Legion (series)

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Legion is a series of three novellas by Brandon Sanderson. The series explicitly explores a "psychology-as-superpower" theme that runs through many of Brandon's works, and he describes them as the "most personal stories" he has ever written.[1] No further stories are currently planned, but the character could return in other forms of media such as television.[2]

Books[edit]

The first two novellas were released as standalone stories; Subterranean Press published limited leatherbound hardcover editions,[3] while Dragonsteel Entertainment published the ebooks. Dragonsteel later published new hardcover editions when Subterranean's editions became harder to find.[4][5] The third and final novella was published by Tor Books as part of an omnibus collecting all three novellas entitled Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds. The three novellas are separate, but written to provide a cohesive story.[1][6]

The chapter heading images, which resemble inkblots that evolve to form an image, were designed by Isaac Stewart.[7]

Year Title Order Length Notes Refs
2012 Legion #1 Novella Limited edition hardcover published by Subterranean Press
Hardcover and ebook published by Dragonsteel Entertainment
[8]
2014 Legion: Skin Deep #2 Novella Limited edition hardcover published by Subterranean Press
Hardcover and ebook published by Dragonsteel Entertainment
[5]
2018 Legion: Lies of the Beholder #3 Novella Limited edition hardcover published by Subterranean Press
Ebook published by Tor Books
[6]


Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds Collects #1-3 Omnibus Ebook, hardcover, and trade paperback published by Tor Books [4]

Setting[edit]

Legion is set in an alternative universe Earth which seems to be equivalent to ours up to the 21st century. Stephen Leeds' abilities are largely explained in-world as psychological phenomena combined with his genius intellect and photographic memory, although certain events seem to have supernatural influence. Leeds is also an unreliable narrator due to ongoing mental struggles. Real-life entities such as the FBI, Lexus, and SIG Sauer are mentioned,[9][10][11] but there are some technological developments that exceed any parallels in the real world, such as a virtual reality "holodeck".[12]

Cover Gallery[edit]

Legion · Skin Deep · Lies of the Beholder · The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

Notes[edit]

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