"flawed, but entertaining"
Medical Officer, Dr. Anya Rambo knew in her gut something
was amiss the day an unidentifiable object collided with
Staging Platform 13. Though it seemed to pose no immediate
threat, Anya suspected that the coffin-like object was far
more dangerous than it appeared. Long missions away from
home can take its toll on anyone, but when the female
crewmembers all started experiencing the same sensual
dream, Anya decided to investigate. Was the alien object
the cause of this strange phenomenon?
Legion was the last of his kind. He had travelled eons
alone without contact with other life forms. His energy
had been almost depleted. Clinging to the smallest spark
of life, Legion was near insanity from surviving for so
long amid the dark nothingness of space and time. Deprived
of sensation and contact with other beings, Legion barely
recognized the strange emotion that gripped him the moment
he saw Anya -- Desire. She was the one. His destined
mate. And he would have her...if only he could eliminate
the annoying presence of another male, Zavier.
Perhaps Legion wasn't the last of this kind after all.
LEGION was expanded from an original short novella, and
unfortunately it shows. Described as a story that features
2 heroes, Hero #2 (Zavier) shows up much too late in the
story. Zavier does little to earn his "hero" status and
this reader struggled to understand his appeal to anyone,
including Anya. Zavier provides much needed conflict in
the story, but really does nothing more than offer a slight
contrast to Legion's character (Hero #1) and ramp up the
sexual play of the story. Dropped subplots and the
omission of a clear conclusion add frustration to an
otherwise intriguing tale.
Anjou does manage to do a great job establishing a
futuristic universe and it would be interesting to see what
she is capable of creating if given more space to tell the
story. Despite the wayward plot and problematic execution,
LEGION is an entertaining, sensual read.
Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
Posted September 6, 2008