Legion (Legion, #1-3)
Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad.A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people—Stephen calls them aspects—to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems… for a price.Stephen’s brain is getting a little crowded and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own. When a company hires him to recover stolen property—a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past—Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists. What he discovers may upend the foundation of three major world religions—and, perhaps, give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.This fall, Tor Books will publish Brandon Sanderson’s Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds. The collection will include the science fiction novellas Legion and Legion: Skin Deep, published together for the first time, as well as a brand new Stephen Leeds novella, Lies of the Beholder. This never-been-published novella will complete the series.

Legion (Legion, #1-3) Details

TitleLegion (Legion, #1-3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
ISBN-139781250297792
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Legion (Legion, #1-3) Review

  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    NetGalley provided a Preview ARC for this book. This collection will be released in September and will include the science fiction novellas Legion and Legion: Skin Deep, published together for the first time, as well as a brand new Stephen Leeds novella, Lies of the Beholder.Another hit by the brilliant write Brandon Sanderson! Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of persona NetGalley provided a Preview ARC for this book. This collection will be released in September and will include the science fiction novellas Legion and Legion: Skin Deep, published together for the first time, as well as a brand new Stephen Leeds novella, Lies of the Beholder.Another hit by the brilliant write Brandon Sanderson! Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is 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. Now imagine if you wish to understand human anatomy, he hallucinates a persona who happens to know everything about human anatomy. While that is absolutely brilliant it also must drive someone mad crazy. Stephen gets drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera that can alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. This is a fantastic, brilliantly written and a quick read that I would recommend for everyone. Once again Brandon Sanderson shows whether he is writing a masterpiece like Stormlight Archive/Mistborn or a short story; he excels all expectations. 4.25 stars
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  • Tessa
    January 1, 1970
    I have read several of Brandon Sandersons books & short stories and the Legion ones are among my favorites. The concept peeked my interest and Sandersons fast-paced writing style pulled me in. I am looking forward to reading the new story in this series.Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for the preview excerpt.
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    This is a pretty solid novella. I have a hard time really enjoying the shorter format of a novella as even a succinct story always seems to lack the quick punchy satisfaction of a short story while not providing the draw of a longer more extensive treatment of the characters and premise. Of the novellas I've read however, this is probably one of the best ones and in some ways overcomes those qualms. As I've come to expect from Sanderson, the premise is comprehendible but interesting with a lot o This is a pretty solid novella. I have a hard time really enjoying the shorter format of a novella as even a succinct story always seems to lack the quick punchy satisfaction of a short story while not providing the draw of a longer more extensive treatment of the characters and premise. Of the novellas I've read however, this is probably one of the best ones and in some ways overcomes those qualms. As I've come to expect from Sanderson, the premise is comprehendible but interesting with a lot of depth that allows the story to play off it in a way that hits that basic level of "awesome," while allowing for a colorful and fun narrative.Not surprising, my favorite thing about the book is the exploration of Stephen's different personalities both in their characterization and how Stephen is able to utilize them to solve problems. This feature is quite clearly Stephen's most defining psychological trait, which isn't surprising given how encompassing it is for him to have a host of different characters completely interactive in his perceivable world at all times. But beyond this, Stephen's personae also provide much of the story's cast in a paradoxical sense (given that none of these people are "real" in a sense). However, the vivid appearance and capacities of these personae and the depth of their personalities make them far more intriguing a concept than your run of the mill "inner voice" trope. To further expand on this, Stephen uses these personae essentially as a magical power that allows him to know and be capable of all kinds of things. In classic Sanderson fashion, it's an incredibly flexible power, but one with interesting constraints. This dynamic allows for much of the book to consist of just playing with and testing the limits of Stephen's abilities in a way that's rather engaging while still providing a springboard for exploring the brief plot of the story itself. Ultimately, my biggest complaint, not surprisingly, is that the story feels a bit short. I consider this a good problem to have as generally, even with many novellas I like, I'm okay putting it down once I'm finished. With this one, I was eagerly looking forward to the next installment, which is great since he’s since continued the series.Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the Preview Excerpt. The opinions herein are my own.
