In his foreword to Latro in the Mist, which pairs Gene Wolfe's acclaimed historical fantasies Soldier of the Mist (1986) and Soldier of Arete (1989), Wolfe reveals that the two novels are in fact his translations of the diary writings of Latro, a Roman mercenary wounded in battle in ancient Greece. Latro's head wound ruined his short-term memory, but bestowed upon him the gift of conversing with gods and goddesses.
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OK, the title of this review is over the top. A bit. Nevertheless, in my experience, there is no better appreciation of Ancient Greek culture and religion in English. Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. Lauerman
Sometimes I think Gene Wolfe wakes up each morning and sits in front of whatever writing device of choice he uses and thinks to himself, "How can I make this as difficult for... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Michael Battaglia
I wanted to like this book. I really did. It has a great concept. Roman mercenary fighting against the Greeks in the war with Persia gets injured so that he loses his memory. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Matilda Trevelyan
"Latro in the Mist" is the only book I've ever read that is better than "Lord of the Rings". The puzzling, baffling ending rumbles in your head for days, until the epiphany hits... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Brian
Latro, a Roman mercenary fighting in the Persian Wars, receives a head wound and loses the ability to make memories; every 16 hours, the past simply fades into the... Read more
I won't go into plot details (just read the Amazon.com synopsis) however, saying this is complex, even for Mr. Wolfe novel, is saying quite a lot. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by G. Smith
This is of course a work of fiction,of fantasy, but I find that the most compelling element of the novels is it's treatment of the mindset of the Golden age Hellens and other... Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by Barry Schlager Jr.
Gene Wolfe's unreliable narrator style, although hard to get used to, is very rewarding. After reading these books the first time, I felt like I was actually able to re-read them... Read morePublished on August 27, 2008 by Alan T. Braeley