A classic (1950s) historical novel about a young Roman man who, with a slave who becomes his friend, travels beyond Hadrian's Wall into the wilds of Britain, searching for the emblem (and the fate) of his father's lost legion.
The book definitely minimizes/romanticizes the realities of slavery, and it also portrays several misconceptions about ancient Rome that have been clarified by research since the book was written -
However, in reading the book, these things don't really matter, as it's an engaging, entertaining story.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It is a very well-paced adventure story set in ancient Britain. The language is old and somewhat difficult to follow. I couldn't really skim or I would get lost. I would reccomend it if you like historical fiction.