Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth
This is the story of Demalion of Macedon, who joins the Twelfth Legion. The story opens in AD 57 in Hyrcania, where the young man finds himself under the command of Pantera, Nero’s and spy, in a complicated and deadly game of Roman politics. At the successful completion of the plan, Demalion finds himself sent to the Twelfth Legion in Judea. Disaster strikes as the Legion is decimated in a campaign against Hebrew rebels and the Legion’s Eagle is captured. To regain his and the Legion’s honour, Demalion must team up with Pantera, travel to Jerusalem and rescue the Eagle – or die in the attempt.
The Eagle of the Twelfth is the latest in the Rome series by Manda Scott. The book brings alive not only the characters, but the harsh uncompromising life of the Legion which makes brothers of seemingly disparate individuals. This is a story of cowardice, stupidity, courage and the overriding importance of honour. Fast-paced and exciting, this is a book which is difficult to put down. Superb writing from an author at the peak of her game. Highly recommended.