Legion (Legion, #1-3) by Brandon Sanderson

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 pr...

Details Legion (Legion, #1-3)

TitleLegion (Legion, #1-3)
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Adult

Reviews Legion (Legion, #1-3)

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    I was SO excited to see a wrap-up to this trilogy of SF novellas by Brandon Sanderson! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds is set of three interlocking science fiction/mystery novellas, with the detective role played by schizophrenic genius Stephen Leeds and his legion of hallucinatory alter egos or “aspects,” as he prefers to refer to them. The first two previously published novellas, “Legion...
  • TS Chan
    'Voices in My Head: Part Three' has just been published and it made me round up my rating, as I am pretty certain I will when I reread the third story.4.5 stars. Legion carries the Sanderson trademark through and through, with concepts which are fantastical and far out, but the storytelling is always centred around the characters and humanistic themes. All the things that matter in life are the things you can’t measure… This omnibus collec...
  • Gavin
    This book was a compilation volume containing all three of Sanderson's Stephen Leeds novellas. I'll mainly focus on giving my thoughts on the newly released third novella, Lies of the Beholder, as I've already shared my thoughts on the other two in previous reviews. I did reread both Legion and Skin Deep before starting Lies of the Beholder and enjoyed them both. I liked Legion just as much the second (or third) time around. It is a fantastic int...
  • Claudia
    Mr. Sanderson’ writing is great when it comes to fantasy, especially to his Stormlight Archive series. However, he should stay away from science fiction, as this is not a genre for everyone to write. The science part is missing completely from this novella, there is no worldbuilding; this is just a work of fiction with lots of gaps between events, with a preposterous plot and an unconvincing and unrealistic main character – he has 46 alter-eg...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    3.5 It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye StarsThis is the final novella to complete out the story of a brilliant man who is just a little bit crazy, or at least his hallucinations are.We first met Steven Leeds on the worst blind date ever. It is a little disconcerting to find out the man you are on a date with sees and talks to people who aren’t really there. Over the course of a few books we’ve gotten to know many of the hallucinations that he has ...
  • Nadine
    What’s great about Legion is that there is more than one interpretation to be taken: a metaphor for writers and their process, a personal look at Sanderson’s process/mind, a look at mental illness, or just a really interesting and fun story.Legion is a compilation of three novellas. When this compilation novel was first announced last year, I decided to hold off on read the novellas so I could just binge them all at once and I’m glad I did....
  • Dave
    Blurring the lines between reality and imagination and between sanity and its opposite, Sanderson offers us three interlinked novellas, two of which were previously published. Stephen Leeds is a genius, but he is crawling along a tightrope perched precariously over a steep drop. In order to solve cases such as missing corpses, he calls upon his aspects or hallucinations, forty varied and extraordinary beings who no one can see but him. Although h...
  • Karishma
    This was my first Sanderson and will definitely not be my last.This was a near perfect series for me in terms of characters, plot and pacing till the last chapter which flickered out towards a crushing disappointing and an ending which seemed just wrong.I would highly recommend this series - it's great, short and complete - if you are into audiobooks it's great in that format as well.Just imagine something else for the ending of the series, that'...
  • Emily
    Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson*****5*****Legion is both a beautiful and haunting tale of the inner workings of one man's psychology and his search to understand it.
  • Bookwraiths
    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds is a collection of three companion novellas focused on schizophrenic genius Stephen Leeds, whose unbelievable detective skills have sprung forth from his legion of hallucinatory “aspects”. While the first two novellas have been previously published (I’m referring to “Legion” and “Legion: Skin Deep”.), this time out fans of the series can re-experience those o...
  • Dan
    Check out my blog, One Man Book ClubThe Value of a Star: Ratings ExplainedLegion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds, is a compilation of the three novellas about Brandon Sanderson's schizophrenic private investigator, Stephen Leeds.My opinion? The Legion stories are the most unique and creative applications of Brandon Sanderson's famous magic systems. I love these stories, they are a creative masterpiece, and I wish there were more. They would make...
  • Susan
    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: hall...
