Review of Latro in the Mist

Here’s a little review of Latro in the Mist. I know that there are some fantasy fiction fans among my readers here, and I thought that you might like to be introduced to a new author. Gene Wolfe’s understanding of the Ancient world and his ability to give it a fantasy spin are brilliant.

Aquila et Infans

I have just finished a famous two volume compilation, Latro in the Mist, which combines Gene Wolfe’s Soldier in the Mist and Soldier of Arete.  Gene Wolfe achieves something beautiful in these two volumes.  They stand right next to Lord of the Rings in creativity.  The comparison is an apt one: where Tolkien relies upon archaic European languages and motifs drawn from medieval history and culture, Wolfe–also a Catholic–uses ancient Greek history, language, and mythology to immerse us into the world.  The immersion in the ancient world is so perfect that Wolfe makes us see it through new eyes.

Gene Wolfe has a great mustache, right? Gene Wolfe has a great mustache, right?

The primary way in which he forces the reader to look at the ancient world with a new perspective is by translating the Greek place names to which we are accustomed.  This separates us from the notions we have of these places…

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