Legion (novella)

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Legion is a science fiction novella written by American author Brandon Sanderson. It was first published on August 31, 2012 by Subterranean Press. It gained favorable reviews.


Sanderson wrote the story on the flight home from France in the summer of 2011. It "came from an idea I'd been kicking around in my head for a few months, and the time seemed right to explore it on paper. When finished, I sent it out to my agent - and we had a Hollywood option by the end of the year.[1]

Plot introduction[edit]

Legion tells the story of Stephen Leeds, better known as 'Legion', a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate multitude of personae. He is a brilliant problem solver, rich and quite good at what he does, helped by his hallucinations. However, he would rather be left alone, and that means no researchers or psychologists who want to get to the bottom of his abilities.

But then Legion receives a letter with a mysterious, impossible picture, and he can't resist traveling the world to search for answers. He must track down a missing inventor who disappeared with a camera that can take pictures of the past. Helped by Monica, who is also searching for the inventor, he travels to Jerusalem to solve the problem.


Legion has been well received by reviewers, one commenting: "This is the first time I wish a Brandon Sanderson story was longer than it ended up being. Maybe we'll get to read more about Stephen "Legion" Leeds in future stories or novels, if Sanderson finds the time between all his other projects. Leeds is definitely a character with enough depth to lead an entire novel, or even a series. Based on this short teaser novella and Sanderson's writing talent, Legion could be the starting point for a great contemporary fantasy/crime hybrid.[2] Legion TV rights were purchased by Lionsgate sometime in 2012. [3]


On February 4, 2014 Sanderson announced on his official Twitter account that he was working on a sequel called Skin Deep, presumably to be released in Fall 2014.[citation needed] On April 4, 2014 Sanderson completed the first draft of the new novella, which will be twice the length of the previous story about Leeds.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Sanderson, Brandon. "Legion". Brandonsanderson.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ Raets, Stefan (2012-09-05). "Legion by Brandon Sanderson". Far Beyond Reality. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Brandon Sanderson Tweet". Retrieved 2014-04-04.