The last legion is a bewitching novel of bravery, love, myth, and magic. Legionaries had to be roman citizens under the age of 45. This text covers all aspects of late roman military life, from re. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 2007. So the last legionary naturally mixes fact with fiction, though elliott is very careful to distinguish the two, as gaius serves during the reign of the usurper magnus maximus, fights barbarian incursions from caledonia northern scotland, hibernia ireland, and germania, and witnesses the decline of roman power in britain. I can not believe they spent over 20 million plus on this film. I have read a couple of the earlier legionary books, but have missed a few. The blood road again made me realise how much i love a good book about rome legionary.
Initially a quartet, it became a quartet with a prequel. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. My love of history was first kindled by visits to the misty roman ruins of britain and the sunbaked antiquities of turkey and greece. While the series has come up in many other questions, this may be. Risking their lives, they attempt an audacious mission to free the young emperor and his enigmatic tutor from the hands of their captors. One of the subtle pleasures of adulthood that they dont tell you about as a youngling is the opportunity to revisit things from your childhood many years later and see how they match up to your fond recollections. A roman legionary was a professional soldier of the roman army. Of course, the last legionary quartet isnt characterfocused drama, but rather than rely on ownbrand stereotypes, mr. Book 5 of the last legionary series the earlier adventures of keill randor by douglas hill volume five by hill, douglas aka martin hillman. Try peter connollys greece and rome at war one of the best books ever written on ancient warfare if you want a good short colourful introduction to the roman military you could look no further than osprey publishings many books on the subject on ospreys ancient world book list. The only survivor was keill randor, a young but highly skilled warrior, who embarks on a quest to find the unknown being who leads the deathwing.
Legionaries had to carry lots of heavy equipment when they were marching. This book covers all aspects of late roman military life, from recruitment to weaponry, marriage to wages, warfare to religion. The impoverished limitanei legions left behind to defend the banks of the river danubius are now all that stand between the warhungry goths and heart of the eastern roman empire. The action and intrigue never lets up, from the opening lines to the last, taking the reader on a journey through the eastern empire of. Im a scottish writer, addicted to reading and writing historical fiction. Starting with galactic warlord the quartet the fifth book was a prequel anthology told the story of keill randor, last survivor of a murdered world, seeking revenge for the genocide, aided by a secretive group of advisers known as the overseers and a. At the start of galactic warlord, randor is lurching around dodgy spaceports, looking desperately for any trace of his planets murderers. In the last legionary, paul elliot explores all aspects of late roman military life, from recruitment to weaponry, marriage to wages, warfar. Planet of the warlord was the final book in the quartet, and finally revealed. As fronto and his friends winter in rome and caesar in illyricum, trouble is brewing in the north. Moreover, it is structured with a charming simplicity. This is a lively description of the roman army in the last years of its stay in britain, using the experiences of an imaginary soldier, gaius. They had to do what they were told or they would be punished badly. It seems that there can be no end to the conflict, for although the goths are masters of the land, they cannot topple the last of the imperial cities.
This is a selfcontained novel that introduces past events when they need explanation, but tells a complete story in the authors own. The blood road you could easily read this book if it was your first introduction to author gordon doherty. Douglas hill last legionary 0 young legionary pdf free. Because this project is categorized as in development, the data is only available on. Mar 21, 2018 this book couldnt be more up my alley. The series had the main character keill randor returning to his. If thats the case, you need to make up for the lack of danger and drama by raising the stakes and the comedy as the book goes along. The last legionary quartet paperback october 11, 1985 by douglas hill author 5. Legionary bonus material this page holds the relevant maps, diagrams and photographs that might be helpful to readers in understanding the world described in the tale of legionary. A meticulously detailed account of life as a roman legionary in the last days of the roman empirefrom battle to rations, camp duties to clothing in 400 ad, roman rule in britain was collapsing as the thinly stretched empire was besieged on all sides. Find the last legionary quartet by hill, douglas at biblio.
