Latro in the Mist: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete
Gene Wolfe. Orb Books, $19.99 (640pp) ISBN 978-0-7653-0294-6
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.
Reviewed on: 03/17/2003