Book Review: Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson

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 problems . . . for a price.

His brain is getting a little crowded and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own. When a company hires him to recover stolen property―a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past―Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists. What he discovers may upend the foundation of three major world religions―and, perhaps, give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.


Stephen has a legion of hallucinations – each with their own distinct personality. And each hallucination has their own special talent or aptitude. So, Stephen is able to assist with a variety of cases as a unique detective. 

This book includes 3 novellas: Legion, Legion: Skin Deep, and Lies of the Beholder. The last novella is newly published and serves as a conclusion to the series. Each is a captivating story with humor, suspense, and drama. I don’t read a lot of short stories, but I thoroughly enjoyed this set. Stephen Leeds and his hallucinations are fantastic characters. I really wish there were more stories in this series.