The last legion is a novel by the italian author valerio massimo manfredi. Emperor valens has withdrawn the field armies from moesia and thracia to fight in the persian war. Galactic warlord became the first title of one of his bestknown series, the last legionary. A series of young adult books by the author douglas hill, the last legionary consisted. In 476, the western roman empire is under attack by the barbarian armies under the heruli general odoacer.
You can take pushover enemies and have a lot of fun with them. From the dust of the battlefield, a band of seemingly immortal legionaries rise up. The legionaries of moros have been annihilated by an evil force known as the deathwing. The last legionary by paul elliott i wrote this book back in 20052006 and it covers a later period of roman history, that of constantine and the later empires the late roman empire. The tribes of armorica, driven to desperate action by the harsh rule of crassus, raise their standards in defiance of the roman eagle, causing a chain reaction that threatens everything the legions of caesar have achieved. The great struggle between the eastern roman empire and the gothic horde rumbles into its fifth year.
Legionary simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In a way, this feels a bit like praising a solid c average, but considering that many genre authors still havent figured it out, mr. The books are young legionary, galactic warlord, deathwing over veynaa, day of the starwind and planet of the warlord. In a way, this feels a bit like praising a solid c average, but considering that many genre authors still havent. In the last legionary, paul elliott has attempted in an introduction, eight chapters and a postscript to describe the routine daily life of a roman legionary based in britain in the twilight of the roman empire. The only survivor was keill randor, a young but highly skilled warrior. The last legionary quartet by douglas arthur hill goodreads. Young legionary book 5 douglas hill the earlier adventures of. Douglas hill the last legionary 03 day of the starwind. Galactic warlord, deathwing over veyna, day of the starwind planet of the warlord his planet had been destroyed, his. Galactic warlord last legionary hill douglas 0575026634 for. Keill randor, the last legionary of the planet more. Life as a roman soldier in britain ad400 07 by paul elliott isbn.
The last legionary by paul elliott overdrive rakuten. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers. The last legionary quartet has a lot to offer imaginative, sfobsessed kids. The last legionary books by douglas hill tell the story of keill randor, sole survivor of the radiation bomb which wiped out the finest fighting force the galaxy had ever known, and his quest for revenge.
The last legionary quartet 9780330289542 by hill, douglas and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. He is probably best known for the last legionary quartet of novels, supposedly produced as the result of a challenge by a publisher to hills complaints about the lack of good science fiction for younger readers. My expeditions since have taken me all over the world and back and forth through time metaphorically, at least, allowing me to write tales of the later roman empire, byzantium, classica. Galactic warlord by douglas hill book one of the last.
Jul 10, 2018 im a scottish writer, addicted to reading and writing historical fiction. The last legionary young legionary book 5 douglas hill the earlier. See the complete last legionary series book list in order, box sets or omnibus editions, and companion titles. Sometimes, you dont need the fearsome villain to vanquish. A series of young adult books by the author douglas hill, the last legionary consisted of four main books as well as a prequel novel called, appropriately enough, young legionary. It isnt exactly an epic of astounding moral complexity, but it does have aliens, martial arts, exotic settings and more martial arts. In ad 400 roman rule in britain was collapsing as the thinly stretched empire was beseiged on all sides. This is the first book in the last legionary series. Galactic warlord last legionary, book 1 by douglas hill. The formidable thirteenth has been ordered to push beyond the boundaries of the empire, through hostile territory, to find the remnants of the legion of crassus routed by the parthians in 53 b. Legionary books official website of author james mace unless otherwise noted, all reenactment images on this site courtesy of the ermine street guard, copywrite 2018, and are used with permission. Help identifying book about a supersoldier with a twist ending. It is called the last legionary because the book covers the time that it is believed many of the last coherent military formations, structures, etc.127 637 1177 869 347 813 451 19 1135 404 783 952 1369 1373 982 176 1192 691 292 1490 1436 1219 1276 973 945 806 1209 434 1148 1061 1121 137 829 1316 952 1311 659 191 640 544 23 1305 1285 1145 243 1497 1111 985 1368