Lost Legio IX

Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
Series: The Karus Saga, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (588 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling, award-winning author of Stiger's Tigers, Marc Alan Edelheit, delivers a new action-packed fantasy epic filled with gods and magic.

One of history's greatest mysteries, the Ninth Imperial Legion guarding Rome's northernmost frontier in Britannia disappeared around the year 122 AD. This is their story.

Badly outnumbered, facing certain destruction, and cut off from supply, the Imperial Roman Ninth Legion Hispana is in a desperate position. Surrounded by the hostile Celtic army, Senior Centurion Lucious Grackus Lisidus Karus must lead his men to safety after unexpectedly finding himself thrust into command of the legion.

Then the unthinkable happens.

Karus and the Ninth are transported to a strange place, far away from the Britannia they knew. The legion's deliverance from danger at first appears to be a blessing from the gods, but slowly they begin to uncover the secrets of this new land, a world that is slowly being overrun by a terrible evil. A young woman is discovered in a dungeon, where she has been abandoned and left to starve. Inextricably linked with Karus' own destiny, she may be the key to salvation, or worse, the instrument of destruction for the Ninth.

Cast adrift in a terrible war, Karus must find his way through the mysteries of this unfamiliar world, one that is filled with true magic, strange alien races, evil gods, and dragons. More importantly, Karus must discover his destiny, and complete a desperate task set for him by a god of Rome. Should he fail, it will mean certain destruction for the Ninth, the triumph of evil, and the rise of a new order.

Lost Legio IX is the first book in this exciting series.

"For these I set no bounds in space or time; but have given empire without end." (Jupiter, Virgil's Aeneid)

©2017 Marc Edelheit (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Another Saga in the Series

A fantastic book and I believe my favorite of the series thus far. My criticism of Edelheit's marketing strategy is that he is drawing out multiple sagas within the series and not completing any of them, while making the consumer pay full price for only 7 to 8 hrs of listening. The books are short, which perhaps gives an appeal for some, but for me I feel there is just to much potential material that sould be used. All that being said, the story itself was fresh and exciting. The narrator choice was decent, but doesn't appear to have served in the military. Due to his lack of understanding on how military men communicate, like how to relay orders to subordinates..... Besides those two complaints with the book, I have enjoyed the series so far and unfortunately have already finished his latest book.

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Going to be a Heck of a Series

I generally do not like fantasy, but after being accidentally introduced to the Stiger series, I have come to really enjoy the books. Now, Marc Edelheit has presented us with Book 1 of the prequel series and it looks like it is going to be great fun. The character development is good, not to many that you lose count. The narration was great.

The only problem is that I listened to the book in a couple of days and now I have to wait for the next installment. Great book, great listen

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decent but missing something

decent but not enough world building also the characters need to be fleshed out the world around the legion needs to be fleshed out and civilians should play a bit more of a role in the story otherwise it's a decent story just need work will probably get the second book if it comes out

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Guilty Pleasure

I love this Author but more importantly love the concept of the Lost Roman Legion in a Fantasy Series. This portrayal is WAY better than Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. It seems more real in a way. Or at least a more accurate portrayal of legion life (granted in a Fantasy setting).

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I really wanted to like this one.

One thing for sure whatever it costs find Steven Brand and hire him.
I will stick with at least one more book. I really want to like the story. .

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Good but requires patience

This book was just okay for me because of the pace. It moved slowly and there wasn’t enough payout at the end. It didn’t feel rewarding just neat like folding laundry. The concept is good and the execution was fine. I just don’t have the patience to keep up with a large cast of characters stumbling around.

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Pretty boring and poor narration

I really wanted to like this book, because I like the other books written by this author. However, the level of logistical detail he gives over everything is incredibly boring....I like details, but good grief I had to skip past sections of this audiobook. Also the narrator sounds like a skinny effeminate grandpa and not like a Roman or any type of military commander...it was painful listening to his “command voice”. I will continue to power through this series because I like the universe the author has developed (mostly the Stiger books), but this is definitely not the author’s best work. Nor is this a good narrator for this role. This one was kind of painful...

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liked the old voice actor a lot more.

I like it, but voice acting in the other series is better I think and it take a little to get iut of the stiger mindset. I like how he connects an actual missing legion in the same place into his story

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A great adventure. A wonderful book.

