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. As the story begins, Leeds and his ‘aspects’ are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.
Legion is Brandon Sanderson’s foray into short fiction. At less than a hundred pages, it’s his shortest work yet (barring short stories). Plus its setting is contemporary, not secondary world. So yeah, a far cry from his huge high fantasy series. By this point, I’m a fan, and I know he can write great epic fantasy. But what about writing in short form?
Turns out he can pull that off too, and rather spectacularly. Legion is the story of a man who has hallucinations. But these aren’t simple crazy people fantasies, these hallucinations (or aspects) all have their unique skill sets, which in turn make Legion a very capable man indeed. Oh, and some of his hallucinations also have hallucinations! It’s just the sort of crazy but awesome idea that one would expect Brandon to come up with.
We follow Legion along on a mystery/chase revolving around a camera that has powers covered by spoilers. And it is one hell of a ride. The characters are realised well, and of course the insights we get into Legion’s condition are fascinating. And the fact he managed to cram it all into so few pages is amazing, and a testament to Sanderson’s great skills.
The story itself is interesting if somewhat plain, which is no surprise seeing how short the book is.
So yeah, I really enjoyed it. Oh, and FYI, the sequel, Legion : Skin Deep is out. And it’s free on Audible. So go grab them both!