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Underpowered and overwhelmed, Kenton tries to hold the Sand Masters together as forces political and personal conspire against them. Now, in one final push, Kenton must tap the most dangerous depths of his own abilities to combat the enemies within his ow


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Underpowered and overwhelmed, Kenton tries to hold the Sand Masters together as forces political and personal conspire against them. Now, in one final push, Kenton must tap the most dangerous depths of his own abilities to combat the enemies within his ow

30 review for Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Volume 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petrik

    2.5/5 stars This was better than the previous book, but overall,the quality of this series—the adaptation, to be more precise—was a huge disservice towards Sanderson’s imagination. I’ve said what I needed to say before; Sanderson is one of my favorite authors of all time, and my criticisms regarding the previous volumes of White Sand still holds true in this final volume. It’s odd; when I’m reading Sanderson’s Cosmere novels, I tend to think that his novels would’ve worked really well in manga/ani 2.5/5 stars This was better than the previous book, but overall,the quality of this series—the adaptation, to be more precise—was a huge disservice towards Sanderson’s imagination. I’ve said what I needed to say before; Sanderson is one of my favorite authors of all time, and my criticisms regarding the previous volumes of White Sand still holds true in this final volume. It’s odd; when I’m reading Sanderson’s Cosmere novels, I tend to think that his novels would’ve worked really well in manga/anime format. However, that’s not the case with White Sand adaptation; maybe, in the end, it all comes down to the adaptation itself being a mess. I mean, the characterizations weren’t fleshed out at all, the changes in art directions felt off, and the dialogues weren't engaging. This adaptation relied heavily on poorly paced dialogues and the artworks weren’t enough to give justice towards the deep characterizations,magic system, world-building, and complexities usually contained in Sanderson’s Cosmere novels. I’m just glad this series is finally over. Frankly speaking, if it weren’t for completion's sake (I have to read everything Cosmere related okay) and the fact that there are no more Cosmere novels for me to read at the moment, I really wouldn’t have bothered with reading this. Overall, White Sand graphic novel adaptions was a disappointment for me, and I hope in the future Sanderson will consider who he lent his work to adapt his brilliant imaginations more because right now, I truly believe that reading the manuscript of his unpolished WhiteSand would bring a better experience than this. Series Review: White Sand, Volume 1: 3.5/5 stars White Sand, Volume 2: 1/5 stars White Sand, Volume 3: 2.5/5 stars White Sand: 7/15 stars You can find the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valliya Rennell

    3.25 stars *White-Sand spoilers ahead* Story : ★★★.5 The story improved drastically over these three volumes. There were a lot of emotional and powerful moments here. Two that especially stood out to me as done very well were the battle between Drile and Kenton and the moment when Ais votes for the Diem. These moments wove the story, art, and writing together very well and actually made me really enjoy this third moment. The story itself was left quite unresolved. Although I didn't love this gr 3.25 stars *White-Sand spoilers ahead* Story : ★★★.5 The story improved drastically over these three volumes. There were a lot of emotional and powerful moments here. Two that especially stood out to me as done very well were the battle between Drile and Kenton and the moment when Ais votes for the Diem. These moments wove the story, art, and writing together very well and actually made me really enjoy this third moment. The story itself was left quite unresolved. Although I didn't love this graphic novel series, I did enjoy it enough. If more will come out, I will be sure to pick them up. I am interested in seeing Darkside, exploring religion, finding out how Khriss becomes a world-hopper etc. I literally also just realised that Hoid made an appearance at the end when Baon shows a HUGE affinity for sand mastery. Overall, story was enticing and much better than previous instalments. That being said, there were a bunch of small moments that I really didn't care about. For example: Aarik turning all dark and emo. Like ok, but why then does nothing change later anyway? He turns and disappears. This is why I hope there is a Volume 4, I need explanations and more "fleshing out" of characters, the world, and other plot-lines. Writing : ★★★.25 This is yet another aspect that kept improving. Where it was the worst by far element of the first volume, it is a strong element. The language is purposeful. Most of the dialogue is engaging and doesn't sound/seem fake. The writing's placement was also useful when it came to creating emotional moments and explanations that didn't seem like what happened in the first volume. Nice improvement. Art : ★★★ I really have nothing new to add here, for thoughts see my review of Volume 2. (scroll down) ----------------------- Books in Cosmere: Mistborn: Era 1 #1 The Final Empire: ★★★.5 #2 The Well of Ascension: ★★★★.25 #3 The Hero of Ages: ★★★★.5 Era 2 #1 The Alloy of Law: ★★★ #2 Shadows of Self: ★★★.25 #3 The Bands of Mourning: ★★★.5 Novellas / Short-Stories: Mistborn: Secret History: ★★★★.25 The Emperor's Soul: ★★★★.25 Standalones: Elantris: ★★★.5 Warbreaker: ★★★.75 The Stormlight Archive: #1 The Way of Kings: ★★★★★ #2 Words of Radiance: ★★★★.75 White Sand: #1 Volume One: ★★ #2 Volume Two: ★★★ #3 Volume Three: ★★★.25

