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This is a historical novel set mostly in Gaul in the fifth century when the western empire of Rome was collapsing. It gives a very good feel for the politics of the decline. It also feels authentic in the details of Roman life as well as the wider historical context.
The dialogue at times has a hint of juvenility about it, the characters are largely black and white, and the behaviour of the leaders and generals is driven rather more by talk of "honour" than I suspect one would have seen in real Romans. All of this creates a feeling of a teenage or young adult novel. Taking it in that spirit, I read with enthusiasm and enjoyed it from beginning to end.