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Friday, March 9, 2018

The Cosmere Universe in Graphic Form: White Sand, Vol 2 (Review)

Following the loss of most of his colleagues in a violent ambush, Kenton has become Lord Mastrell of the few remaining Sand Masters, magicians who can manipulate sand to do their bidding. With the ruling council poised against him, the hot-headed Kenton must become a diplomat to have any hope of preventing the eradication of his people forever. However, there’s another complication: assassins are coming for him from all directions, and Kenton’s only true ally is Khriss, a visitor from the other side of the planet who has an agenda of her own to pursue.


White Sand Volume 2 continues the New York Times bestselling series of graphic novels, bringing a crucial chapter of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere to life exclusively in a visual format.
White Sand, Volume 2
Brandon Sanderson (Author)
Rik Hoskin (Adapter)
Julius Gopez/Ross Cambell (Illustrations)
Pub Date: 2/20/18
Dynamite Entertainment
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Adventure
Rating: 5/5
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The follow up to Brandon Sanderson's White Sands graphic novel release is absolutely brilliant. The characters I so appreciated reading about are back for a new adventure and battles against monsters and men!

Kenton has stayed the hand of the Taisha ruling council for now. He has to persuade members to vote to keep the Sand Masters' Diem around, but he discovers hidden debts and the arrogance of the previous Sand Master leaders are not all he has to worry about. Assassins are coming after him left and right and his so-called protector Ais rejects the notion of sand mastery as anything other than heretical. Duchess Khriss has finally found the Diem and realizes that Kenton is the leader of the very people she's been searching for.

I know this story is just a drop in the bucket of the Cosmere universe as a whole, but as someone who hasn't read anything other than the White Sand graphic novel, I'm taken in by how much more complex the story has become. The levels of plot that emerge as the story continues gives me no doubt that this story in novel form would be just as engrossing. I have to say that it's a great introduction to the Cosmere universe especially because it's a graphic representation of the world these characters live, die, and fight in. With each chapter the state of Kenton's world becomes clearer. There's upheaval and the Sand Masters are just a little cog in a big wheel.

Change is afoot for the Sand Masters as Lord Mastrell Kenton does his best to undo the harm their legacy has caused. Duchess Khrissalla has to determine whether or not learning the secrets of sand mastery is worth the lifelong commitment to the Diem. I am more than excited for the third volume!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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