The Forgotten Legion

My first published novel, The Forgotten Legion, which has done very well since its release in hardback in May 2008. Sales reached nearly 10,000 copies, making it the 8th best selling debut hardback fiction in the UK in 2008.

World rights to The Forgotten Legion trilogy were sold to Rosie de Courcy at Preface/Random House. US rights sold to St. Martin’s Press (3 book deal); Italian rights to Edizioni Piemme (3 book deal); Russian rights to Exmo (3 book deal); Spanish rights to Ediciones B (all 3 sold individually); Greek rights to Anubis (3 book deal); Turkish rights to Artemis (3 book deal); Dutch rights to Athenaeum (Book One only). Dramatic rights with Intellectual Property Group.

The paperback of The Forgotten Legion came out on the 16th of April 2009, and with the gods’ help, it’s also doing well – with nearly 50,000 copies sold so far. It did so well in Waterstone’s that they made it one of their ‘Books of the Year’ for 2009 and it stayed on the ’3 for 2′ stands until Christmas.


  1. Ben Kane
    Posted 14 February 2014 at 17:15 | Permalink

    @CartagoImperium: Many thanks for your kind words. Hannibal wasn’t defeated at the Trebia, though! That came later 🙁

    I really know what you mean about not liking Rome. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it.

    I hope you enjoy the Forgotten Legion books. Saludos.

  2. Adco
    Posted 17 February 2014 at 11:07 | Permalink

    Ben – just finished Forgotten Legion 1. Cracking good read! Picked up all three at a local market and am now starting on number 2. Slight niggle (I’m retired Ermine Street Guard and fussy about these things) – can you have your urchins throw something other than tomatoes? Not known in Europe until 16th century.
    Regarsd Adco

  3. Ben Kane
    Posted 17 February 2014 at 11:18 | Permalink

    @Adco: Cheers for your message – I’m very glad that you enjoyed the first book. You must have picked up one of the very first editions. It’s to my eternal embarrassment that that got into print. The worst of it was, I knew that tomatoes weren’t introduced until the Spanish came back from Latin America. I wrote that chapter AFTER my book had been accepted by a publisher, though, and it was written really fast, and only edited once at most – unlike the rest, which had been edited 50-60 times. No excuse, I know, but there you go.
    P131, line 2: replace ‘a ripe tomato’ with ‘an overripe plum’.
    P131, line 4: remove ‘red’.
    P131, line 6: replace ‘tomatoes’ with ‘plums’.
    That’s from my note to my publisher – soon after the hardback had gone to print, worse luck.

    Still, I hope that these days I don’t make anything like the same mistakes. I hope you like my Hannibal books, for example, the battle of Cannae, which is in Fields of Blood. Ancient sources all the way there.

    ESG – good for you I’ve seen them in action many times.

    PS: Could I ask that you buy some of my books in the future, or borrow them from the library at least? Readers who buy my books allow me to keep writing. Thanks and best wishes to you. Ben.

    Posted 11 July 2014 at 20:30 | Permalink

    Just finished the forgotten legion! And all I could say was what an amazing book! I must admit the beginning did start off slow but then I really got into it! As a reader of many Roman books and lover of the Eagle series by simmon scarrow I really enjoyed this book! I must sadly admit I have not read very many books during this time period in roman history manly the ones I read were during the Nero, Claudius, Vespasian time period. Although I knew the history of this book I did learn quite a lot about the tension in Rome and the transition to an empire.
    I have heard rumors that this book would be made into a movie, although I know they are only rumors I am trying to get more and more people to read the books. I gave it a review on goodreads and recommended it to my 104 friends on goodreads too.
    If you could give me an update on the movie plans and anything else about this series would be appreciated.


  5. Ben Kane
    Posted 13 August 2014 at 22:32 | Permalink

    @Hayley: Sorry, been away on holiday, and trying to finish new book. No plans to make the Forgotten Legion into a film, that I know of! Many thanks for your kind words and thanks for spreading the word.

    Posted 17 January 2015 at 18:21 | Permalink

    This book is brilliant I have read it loads since I got it (as a result of its gripping, thrilling yet shocking storyline) and have just bought The Silver Eagle which is also brilliant, I’m just waiting on more money to get the third one 🙂

    You should definitely make it into a film I’m sure it will be brilliant.

    P.S. My version has a different cover photo to the one above is mine a older version?

  7. Ben Kane
    Posted 5 May 2015 at 14:30 | Permalink

    Hi there, and so sorry for not getting back to you before now. Yours must be an older version, yes! Thanks for posting. Ben.

    Posted 18 August 2015 at 11:35 | Permalink

    Hi Ben, I just finished your Forgotten Legion Trilogy and by Jupiter I can’t thank you enough for writing these.


    To be honest, I am not quite ready to say goodbye to Romulus or Tarquinius (and I certainly refuse to believe that *** ****** ******** ***** ***** *** ****** *******!). Do you have plans to continue the story? SORRY, RYAN, CENSORED AS OTHERWISE PEOPLE COMPLAIN! BEN.)

    Thanks again for a great read, I ordered a copy of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome and I can’t wait to get started!


  9. Ben Kane
    Posted 21 August 2015 at 11:36 | Permalink

    @Ryan: many thanks for your message. I’m glad you liked the trilogy. I have no plans to write another Forgotten Legion book, however. Too many stories to write! Enjoy Hannibal – and if you ever have the time, Amazon or Goodreads reviews (or both!) are superhelpful. They don’t have to be long either. Best wishes to you – Ben.

  10. Alexandr
    Posted 29 April 2019 at 20:01 | Permalink

    Hello Ben! I am Alexander from the city of Tambov, Russia. I am very glad that I accidentally fell into the hands of your book – The Forgotten Legion. This was your first book I read. In the end, I read them all. The history of ancient Rome captures me. Thank you for your books. I hope that you will write a book about how the Roman Empire appeared, describe the history of Rem and Romulus. I really hope so. Thank!

  11. klydefrog
    Posted 7 June 2019 at 02:16 | Permalink

    Never read any of your books before just finished blasting through Anthony riches empire series(minus the 10th book ) and the centurion series so now I’m stuck between the forgotten legion series of yours or the others

  12. klydefrog
    Posted 7 June 2019 at 02:17 | Permalink

    Would you ever get together with you counter parts of riches, longbottum, Kane, or fabbri to write a cross over novel of sorts lol

  13. Ben Kane
    Posted 13 June 2019 at 19:05 | Permalink

    Hi Alexandr, and so sorry for not replying for so long! I am very happy that you enjoyed The Forgotten Legion. I hope you can find the next two books as well, and enjoy them! Best wishes – Ben

  14. Ben Kane
    Posted 13 June 2019 at 19:07 | Permalink

    Hi there – thanks for your message – I hope you have decided which of my books to try! Go for the Eagles of Rome trilogy – you can read a free short story to get a taster of the books. Look for The Shrine on Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read it – just download the Kindle app to your phone or tablet, and then the story. Cheers! Ben

  15. Ben Kane
    Posted 13 June 2019 at 19:07 | Permalink

    Can’t say I would, no. Too many ideas of my own, and it sounds like way too much work!

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