Saturday, October 1, 2016

Review: White Sand

28862254 White Sand by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a free copy through NetGalley from the Publisher in exchange for my honest, unbiased review* Thank you!

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 White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson's sprawling Cosmere universe.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.

Cover: Intense
Rating: 4 Stars
Overall: Exciting
Characters: Likeable
Plot: The Sand Masters are fear and revered by all, or they were. Now they are under attack and must rely on an unlikely hero if they are to survive!
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Source: NetGalley

 I am so glad I was able to read and finish this book! I have always enjoyed graphic novels, and am a fan of Sanderson after his work on the WoT series, but this is the first of his works that I have read outside of the WoT books. I am so glad they chose this one to make into his first graphic novel, and that he saved it for the right moment. With it's fun characters, exciting action, and plenty of promise, this it a series to follow!

Like any good graphic novel, the art says as much, sometimes more, than the words themselves. And this one not only tells an exciting story, but tells in such a way that you quickly find yourself liking the hero, and even the characters that are to become his allies, early on. As the story continues, it becomes clear that things will not be easy for our friends as the odds are stacked against them, and they must deal with some very bad people if they are to achieve their goals, and more so if they plan to stay alive! 

About the Author:
Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s Soul, Mistborn: Secret History, and a brand-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.

Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart .

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

Have you read any of Sanderson's work? What are your thoughts on Graphic Novels? Do you have any you would recommend? I'm still pretty new to GNs, I've read some here and there, but I'm just starting to really try to find some I enjoy, and not just reading the ones I happen to get handed to me. :P

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