Lies of the Beholder (Legion, #3)
Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and Hugo Award-winning The Emperor's Soul have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In the Legion series, distinctly contemporary novellas filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson has revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is the series' hero, a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. The third and final entry in the series, Lies of the Beholder, is perhaps the strangest, most unpredictable installment to date. The story begins with two seemingly unrelated events: the disappearance of Armando, one of Stephen's many “aspects,” and an unexpected cry for help from Sandra, the woman who, many years before, helped him learn to live with his condition. These events lead Stephen, along with several of his aspects, to a sinister high-tech firm specializing in advanced methods of human incarceration. The result is a visionary meditation on the mysteries of the human personality. Like the volumes that preceded it, Sanderson's latest is original, challenging, and utterly absorbing. In Stephen Leeds, a man constantly struggling to understand and control his own divided nature, he has created one of the most compelling heroes in recent popular fiction. Like the best of Sanderson's work, Lies of the Beholder is something special. It is the clear product of a master storyteller, and it is not to be missed

Lies of the Beholder (Legion, #3) Details

TitleLies of the Beholder (Legion, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 30th, 2018
PublisherSubterranean Press
ISBN-139781596068858
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction

Lies of the Beholder (Legion, #3) Review

  • Khurram
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the conclusion to the Legion trilogy. So much so I do not want it to end, I keep trying to think of new ways he could come back, or what his future holds.Legion gets a message from his past that will definitely affect his future. He is given the choice of his life, but to find peace he must first face his nightmares.It was awesome seeing these characters evolve and grow, I know Legion' s pain. Though the characters are not real I will miss them. A great story a bit on the short I really enjoyed the conclusion to the Legion trilogy. So much so I do not want it to end, I keep trying to think of new ways he could come back, or what his future holds.Legion gets a message from his past that will definitely affect his future. He is given the choice of his life, but to find peace he must first face his nightmares.It was awesome seeing these characters evolve and grow, I know Legion' s pain. Though the characters are not real I will miss them. A great story a bit on the short side with a more bitter the sweet ending. Legion the series might be finished but but he will be remembered.
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  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    January 1, 1970
    [August 11, 2018]Excerpt from the book available here!!Argh, I miss Stephen Leeds' hallucinations so bad (view spoiler)[I 💕lurves💕 you, J.C.! (hide spoiler)], why does this book have to be so bloody shrimping expensive?!Our Lord Shrimp knows, Mr Sanderson and I have had our, um, differences, in the past. Nothing, um, major, mind you. Just slight, um, disagreements, about the, um, quality, of his writing abilities and stuff. Ever wonder why the whole world members of the Sanderson Cult put a boun [August 11, 2018]Excerpt from the book available here!!Argh, I miss Stephen Leeds' hallucinations so bad (view spoiler)[I 💕lurves💕 you, J.C.! (hide spoiler)], why does this book have to be so bloody shrimping expensive?!Our Lord Shrimp knows, Mr Sanderson and I have had our, um, differences, in the past. Nothing, um, major, mind you. Just slight, um, disagreements, about the, um, quality, of his writing abilities and stuff. Ever wonder why the whole world members of the Sanderson Cult put a bounty on my head, or why they eat shrimps for breakfast? Because they're a heartless, intolerant bunch? There is that, yes. But I think it mostly has to do with the fact that they start convulsing whenever someone DNFs gives a 2-star rating rates one of Mr Sanderson's wonderful books anything less than 5 stars. Told you they were heartless.Anyway, my point is (because yes, there is a point), if you see me actually adding one of Mr S.'s creations to my to-read shelf, it should tell you something. Yes, it should. What should it tell you, you ask? That said creation might perhaps possibly not be entirely crappy (unlike the rest the stuff Mr S. usually writes). As it happens, this little series right here may or may not be one of my mostest favoritest ever (but don't tell the Sanderson Freaks Cult, or I'll never hear the end of it). So when I saw that we were finally getting a new instalment in this series, I went all like…I know that losing one's lower jaw in public isn't very polite, but you have to understand, I've been waiting for this story to be published for three bloody shrimping years!So off I went to pre-order my copy (please refrain from mentioning this to the Sanderson Freaks Cult, too. I'm afraid it wouldn't be good for their heart pressure and stuff). And I saw the price. And I went all like…10 bloody stinking euros for a 128 page novella? You know what this is called, in technical terms? A bloody fishing rip-off, that's what. Stephen Leeds, I lurves you and stuff, but not THAT much. Also, I have plenty of harem slaves boarders to take care of entertain me while waiting for your overly overpriced price to dramatically go down, so I'm sure time will fly in the meantime and stuff. · Book 1: Legion ★★★★· Book 2: Skin Deep ★★★★★
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  • Oskari
    January 1, 1970
    I don't need to read a Brandon Sanderson book to know if it's going to be five stars.
