Book Review: White Sand vol. 1 by Brandon Sanderson

White-Sand-Vol.-1-TPB-2016A 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White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson s sprawling Cosmere universe.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.”

Grit. That’s one of the things that I could see clearly in the protagonist, Kenton, of this comic book. I really enjoyed reading White Sand as it introduced me to a lot of new magic system. What do we expect from a Brandon Sanderson book, right? I learned here the multiple entities of a divided tribe is one of the conflicts that Kenton needs to overcome. Another thing is how will he establish a new reputation where people in their society is afraid of them because of how they could wield sand sorcery when others couldn’t. I think the biggest challenges that Kenton has to deal with in the Trilogy is how would he build their name and their tribe while trying to convince the lord to trust him and putting his trust to the right person.

There is a lot of transition in this comic book from different point of views. Happenings that I think relevant to the final story of the book but I haven’t internalized which and who’s to root and trust for in this book. Kind of scary since the story offers a different tone from what I used to in a Sanderson novel. Maybe, I need to read the prose of White Sand to fully understand the book.

Given with the amazing artworks and compelling transition and execution in the book. I don’t think I could relate or understand Kenton at times. He looks arrogant, self-centered, and a little bit aggressive for me. He may know what he wants but I don’t think its enough. Maybe, I’m wrong but that’s how I perceived his character. There are also times that I couldn’t connect with his mindset. At some point, it was not engaging enough but what keeps me from reading the book is the side characters – they are interesting and mysterious enough that I want to know their backstory. Speaking of backstory, I think one of the factors that I’m trying to find in here is Kenton’s backstory. I mean, we’ve seen his relationship with his father or how cruel his father to him but did we see enough to see his flaws and be empathetic towards him? I don’t think so.

Characters in White Sand are diverse. They are unique and awesome with each of their own characteristics. There are bits of introduction to them that I’m looking forward to but I’m not that engaged with them as I am hooked with other Sanderson books.

White Sand vol. 1 by Brandon Sanderson is a good comic book but I think there is something more lacking in the story. I think a trilogy wouldn’t be enough to execute every detail that Brandon Sanderson wants to portray with the story. Although the artwork is exceptional – it would be amazing if there would be more character build-up and back stories from other characters that have significant roles in the end. It is an okay read if you want a break from reading his long novels but don’t expect that much.


(In my Goodreads rating, I rated this four stars but after writing my book review I changed it since I don’t think it deserves that half star.)

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38550Brandon’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 KingsThe 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.


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