Soldier of the Mist (Latro Series #1)

Soldier of the Mist (Latro Series #1)

by Gene Wolfe

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Overview

The first volume of Gene Wolfe's powerful story of Latro, a Roman mercenary who received a head injury that deprived him of his short-term memory. In return it gave him the ability to converse with supernatural creatures, gods and goddesses who invisibly inhabit the ancient landscape.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466828513
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/15/1986
Series: Latro Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 335
Sales rank: 216,912
File size: 642 KB

About the Author

Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) was the Nebula Award-winning author of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the Solar Cycle, as well as the World Fantasy Award winners The Shadow of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon. He was also a prolific writer of distinguished short fiction, which has been collected in such award-winning volumes as Storeys from the Old Hotel and The Best of Gene Wolfe.



A recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and six Locus Awards, among many other honors, Wolfe was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, and named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012.


Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) was the Nebula Award-winning author of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the Solar Cycle, as well as the World Fantasy Award winners The Shadow of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon. He was also a prolific writer of distinguished short fiction, which has been collected in such award-winning volumes as Storeys from the Old Hotel and The Best of Gene Wolfe.

A recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and six Locus Awards, among many other honors, Wolfe was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, and named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012.

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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 8 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.