  3. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    This was the best book of the series in my opinion. Brandon wrapped up just about all the story lines in a convincing and satisfying way. I'm still not enjoying the artwork. It gets the job done. The story is good, but for some reason it does drag a little for me. I don't think it's the story, I think it's simply the form. I don't know that a comic is the best way to convey this story across. I feel like details and connections were dropped. I am impressed with how our protag saved the Diem and g This was the best book of the series in my opinion. Brandon wrapped up just about all the story lines in a convincing and satisfying way. I'm still not enjoying the artwork. It gets the job done. The story is good, but for some reason it does drag a little for me. I don't think it's the story, I think it's simply the form. I don't know that a comic is the best way to convey this story across. I feel like details and connections were dropped. I am impressed with how our protag saved the Diem and got all the votes he needed. It was well earned and well done. All the characters seemed to have acted from their own space and for their own purposes. I don't know if this is a 3 volumes and done, or if there is actually more story coming. It does feel like there is a door open for the story to go forward. What is dayside like? This is about an underdog succeeding. It is a satisfying arc. I am looking to really dive into Brandon's work and this was a good place to jump off from. It was a great idea well executed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Manisha

    I was unsure whether my lack of enjoyment of the series stemmed from the story being lacking or whether it was due to Brandon Sanderson’s work not being effectively translated into a graphic novel format. As I have completed this series, I can safely assume that it is a bit of both. Elantris was my least favourite Sanderson story… until now. Considering the fact that my love for Sanderson’s work increases with each new book, I think the story of White Sands, although a compelling premise, is not I was unsure whether my lack of enjoyment of the series stemmed from the story being lacking or whether it was due to Brandon Sanderson’s work not being effectively translated into a graphic novel format. As I have completed this series, I can safely assume that it is a bit of both. Elantris was my least favourite Sanderson story… until now. Considering the fact that my love for Sanderson’s work increases with each new book, I think the story of White Sands, although a compelling premise, is not as well-thought out, interesting, fun or brilliant as his later works. The story would have benefited more from being a full fledged book series instead of being condensed into a heavy, confusing mess that was this graphic novel series. Images and a few thought bubbles is not enough to convey the complex thought process of his characters, nor the intricate world and it’s magical rules. Personally, I don’t believe that Brandon Sanderson can shine through the graphic novel format.

  5. 5 out of 5

    André Oliveira

    Definitely the best of the trilogy in my opinion. My overall feeling after finishing this trilogy is confusion. I would 100% prefer to read this as a full novel. There were so many names and locations in so few pages!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Very strong comic. The story may not be totally unique, but it is pulled off well and it is definitely a trademark Sanderson. Happy ends and all. :) All the threads are tied up and while it is left open for continued adventures, the core story was very satisfying. My only complaint? I DO want more. :) But then, Sanderson's tales are perfect for that, no? Very strong comic. The story may not be totally unique, but it is pulled off well and it is definitely a trademark Sanderson. Happy ends and all. :) All the threads are tied up and while it is left open for continued adventures, the core story was very satisfying. My only complaint? I DO want more. :) But then, Sanderson's tales are perfect for that, no?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rian *fire and books*