  • Karishma
    January 1, 1970
    A great book but a very disappointing and flawed ending.
  • Mitticus
    January 1, 1970
    kind of odd that is expected in september, and the novella in november?
  • Kelsea
    January 1, 1970
    (This is a review for the third novella only; the audiobook and bound hardcover of Legion released today includes all three novellas, but I've read the other two previously, so I skipped to Lies of the Beholder.)AHHHHHH finally an end to this novella series!And therein lies both the exciting part and the part that didn’t quite work for me.I think if I had read all three novellas at once, my feelings may have differed? But since I waited so long for this book (including a teaser at ECCC seven mon (This is a review for the third novella only; the audiobook and bound hardcover of Legion released today includes all three novellas, but I've read the other two previously, so I skipped to Lies of the Beholder.)AHHHHHH finally an end to this novella series!And therein lies both the exciting part and the part that didn’t quite work for me.I think if I had read all three novellas at once, my feelings may have differed? But since I waited so long for this book (including a teaser at ECCC seven months ago), it was a little hard for me to accept the ending. I wanted there to be a little more to it all.BUT, I also recognize that this is one of the difficulties with novellas in general - the pacing often feels rushed thanks to the lower word count.I’d definitely still recommend the series, but I’d point fellow readers to my favorite Sanderson novellas before this one: Snapshot and Perfect State!
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  • Bob Reiss
    January 1, 1970
    In the final novella of the trilogy, Stephen Leeds confronts his past and future and questions the very nature of reality. It’s a fitting final chapter for one if the most unique characters in modern fiction. Fast paced and head trippy, Sanderson manages a finale that is both fun and emotionally satisfying. Oliver Wyman is perfectly cast, since he has many voices living in his head as well, all pulls out all the stops in this finale.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Not a case like the previous books but an interesting imaginative ending to the series
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    A flat note in an otherwise good series.Spoilers.(view spoiler)[When I went in to Lies of the Beholder, I had no idea it was the finale to the series. I was expecting more adventures with the likable characters that only the main character could see; instead I got a seemingly slapped together short where most of the characters die, with almost 50 characters "dying" off screen.The mystery of Sandra, the woman in the main character's life who had taught him how to control his abilities and make as A flat note in an otherwise good series.Spoilers.(view spoiler)[When I went in to Lies of the Beholder, I had no idea it was the finale to the series. I was expecting more adventures with the likable characters that only the main character could see; instead I got a seemingly slapped together short where most of the characters die, with almost 50 characters "dying" off screen.The mystery of Sandra, the woman in the main character's life who had taught him how to control his abilities and make aspects was all dumped at once. She apparently had aspects of her own, but they kept becoming "nightmares", zombie like aspects that killed other aspects and ignored the regular rules of aspects, such as having to walk through doors or walk around people, caused by someone with aspects taxing their brain too far.The ending involves Stephen, now down to a single aspect he didn't make on purpose, writing stories involving his aspects that had died so that they could live on outside his mind. I like corny endings, but this was too far.Several plot-threads introduced in the previous books were left unanswered, mainly the ability of his aspects to manipulate his body to perform tasks he otherwise couldn't do in his own, such as aiming his hand while it was holding a gun or pushing him out of a car. They were brought up, but went unexplained.I really like the other books, but this one is probably the worst book of Brandon Sanderson that I've read. I'll still keep reading Cosmere novels, but I probably won't scramble to read everything he's ever done anymore. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Gareth Otton
