Frontier Wolf

Frontier Wolf

Book - 1981
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As punishment for his poor judgment, a young, inexperienced Roman army officer is sent to Northern England to assume the command of a motley group known as the Frontier Wolves.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 1981, c1980.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780525302605
0525302603
Branch Call Number: J SUTC
Characteristics: 196 p. : map ; 22 cm.

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Liber_vermis
Feb 23, 2012

After making a bad battle decision in Roman Germany, Centurion Alexios Aquila is sent to command an ill-disciplined force of auxiliary scouts, the Frontier Wolves, in remote Scotland. After befriending the local clan, Alexios is betrayed after his arrogant superior ignites hostilities as insurgents from Ireland foment rebellion. The pace of this tale grows as the story unfolds; and the writing has the careful detail and eye for local colour and sound that readers expect from the late author Rosemary Sutcliff.

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_Abi_
Dec 24, 2011

a very good book but i would have changed the ending

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Feb 23, 2012

Liber_vermis thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Liber_vermis
Feb 23, 2012

Violence: Descriptions of hunting and killing wolves with spears; execution of a prisoner by knife; and battle scenes with arrows, swords and javelins.

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Feb 23, 2012

"Alexios had time to see the hatred in the yellow eyes, the laid back ears and wicked grinning jaws, but above all, the thing behind the eyes that made this his wolf ... He seemed to see the eyes for a long while, coming towards him slowly as through water, swelling on his sight; and yet he knew that it was only a splinter of time before he felt the shock as his spear took the leaping wolf in the chest. For an instant he smelled the hot breath in his face. The spear was wrenched from his grasp ... And standing there, Alexios knew the regret that comes in the moment after the kill is made, and the life gone, and all the speed and beauty and danger and courage. He had known all that before ... but it had never been quite like this; this was his wolf, and no other wolf would ever be his wolf again. [p. 50-51]

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