    This is still just an okay series. I’m grateful we got a good artist to complete the series and it was nice to have some mysteries laid to bed. The downside is there’s a lot of stuff dropped in the ending so book 2 feels lacking in plot due to this. It doesn’t dive into the cosmere, investiture, or anything that really screams “Brandon Sanderson” beyond the magic either. And while it’s obvious Kenton is the main character here, I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone else just considers this a backsto This is still just an okay series. I’m grateful we got a good artist to complete the series and it was nice to have some mysteries laid to bed. The downside is there’s a lot of stuff dropped in the ending so book 2 feels lacking in plot due to this. It doesn’t dive into the cosmere, investiture, or anything that really screams “Brandon Sanderson” beyond the magic either. And while it’s obvious Kenton is the main character here, I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone else just considers this a backstory for Khriss. As with any graphic novel finale, it was a mostly clean ending and decently wrapped up. (We’re just gonna ignore Arrik apparently?) Overall the series is just average for me. The initial artwork and the choices they made with the first volume turned me off from buying it. I’ll consider buying an omnibus for the series... but I’m unlikely to pick this up again. It lost a lot of the humor of a BS work for me and it’s not something I’d be able to pick up and read anytime (see artwork volume one and most of 2). And not to drive the point home further... this really does not introduce anything to the cosmere lexicon. It is very much a stand-alone series and I’d personally consider it to be cosmere adjacent more than anything. About the only thing you learn is sand magic can only be used on Dayside and Khriss’s backstory.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Brandon Sanderson's first novel, never before published, rewritten as a graphic novel. Our main character is Kenton, a sand mage of little power but great control. He's recently taken over the leadership of the Sand Masters guild and is struggling to win the approval of the other guilds before they can vote to disband the guild. Sanderson still provides us with a highly detailed, fully realized world, it's just that it is mostly presented to you visually instead of in words. The art is quite goo Brandon Sanderson's first novel, never before published, rewritten as a graphic novel. Our main character is Kenton, a sand mage of little power but great control. He's recently taken over the leadership of the Sand Masters guild and is struggling to win the approval of the other guilds before they can vote to disband the guild. Sanderson still provides us with a highly detailed, fully realized world, it's just that it is mostly presented to you visually instead of in words. The art is quite good. There's definitely some nice world building here. I think my enjoyment of the books would have improved had I read the entire story at once, instead of each volume being a year apart. There's a lot of characters to maintain track of and new words to remember the meaning of. Received a review copy from Dynamite and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    This was the better on of the three. Even if not that good, there was more action, some characters finally grow a personality and the story evolve a bit more. Unfortunately the art was not able to pass the action scene at a high enough level and some parts of the story just seem very repetitive. I thoughts it was suppose to be a third volume series but the ending seem to have place for a continuity, which if it happens, I won't continue with, I've seen what I want to see with this series... This was the better on of the three. Even if not that good, there was more action, some characters finally grow a personality and the story evolve a bit more. Unfortunately the art was not able to pass the action scene at a high enough level and some parts of the story just seem very repetitive. I thoughts it was suppose to be a third volume series but the ending seem to have place for a continuity, which if it happens, I won't continue with, I've seen what I want to see with this series...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Clare Carter

    Listeennnnnnn....Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors of all time, but reading this just told me I really gotta go back to reading his books because this was just...NOT IT YA’LL. I truly think that Sanderson’s work is just too big for something like a graphic novel, even if it is 3 volumes. I felt constantly lost during this third one, and the pacing was super off. I was constantly going “uh who? Uh what? Uh HOW?” the entire time. Also, the freaking characters were like white sand lik Listeennnnnnn....Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors of all time, but reading this just told me I really gotta go back to reading his books because this was just...NOT IT YA’LL. I truly think that Sanderson’s work is just too big for something like a graphic novel, even if it is 3 volumes. I felt constantly lost during this third one, and the pacing was super off. I was constantly going “uh who? Uh what? Uh HOW?” the entire time. Also, the freaking characters were like white sand like IDK they just didn’t stick out to me at all. The one guy I liked (honestly don’t remember his name all of the names start with K or D in this and THEY ALL SOUNDED THE SAME) randomly turned into like a totally different person with zero explanation?? Basically, I think if someone had picked this up to be published as a book-book, it probably wouldn’t have been my favorite Sanderson book (I mean it’s the first thing he ever wrote, the story isn’t going to be as grand or developed as today’s stuff), but it would have been so much better. I would have really seen the world and the characters, and in this format I never really felt any development whatsoever. The only reason I read this was to finish the story up...I think this was the last one, anyway. I kinda hope so lol. But also, this entire series was spent in one section of the world? Like we never went to the dark side of the world or whatever???? Basically, just stick to Brandon Sanderson’s books, because I think that’s where he shines. I really need to get back into them and remind myself of why I love him and his writing so much.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily Scott

