Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Savage Legion (Savage Rebellion, #1)” as Want to Read:
Savage Legion (Savage Rebellion, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Savage Legion

(Savage Rebellion #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  148 reviews
An epic fantasy by Hugo Award–winning author Matt Wallace about a utopian city with a dark secret…and the underdogs who will expose it, or die trying.

They call them Savages. Brutal. Efficient. Expendable.

The empire relies on them. The Savages are the greatest weapon they ever developed. Culled from the streets of their cities, they take the ones no one will miss and thro
Hardcover, 498 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Savage Legion, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Malcolm Morris Violence - lots. One of the 3 interlinked stories is about a legion of sword wielding semi-trained infantry.
Sex - almost none. One scene lets you kno…more
Violence - lots. One of the 3 interlinked stories is about a legion of sword wielding semi-trained infantry.
Sex - almost none. One scene lets you know two female characters who have been flirting finally got together when they wake up naked in bed together. One of them idly suggests inviting the guard outside their door to join them.
Cursing - plenty. The book is full of soldiers, gutter rats and other lo-lifes. The language is appropriate without being over the top. In my opinion obviously. YMMV
Age? Hard to say from my advanced years. I'd have been fine with it in my early teens. Can't speak for anyone else.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.04  · 
Rating details
 ·  376 ratings  ·  148 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Savage Legion (Savage Rebellion, #1)
Rick Riordan
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this fantasy from Matt Wallace! We are plunged into the world of Crache, a nation once ruled by nobility, but which centuries ago underwent a revolution that put committees and cooperatives ("Gens") in charge of society. Officially, life in Crache is a paradise. Everyone contributes, everyone shares resources. The Aegins keep the peace in the cities. The Planning Cadre comes up with new technologies to make life better. The Gens provide all necessary services. The Skrain warrior ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Savage Legion
Savage Rebellion #1
By: Matt Wallace
Narrated by: Lameece Issaq

This is an epic adventure with three strong women characters, each with a different strength. One is a warrior that is pretending to be just a common street person that got caught up with everyone else that is used as battle fodder. She is to save a guy she knows and once loved but know is married to someone very important. Someone she promised to return him to. The other woman is disabled. She lives by her brains and wit.
Rebecca Roanhorse
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An epic fantasy with a unique world and smart competent characters. Layers of politics and intrigue that have our heroes challenging their beliefs about their world and seeking to make a better one. Lots of big ideas about political and economic systems mingle with detailed action scenes to make for a strong and often thoughtful story with an all female-led cast. I did miss an emotional connection to the characters. Clearly that's a YMMV opinion, but I found the writing style kept the characters ...more
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
➡ If it’s not too soon to ask, can you please provide an out-of-context quote from the book to get readers pumped to read Savage Legion?

“Do you know what the most dangerous thing in the world is, Slider?”

“The alley between Wan’s butcher shop and the gambling parlor in the Bottoms?”

Ku the wind dragon begins puffing air in short bursts through the spiky tubes on his back.

From the way Edger’s shoulders rises and fall, she realizes this is the way he laughs out loud.

“That may very well be the mos
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-arcs
2.5 stars

I have no idea why the synopsis doesn't tell you that this is a book with multiple POVs. There are three, to be exact. So when I read that one woman/warrior was about to infiltrate the Savage Legion to find the man she loved and more (which is a great premise to me), I had a clear vision in my head and I thought that what I was listening to was the same woman but it wasn't. One of the POVs is actually the wife of the man while the warrior is more of an old love.

The titles of each chapt
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, favorites
I hoped that this would be good, but I didn't expect to love it half as much as I did! This was such a new and inventive epic fantasy, I am already anxiously waiting for the sequel. I highly recommend this one, full review to come soon!

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

Savage Legion is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2020 thus far! I was excited to read Savage Legion and I knew it had a ton of promise, but I had absolutely no idea that I would be hooked almost immediately and
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
Synopsis: A politician's got lost in the secretive world of a superficially happy state. Behind the curtains, there are ugly ghettos, and a police state with hidden dictatorial rulers. The three main characters find their way through the impenetrable surface in different angles:

See that armed girl on the cover? Red and fiery is Evie's part, just like the cover indicates. She is a drunk brawler forced into the eponymous Savage Legion, cannon fodder in the battles for the expansion of the country.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5*, actually. Waiting the next book in tve series!
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first third - actually, probably the first half - is a slog of infodumping and worldbuilding. Once Wallace gets all that out of the way the story is really good, with swerves that are surprising and rewarding.

