When his brother mysteriously disappears, sixteen-year-old Adam Hunter will discover that the stories he was told as a boy have more truth to them than he ever thought possible.
To free his brother, Adam must discover the truth about the lost Roman Ninth Legion and find its fabled Eagle Standard, an artefact of mysterious mythical power. Adam will not have to do this alone, calling on the help of the covert teams of the British Museum, specialists who find and protect relics around the world.
Adam Hunter and the British Museum will need to act fast to stop an immortal tyrant who seeks to claim the Eagle of the Empire and with it bring the world to its knees.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*** this review is MY honest opinion and I have NOT received any compensation nor been requested to review the book ***
I met the author at the Leeds Books signing earlier this month and I was lucky to get my hands on a paperback copy Martin had for Bloggers and Reviewers attending.
I had spotted this YA series from the posts in the group on Facebook, since I primarily read Paranormal, both YA and Adult, so it had sparked my interest.
The book’s main character is 16 yr old Adam Hunter, who sets off to find out what happened to his brother Matt, supposedly a boring accountant… As Adam soon realises, Matt is no pencil pusher, and in deciphering his journal, we are then introduced to our second 16 yr old character Marcus Aurelius.
I have always enjoyed Ancient history, Greek, Roman when we studied it at school, and Gladiator is still one of my favourite films, and as I read I couldn’t help make similarities between the young Marcus Aurelius (not to be confused with the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus who ruled in 121-180AD) and Maximus Decimus Meridius. I did keep thinking the name was familiar, with both my school history and Gladiator the film, so I checked it out after finishing the book, (hence me being able to tell you the fact above) I do like books that make you want to find out more about that era, it expands your mind and opens up possibilities for reading something that you didn’t consider before – I haven’t read a historical book since school, but this one has wetted my appetite for more, and hopefully book 2 Curse of the Sands will quench this thirst.
Although Marcus was the same age as our present day Character Adam Hunter, the lives of a 16 year old in 76AD and present day England are very different, Marcus is much more mature, and is married, whereas Adam is a bright student who spends much of his time getting into trouble, but still getting the grades required to stay at College (UK kids can go to College after secondary school at the age of 16/17, which is younger than American teenagers)
There are easy headings that denote the switch from Past/Marcus and Present/Adam POV..
In the book the author draws on the histories of Rome and the Legio IX Hispana, which is steeped in mystery as to its disappearance from Roman historical records and mixes it with a rip roaring adventure that reminds me of an English version of a young Indiana Jones.
It is well written, flows well and engages the reader, it’s a definite page turner that you won’t put down.
A story (and hopefully the series, as I want to read more) that will appeal to young and old readers that enjoy adventure and mystery and a dose of fantasy thrown in for good measure.
Our villain Makov has me intrigued (Fantasy element as you will find out as you read the book), and I am sure will be back in the future books to give Adam, his Brother Matt and the rest of the team of Relic Hunters at the British Museum more thrilling adventures to save ancient relics and the fate of the world from the lost mystical artefacts falling into the wrong hands such as Makov’s.
I did enjoy the mystery of the ‘Eagle’ I read this book in a few days, and devoured the pages at every chance given.
This is the first book of the Authors that I have read, but it won’t be the last and my 12 yr old grandson is eager to read the book too, I may update my review later with his views.
It’s going on my Top Read list of 2018.
Martin lives in Norwich, England and is currently working on the young adult fantasy and historical series ‘Relic Hunters’. Inspired by the myths and legends his parents told him as a boy and with the help of his ever-suffering wife, a teacher and history graduate, ‘Eagle of the Empire’ was the first entry in the ‘Relic Hunters’ series, followed by ‘Curse of the Sands’ in 2017.