Jade’s Friday Fiction #1

The NSCD Library blog is introducing a new section, Friday Fiction, this regular slot will highlight some of the fiction books hidden away in the far corner of the library.

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If you want to take a break from titles on dance, choreography & technique or just want to while away the long travel times to & from auditions, we have titles in our fiction collection to satisfy every taste.

Join Jade, the Library & Digital Assistant, as she guides you through our fiction collection…

Under the Eagle
Simon Scarrow


Fiction Collection

“It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn’t difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them. As second-in-command to Macro, the fearless, battle-scarred centurion who leads them, Cato will have more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead. Then the men discover that the army’s next campaign will take them to a land of unparalleled barbarity – Britain. After the long march west, Cato and Macro undertake a special mission that will thrust them headlong into a conspiracy that threatens to topple the Emperor himself…” (Source: http://www.scarrow.co.uk/, 20 April 2015)

My first choice is a swashbuckling Roman adventure filled with intrigue, battles & plenty of humour. The book follows the adventures of Second Legion new recruit Cato, who, alongside Centurion Macro (his polar opposite) ends up stuck in the cold & violent world of ‘barbarian’ Europe.

Scarrow brings an authentic air of Roman history to the books with plenty of clever details & well researched information. As a genuine brotherhood develops between the two protagonists, the funny yet gritty writing highlights the friendship between the palace raised academic & the world-weary, battle hardened Centurion.

This is the first book in a long series, however, each book is light-hearted & fun to read so if you decide to read more of the series it won’t feel like a long slog through an epic saga.

If you are interested in historical fiction then this title is well worth a read, it is a fun yet gripping tale with plenty of historical fact balanced perfectly with enjoyable characters, political intrigue & huge battles. Even if you aren’t into historical fiction, the engaging plot is well worth the trip into the past.

Library & Digital Assistant
Friday 24 April 2015

You can find out more on the Headline website at https://www.headline.co.uk/Authors/Simon+Scarrow.page