Three main storylines: Evie's, who is conscripted into a totally expendable infantry force called the Savage Legion. She was hauled to jail for drunk-and-disorderly, and upon waking finds herself indentured to the military for a minimum of 100 battles. There's also Lexie. In this world
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy, 2020, epic
I liked it. It feels more like three blended novellas blended than a typical multi-POV epic fantasy. Dyewan's, a disabled but ingenious girl, story was my favorite. It's rare to see authors proving their characters' ingenuity instead of just making claims, and Wallace succeeded at it.

The book contains too many POVs to my liking, and it uses omniscient-like narration I'm not sure I enjoy. Other than that, it's interesting, violent, and gory, but also clever.

It's scorching hot outside and I don't
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Epic Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Savage Legion is the first installment in author Matt Wallace's Savage Rebellion new epic fantasy trilogy. The story itself is set in a fictional place called Crache. Crache was once a nation led by nobility like England. But, centuries ago, the nation underwent a revolution that put committees and cooperatives ("Gens") in charge of society. Everyone is supposed to contribute and share resources. The Aegins keep the peace. The Plannin
Lady H
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
“A ruler is a target. A bureaucracy, on the other hand, is an endless forest in which the discontent lose both their way and their will to rebel, with nowhere and no one to focus their ire upon. We give them no direction, no bull's-eye for any anger or frustration or malice they may harbor against the state.”

I think the best word to describe this book is interesting. It's got a lot of big ideas it's intent on exploring, and it does so with aplomb. It doesn't so much subvert tropes as it brea
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy epic fantasy, pick this one up!

Reading Savage Legion, (thankfully this is book #1 so there will be more!), by Matt Wallace, I can see how this gifted author has won the Hugo award!

Female leads, dark secrets, underdogs, and soldiers/warriors who are considered 'expendable', all add up to a fascinating story and incredible ride.

Once I started, I couldn't put this one down! I can't wait for more in this series and more from Matt Wallace!
Highly recommend!
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads, fantasy
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A fantasy novel that focuses on all the wrong things. There's an evil empire with a corrupt government, and an enemy, but the book is focused on Speaking Truth to Power and the sexuality of one character than what the novel is supposed to be about.

Millennials might dig it.
C.L. Clark
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
One of the best books I've read this year. I loved the characters, I loved the take on the world and the idea of utopia. All of my favorite particular catnip. I you like smart fantasy, this is one for you. ...more
Constanze Scheib
“The most dangerous thing in the world is a story.”
5 stars are not enough! It’s been a long time, since a fantasy-novel got me that invested.
“Savage Legion” tackles ableism, poverty, privilege, gender, and corruption, while entertaining us with a lot of action and humour. I can’t tell you enough, how much I fell in love with the three female main characters. Evie is fierce, Dyeawan highly intelligent and Lexi resilient. Their journeys are breathtaking. I can’t wait for the next book in the seri
Mar 28, 2018 marked it as get-on-my-shelf-already  ·  review of another edition
2020, why you so far away, still?



3) A quote from the book here SPEAKS OF A WIND DRAGON!?
Susan Beamon
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is kind of a longish book and the perfect start for a trilogy or longer. The blurb on the back would make you think this is a military story, with battles and tactics. Hold your horses, that's only part of it. You will not believe what else is waiting for you.
We have Evie, who has another name. She is conscripted into the Savage Legion so she can find someone who is missing. He partly plays the trophy of the quest several people are on. But don't pay him much attention now.
We also have Dyea
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. So many of the books that promise "savage" actions fall short. This book definitely met its promised savagery. Because of that, some people may find it overly gory, but I really liked the dimension it added to the characters, it made the story feel so much more desperate. (in a good way) I also love the cover on this book. It's really pretty, and looks amazing on my bookshelf.