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  • Literary Soirée
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds - Preview Excerpt is a brilliant peek at the intriguing work of an author, Brandon Sanderson, I’ve not read before. His fans are rabidly loyal and now I understand! Includes the not-to-be missed novellas Legion and Legion: Skin Deep, published together for the first time, as well as a brand new explosive finale to Stephen Leeds' story, Lies of the Beholder. 5/5Pub Date 18 Sep 2018 Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinio ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds - Preview Excerpt is a brilliant peek at the intriguing work of an author, Brandon Sanderson, I’ve not read before. His fans are rabidly loyal and now I understand! Includes the not-to-be missed novellas Legion and Legion: Skin Deep, published together for the first time, as well as a brand new explosive finale to Stephen Leeds' story, Lies of the Beholder. 5/5Pub Date 18 Sep 2018 Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #Legion(previewExcerpt) #NetGalley
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Pub date: Sept 2018♥♥♥ I love love LOVE Stephen Leeds and his many aspects! This was original and fun, as I've never read a Brandon Sanderson story set in the present world. Stephen, aka Legion, might be schizophrenic with over 40 imaginary friends, but he's not crazy. He's sought after to solve mysteries and helped by his aspects who each bring different skills to the table. The three stories reminded me of BBC's Sherlock Holmes mysteries, so Benedict Cumberbatch played Leeds in my imagination. Pub date: Sept 2018♥♥♥ I love love LOVE Stephen Leeds and his many aspects! This was original and fun, as I've never read a Brandon Sanderson story set in the present world. Stephen, aka Legion, might be schizophrenic with over 40 imaginary friends, but he's not crazy. He's sought after to solve mysteries and helped by his aspects who each bring different skills to the table. The three stories reminded me of BBC's Sherlock Holmes mysteries, so Benedict Cumberbatch played Leeds in my imagination. I wish there were more installments, and I hope that Mr Sanderson writes more or has someone make this into a TV series. Highly recommended for Sanderson fans, mystery fans, and literally everyone else!
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  • Sense361
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant as always. I have read the preview version. I would be waiting for a real thing to come out. This is a detective sci-fi trilogy that centers around a person whose hallucinations actually help him in a real life.
  • Navdha
    January 1, 1970
    I think we have all established that Brandon Sanderson's writing acumen makes his every story stand out. So it should come as no surprise that I love this book and would recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes to read. That being said, what makes these novellas stand out even more is his absolutely fantastic execution of such a complex idea that I feel like some authors have tried to tackle in the past but shied away from fully exploring. Our protagonist, Stephen Leeds is a genius but a qu I think we have all established that Brandon Sanderson's writing acumen makes his every story stand out. So it should come as no surprise that I love this book and would recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes to read. That being said, what makes these novellas stand out even more is his absolutely fantastic execution of such a complex idea that I feel like some authors have tried to tackle in the past but shied away from fully exploring. Our protagonist, Stephen Leeds is a genius but a quite eccentric individual (and I'm not talking Sheldon Cooper bizarre which should be telling). Our human brain can only comprehend reality (or what we consider reality) a certain way and expects and interprets normalcy very conservatively. Leeds' level of genius is so astounding to his own brain that he creates aspects/personalities of himself that he considers as repositories for the knowledge he collects by briefly skimming over news, articles, books, TV, any source of information you can think of. Imagine having a brain that can understand and retain an audiobook on say, cryptography at 5x speed. Imagine being able to excel at any skill by just dedicating a fraction of your day's time researching about it. Now imagine this level of brilliance while trying to stay sane. Mind-boggling, innit? And somehow Sanderson thought it was acceptable to tantalize us with this amazing concept in a novella. RUDE! Well, 3 novellas but I shall and will complain! . Add to this some more intriguing, futuristic-yet-believable tech trying to upheaval the world while Leeds uses his "skills" to save the world and you have an unforgettable, intense, captivating read. Even though there are many things I adore about this series, the psychology aspect is the most scintillating IMO. My favorite aspect of Sanderson's character development (in general) is his genuine love of exploring the intricacies of the human psyche. He just has this way of making each and every character resonate with some part of you; frankly, it's quite uncanny. In Leeds' case though, it's so fascinating to see just one character have so many distinct, strong personalities yet not really have one of his own. I don't think I'm able to articulate my thoughts well here but if you've read the books you might know what I mean. One can argue that Leeds personality is an amalgamation of all his aspects but the way his character is portrayed, it's easy to forget that. You see him as a middleman doing what his 47 aspects (yes, 47!!!!) tell him to do. In the first novella, he is so dependent on Ivy, Tobias and JC that you see him forget how to act normal if they're absent. And then as the novellas progress, you see him lose himself some more, go berserk and then finally, blessedly, accept his insanity and become his own person. It's truly a beautiful journey and I'm so very proud of Leeds after that ending. Seriously, just read it to find out for yourself. If after my nonsensical rambling, you're still not convinced that this book is worth your time, I don't know what to tell you. I'll send you cookies? And if you like it, you send me back better cookies? Fair trade, eh?Anyhoo, I'm so glad I reread the first two novellas because I'd forgotten pretty much everything. It was a delightful read and I will definitely be doing a reread in the future. Give this book all the bloody stars!
