Monday, June 20, 2016

White Sand, The Brilliant First Volume in Brandon Sanderson's Never Before Published New Series (Review)

A brand new saga of magic and adventure by #1 New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson.

On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss -- a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own.

White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson’s sprawling Cosmere universe. The story has been adapted by Rik Hoskin (Mercy Thompson), with art by Julius Gopez and colors by Ross Campbell. Employing powerful imagery and Sanderson’s celebrated approach to magical systems, White Sand is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure.

White Sand
Brandon Sanderson (Author)
Rik Hoskin (Adapter)
Julius Gopez/Ross Cambell (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: July 5, 2016
Dynamite Entertainment
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

White Sand is the brilliant first volume in Brandon Sanderson’s new graphic novel series. Page after page is filled with a colorful adventure just waiting to grab you by the hand and pull you in further. This is definitely the way to get familiarized with Sanderson.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this story, but I must say that having no expectations made discovering this world like taking in a breath of fresh air. The story begins with Daysider Kenton, a sand acolent striving to prove that, though little of power he may be, he can still take hold of the high rank Mastrell. Though Kenton starts on a path he believes will gain his father’s respect, the path twists when the Diem is attacked and he assumes the most powerful rank in his profession.

How such a complex world has been exquisitely depicted in this format is beyond me, but I’m no less happy for it. The universe is diverse, grand, and most of all unique. The characters are witty and real and introduced in a way that doesn’t feel like a bombardment. The building of Kenton’s world unfurls at an easy pace. Every scene emphasizes the connections throughout the plot and how the lines are being drawn between one side and another. The execution of this tale is well done and precisely what a true fan of fantasy and adventure would be looking for. There's just enough intrigue to draw readers in, determined to get to the bottom of whatever plot is afoot.

White Sand sets the stage for the rest of the series, but by the end you’ll be eagerly anticipating the next volume. This high impact beginning will dazzle and impress you while making a home in your memory. No, White Sand will not quickly be forgotten!

*eARC received in exchange for honest review*

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