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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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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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Awesome

I dont go in for fantasy much, but this hooked me, unexpectedly...looking forward to more.

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Loved it

Very enjoyable story. Alternate history into a fantasy realm. I would recommend this book to fantasy or sci Fi fan.

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Narrator has shattered my belief in Audible

PLEASE BE FORWARDED!
I have listened to all of Edelheit's work in this genre & have thoroughly enjoyed each one &, although disappointed he chose not to continue with the characters developed previously, looked forward to hearing how these new characters would be used in the world's he has created. Unfortunately, after 2 & 1/2 hr of this narration travesty, I am forced to return this book. Alex Hyde-White may very well be a wonderful man but he/they need to retire his mic & return him to reading bedtime stories. It angers me that Audible choose to save money over proper narration. This choice has ruin a good book, from a great author, as well as robbing me from the enjoyment of listening to it. Edelheit is a fantastic author but it's like Audible just reached into his pocket & mine & stole our lunch money. If I were able to give no stars to his narration I would have &, of coarse, I have returned this narration mess!

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  • James
  • Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • 01-15-18

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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turned out to be a prequal.

overall i loved the book. it was unexpectedly a prequal to the stiger series. i thought it was going to be a standalone. the story is great. my only issue with the audio is the that the way the speaker talks he makes everyone seem older than they are. but even with that, great book. now the long wait for the next one.....

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Fresh and great concept!!!

This book is good, because of the fantasy mixed with the mysterious disappearance of the 9th legion. Slow to start because of the background that had to be laid down. But it had to be laid down. I loved it though! Lots of craveable action and leads to a wanting for the next book!
Spoiler alert***.
I beg the author that in the next book to keep with the "romans don't take crap from anyone" attitude. I absolutely loved when the orc was going to try to curse the romans saying "my dark lord is coming...". And they killed him right then and there! I love the strength exhuded by the 9th!!! Great book!!

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Can't wait

Can't wait for the next story, great tale with good action sequences and characters loved it

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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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  • 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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  • mr m c whaley
  • 02-21-18

great but where are the rest!

this is the second series of his that is only half o n here? why is there at least not one complete set?

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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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  • Ian C Dando
  • 01-16-18

Great story.

What a great twist on the missing 9th mystery. All excellent- apart from the narrator. His accents/voice spoiled it for me.

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