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  • Rosie Rizk
    January 1, 1970
    Seeing that Sanderson was the author, I grabbed the book before realizing that this seems to be very different from his usual fantasy genre. I'm glad I gave it a try. Sometimes authors aren't as good in different fields, but Sanderson kept up his witty banter and fantastic plot, and managed to sneak lots of fantasy ideas into our mundane type of life.It reminds me a bit of BBC's Sherlock Holmes. Stephen solves mysteries, has his own brand of craziness, and is very entertaining. Stephen's insanit Seeing that Sanderson was the author, I grabbed the book before realizing that this seems to be very different from his usual fantasy genre. I'm glad I gave it a try. Sometimes authors aren't as good in different fields, but Sanderson kept up his witty banter and fantastic plot, and managed to sneak lots of fantasy ideas into our mundane type of life.It reminds me a bit of BBC's Sherlock Holmes. Stephen solves mysteries, has his own brand of craziness, and is very entertaining. Stephen's insanity (not that he calls it that) creates imaginary characters that use Stephen's broad knowledge and brilliant deductions to solve mysteries, whether psychological, technical, or anything. All this while Stephen fights to retain control over his sanity, which adds a great psychological element. His imaginary characters are very interesting (and funny) individual personalities. They keep things interesting while Stephen solves cases, and tries to distinguish between reality and the imaginary world his brain creates. This isn't the typical fantasy book, but the way the MC operates, with his extraordinary brilliance and imaginary characters, make it part of the genre. I enjoyed the relationships Stephen had with each of his aspects, and his interactions with them. I'm not sure I'd rush to reread this like I do Mistborn, but it was very enjoyable. I recommend it for any of Sanderson's fans and especially for fantasy/mystery readers. If you have a choice, I definitely recommend reading the novellas consecutively. They're too short to be fully enjoyable on their own, but at the same time, it's nice to have perfect breaks set up, while still feeling like a complete book. I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Helenasghost
    January 1, 1970
    I received a review copy of a sneak peek of the sneak peek of this from the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Any opinions may change on reading the full publication I have previously read many of Sanderson's work and enjoyed his fantasy narratives. When I saw this I read thoroughly excited and requested it straight away. I found however that this felt a little like I had read something similar previously. While it was an ok deaf it didn't pull me in like his previous wor I received a review copy of a sneak peek of the sneak peek of this from the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Any opinions may change on reading the full publication I have previously read many of Sanderson's work and enjoyed his fantasy narratives. When I saw this I read thoroughly excited and requested it straight away. I found however that this felt a little like I had read something similar previously. While it was an ok deaf it didn't pull me in like his previous works. I will be interested to see whether the story had more draw when I reread the full publication
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  • BookLoversLife
    January 1, 1970
    (Netgalley Preview ARC) This is only an excerpt, it's the first novella in the book and introduces us to the main character. I'm not going to go into the plot because it's not the full book, but I will say that it's Brandon Sanderson so you're guaranteed an amazing world and even better characters!!! I'm so ready to read the rest of the book. Brilliant preview :)
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  • Ide
    January 1, 1970
    Great read. I found Stephen's outlook refreshing and am curious to find out more about the mystery woman he's looking for. I'll be reading more Stephen Leeds stories from this author.
