“Legion” by Brandon Sanderson (Subterranean Press, 2012)


Anyone who’s read Brandon Sanderson knows he’s a prolific writer with a number of epic fantasy tomes under his belt already.  When done with a big project, Sanderson takes a sort of break from working on the next long book and works on something shorter and different.  Legion is exactly that: something very short and different from what his fans are used to, but at the same time it shows his breadth and ability as a writer.

Stephen Leeds (AKA Legion) is a troubled man who sees imaginary people.  They are hallucinations that only he can see, but when he has a question to answer or a problem to solve, these hallucinations (which are logically just figments of his imagination) are able to provide an answer to said question or skillfully solve said problem.  Legion is also able to create further hallucinations to fit his needs: if he needs to learn a specific language, he creates a hallucination who speaks it; if he needs to know a particular type of engineering, he creates that engineer.  And now Legion’s services are being required once more, as he must search for the missing Balubal Razon, who has a very special camera in his possession that could change the very world as we know it.

Sanderson has done what he does best: creating a compelling story, with powerful characters, and a riveting plot, only this time the stage is not that of epic fantasy.  Also in Sanderson’s classic style, while the main mystery is solved, the reader is left wanting more of this unique world and its fascinating characters.

Originally written on September 12, 2012 ©Alex C. Telander.

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