Soldier of the Mist (Latro Series #1)

Soldier of the Mist (Latro Series #1)

by Gene Wolfe


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ISBN-13: 9780312937348
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/01/1986
Series: Latro Series , #1
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Gene Rodman Wolfe (1931-2019) was a former engineer turned prolific short-story writer and novelist who won multiple science fiction and fantasy literary awards, including the SFWA's prestigious Grand Master award in 2012. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as for the strong influence of his Catholic faith. Wolfe is most famous for The Book of the New Sun (a four-book series), the first part of his eon-spanning Solar Cycle. Other popular works include his Wizard-Knight duology and The Fifth Head of Cerberus.

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Soldier of the Mist (Soldier Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the casual yet tight writing style to the funny dialog and the gripping mystery, this is one of the absolute best stories I've read in years in the genre. If you enjoyed the incredible Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" then you'll love this series.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Interesting narrative style but it made it hard to follow. The only character you really get to know is Latro and the other characters you have a hard time caring about. Still a fascinating read, especially if you are a fan of Greek mythology.
victorianist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read This Each Day is the title of the first chapter in Soldier of the Mist.Latro has sustained a head injury in battle and now has only short term memory lasting 12 hours at best. Each day begins anew for him, having forgotten the previous day and who he is. The healer gives Latro a scroll on which he is to write the events of each day so that he can remember his name and those of the people around him. Latro's quest is to find the shrine of the earth goddess where he sustained his injury and ask her to heal him. Along the way he gathers an entourage; the black man who communicates through gestures and becomes his best friend, little Io, a slave girl given to him by the golden god, Pendaros, the poet and Hilaeira, the courtesan. Each day they must remind Latro who they are and who he is. It's not long though before we find out that Latro has some very special qualities. And someway down the line he is forced to chose one wish out of three; to have him memory restored, be returned to his friends or returned to his home. Latro's choice is an interesting one. The plot is complex but highly accessible. It is steeped in the traditions of ancient Greece and has the feel of ancient Greek mythology. Wolfe's prose is airy, sparse and lyrical and his humor subtle. It doesn't make you laugh out loud but you find yourself smiling joyfully at times.The story and the characters are captivating. Highly suggested for those readers of literary fiction who might want to branch off into quest fantasy for a bit.
vegaheim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a little confusing (as i read several other reviews this came up also, phew and here i thought i was dense) all in all good and interesting.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
completely baffling and impossible with the most disappointing ending I could imagine. Torturous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.