    Not hyped about the art style change

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

    White Sand Volume 3 is the third and final instalment in the White Sand trilogy. I flipped back and forth between rating Volume 3 four or five stars. After writing this review, I settled on four star. The reason I rated Volume 3 four stars instead of five is that the story is tied up too quickly and conveniently. Though it leaves the door open for future stories, the political obstacles Kenton had to overcome were set up too high to be brought down that quickly believably. However, I enjoyed the White Sand Volume 3 is the third and final instalment in the White Sand trilogy. I flipped back and forth between rating Volume 3 four or five stars. After writing this review, I settled on four star. The reason I rated Volume 3 four stars instead of five is that the story is tied up too quickly and conveniently. Though it leaves the door open for future stories, the political obstacles Kenton had to overcome were set up too high to be brought down that quickly believably. However, I enjoyed the political obstacles Kenton had to overcome immensely. They were difficult and forced Kenton to think differently and grow as a character. One of the reasons I enjoyed White Sand so much was seeing a new world in the Cosmere. Taldain is a tidally locked planet, meaning that half of the planet is constantly dark while the other light. I wish we could have explored more of the planet since we never see Dark Side, but because of the nature of the story and format there was no space or time for such exploration. As for the artwork, it grew on me. When the art changed in the second volume, I was incredibly disappointed. However, in this volume I enjoyed its simplicity, especially in the action heavy scenes. I honestly forgot the artwork changed, even having reread it the day before. Overall, White Sand is another great addition to Sanderson’s Cosmere. I hope we get more from this world in the future because there is still a lot to unpack.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    I've heard so much about this author and when given the opportunity to read this graphic novel I jumped at the chance to sample some of his work. I'm honestly disappointed as I just didn't really connect with any of the characters although I will admit its not the first instalment in this series so it's possible that affected my judgment. To be blunt I'd expected a lot more action. I do realise the plot of this book revolves around Kenton learning how to master his powers over sand but it's bogg I've heard so much about this author and when given the opportunity to read this graphic novel I jumped at the chance to sample some of his work. I'm honestly disappointed as I just didn't really connect with any of the characters although I will admit its not the first instalment in this series so it's possible that affected my judgment. To be blunt I'd expected a lot more action. I do realise the plot of this book revolves around Kenton learning how to master his powers over sand but it's bogged down a lot by all the political machinations around him. I think I just found Kenton wanting and the only character I even half liked was Ais because she's capable and loyal. As for the artwork I thought it was stylized and quite stark. It was colourful but at times I struggled to connect the dialogue with which character was saying it. That all having been said I thought the vibrant use of ochre tones went exceedingly well with this world with magic controlling sand. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  14. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    I don’t know if this was badly adapted or if Sanderson’s work doesn’t translate well to this format but this series has been disappointing. It’s not terrible but it’s not half as good as I was expecting it to be. Sanderson’s books are packed with imagination, style and character – White Sands feels lacklustre in comparison. As the final volume in the series it tied everything up and parts of it were entertaining, but overall it wasn’t particularly engaging and the pacing was off. It’s a shame as I don’t know if this was badly adapted or if Sanderson’s work doesn’t translate well to this format but this series has been disappointing. It’s not terrible but it’s not half as good as I was expecting it to be. Sanderson’s books are packed with imagination, style and character – White Sands feels lacklustre in comparison. As the final volume in the series it tied everything up and parts of it were entertaining, but overall it wasn’t particularly engaging and the pacing was off. It’s a shame as there are some great ideas here! I probably wouldn’t recommend this unless you’re a die-hard Sanderson fan. Thanks to Netgalley and Dynamite for providing this book in return for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Ross

