Legion is a fiction novel of the supernatural thriller genre. The book is a sequel to Blatty's novel The Exorcist. The book was adapted into a feature film in titled, The Exorcist III , which was written and directed by Blatty himself. The story opens with the discovery of a twelve-year-old boy who has been murdered and crucified on a pair of rowing oars.
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After the events in the previous novel The Exorcist, Blatty brings Kinderman back for another well written tale: Legion. Years after the loss of Father Damien Karras, Kinderman faces another troubling case.
He has to investigate a series of murders with clues that lead him to a hospital and ultimately the psych ward. Eventually, he faces a part of his past he thought was deceased. There are certainly some intense moments and plenty to enjoy in this read. Of course, the novel is more in depth and boasts more characters. A lot of the events from this story are absent from the film, making this a more explanatory version. The film version of The Exorcist does a better job of following the book than the film based on Legion.
The movie, however, is still amazing, the second best movie in the series. So the downside? The movie has a much better ending than the book, which is unusual. Normally the book is far superior to the movie but the ending of Legion leaves much to be desired. I still recommend it to Blatty fans, a well as fans of dark crime. Its not as frightening as The Exorcist but I still had trouble putting it down. At times he thought or said things that had nothing to do with what was taking place, more like mindless ramblings.
I just put this down as the uniqueness of the character. Bottom line: is it worth the read? It may not be on the level of The Exorcist and the movie may have a better ending but Legion is still a fun ride. I will most likely read both of these Blatty novels again…soon. Order it here. I just recently watched the first 2 movies again. I love the second one too.
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Legion: A Novel from the Author of The Exorcist
By William Peter Blatty. From the author of The Exorcist -- Legion , a classic tale of horror, is back in print! A young boy is found horribly murdered in a mock crucifixion. Is the murderer the elderly woman who witnessed the crime? A neurologist who can no longer bear the pain life inflicts on its victims?