The Eagles Prey (Eagle, Book 5) by Simon Scarrow

By Simon Scarrow

It really is past due summer season a.d. forty four and the battle-weary Roman legions are of their moment 12 months of campaigning opposed to the British tribes. The troops' commander, common Plautius, is less than substantial strain from the emperor to overwhelm the natives as soon as and for all. Centurions Macro and Cato are with the crack moment Legion lower than the precarious management of Centurion Maximus and it's their activity to carry a ford around the river Tamesis whilst the natives are pressured right into a trap.

But Maximus’s nerve breaks on the severe element, permitting the enemy chief, Caratacus, and his males to flee. Outraged by means of this failure, common Plautius orders the annihilation of the unit. Their selection: die or get away to turn into fugitives pursued by way of squaddies in their personal ruthless military. Hiding from their former comrades, in addition to the Britons, Cato’s small band of fugitives have just one probability to redeem themselves earlier than they're hunted down like animals.

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Thomas, you are incorrigible,” said Anne fondly. ” I nodded, having no idea what she meant. As we neared the Tower I stared up at the forbidding wall with its narrow slits. From the squared battlements protruded tall spikes topped with what looked like bundles of blackened rags. I squinted in order to see better. ” I asked, imitating Anne’s accent. She burst out laughing. “Yes, it is a menagerie—of criminals and traitors! ” Emme hissed. ” As I stared, the raglike bundles resolved themselves into skulls with torn flesh like strips of stiff leather.

What monstrous creatures were here? In the dimness I glimpsed the tawny hide of a beast straining against an iron collar, the fur around its face like a giant ruff, sharp teeth bared. Feeling my gorge rise with panic, I pushed my way out of the Tower and ran into the courtyard, gasping the damp air. All the way back to Whitehall, everyone talked of the queen’s menagerie. The roaring beast I had glimpsed was called a lion. The catlike wailing came from a leopard, one of four in an iron cage, Emme said.

I cannot, Your Majesty,” I replied, for I was trembling all over. “Without your gracious help,” I added. Then the queen took my wrists and lifted me to my feet. Her hands were slim, her fingers long and tapered. I counted four rings on each hand. “Do not fear to look upon me, child. Think of me as your mother now,” she said. It was a command, though softly spoken. I lifted up my eyes to meet hers. They were bright and pale. She smiled and it was like the sun beaming from behind a cloud. I no longer saw graying hair against her cheek.

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