on the Roman Empire as given through Carausius:
"Always, everywhere, the Wolves [the bar
Sep 05, 2013 Theresia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second book of the story of the lost Eagle. The story continues with the two main characters, they are the descendant of Marcus himself. Flavius, a centurions and Justin, the army surgeon. They met on assignment in Britain, at the time Britain has had its own Emperor, Emperor Carausius. They both had time to meet and get to know the Emperor personally, visiting his home and talk to him. Until they had to be sent to the Northen Wall in disgrace, when they reported a confidant bet ...more
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Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction. Although primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote "for children of all ages from nine to ninety."

Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her fa
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“The young Centurion, who had been completely still throughout, said very softly, as though to himself, "Greater love hath no man--" and Justin thought it sounded as though he were quoting someone else.” 15 likes
“I simply--don't know," Flavius said, and then suddenly explosive: "I don't know and I don't care! Go to bed.” 7 likes
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