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Review: Legion – Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

By / December 12, 2014 / no comments

Psychologists and even Stephen Leeds himself (main character), cannot define what he has. Schizophrenia is a close approximation but not entirely correct. Multiple personalities isn’t right either. What Leeds has are Aspects. Leeds has imaginary Aspects that are part of him. They each (there are 8) have a different role to play. Ivy, helps Leeds in social situations, J.C. is his tactical assistant etc. Leeds himself is an “ordinary” detective, no powers, not much knowledge. Everything he does, he gets help from his Aspects. Now the difference here is that Leeds treats each of his Aspects as real people. He opens the door for them, when he goes to a restaurant, he has to get enough seats for the Aspects that are with him then and there. If they don’t come with him to missions, then he can’t use those expertise. Crazy right?

In Skin Deep (Book 2, but completely self contained), Leeds has been hired by a man called Yol, an old acquaintance, to solve the disappearance of a Corpse. Usually, missing corpses aren’t a big deal and don’t need a detective, but this one is of an upcoming scientist. This scientist was researching how to store digital data inside the cells of a human body, and Yol is afraid that this corpse has crucial data relating to his company.

I think Sanderson does a good job of getting the suspense just right. The humour and how the main character Leeds interacts with his Aspects has you rooting for him to do well, but also to giggle at all the craziness of the situation. I got the audio book of this story free from Audible (still free as this blog is published). The narrator Oliver Wyman, does a really good job of keeping me interested, and has a knack for differentiating the different characters, females included.

Overall all, I liked the story, but the ending seemed a bit flat. If you want something short and sweet, then this could do it for you. If you know someone who isn’t a big fantasy person, then this book could also appeal to them.

(note: I don’t usually listen to audio books, but as these are short they can be listened to at gym sessions or what not)

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Ben

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