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe this story was a little too ambitious for such a small word count. I loved the premise but I felt that it just wasn't explored to a point I was satisfied with and therefore the ending kind of felt hollow. There are just so many questions left unanswered and as I was reading the book, I kept feeling like the story was missing the necessary depth to cover this subject matter. In the previous two books, this wasn't an issue because those books were almost side adventures that didn't need to d Maybe this story was a little too ambitious for such a small word count. I loved the premise but I felt that it just wasn't explored to a point I was satisfied with and therefore the ending kind of felt hollow. There are just so many questions left unanswered and as I was reading the book, I kept feeling like the story was missing the necessary depth to cover this subject matter. In the previous two books, this wasn't an issue because those books were almost side adventures that didn't need to deal with the overarching story too much. This book did away with the side adventure and went straight into the kind of subject matter full-size novels (multiple) would struggle to deal with. I applaud Mr Sanderson for taking on such an ambitious project, but overall I felt like this one just fell short of the mark.2.5 stars for the story itself rounded up to 3 for an author who's willing to take risks and keep pushing the envelope.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Woof.This was a good, but very difficult to read ending to the Legion series.I was a little disappointed by the structure of the book, as it removed much of the veneer of the previous two books and dove headlong into what makes Stephen Leeds tick and what happens when those gears stop catching. This is very good, but it is a marked change in tone from the prior two works, and reading them in quick succession felt a bit abrupt. It may work better for others, but I found it a little difficult.The Woof.This was a good, but very difficult to read ending to the Legion series.I was a little disappointed by the structure of the book, as it removed much of the veneer of the previous two books and dove headlong into what makes Stephen Leeds tick and what happens when those gears stop catching. This is very good, but it is a marked change in tone from the prior two works, and reading them in quick succession felt a bit abrupt. It may work better for others, but I found it a little difficult.The ending is bittersweet and the entire work is utterly, painfully honest in the way it handles mental health issues.
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  • Matt Davenport
    January 1, 1970
    A very fitting ending to a fantastic novella trilogy. Stephen sees his condition come to a climax, as he’s faced with his own eroding health. Overall, it was incredibly well done, as Sanderson navigated the pretty complicated psychology parameters and technology advances he had introduced to bring about an unpredictable, extreme, yet rational conclusion. I’m typically a fan of “And he lived happily ever after” kinda stories, and this certainly doesn’t qualify for that to me, but it’s not a compl A very fitting ending to a fantastic novella trilogy. Stephen sees his condition come to a climax, as he’s faced with his own eroding health. Overall, it was incredibly well done, as Sanderson navigated the pretty complicated psychology parameters and technology advances he had introduced to bring about an unpredictable, extreme, yet rational conclusion. I’m typically a fan of “And he lived happily ever after” kinda stories, and this certainly doesn’t qualify for that to me, but it’s not a complete tragedy, and overall i was left very very satisfied with the ending.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    This was by far the best Legion story in terms of plot and character development, but the ending left me confused. Well, the ending per se was very clear, I just can't make up how to feel about it. Underwhelmed might not be the best word to describe the feeling. Rushed up? Vague? Empty? Open? Dissatisfying? I feel like there isn't a precise word to describe it. Like... bad, but in a good way?Oh well. The Legion trilogy is over and I never thought I was going to say this, but I'm actually slightl This was by far the best Legion story in terms of plot and character development, but the ending left me confused. Well, the ending per se was very clear, I just can't make up how to feel about it. Underwhelmed might not be the best word to describe the feeling. Rushed up? Vague? Empty? Open? Dissatisfying? I feel like there isn't a precise word to describe it. Like... bad, but in a good way?Oh well. The Legion trilogy is over and I never thought I was going to say this, but I'm actually slightly sad that we're not going to get any more of Stephen Leeds' stories.
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  • Ka’leneReads
    January 1, 1970
    This is read ok but honestly kinda let down by an otherwise good series.
  • Graham Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Good ending, tragic through most of it but it felt organic.