  • Lily Sharp
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a massive Sanderson fan, and I've enjoyed basically everything Sanderson has put out. While Sanderson's main strengths are in his slow-burning, world-building fantasy books (Mistborn and Stormlight Archive), his novellas contain the same vigour and dedication to the craft. His writing style is not flowerly, but functional. I love how all his characters, including Stephen in this novella, are complicated, flawed, yet still, try their hardest to overcome their difficulties. Stephen explores hi I'm a massive Sanderson fan, and I've enjoyed basically everything Sanderson has put out. While Sanderson's main strengths are in his slow-burning, world-building fantasy books (Mistborn and Stormlight Archive), his novellas contain the same vigour and dedication to the craft. His writing style is not flowerly, but functional. I love how all his characters, including Stephen in this novella, are complicated, flawed, yet still, try their hardest to overcome their difficulties. Stephen explores his different personalities and uses them to overcome the mysteries, which is a delight to read about. I can't wait to read the full novella.The only negative feedback I have is the cover design; it's really not appealing, and I think this needed to be longer to further develop the plot and characters.
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  • Sue Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    Thankyou to NetGalley, Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor Books and Brandon Sanderson for the opportunity to read a preview excerpt from the upcoming book Legion: The Many Lives Of Stephen Leeds.I am hooked. I loved reading this preview and certainly cannot wait to read the rest of the book.
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  • Anna Szabó
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I start a Brandon Sanderson book I know it' s going to be amazing. And Legjobb: the many lövés of Stephen Leeds is truly an amazing book. It contains three novellas about Stephen. When I started reading the first two sentence pulled meg right ín. " My name is Stephen Leeds, and I am perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad." The stories show us what this first two sentences mean.The greatest thing about the book is the way Sanderson developed the characters. Each Every time I start a Brandon Sanderson book I know it' s going to be amazing. And Legjobb: the many lövés of Stephen Leeds is truly an amazing book. It contains three novellas about Stephen. When I started reading the first two sentence pulled meg right ín. " My name is Stephen Leeds, and I am perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad." The stories show us what this first two sentences mean.The greatest thing about the book is the way Sanderson developed the characters. Each and every aspect (or hallucinations, Stephen calls them aspects) has a very definite personality. Three is a phsychologist, there is a computer nerd and a security expert and a whole lot more. And we have Stephen himself. He is a genius really. Not at all insane.Legion is a must read if you are a Brandon Sanderson fan and a must read if you havent read anything by hím yet.
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  • Eden
    January 1, 1970
    This preview was really intriguing, I wanted to read the rest of the book! The story line was a little meh - a camera that can take photos of the past and every group wanting and willing to kill for the technology. Steven more than made up for the lack of interest in the plot though. I really enjoyed all of the different personalities and skills of his familiars. Perhaps the plot line gets better, it's hard to tell in the first few chapters how the story will develop. I really wish I had a full This preview was really intriguing, I wanted to read the rest of the book! The story line was a little meh - a camera that can take photos of the past and every group wanting and willing to kill for the technology. Steven more than made up for the lack of interest in the plot though. I really enjoyed all of the different personalities and skills of his familiars. Perhaps the plot line gets better, it's hard to tell in the first few chapters how the story will develop. I really wish I had a full book to read and review, it has promise!
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  • Jenni
    January 1, 1970
    I knew this book seemed incredibly familiar, and it was, because this sample is simply the first Legion novella that was released a few years back. That said, I wanted to reread so I could give an honest review since Net Galley and Tor were nice enough to do samples.Looking back at my GoodReads, I adored this novella when it first released. This time around I wasn't quiet as enthusiastic, but I'll still be picking up the collection when it gets a proper release. Stephen Leeds can remember everyt I knew this book seemed incredibly familiar, and it was, because this sample is simply the first Legion novella that was released a few years back. That said, I wanted to reread so I could give an honest review since Net Galley and Tor were nice enough to do samples.Looking back at my GoodReads, I adored this novella when it first released. This time around I wasn't quiet as enthusiastic, but I'll still be picking up the collection when it gets a proper release. Stephen Leeds can remember everything he's ever read, and to deal with this ability his psyche summons up aspects in the form of other people that only he can see and hear, that provide him with the information or skills he needs. He uses these unique talents to solve mysteries. It's a fun concept, and I'm glad to see that Sanderson is fleshing it out more fully. The originally novella very much feels like a proof of concept for a larger novel or series, and I'm glad to see that it is, because Sanderson's world building doesn't have a chance to shine here like it normally does. I'm excited for the full novel and I would definitely recommend it for fans of Sanderson. #LegionpreviewExcerpt #NetGalley3.5 stars
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