Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Published by: Subterranean Press
Release date: September 10th, 2012
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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, however, 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.
I love everything Brandon Sanderson writes, my gosh.
Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion”, is an expert in everything and nothing — he is a schizophrenic whose hallucinations are specialists in different areas of knowledge (psychology, military combat, mechanics, languages, history, etc), and he uses their (his?) expertise to help solve various problems. In Legion, he is asked to help recover a camera that can reportedly take photos of the past.
In other words, Sanderson + timey-wimey plot + yet another awesome “magic” system = I am totally sold. (Shut up, Stephen’s hallucinations do so count as magic.)
I’m not even sure how to classify this book. Is it sci-fi? Kind of… Urban fantasy? Maybe… Psychological thriller/mystery? Sorta…? Really, though, I couldn’t care less what to call it. Whatever it is, it’s awesome. I loved every minute of it, even though those minutes were much too few.
I am also dying for a follow-up novella/novel because how on earth are we supposed to be content with that ending I just don’t understand–okay, no, sorry. This is a review, not wishful thinking. But I don’t have much else to say: Loved it, loved it, really want more, loved it.
Random note: Legion reminded me a lot of The Dresden Files for some crazy reason. Something about the pacing and tone of the book, and the main character… …No? Just me? Yeah that’s what I thought.