Review: Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Vol.1 HC

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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.

Within White Sand, traditional fantasy comes to life, in this intriguing blend of action, suspense, and mystery. The misfit son of a high ranking Sand Masters, is the only one left alive after most of his kin are slain at what was meant to be a joyous celebration. Somehow afterward his power fails him, yet comes back much stronger for some reason. As he attempts to figure out why, along with why his kin were slaughtered, he finds himself forced to defend the remaining Sand Masters from being dissolved by the ruling body.

The art by Julius Gopez is a nice blend of contrast as the novel progress. Gopez manages to subtlety add in more color as Kenton travels with the people who found him alive. The cities seem to get increasingly detailed, as they grow larger.

Story: Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin Art: Julius Gopez
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review