Latro in the Mist

Latro in the Mist

Gene Wolfe

Synopsis of Latro in the Mist

A distinguished compilation of two classic fantasy novels, Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Aret..., in one volume

This omnibus of two acclaimed novels is the story of Latro, a Roman mercenary who while fighting in Greece received a head injury that deprived him of his short-term memory but gave him in return the ability to see and converse with the supernatural creatures and the gods and goddesses, who invisibly inhabit the ancient landscape. Latro forgets everything when he sleeps. Writing down his experiences every day and reading his journal anew each morning gives him a poignantly tenuous hold on himself, but his story's hold on readers is powerful indeed, and many consider these Wolfe's best Books.

Reviews of Latro in the Mist


Another stunning triumph for Wolfe. Again and again he proves himself the very best writer in the field. If you're up to the challenge that he lays down, then you cannot better spend your money. -- Inchoatus

Sure, there are intentional inconsistencies, incongruities, incoherence, and considerable ambiguity -- but that's part of the wonder Wolfe weaves. -- Paula Guran, Dark Echo

Gene Wolfe is at his best with this ironic fantasy that provides a deep historical fiction with mythological elements. -- Harriet Klausner, ParaNormal Romance Reviews

...lushly romantic, tender, and intricately complex... -- Claude, Infinity Plus (reprint from Claude's Fantastic Fiction in The Montreal Gazette)

For readers who want near total immersion in a foreign world, memorable characters, and philosophical and moral complexity as well as a strong story, Latro in the Mist is certain to be a forgotten classic of a bloated sub-genre of speculative fiction. -- Sean Melican, Strange Horizons

By all means have a read of Latro if you like something completely different but you have been warned that this is a veritable quagmire to navigate, even though it is well worth it! -- Donna Jones, SFCrowsnest