The Forgotten Legion

by Ben Kane

Random House UK | April 29, 2008 | Trade Paperback |

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An epic Roman novel which follows three men and one woman bound in servitude to the Republic.

Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman. At thirteen-years-old, they are sold - Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome.

Tarquinius is an Etruscan warrior and soothsayer, and an enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion. Brennus is a Gaul; the Romans killed his entire family. 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 revenge.

The lives of the four are bound together into a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and politics, and ends far away at the very border of the known world.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: April 29, 2008

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1848090099

ISBN - 13: 9781848090095

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The Forgotten Legion

by Ben Kane

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: April 29, 2008

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1848090099

ISBN - 13: 9781848090095

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An epic Roman novel which follows three men and one woman bound in servitude to the Republic.

Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman. At thirteen-years-old, they are sold - Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome.

Tarquinius is an Etruscan warrior and soothsayer, and an enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion. Brennus is a Gaul; the Romans killed his entire family. 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 revenge.

The lives of the four are bound together into a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and politics, and ends far away at the very border of the known world.


From the Hardcover edition.

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"Historical fiction has never been more visceral and engaging than Ben Kane's debut novel The Forgotten Legion."
-James Rollins, author of The Last Oracle

About the Author

Ben Kane was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin, but after that, he travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. Now he lives in North Somerset, where he researches, writes and practises as a small animal vet. The Forgotten Legion, born of a lifelong fascination with military history in general, and Roman history in particular, is his first novel.


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Editorial Reviews

"Historical fiction has never been more visceral and engaging than Ben Kane's debut novel The Forgotten Legion."
- James Rollins, author of The Last Oracle

"I thoroughly enjoyed The Forgotten Legion -- so much so that I stayed up until 2am to finish it. Where others play in the rarefied world of senators, legates and upper class merchants, Kane delves into the grim underbelly of slavery, prostitution and gladiatorial carnage; a place where life is cheap and the thirst of the conquerors for the blood of the conquered knows no bounds. Here, we smell the grime, lie on the cold floors, face death daily with little to live for beyond the faint spark of hope that one day there might be revenge. His creation of the Etruscan Haruspex is fantastic -- a man of a defeated nation who can yet give hope, and does so, to both Roman and captive alike... and the conclusion leaves us waiting for the sequel."
- Manda Scott, author of the ''Boudica'' novels
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