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Legion Hardcover – August 31, 2012

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This is an awesome concept with awesome characters and that familiar Sanderson style of writing. Fantasy Book Review

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson was born in Nebraska in 1975. Since then he has written, amongst others The Mistborn books and begun the internationally bestselling Stormlight Archive. He was also chosen by Robert Jordan's family to complete Jordan's Wheel of Time Sequence. He lives in Utah. Visit his website at, follow him on Twitter at and like him on Facebook at Read his blogs at and

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition edition (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596064854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596064850
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (548 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

January 2015 marks the release of Firefight, the sequel to Steelheart. When only evil people gain super powers and become tyrants, it's up to normal people to hunt them down. There is a free 5-chapter preview ebook of Steelheart here on Amazon that you should check out, with a corresponding sampler audiobook on Audible. My Firefight book tour in the US lasts throughout January.

Recent short releases are Legion: Skin Deep (sequel to Legion), the further investigations of an average man whose many hallucinations are all experts in their own fields, and also my novella Sixth of the Dusk, set in the same universe as Mistborn and Stormlight, revolving around an attack on an island trapper's way of life.

My biggest recent epic fantasy is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be. October 2015 and January 2016 will also see the release of two new Mistborn books, Shadows of Self and Bands of Mourning.

Mistborn and the Stormlight Archive are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Bret Jordan on September 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The world considers Stephen Leeds a genius. Psychologists want to study him, and the rest of the world would like to use him to fix problems nobody else can. Stephen just wants to be left alone, well alone as anyone can be when they have extraordinary friends that only they can see. It's how he got the title of genius. If he runs into a problem one of his "friends" comes in to help. You see, Stephen is psychotic. He has a mental disorder that causes him to dream up imaginary people, with imaginary personalities and emotional quirks that give them a level of detail that would make almost anyone believe in them, if anyone but Stephen could see them.

In Legion Stephen Leeds shows the reader how extraordinary his `problem' is when he works on a case to track down a missing scientist. The strange man has created a camera that takes pictures of the past, and the company who financed the development of the camera wants control of the device.

Brandon Sanderson has shown his imaginative brilliance in this unique tale. In Stephen Leeds he has created a bizarre character who imagines other bizarre characters that work together to make a single individual who is amazing in his depth and uniqueness. That in itself is a solid piece of the story, but the camera is another, at least in the ramifications of such a device. In Legion Brandon Sanderson takes the camera and asks what are the potential hazard of such a device to politics, religion, and blackmail. He shows that such a camera would be a wonderful device, but one that could bolster, or destroy all our beliefs. Would the world be prepared for such truths, and would such a camera do more to destroy or help?

If you're looking for a story that is truly unique with a little mystery, comedy, and science fiction then I would strongly recommend this tale.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mathachew on September 13, 2012
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Infinity Blade: Awakening showcased Brandon Sanderson is his element, bringing an addicting story with a lot of potential, only to end just when the story got its hooks deep in you, leaving you wanting so much more. Legion, though different and not nearly as deep, is as entertaining, though not as fulfilling. Do not let that dissuade you, however. Legion provides plenty of entertainment.

The many hallucinations of Stephen Leeds provide a great variety of personalities that play well off each other and the protagonist. Sanderson continues to show his humor with an abundance of wit in how each hallucination behaves and interacts with each other and the real world. They are a treat to read and in typical Sanderson fashion, the plot is swift and engaging enough. Legion, though, is too short for my liking, which is why I did not give it five stars. Definitely a solid four, maybe four and a half.

Legion shares a similar trait to The Alloy of Law: both felt like incomplete stories, but Legion's even more so. I know it is a novella and they are supposed to be short, but that does not change how I felt when I finished both novels. It almost seems as if Sanderson did not want or did not have the time to finish the full story and instead provided a tantalizing, though mildly frustrating, cliffhanger. Ultimately it is a minor grievance, though I wish Sanderson spent a few more days finishing the story.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By troubadour on September 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Earlier this year, I heard that Subterranean Press was going to be releasing a signed, limited edition Brandon Sanderson novella. It was a no-brainer of a pre-order. And, boy was I glad to get it. I snagged copy 295!

When it came last week, I sat down and really enjoyed this little gem. It's a fun story that makes a great Saturday Morning read. The plot's fun, if a bit simplistic for a Sanderson work. Of course, the length of the work does limit how much can go into it. It had several really enjoyable aspects, though. I liked the idea of exploring the lines between sanity and insanity. And there is an absolutely hilarious romantic interlude that I had to read over a couple of times just to get how kooky it was.

So, as you can guess, I didn't purchase this novel from Amazon. And I actually payed a lot more than the Amazon price to get LEGION. But there's a reason that I got it the way that I did. I rarely buy books in a physical format anymore. If I really want to read something, I get it for my kindle or I borrow it from the library. I do this with comics and movies, too. It's just less expensive in the long run, and it saves on space. But there are some things I want to own. I want the pleasure of possession. And Sanderson's novels fall into this category. It's going onto the shelf next to all the other pretty Sanderson novels to be adored. Every once in a while, I'll take it down and mutter something about "precious," eat some raw fish, and indulge in a phlegmy cough.

Between this, the Mistborn Adventure Game, and The Emperor's Soul, I've got plenty of collecting to add to the shelf this year.

Just a quick edit. I've decided to purchase the e-book version of this through amazon.
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