Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

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World bestselling author Brandon Sanderson has this amusing habit when he finishes one of his long epic fantasy manuscripts: he takes a break by writing a “short” novella. Now a novella to Sanderson means more of a novel to most, but nevertheless, it is a shorter piece of work. In one of these forays, Sanderson invented Stephen Leeds, with the tag line that he is perfectly sane, it’s his hallucinations who are mad.

He completed the first novella, Legion, where Leeds uses his various hallucinations to aid him in an investigation to recover a stolen camera that can purportedly take photos of the past, and then found there was more story to tell with this character. In the second novella, Legion: Skin Deep, Leeds is hired to track down a stolen corpse, but it is not so much the corpse that is important as what lies within it. The DNA of this man perhaps contains secret information on the biotechnology company he worked for. Sanderson didn’t feel right not completing Leeds’ story, so he returned for one more novella in Lies of the Beholder. Here, Leeds is going through changes, losing control of some of his hallucinations, with one of these “aspects” outright disappearing. At the same time, a woman from his past who helped him first control these hallucinations has resurfaced and is leading him on a strange path.

All three novellas are now brought together in this compelling full-length novel, Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds. A gripping story from start to finish, it serves as a humbling reminder that Sanderson is just an outright great storyteller, and he shows his breadth to fans who may know him more for his epic fantasy.

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Author Brandon Sanderson
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher Tor Books
Publish Date 2018-Sep-18
ISBN 9781250297792
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Issue January 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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