I’m a big fan of Brandon Sanderson’s books and his latest novella, Legion, didn’t disappoint. It is the story of Stephen Leeds who sees people that his mind creates. It is a release valve to keep him from going insane and to deal with the great amount of information that his brain can process. The mind constructs all have different personalities and are created to reflect various personality traits.
In Legion, Leeds is asked to help track down the inventor of a camera that apparently photograph the past. The inventor has fled with the only working version of the camera. Leeds figures out that the inventor has gone to Jerusalem, but when he follows, he finds himself thrown into danger.
Leeds reminds me Odd Thomas written by Dean Koontz. Odd Thomas sees dead people, including Elvis, who help him unravel mysteries in much the same way that Leeds’ mind constructs help him.
Legion is a bit of a departure for Sanderson since it’s a modern fantasy rather than the fantasies set in different worlds that he has written previously. Legion is a novella, but I would like to see him appear in a full novel.