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    I actually did finish this yesterday on my lunch break, but never had time to update my status. This was another good volume in the White Sand series (hoping there will be more books, since the original prose version was supposed to be the first in a trilogy), however I have to say I am a bit disappointed, especially considering this is a Brandon Sanderson "book" (to be fair, I understand this is a comic and thus a lot has to be cut for the transition from prose to visual novel, but still). I fe I actually did finish this yesterday on my lunch break, but never had time to update my status. This was another good volume in the White Sand series (hoping there will be more books, since the original prose version was supposed to be the first in a trilogy), however I have to say I am a bit disappointed, especially considering this is a Brandon Sanderson "book" (to be fair, I understand this is a comic and thus a lot has to be cut for the transition from prose to visual novel, but still). I feel like the story of this suffered from the format that was chosen to tell it. I think the magic system is great for a visual representation, however I wish more time had been spent learning about it. Khriss's entire purpose of coming to Dayside (the setting) was to learn more about Sand Mastery, and barely any learning actually happened. There was one aspect of the magic system that was revealed, but it was paltry compared to other Sanderson books (The Stormlight Archive also reveals the magic system at a snail's pace, but there is more going on to hold my attention, so it is not an issue there). Originally, I was super excited that we were getting Brandon Sanderson comics, and I still like the idea. However, I think I would rather they adapt previously published works in the future and allow Brandon to publish prose novels of the stories first. Allegedly, there is a chance that the prose version of White Sand will see an official publication, and I really hope it does. I have been signed up for BS's newsletter (one of two authors that I have done so, the other being Marie Brennan) and the unofficial White Sand prose was send to me as a "gift" (I guess you'd call it), but I just don't give a rat's ass for e-books and can't bring myself to read it 🤷🏻‍♀️ Overall, as a comic, this is good. As a story, this is good. But as an addition to the Cosmere, it is lacking for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Orhan Capas

    This was not as exciting as other Sanderson works. Still it is a good way to introduce this new Cosmere world

  18. 4 out of 5

    Avinash

    About the Series -I was very eager to read this from quite some time and why not?? Cosmere and Comic Books are two of my favorite things. The low ratings didn't bother me much because I had a fair idea about the reason. In my opinion its majorly because the target reader group for this book are quite used to Sanderson's great detailing. Whether it's magic system, world building, plot development or character development, he takes you on a journey with his novels. Obviously that level of detailin About the Series -I was very eager to read this from quite some time and why not?? Cosmere and Comic Books are two of my favorite things. The low ratings didn't bother me much because I had a fair idea about the reason. In my opinion its majorly because the target reader group for this book are quite used to Sanderson's great detailing. Whether it's magic system, world building, plot development or character development, he takes you on a journey with his novels. Obviously that level of detailing was not possible here due to this medium's limitations. So I read this keeping in mind all that and I actually loved it. Yeah! People who complain that it feels a little rushed aren't wrong. But it wasn't supposed to be a graphic novel in the first place. This was the first novel Sanderson finished. Elantris was the sixth novel he finished although that became his first published work. Sanderson himself was not quite happy with the first version of "White Sand". In his own word he thought it was one part "Dune", one part "The Wheel of Time" and one part "Les Misérables". So he re-wrote the whole thing this time as his 8th novel and this time he was quite happy with the content. However, he didn't get any publisher for any of his work until that time. By the time he got published (via Elantris) "Mistborn" was taking shape in his mind so amidst all the MISTS the SANDS (white or black) were forgotten. See what I did there :3 Anyway! When he got the proposal of writing a graphic novel for Dynamite he offered them the white sands and they happily obliged. So actually it's an adaptation of that novel written by Sanderson in 1999. So if you are looking for an actual novel with all the detailing of Sanderson level then probably you should read the actual prose by him. It's easily available on his website. Also if you want something in-between then you can go for the audiobook adaptation by Graphic Audio, which is an absolute treat. I have read all three for good measure, but here I will talk about the graphic novel and audiobook. This is a story set on a planet Taldain, which is one of the most bizarre planets in the cosmere. It is tidally locked between the gravitational forces of two stars. The smaller star is a weak white dwarf and the side facing that is known as darkside. On the other side of the planet is dayside, which is primarily a vast sandy desert. This side faces a blue-white supergiant star. About this volume - The story in this last part is majorly dedicated to Kenton's fight to save the DIEM and uncover the mystery of attack on lord Mastrells. Along the road it also tell us the story of Khriss / Gevin, Aarik and Ais. So all the things I expect from a Sanderson story was there in the story - a great magic system, awesome new world, diverse characters, interesting political elements etc. The only thing which gives away the fact that it's one of his initial work is the climax (I am talking about the series climax here). It generally comes with the usual "Sanderson Avalanche", which was not the case here. Infact for the first time I was able to guess one out of two major mysteries of the book. Nontheless it was a well written and all aspect covered climax. So overall - A good story with an average graphic novel adaptation and a more than decent audiobook adaptation. 4.25 Stars for the audiobook and 3.75 stars for the graphic novel. P.S. Graphic audio is quite cool. It's a bit expensive but worth it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mitticus