I have grown to really enjoy these fantasy adventure books. This starts out as a fantastic Roman Legion story a great stand alone book. Slowly revealing what I’m sure is going to be great fun in what is to come. It grabs ahold of you and I couldn’t let go. It was an all nighter for me. Enjoy!

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Was convinced the narrator was computer-generated

The narration made this a struggle to get through. I repeatedly convinced myself that he must be computer generated, his voice so often lacked emotion and it frequently sounded unnatural. Nobody talks like this guy narrates! Truly bizarre. I kept at it for the story, which (sorta spoiler) got fairly interesting towards the end and finished with a completely dissatisfying cliff-hanger. I couldn't believe it. I spent a whole dollar on this book and still went through the trouble of returning it, it was that disappointing.

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  • FrankH
  • 04-26-18

Great fun throughout!

If you have listened to any of the other books in this series you will be well pleased here as well.

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  • Paul
  • 04-09-18

Excellent Start

Stunning start to a series I can’t wait for the next book. This combines the best of Simon Scarrow with a smattering of Raymond Feist

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  • Simon
  • 01-24-18

Lost and Most Definitely Found!

The loss of the Ninth Legion is one of the most intriguing stories of Rome's repeated efforts to conquer all of Britannia. The idea that a bunch of hairy-arsed barbarians could not just defeat one of Rome's most experienced elite legions but make them disappear without a trace is truly the stuff of legend. Edelheit has found a fantastic way to give his excellent Stiger series a compelling background in this prequel series.

So, once again we get that heady mix of Roman Legion based military history and fantasy with tales of legionary life including some excellent battle scenes. It's not quite as fast-moving as I remember the Stiger series being and I have to confess I wasn't 100% sold on the narration by Alex Hyde-White. The dialogue between the officers feels a bit false at times both due to the writing and the narration.

That said, it's good entertainment and sets things up very nicely for the series to come. I shall certainly be following this one to but note to the author . . . please don't forget Stiger while you're at it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-18

Excellent.

The author creates a world on a par with pelucidar, middle earth and hypoboria. with the familiar heros of a Roman legion, this is a cracking story. can't wait for more.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 07-05-18

MORE PLEASE of Marc Edelheit

a brilliant story prequel to Stiger books. excellently written with great characters and geographical description of both worlds. as a scarrow Kane etc fan I was unsure of mixing with fantasy, but BEG you to follow all 3 series. all written from the legion standpoint you cannot be disappointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-08-19

Absolutely fantastic

I cannot praise the storyline and imagination of the author high enough. Fantastic interweive of historical fiction with fantasy.

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  • Tommy Cooper & Nikky Cooper
  • 04-30-19

Slightly disappointing

liked the storyline but the American accent & terminology was gratings and at times inaccurate/inappropriate to the situation i.e calling legionarys my boys it is not how they spoke

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  • Graham
  • 01-13-19

just run with the story, don't read the synopsis

Proper fantasy, unexpected and excellent story line, great battle sequences . I'm looking forward to what follows

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  • Rob
  • 12-17-18

Excellent extension of the Stiger works

A different pace than the Stiger works, nevertheless very enjoyable and worth a listen.. clearly setting the scene for the next book I suspect number two will be exciting!

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  • will h
  • 11-05-18

Don’t bother

This was a dull contrived and unoriginal. Plodding dialogue laughable plot and l like these lost regiment type novels. The narrator is poor with no feel for the story, or maybe it’s impossible to dramatise something this lame. The whole story had the feel of a self published novel that’s never seen an editor.

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  • 05-30-19

Great

Great book well written well narrated I’ll definitely be getting book 2 Luv the whole tied to reality

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  • Paul
  • 05-12-19

Definitely helped me sleep.

Should of been called Lost logistics. The first 10 chapters may as well be an inventory list with how tedious and boring it is written. Please, tell me more about how many bushels of this and barrels of that and how many wagon pins need producing... There's an okay story in here somewhere.

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  • Nicola
  • 11-30-18

slow start great book

i have really enjoyed all of the books by Marc and although i found the start really slow it really picked up and couldn't stop listening. cant wait for the next book in this series thanks Marc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-28-18

Great Story

I have enjoyed this book and the only thing bad is that it has ended and i have to wait for the next book. look forward to the developing story of the legion vs orc.