Legion (novel series)

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Legion is a series of science fiction novellas written by American author Brandon Sanderson. The first book, titled Legion, was first published on August 31, 2012 by Subterranean Press, followed in November 2014 by Legion: Skin Deep. The books gained favorable reviews.


Sanderson wrote the first 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]



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: Skin Deep[edit]

Stephen Leeds, AKA Legion, is back with his aspects once again in tow. This time around Stephen is called on to help a friend after the mysterious disappearance of a body. His investigation is hampered by the interference of a trained assassin and the dead man's younger brother. Stephen and his invisible entourage face danger at every turn whilst looking into the body theft and the man's secretive work on human cells.[2]


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.[3] Legion TV rights were purchased by Lionsgate sometime in 2012.[4]

Planned books[edit]

Sanderson hopes to write a third Legion book eventually, though there are no concrete outline or plan for it as of 2016.[5]

Television rights[edit]

In 2013, Brandon Sanderson posted on his blog that Lionsgate has the rights for a Legion television show under option,[6] but in 2016 he wrote on reddit that interest for making a series had dwindled after a show with the same name featuring a similar character from Marvel Comics' X-Men universe was announced.[7]


  1. ^ Sanderson, Brandon. "Legion". Brandonsanderson.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Legion: Skin Deep". brandonsanderson.com. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  3. ^ Raets, Stefan (2012-09-05). "Legion by Brandon Sanderson". Far Beyond Reality. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Brandon Sanderson Tweet". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  5. ^ "State of the Sanderson: December 2016". 
  6. ^ "State of the Sanderson". 
  7. ^ "Brandon Sanderson (mistborn) comments on Marvel's Legion show".