This book had a ton of characters. Sometimes that can be a problem, but I found every charact
Gregg Buford
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I am not sure what this about but from the title I thought it was some type of military fantasy. It is that I think but it is certainly more than that. The political aspects of this are enough to have you debating the wrongs and rights of the system and trying to figure out how this system really works. I kept thinking of it as bureaucratic dictatorship. Some people also will enjoy figuring out what cultures this book is based on maybe. I can see the comparisons of this world's government with g ...more
Brian Mcclain
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story follows three characters in a world with a good deal of complexity in it's building. Evie finds herself in the titular Legion, fighting among a group supposed to be comprised of those who've broken laws repaying society, but is it? She's got a few secrets and is more than she seems, but that won't matter if she ends up dead. She has ties to Lexie, someone whose navigating life with her husband gone, presumed dead or treasonous. Finally we have Slider whose real name is long and escape ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it

This book has a bunch of things I don't normally like, including an insane body toll, an ending where everything is dark, literal eugenics, betrayals, a utopia gone wrong, but I'm here pounding my clipboard on the table, agitating for NEXT BOOK. I am happy to report that Matt Wallace, who is very decent on twitter, has not betrayed me with this book.

It looses a star because it pulled the plot point of a seemingly reasonable person who makes some very good points that we like turns out
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
One of the better fantasy books I've read in some time and I read a lot of fantasy books. I wish Goodreads would allow half stars because this book is just short of 5 stars. It has an interesting world. plots within plots, characters that grow and you care about and a lot of other things going for it. Its prose is a bit rough and simplistic at times and for hat and that alone keeps it from being a 5 star book. I look forward to the next book in the series.

This is among the best of the current f
Tracy Hoffman
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
There's a lot to like about this female-led fantasy with its multiple POVs, each of which reveal distinct and fascinating aspects of a complex and intriguing world, vivid action sequences, and quieter moments in which the realm of ideas, particularly about economic and political systems, is where the real battle is being fought. While the pacing and world building were, on occasion, a little uneven, the story nevertheless keeps the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next. It's a stron ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
An enjoyable read full of political/religious/economic commentary with a good mix of action and machinations. Will be interesting to see how this one develops.

Greatly enjoyed the variety of female viewpoints and the physical diversity of characters.
Jul 21, 2020 marked it as to-be-read-books-from-publisher
This is definitely outside of my comfort zone! The writing style is so enticing and I’m looking forward to broadening my horizons!

Thank you Saga Press for a finished copy to review!
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start. Next!
Michelle Willms
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Savages are expendable fighters the empire uses to fight its wars. The empire scrapes the Savages up from the streets, the prisons, the areas where the poor live, and anywhere else a possible fighting body might lurk. Then, the empire throws these people at the other side.

Evie isn't a Savage, but she's a warrior who's imitating a Savage in order to be conscripted into the Savage Legion so she can search for someone who has disappeared. His wife thinks he might have been thrown into the Sava
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is really fantastic, and i can not wait to read the second installment. While it may look like a book about war and bloodshed, it really is about the ways we learn our place in the world and fight the powers that be and the institutions in which we find ourselves. The book is told through three women who are indomitable.
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Bookish First Rea...: Savage Legion by Matt Wallace 6 18 May 18, 2020 12:03PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Sin in the Steel (The Fall of the Gods, #1)
  • Ashes of the Sun (Burningblade & Silvereye, #1)
  • Unconquerable Sun (The Sun Chronicles, #1)
  • Sweep with Me (Innkeeper Chronicles, #4.5)
  • A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1)
  • Come See the Living Dryad
  • Crispin's Model
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic
  • The Glass Magician
  • Ride the Devil's Herd: Wyatt Earp's Epic Battle Against the West's Biggest Outlaw Gang
  • Black Leviathan
  • Hour of the Assassin
  • Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion
  • A Red Sun Rises
  • The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire, #1)
  • A Mound Over Hell
  • Xenos (Eisenhorn #1)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

Savage Rebellion (2 books)
  • Savage Bounty (Savage Rebellion #2)

News & Interviews

If you've got an overflowing Want to Read shelf of books that you keep meaning to get to (one day!), you're in good company. Our company, that...
115 likes · 40 comments
“A ruler is a target. A bureaucracy, on the other hand, is an endless forest in which the discontent lose both their way and their will to rebel, with nowhere and no one to focus their ire upon. We give them no direction, no bull's-eye for any anger or frustration or malice they may harbor against the state.” 0 likes
More quotes…