  • Roy
    Novella 1-***Novella 2-****Novella 3-***.5Overall 3.5*. This was very different to the normal Sanderson stories. It still had a cool concept. Dealing with issues of psychology or humans dealing with inner problems are normally something Sanderson writes about. Its his forte/niche. Here he just brings it to tje forefront. It felt like a weak scifi novel at times with some decent detective work on the side. I wouldnt say its his finest work, but it...
  • Tessa
    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.
  • Annie
    This book contains all three novella, which are available individually as well. Stephen Leeds thinks of himself as an ordinary, dull person. However, his many hallucinations are brilliant, quirky, and colorful. With the help of 50 hallucinations (aspects each with their expansive expertise), Leeds is a genius at solving cases. If it weren't for the aspects that no one sees, Leeds is a pretty sane person.
  • Anton
    Full review to come as soon as i have a spare minute...But this an all-star fiction. This is my THE best favourite Sanderson’s book. I like better than Mistborn. Better than Emperor’s Soul. Better than anything else he wrote.Loved it from the first page and to the last. Pure reading pleasure 🤓
  • Kenneth Geary
    Sad that Sanderson sees this as an ending to this series, I would have liked to see a full length dive into this character
  • Caitlin Gutilla
    This collection is awesome. I really like how Sanderson turned schizophrenia into a superpower. I also really liked learning the “rules” that went along with the hallucinations, and the science behind everything. Another win for Sanderson.
  • Milou
    Today is the publication day of Sanderson’s new book, and I am so gratefull that I received a copy of it via Netgalley. This does not affect my review.This book consists of three novellas, two of which have already been published before. This book binds those two together, and includes the third and final story in the series. I will discuss all the stories separately in this review.Legion (#1) – I read this story before and it has always stuc...
  • Atsu
    Disclaimer: I've received a preview excerpt of this book which only included the first novella Legion, the rating will probably change once I've read the whole book.My first non-Fantasy Sanderson, and it was... okay. Short and sweet, but not memorable.I like the idea and I love how endearing Stephen's personae are, it's something Sanderson always does very well: making us love characters after a few lines of dialogues. But I'm not entirely convin...
  • Dragana
    Before reading the last part of the Legion series I decided to re-read the previous novellas. I think it was a good decision because it really tied up the story. I am sorry to say goodbye to Stephen and his aspects. Especially J.C. But everyone deserves their HEA, and for them I think this was it. Recommended if you like mentally unstable characters, humor and a good mystery.
  • Boostamonte Halvorsen
    No Spoilers, this was a good ending, to me. I imagine some people will be upset...but it worked and it makes sense. I can see now how this last installment was a really personal one for Sanderson. The story of Stephen Leeds is meant to be fun, and it is, and I think the ending will be the lynch pin to how people feel this series is. The Reckoners series ended really lame...and I think this might be on that level...but as a practicing author...I g...
  • Patrick
    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 prem...
  • Jennavier
    While I wasn't overwhelmingly impressed by the ending, I enjoyed the story overall so much that I'll still give it 5 stars.
  • Ornella (Nyx)
    What Nav's said.
  • Navdha
    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. O...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    Stephen Leeds is another fascinating character from the fertile imagination of Brandon Sanderson. Instead of providing us with a massively complex and intriguing fantasy or science fiction setting that most of us are familiar with when reading a Sanderson story or series, this time he turns inward for his world building. This is a trilogy of three novellas, two of which have been published previously. I’m glad I waited until now so that I could...
  • Mike
    A typically over-the-top Sanderson premise: a man hallucinates, and knows that he hallucinates, other people who possess knowledge and skills that he does not have conscious access to. He's perfectly sane; but his "aspects" have all kinds of psychological problems. The author hints pretty clearly in his introduction that this is based on his own experience as an author - that his own characters help to keep him sane, by being safe carriers of his...
  • Lex
    My friends says it's a bittersweet ending. But I'm just bitter 😂 I'm like 80% bitter about it and 20% happy for Stephen. Kinda. Okay, fine. Make it like 99% bitter 😂I loved this because the topic was so awesome. My words can't even bring it to justice. Sanderson is really a great writer. I love the concept of this so much because human brain is so fascinating. The character development of this novellas are really superb. It's sad that these...