The fall of the Roman Empire to the Visigoths.
The strange and interesting life story of one hermaphrodite.
James Bond and Mata Hari in ancient Europe.
However toward the end (in Thorn's middle and old age) the novel becomes drier, more a summary of historical events than a personal narrative. Only a few, rather cool, "Thorn-isms" make the ending worth reading.
Overall, the book is good, and the anti-climactic ending doesn't ruin it, merely slows it down somewhat.
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