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The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
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Jul 24, 11

Read in July, 2011

This is the third and final volume of Sutcliff's Roman Britain trilogy, although each book stands independently of the others. Unlike the previous two volumes, this book does not have a tension-filled chase. Rather, it is a brooding atmospheric account of Britain after the departure of the Romans and the coming of the Saxons. Aquila, a Roman officer, decides to desert when his army leaves his homeland. Only a few days later the Saxon's kill most of his family and take him away to Jutland as a slave. A couple of years later drought forces them to return to Britain to settle. Aquila soon escapes and joins the small British band that is seeking to oust the Saxons from their island. I won't tell you how the book ends but there are battles and important decisions made. Sutcliff has written a young adult novel, but the tone of this volume seems to me one that will appeal more to adults than to teen agers.
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