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This arresting ancient novel offers with the contention among nice males whose friendship turns to enmity as one (Attila) turns into corrupted by means of strength, whereas the opposite (Aetius) is ennobled by means 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 attention-grabbing interval of historical past.

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