  • Minorca
    January 1, 1970
    This story is living proof that Brandon Sanderson's usual word counts exists for a reason.TOO SHORT.I can feel the ambition but there were just too little words 🤷🏻♀ This story is living proof that Brandon Sanderson's usual word counts exists for a reason.TOO SHORT.I can feel the ambition but there were just too little words 🤷🏻‍♀️
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  • Olga
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*
  • Dianna
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little bit disappointed by this book, honestly. As the last book in the the Legion universe, it tries to wrap up some of the open questions left from the previous two novellas, but I felt like there was too much material to cram inside a short novella.**Warning: spoilers ahead**Instead of jumping into a fun detective adventure story like its predecessors, the story starts out by following through with a thread mentioned in the second novella, and then goes right into the Sandra storyline I was a little bit disappointed by this book, honestly. As the last book in the the Legion universe, it tries to wrap up some of the open questions left from the previous two novellas, but I felt like there was too much material to cram inside a short novella.**Warning: spoilers ahead**Instead of jumping into a fun detective adventure story like its predecessors, the story starts out by following through with a thread mentioned in the second novella, and then goes right into the Sandra storyline. I've been super curious about this mysterious woman that Stephen has been chasing for the last 7-8 years of his life, but there isn't much explanation about the past and frankly, the present is a little bit disappointing. I didn't pick up on this previously, but past Sandra also had aspects, which is why she was able to help Stephen project all the information in his head as different characters. Present day Sandra though? She's lost all of her aspects and would rather spend her days in a virtual reality simulation rather than dealing with the voices in her head that are threatening to manifest as new aspects. I guess she's supposed to be the foil to Stephen, to show the reader what would happen if he had just given up like her, but it was disappointing to not get any of their back story. The only thing we learn is that she left Stephen because she was already starting to have problems with her aspects, and she didn't want that to bleed into his life as well.One of the main focuses of this story is how Stephen is starting to lose control of his aspects. This has been hinted at previously, but it happens more frequently here, with Kalyani's spouse randomly manifesting as a new and unnecessary aspect, or Armando going psycho and killing Tobias before finally being taken down. And finally, at the very end of the book, all of Stephen's aspects save one are killed, and he is left with a single aspect, who helps him record memories of his other aspects. The future is left vague. Will Stephen start interacting with more real people (after all, he does attend Wilson's retirement party) or will he continue to manifest more aspects? It's all a bit unclear, and I wish Sanderson had given us a little bit more to work with.
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  • Stefano G.
    January 1, 1970
    *3 Stars* A very confusing ending to one of Brandon's worst series. The whole concept of the series is very interesting, but I don't think it works as well as intended. The plot is very confusing and in the end I still don't really understand what happened... I feel this story simply falls short of the greatness that Brandon is... There are some Deus Ex Machina moments without the correct build up nor set up needed that characterizes this authors style. The main plot driver is the mysterious Sa *3 Stars* A very confusing ending to one of Brandon's worst series. The whole concept of the series is very interesting, but I don't think it works as well as intended. The plot is very confusing and in the end I still don't really understand what happened... I feel this story simply falls short of the greatness that Brandon is... There are some Deus Ex Machina moments without the correct build up nor set up needed that characterizes this authors style. The main plot driver is the mysterious Sandra, the lost lover of Mr. Leeds has talked about since the series start, but to be honest with you I couldn't care less if he finds her. Brandon really fails in making me feel anything of her.. and this is the novellas biggest flaw in my view.Really some good ideas in here, but simply didn't work out for me. Sometimes I really feel Brandon just experiments too much, and rushes through things. In my view this was a whole sequence of stories that could have also been left in the closet. 3 Stars is solely for my absolute adoration of Mr. Sanderson.
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  • Jeffrey
    January 1, 1970
    It was all leading up to this. Every character, every open plot point from the first two instalments, they're all here, and it was more than I expected.Books 1 and 2 got us to love the characters and understand that the world we're in is more advanced than our own. It also introduced us to Sandra, who is a major plot point in this story.Unlike the first two books, this one is less fun, which is a good thing. It's no longer just a mystery thriller story. Yes, it is still that, but it adds so much It was all leading up to this. Every character, every open plot point from the first two instalments, they're all here, and it was more than I expected.Books 1 and 2 got us to love the characters and understand that the world we're in is more advanced than our own. It also introduced us to Sandra, who is a major plot point in this story.Unlike the first two books, this one is less fun, which is a good thing. It's no longer just a mystery thriller story. Yes, it is still that, but it adds so much more. The descriptions of the main characters worries and dread are so well described that I literally felt the panic myself and had to take a quick breather. Of course, I couldn't review this book without mentioning that the ending is extremely well done. Sanderson killed it and, although I'd love to see more stories featuring this cast of characters, how it ended was so satisfying. Read this trilogy.
