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This arresting historic novel bargains with the competition among nice males whose friendship turns to enmity as one (Attila) turns into corrupted by means of energy, whereas the opposite (Aetius) is ennobled by way of it. Ross Laidlaw's masterful portrayal of those figures is predicated on his intimate wisdom of the days and is written in a story variety that vividly inspires the brutality, decadence, and desperation of this interesting interval of background.

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