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About the Author: Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction. Although primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote "for children of all ages from nine to ninety."

Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her father was stationed as a naval officer. She contracted Still's Disease when she was very young and was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. Due to her chronic sickness, she spent the majority of her time with her mother, a tireless storyteller, from whom she learned many of the Celtic and Saxon legends that she would later expand into works of historical fiction. Her early schooling being continually interrupted by moving house and her disabling condition, Sutcliff didn't learn to read until she was nine, and left school at fourteen to enter the Bideford Art School, which she attended for three years, graduating from the General Art Course. She then worked as a painter of miniatures.

Rosemary Sutcliff began her career as a writer in 1950 with The Chronicles of Robin Hood. She found her voice when she wrote The Eagle of the Ninth in 1954. In 1959, she won the Carnegie Medal for The Lantern Bearers and was runner-up in 1972 with Tristan and Iseult. In 1974 she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her The Mark of the Horse Lord won the first Phoenix Award in 1985.

Sutcliff lived for many years in Walberton near Arundel, Sussex. In 1975 she was appointed OBE for services to Children's Literature and promoted to CBE in 1992. She wrote incessantly throughout her life, and was still writing on the morning of her death. She never married.


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Goodreads rating: 4.17

Paperback, Published in Feb 2013 by Plataforma Editorial, S.L.

ISBN10: 8415115547 | ISBN13: 9788415115540

Page count: 352

A man has to face his past and his homeland’s enemies in this exciting historical novel set in 343 AD Britain. Order has been slowly deteriorating in the northern part of the Empire, beyond Hadrian’s Wall, and protection in the face of the Celtic and Pictish tribes is provided by a small, advanced but half-wild legionary unit known as the Frontier Wolves. Alexios Flavius Aquila is put in charge of this unit, knowing this is not a promotion but the end of his career. A poor decision cost him the life of half of his men, and if it weren’t for his uncle’s influence as the governor of Northern Britannia, he wouldn’t continue being a centurion or a legionary. Failure and privilege are not the best calling card for a hardened troop of veterans, so his survival depends on whether he can earn his men’s respect and become a Frontier Wolf himself. Peace at the frontier is breached by an attack by Celts, Picts, and Irish, so Alexios once again has to face the choice between fighting and retreating in order to save his Wolves from the enemy’s superiority and regain the respect of his superiors.


Un hombre tiene que enfrentarse a su pasado y a los enemigos de su madre patria en esta emocionante novela histórica ambientada en Britania en el año 343 AD. El orden se ha ido deteriorando poco a poco en el extremo norte del Imperio, más allá del Muro de Adriano, y la protección frente a las tribus celtas y pictas proviene de una pequeña unidad avanzada de legionarios medio salvajes conocidos como los Lobos de la Frontera. Alexios Flavio Aquila recibe el mando de esta unidad, pero sabe que no se trata de una promoción sino del final de su carrera. Una decisión errónea costó la vida a la mitad de sus hombres, y si no hubiera sido por la influencia de su tío, gobernador del norte de Britania, ya no sería centurión ni legionario. El fracaso y el privilegio no son una buena carta de presentación ante una tropa veterana y endurecida, de manera que su supervivencia depende de ganarse su respeto y convertirse él también en un Lobo de la Frontera. La paz de la frontera es rota por un ataque de celtas, pictos e irlandeses, de manera que Alexios tiene que enfrentarse de nuevo a la decisión de resistir o retirarse para salvar a sus Lobos de la superioridad del enemigo y volver a ganar el respeto de sus superiores.

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