    The ending of the trilogy of White Sand leaves us with a lot a questions, about the religious sect , the Sand Lord, and other political affairs that were not get resolved here , at least for the time. The young Kenton is overwhelmed by his lack of power and connections, wanting to preserve the Diem, with assasins after him, and still... Just have hope. The police agent is the character more developed here . The almiral as well is just a nice help. For some others reviewers there was more in the The ending of the trilogy of White Sand leaves us with a lot a questions, about the religious sect , the Sand Lord, and other political affairs that were not get resolved here , at least for the time. The young Kenton is overwhelmed by his lack of power and connections, wanting to preserve the Diem, with assasins after him, and still... Just have hope. The police agent is the character more developed here . The almiral as well is just a nice help. For some others reviewers there was more in the Cosmere apparently that appears in others stories later (considering this was the first draw of Sanderson). There are some images as well that hint at something else. Krisalla is still annoying to me. Her story will continue with Baen , and a new idea for the Dark Side, still an unknown place for us mere spectators. The end, unlike a fantasy book, ends up being quite smooth, with a good conclusion. Well , it could be better. ---------------------------- El final de la trilogia White Sand nos deja con muchas preguntas, interrogantes acerca de la secta religiosa, del llamado Señor de la Arena, y de otros asuntos politicos que quedaron aun por resolver, al menos por ahora. El joven Kenton continua abrumado aqui tratando de preservar su legado y a los otros manipuladores de arena y el Diem, no cuenta con suficiente poder, ni dinero, ni conexiones, y tiene muchos asesinos detras suyo. Su guardaespaldas, la policia, lo considera un hereje.... Los personajes por este medio gráfico no consiguen ser bien desarrollados, aunque lo del Almirante es una sorpresa, Y quien más se ve es la policia . Todavia lo del mejor amigo todo indolente no me queda muy claro. Krisalla , la princesa del lado Oscuro sigue pareciendome molesta. Hay algunas conexiones con otras novelas del Cosmere, que confieso no conozco. Bueno, pudo ser mejor.

  20. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Way too dialgoue heavy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather-Lin

    This last volume was painful. Although I enjoyed the nice little twists and outcomes at the end, I despised the art. Crude, unimaginative, almost nothing to look at, and worst: clashing with established style and settings. The text was not strong enough to be compelling on its own, so it ended up being pretty damned flat. I suppose I enjoyed getting a little insight into the mechanics of a different world within the Cosmere, and I appreciated the sweet spirit of Sanderson showing up in the resol This last volume was painful. Although I enjoyed the nice little twists and outcomes at the end, I despised the art. Crude, unimaginative, almost nothing to look at, and worst: clashing with established style and settings. The text was not strong enough to be compelling on its own, so it ended up being pretty damned flat. I suppose I enjoyed getting a little insight into the mechanics of a different world within the Cosmere, and I appreciated the sweet spirit of Sanderson showing up in the resolutions and relationships, but honestly... If I had it to do over, I wouldn't. Volume 3: ⭐⭐ 1.5 Stars, rounded up Overall series: ⭐⭐⭐ 2.5 Stars, rounded up *** GR Personal Rating System: 5 ~ LOVED 4 ~ ENJOYED 3 ~ LIKED 2 ~ MEH 1 ~ NOPE