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  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    The only way to read this installment so far is in the compilation album. It closes out one of Sanderson’s most unique story concepts amongst a huge body of interesting and unique works.Overall this is a solid and grippingly interesting world, and the way that the third volume brings it to a conclusion is satisfying in a genre of series that go and on on forever. Honestly I didn’t expect to wrap things up, since this series has been very episodic so far. But it totally makes sense in this one.As The only way to read this installment so far is in the compilation album. It closes out one of Sanderson’s most unique story concepts amongst a huge body of interesting and unique works.Overall this is a solid and grippingly interesting world, and the way that the third volume brings it to a conclusion is satisfying in a genre of series that go and on on forever. Honestly I didn’t expect to wrap things up, since this series has been very episodic so far. But it totally makes sense in this one.As a modern fantasy world it brings a lot of interesting concepts to the table. I would definitely recommend it.
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  • Jimmit Shah
    January 1, 1970
    Not the best of Sanderson's books. A little too mushy and not the kind of end that Leeds deservesI read the previous two books again before reading this one and the end just feels rushed. Legion has great potential in world building and in the kind of character(s) he is. Legion could be a long running TV series (like Castle) or Detective Fiction books (similar to Poirot) and there can be many cases solved by him. However, all we get is two not-that-deep cases and... the end! Hope someone else ta Not the best of Sanderson's books. A little too mushy and not the kind of end that Leeds deservesI read the previous two books again before reading this one and the end just feels rushed. Legion has great potential in world building and in the kind of character(s) he is. Legion could be a long running TV series (like Castle) or Detective Fiction books (similar to Poirot) and there can be many cases solved by him. However, all we get is two not-that-deep cases and... the end! Hope someone else takes up the mantle of filling the blanks. Brandon Sanderson is busy with Cosmere but this is a potential goldmine of stories as well.
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  • Noah
    January 1, 1970
    Minor, minor trivial developmental spoilers.This completely blew me away! The finale of Sanderson's Legion trilogy was packed with action, plot character development, and oh-so-many feels. I don't know why, but Stephen Leeds is the character that always feels the most real to me out of everything I've ever read. I'm so glad we finally got some more backstory! Sanderson's classic 'not what I expected would happen but still somehow better' ending comes back but this time its packed with so much em Minor, minor trivial developmental spoilers.This completely blew me away! The finale of Sanderson's Legion trilogy was packed with action, plot character development, and oh-so-many feels. I don't know why, but Stephen Leeds is the character that always feels the most real to me out of everything I've ever read. I'm so glad we finally got some more backstory! Sanderson's classic 'not what I expected would happen but still somehow better' ending comes back but this time its packed with so much emotion that I don't know what to do. (view spoiler)[ Sandra felt a little underdeveloped, but maybe that's because we only really see her in one mood for a few pages. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Foster Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not ready for this series to end yet. The first was so amazing, and the third and final is almost as good. Bittersweet and emotional, I loved this story. I just really wish there would be more adventures with Stephen and his aspects. I enjoy them all SO much!
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  • Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    This is the ending to the legion books and it was a good short story it tied really well into the mythos of the first two legion books and finished out the story on a happy note. My only issue is that I read the entire story in like 30 minutes so it was short.
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  • Dirtyfox
    January 1, 1970
    Wow i did not see that coming it was sad and heartbreaking i love ivy jc and tobias. When they died i wanted to cry but at least he rescued them at last by setting them free .it was a bittersweet ending.!?’
  • J. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating addition to the Legion series, but probably my least favorite of the three. I hope Sanderson revisits the Legion universe.
  • Belen
    January 1, 1970
    Last installment of one of the best characters I've come across deserved a longer book. That's why I cannot give the 5 stars.I'm gonna miss Stephen Leeds.
  • Cyrielle Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    OMG. I cried. THE PAIN.If you thought the first two books were amazing, just wait until you read this one!!Daaaaaah
  • Ray
    January 1, 1970
    Good ending to the trilogy. An interesting story, but not my favorite of Sanderson's stories. Loved the chapter art.
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