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Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

(Legion #1-3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,939 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
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 g
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Tor Books
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Taylor Ramirez No, it's not. This book has nothing to do with the Marvel universe, it just shares the same name. But these short stories are still really great :)
Angela There's a bit of violence. It depends on things like their reading level, what stories they usually read, and how well s/he can understand the concept…moreThere's a bit of violence. It depends on things like their reading level, what stories they usually read, and how well s/he can understand the concept of the aspects (people who are "real" to Legion but not to others, who can die, and turn into nightmares; it gets quite obscure). Overall, I would say 15 or 16+.(less)
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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” and “Legion: Skin Deep,” are now published together for
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stephen has a lot of people in his head.


And while that sounds like a bad thing, he's managed to make it work for him.
So, basically, he's like Sherlock Holmes but with multiple personality disorder. Ish.
That will make sense if you read the book. Promise.


This book was a compilation of all 3 of Sanderson's Legion short stories. Which were actually pretty damn cool. My only complaint is that it seems as though he's finished with this character, and that would be a shame. In the end, Stephen and the
TS Chan
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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 collects the first two novellas, Legion and Skin Deep, both
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, paranormal
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 introduction into the crazy world of Stephen Leeds! W
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-egos which act as hallucinations, not personalities (as
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye Stars

This 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 created to compartmentalize all of the stuff in his head
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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's what I plan to do!
André Oliveira
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author but this book didn't blow me away.

It felt more like an "experiment". It was fun to read and it was interesting in some points but that's it.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. Sanderson is doing his Sanderson thing here in creating
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 he sets chairs out for them. Offers them drinks. He ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson

Legion is both a beautiful and haunting tale of the inner workings of one man's psychology and his search to understand it.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, review-freebie
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 old Leeds adventures before devouring the wrap-up novella, “Lies
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Legion: 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 an AMAZING TV series.

The third and final story is
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Sherwood Smith
Sep 13, 2018 added it
Shelves: sf
I read an excerpt from what I gather is a fix up, or a compendium of three novellas. I have not quite connected with Sanderson's fantasy, though there is a lot I like, but this I really enjoyed.

Briefly, Stephen Leeds has multiple personas, and the banter between them is what makes the story so much fun. Watching the mystery unfold while Leeds and other people in real life blip in and out of consensus reality with the personas (aspects, Leeds calls them, insisting he does not have multiple person
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Novella 1-***
Novella 2-****
Novella 3-***.5

Overall 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 still was a good read.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“My own brain fights against me.”
“No. We’re your brain, boss. We fight with you.”

I’m on a mission to read all the Brandon Sanderson books.

Yeah. It might take a while. (thank god)

Sanderson is for me the young but wise king of fantasy. Someone who is just about to make a grand name for himself – that will surely be remembered for the ages to come – but who has been showing his talents ever since the beginning. Okay, he’s my favorite author, I can praise him all I want.

But what’s important is, he
The Captain
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  I love Brandon Sanderson's work and featured him in me author Broadside No. 3.  That was published back on June 1, 2016.  Since then, I apparently haven't read anything by him!  Travesty.  Luckily, I finally listened to this short story collection.  I am certainly glad I did.

This book contains all three novellas about Stephen Leeds.  Stephen is an odd sort who hallucinates personalities (aspects).  He has over 50 of them.  These personalities are created whenever he needs
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
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.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 stuck with me. Even though it is so short, it manages to r
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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 convinced, for someone with so many personalities surrou
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

This is a really cool urban fantasy from one of the greatest writers of our time.

BRANDON SANDERSON...enough said!
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
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 get this ending. It hit me in the "write" place.

Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s S

Other books in the series

Legion (3 books)
  • Legion (Legion, #1)
  • Skin Deep (Legion, #2)
  • Lies of the Beholder (Legion, #3)
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