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Lies of the Beholder

(Legion #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  966 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
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 e
Hardcover, 152 pages
Expected publication: November 30th 2018 by Subterranean Press (first published September 20th 2018)
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Sylvain Martel It's not a placeholder price, it's the real deal. But the reason is that it's published by Subterranean Press. They only make deluxe edition or…moreIt's not a placeholder price, it's the real deal. But the reason is that it's published by Subterranean Press. They only make deluxe edition or limited edition.

As alternative, look for Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds. It's a compilation of the 3 stories, including this one, in ebook and hardcover format. (less)
Calvinist Batman Yes. Sanderson stated so in his last State of Sanderson post on his website.

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Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
[August 11, 2018]

Excerpt from the book available here!!

Argh, I miss Stephen Leeds' hallucinations so bad (view 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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I still love Brandon Sanderson’s LEGION series and adore Stephen Leeds and his hallucinatory aspects, but “Lies of the Beholder” ... was kind of a letdown.

As “Lies of the Beholder” (the third and last novella in this series) begins, Stephen Leeds is giving a private interview to Jenny Zhang, a reporter who begins displaying far more insight into Stephen’s mental state and thought processes than he’s comfortable with. This uncomfortable interview is interrupted by a text from the long-missing San
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I broke my fucking hiatus from goodreads to give my tow cents about this freaking book which is bad for me , me entering goodreads is like "Alec" entering wonderland i get lost pretty fast and for so long... Any who , i never thought i will be "dissing" a Sanderson's book in my life, but here i go: It felt so bad so shitty , near the end you have the impression that something is wrong that something is missing: it was just soo limp ,,, yes limp that's the exact word I'm looking for , it's like w ...more
Iryna semi-hiatus (Book and Sword)
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It’s all fun and games till you end up curled up in a ball crying for 10 minutes straight.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I'm not sure I liked this one. 😬 Ima have to think about it for a couple of days.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't need to read a Brandon Sanderson book to know if it's going to be five stars.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sense8 fans and uhmm EVERYONE???
“Yes, it’s all in my head. But pain is ‘all in my head’ too. Love is ‘all in my head.’ All the things that matter in life are the things you can’t measure! The things our brains make up! Being made-up doesn’t make them unimportant.”
SANDERSON DID IT AGAIN. I never meant to get attached with the aspects nor to actually really love this novella but why dafuq am I ugly crying????????? (Hahahah who am I kidding?)
This final novella was truly an emotional and turbulent read and to say that my hear
Liam Degnan
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Easily - EASILY - The best of the series.

For such short novellas, these pack quite the punch. I read this following the release of Sanderson's "Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds", which is a single volume containing all three of these novellas. This conclusion really rounds it all out and brought a sense of closure to a set of circumstances and characters that I really didn't think would end impressively. Well done.

These are by no means hefty, but they do require a good deal of attention
Vignesh Ashok Kumar
Rating - 7/10(Good) - RIP Hallucinatory friends :(

This is the final novella of this insane trilogy and I am really sad to say that this novella was really disappointing. I am going to go ahead and criticize this one completely.

The novel was a emotional journey for me and I felt more concerned about the aspects of Stephen Leeds (mainly Tobias :( ). The idea was avant-garde in my opinion and the psychological elements were addressed in an excellent manner.

But other than that the novel was not a
A great book but a very disappointing and flawed ending.
Well, I suppose it had to happen sometime. I'm rating a Brandon Sanderson book less than four stars. He's written about five million of them, so statistically this was a very likely outcome, eventually. And now it has, and we can all move on with our lives.

I really enjoyed the first two novellas in this series. The premise is great (a genius who has schizophrenia channels his illness into the creation of imaginary people who he calls aspects, all of whom are experts in one field or another). And
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, digital
Apr 09, 2018 marked it as to-read

kind of odd that Legion The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (Legion, #1-3) by Brandon Sanderson is expected in september, and the novella in november?
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
(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
Bob Reiss
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
A flat note in an otherwise good series.


(view spoiler)
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not a case like the previous books but an interesting imaginative ending to the series
Kirsty Cabot
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
A great addition to the Stephen Leeds books, I could happily read more stories in his crazy world.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sad but fitting end. Truly sad in parts but beautifully written.
Gareth Otton
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
Pj Zoulias
A rare miss for this great author.

Brandon Sanderson is in my opinion the greatest living fantasy author. Rather than milk a single work as most authors do, he has multiple sets of books with distinct characters, concepts, magic systems and worldbuilding. Any one of these could serve as a normal author's greatest work. His consistency of quality is startling.

This is an exception. This trilogy should have been a single book. It is an interesting thought experiment, repeated three times. Unlike eve
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

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.

Matt Davenport
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 ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like I should have seen that ending coming, it was so beautiful and simple, it gave me goosebumps.
But as much as I loved the ending, I felt just a little underwhelmed by this last addition to the legion series (which is one of my absolute favourite Sanderson creations). It was still wonderful, but I have to say, I expected more from Sandra. And let's be honest, didn't the whole thing stink a little of the putting-the-woman-in-danger-so-the-man-can-grow-in-the-process-of-saving-her Hollyw
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
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
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
El principio me estaba pareciendo un coñazo del copón. El segundo libro que era una historieta sin mas que no avanzaba gran cosa luego esto. Sin embargo luego se pone increíble.
Ahora esto tiene visos de continuar... Sanderson acaba algo de una vez, no todo pueden ser sagas interminables. Y encima lo que eran libros cerrados los continuas... vas a ser peor que Routhfuss o Martin, estos no son capaces de terminar lo que empezaron y no sacan nada y tu no paras de sacar pero en el fondo igual.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audibles
This is read ok but honestly kinda let down by an otherwise good series.
Graham Bradley
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good ending, tragic through most of it but it felt organic.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is living proof that Brandon Sanderson's usual word counts exists for a reason.
I can feel the ambition but there were just too little words 🤷🏻♀
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Fantasy Buddy Reads: Lies of the Beholder [Oct 8, 2018] 34 14 Oct 15, 2018 09:59AM  
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“It’s all just in our heads.”

“Who cares if it’s all in our heads?”

Finally she looked at me, frowning.

“Who cares?” I said. “Yes, it’s all in my head. But pain is ‘all in my head’ too. Love is ‘all in my head.’ All the things that matter in life are the things you can’t measure! The things our brains make up! Being made-up doesn’t make them unimportant.”
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