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A novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Legion is a fast-paced, witty, and supremely fun thriller with a psychological bent.

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.


by Brandon Sanderson

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"My name is Stephen Leeds, and I am perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad."

In this 88-page novella, Brandon Sanderson introduces Stephen Leeds, a man with amazing intellectual abilities, who hallucinates his different areas of expertise as personified 'aspects'. Rich, reclusive and eccentric, Stephen is asked to used his unique abilities to find a runaway scientist and the extraordinary camera that he invented. Enlisting the help of his aspects, Stephen travels across the world to solve this puzzle.

The concept behind Legion is unique, and the way Stephen relates with his aspects makes for very good entertainment. Each of his aspects has a unique identity and a specific area of expertise, and they aid Stephen in solving problems, while bickering and keeping him company. Sanderson masterfully writes in a way that makes these aspects seem like real people with real problems, and there isn't a dull moment in the entire story. Between hunting down runaways, working with shady characters, and trying to escape sticky situations, Stephen's adventure plays out beautifully in a funny, fast and intriguing story. Though short, Legion adequately whets the appetite for its sequel, Skin Deep.

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Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 4 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names.

Violence/Gore:  A character shoots at a picture and punches holes in a wall; a car explodes with people in it; characters are kidnapped and tied up; a character suggests and describes violent killing; a character has a bloody stump where his hand has been cut off; in an extended scene, a character is brutally beaten and characters are shot and killed in a firefight; a character is injured by a gunshot; a character throws a grenade in room with people, causing injury.

Sex/Nudity:  A male character jokes about putting his ear to a woman's chest; characters are briefly seen kissing.

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Hallucination, murder, kidnapping.

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