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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
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    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
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    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

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The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

Story:  The year is 119 A.D., location: Britain.  Marcus is a young centurion and new to the wilds beyond Agricola’s Wall.  The disappearance of his father’s legion fifteen years earlier looms over his head like a bad omen.  He embarks on a perilous hunt to recover the lost legion’s eagle standard, a symbol of the legion’s – and Marcus’ family’s – honor.

Strengths:  This story had very strong characters and an exciting plot.  Rosemary Sutcliff did an amazing job with her historic accuracy, putting you in ancient Britain right along with Marcus.  Marcus had a very strong sense of honor, courage and compassion.  He is a very relatable character, one (I think) that was very easy to like.

Weaknesses:  I wouldn’t call this a weakness, but to today’s modern young readers this book might feel a little slow.  No, it doesn’t open with a bang and race full speed ahead, but it is still a very engaging read and a good story.

Note:  This book does deal somewhat with Druid worship and culture, but Rosemary Sutcliff does a beautiful job presenting it and it is in no way “inappropriate content”, quite the opposite.   It’s more G/PG, then PG-13.  

Recommendation:   If you are like me and ancient Britain is one of your favorite periods in history, or you just like history tagged with an awesome adventure then I would highly recommend this book.  It’s not that long – 291 pages – and can be read in a matter of days.  Looking for a good historical read?  Pick up Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff.

Other Info:

Published in 1954 by Oxford University Press.

First American edition published by Henry Z. Walk in 1954.

First Sunburst edition published in 1993.

 Number of chapters – 21

 Movie:   Focus Features made a movie basted in the book that is coming out February 11th.  The film is simply called “The Eagle”.  Here is a trailer.   

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