The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane
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Set in the late Roman Republic, in the first century B.C.E., The Forgotten Legion is a tale of the greatest empire of the ancient world from the perspective of those on the lowest rungs of its society.  Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery to a enslaved mother who is much beloved by them, and much abused by their owner. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines.

Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome and trained by the last haruspex in the forgotten arts of divination. A runaway slave, then an AWOL Legionaire, he has a long foretold destiny that will take him to the very ends of the known world.
Brennus is a Gaul from the Allobreges tribe. In the battle against the Roman army, his entire family, perhaps his entire tribe, is slaughtered, and only he survives to be sold as a slave to be trained as a gladiator. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day - and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge.

The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds - survivors of one of the most legendary battles in Roman military history and destined to become part of one of the most compelling, enduring legends:  The Forgotten Legion.


About Ben Kane

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BEN KANE is the author of a trilogy set in ancient Rome that comprises The Forgotten Legion, The Silver Eagle and The Road to Rome. He has traveled widely and is a lifelong student of military history. He lives in North Somerset, England, with his family.
Published January 5, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 540 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Bookbag

Where such books often fill little purpose than to kill time and move characters around, Kane inputs enough story here to make this a worthwhile read.

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The Bookbag

In a story that Kane has done well to make feel real, the screams and bloodshed of battle seem even more so.

Feb 03 2010 | Read Full Review of The Forgotten Legion (The For...

Suite 101

Trained as a soothsayer, his future has been foreseen by the great haruspex who has taught him the gift of sight - many battles lie ahead for him, fighting for the Romans, including "a huge battle, which the Romans lose.

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Curious Book Fans

The set up of having one set of characters travel the ancient world, and in particular the less written about aspects of it, while another keeps you in touch with the city of Rome and the important politics that influence the plot provides a lot of potential for the reader.

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