Latro in the Mist is an omnibus of two books Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete (); a chunky page (with another 16 pages. In his foreword to Latro in the Mist, which pairs Gene Wolfe’s acclaimed historical fantasies Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete. LATRO IN THE MIST is the omnibus edition containing two of Gene Wolfe’s historical fantasies set in ancient Greece: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete.

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Latro in the Mist combines two books—Soldier in the Mist and Soldier of Arete—both wonderful reads about mits injured soldier named Latro who suddenly finds himself without the use of his short term memory, but blessed with the ability to communicate with gods. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet.

As with much of Wolfe’s writing, the themes, to me, seem to be identity and memory. A confusing scene in which Latro finds himself in Thrace drags on for what seems even longer than the infamous tunnels subplot of The Book of the Long Sun. But Latro in the Mist surprised me. It’s not too accessible and a little dense, but it hit the spot for me.

This is less fascinating then it sounds; I’m a Classics major I found the narrative lackluster. Fans of Wolfe and the ancient Western world. February 24, by faithljustice. It’s frustrating because Hamilton creates incredible imaginative worlds that I want to spend […]. Reading this, and Wolfe’s other works, always leaves me wondering why we, as readers, aren’t continually shouting his name from the mountain tops. You are commenting using your Twitter account. During the intervening period I had read a lot of classical and Greek history so a lot of the historical, political, and mythological references made much more sense in context.


Having some knowledge of the events of the time helps fill in the gaps. Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete.

The reader should keep in mind that all punctuation is mine; I have added details merely implied in the text in some instances and have given in full some conversations given in summary…In dealing with place names, I have followed the original writer who sometimes wrote them as he heard them, but more often translated them when he understood or believed he understood their meanings.

Through these amazing novels, one experiences ancient Greece as it must have seemed to the ancients. In my own experience with this book, I had to dedicate myself to reading it every day or risk losing track of who everyone was, where they all were, and what they were doing. Aug 28, Jady rated it really liked it Shelves: In you’ve never read Wolfe’s acclaimed and genuinely stunning writing, I’d recommend starting with The Book of the New Sun.

Interactions should not primarily be for personal benefit. The ‘house-ness’ of the thing depe I have this idea of myself as many-in-one. It doesn’t release until February, but I was fortunate enough to get an arc through work, and I loved it! You must log in to edit Common ,ist data.


This ties in with the text of the book itself, as it is theoretically exactly what Latro has written, translated into English from archaic Latin. This pair of novels follows the exploits of poor Latro, who’s pretty sure he was once a soldier but isn’t quite sure if “Latro” is even his lato. Much of our site’s special functionality was coded by Zane Hooper.

Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe | LibraryThing

Wolfe has stated that he is at work on a third novel. He owes his love of books to his mother, who would take him to the library when she went shopping every Saturday afternoon.

Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It took me most of the first book to even figure out that the “Rope-Makers” were Spartans, at which point things began to fall into place. A soldier fighting in Greece in the year BC receives a head injury.

Latro in the Mist

Also there is a very real sense of threat here and there. It is easy to recommend Latro in the Mist as latrk contains two fantastic novels. Please be aware that the sidebar in ‘old’ Reddit is no longer being updated as of October