Soldier of the Mist (Soldier Series #1)

Soldier of the Mist (Soldier Series #1)

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by Gene Wolfe
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The premise of Wolfe's tantalizing last novel, Free Live Free, is reworked in his new fantasy, the first volume in a new series. Each features a motley group that forms around one person whose occult talents allow them all to pursue the supernatural. On both quests, spiritual rewards tangle with earthly ones. Latro, the protagonist here, is a soldier in fifth century B.C. Greece whose battle wounds have erased his memory but given him the ability to converse with the gods. From slave to sailor to honored but involuntary guest of a warrior king, Latro's first-person account of his pilgrimage through the still-raging Persian Wars provides a fresh eye on the ancient world. The device of his amnesia and the setting (a culture that believes in godsbut believes them to be as fickle as mortals) help vivify Wolfe's theme: the search for absolutes, for transcendence in a world whose values are unfixed and relative. Although this is sometimes more puzzling than challenging, and the story progresses in fits and starts, its surprising turns and Wolfe's feeling for his variously lost, larcenous, venal and valiant characters keep the reader intrigued. (November 3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812558159
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
10/28/1987
Series:
Soldier Series , #1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Gene Rodman Wolfe (born May 7, 1931) is a former engineer turned prolific short-story writer and novelist who has won many science fiction and fantasy literary awards. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as for the strong influence of his Catholic faith. Wolfe is most famous for The Book of the New Sun (a four book series), the first part of his Solar Cycle. Other popular works include his stand-alone novels Peace and The Fifth Head of Cerberus.

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Soldier of the Mist (Soldier Series #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 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.