  22. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    Once again, it was enjoyable but really not spectacular and it's hard for me to pin down why. The ending seemed tacked on and flat and the buildup in the past two books didn't have the payoff I'd thought it would. The art style in this one was much preferred to whatever happened in the second half of the second book. And there really is so much time that has passed between the first and second volumes that I'm sure much of the nuance was lost on me when reading this. I enjoyed Sandman (Gaiman) mu Once again, it was enjoyable but really not spectacular and it's hard for me to pin down why. The ending seemed tacked on and flat and the buildup in the past two books didn't have the payoff I'd thought it would. The art style in this one was much preferred to whatever happened in the second half of the second book. And there really is so much time that has passed between the first and second volumes that I'm sure much of the nuance was lost on me when reading this. I enjoyed Sandman (Gaiman) much more. And that ending... (view spoiler)[ Basically after a gigantic three-volume buildup of surviving assassinations while trying to engage various political allies in order to obtain their vote, it ends in what promises to be a spectacular showdown duel, only our hero doesn't even get to use his amazing one-ribbon power because SABOTAGE! the opponent had been poisoned! Turned out the butler had been behind the assassination attempts the whole time! He killed all the sand masters because he had some kind of religious experience. And he dies. And all this happens in just a couple of pages. Really bizarre and unsatisfying pacing. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    gelowmichael

    I loved the graphic of this volume than the previous one which is rustic for me. White Sand has a lot to offer but it was limited to what the visuals would present us. I hope it became a novel and Sanderson will expand and expound the world of Lossand.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Loved it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas von Hein

    There was so much potential here for a good Brandon Sanderson story, but this was just the wrong medium. I wanted to like it but there was just too much here to cram into three short graphic novels. The twists didn’t hit as hard as you don’t truly get to know the characters in this format. That combined with inconsistent art did not impress. This could be good in another form but this wasn’t it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Saravanan Mani

    The first two volumes set up a sprawling narrative which was brought to a reasonably satisfying conclusion here. However, it lacks the Sanderson depth of detail and brilliance as some characters never fully win us over one way or another. I cannot say it is lacking in any specific dimension, there is plenty of twists, turns and interesting situations - both action and politics have satisfying pay-offs. However, the characters just don't fully evoke investment from the readers. The first two volumes set up a sprawling narrative which was brought to a reasonably satisfying conclusion here. However, it lacks the Sanderson depth of detail and brilliance as some characters never fully win us over one way or another. I cannot say it is lacking in any specific dimension, there is plenty of twists, turns and interesting situations - both action and politics have satisfying pay-offs. However, the characters just don't fully evoke investment from the readers.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Darnell

    Decent ending, Sanderson doing his usual formula where he pulls everything together. I still feel that it's difficult to adapt a novel into a comic, even a three volume comic. Too much detail is lost and many events feel rushed. Decent ending, Sanderson doing his usual formula where he pulls everything together. I still feel that it's difficult to adapt a novel into a comic, even a three volume comic. Too much detail is lost and many events feel rushed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shifad

    It is settled. There is no speculation or room for arguments. I like Sanderson when he writes a novel. The graphic version just didn't quite do it for me. After reading the trilogy where the underdog triumphs the odds and master his destiny, I am at a loss about my feelings for the book. I like the world-building, the plot is decent but what I missed from the book was the character development. You usually feel just so connected with Sanderson's character. Here, a hell lot of characters are cram It is settled. There is no speculation or room for arguments. I like Sanderson when he writes a novel. The graphic version just didn't quite do it for me. After reading the trilogy where the underdog triumphs the odds and master his destiny, I am at a loss about my feelings for the book. I like the world-building, the plot is decent but what I missed from the book was the character development. You usually feel just so connected with Sanderson's character. Here, a hell lot of characters are crammed into a total of 480 pages. I just didn't get to know them well. May be it is just me~! Then there is the customary plot revelations that is kind of a typical Sanderson quirk. Oh, there are a lot of twists and turns. But reading the plot twists are usually more captivating than visualizing them in pages. Maybe it is just my opinion, but I would certainly love this series to be rewritten into a book. And to the most damn part. Where is this book connected to Cosmere. Being the home of Khriss, I buckled myself for some pretty huge revelations about the cosmere. But there is nothing. Not a single reference to the cosmere. How does Khriss travel to another system using perpendicularity. Where is the cognitive realm!! Questions and more questions. I started the book hoping to clear some questions, and this book actually gave me more questions! Aaaah...just wait Mr. Sanderson, I am going to prepare a questionnaire band going to mail them to you. And who is Nazh! Ever since I read Secret history, I am searching for him. No luck! But again, I salute this man for his ingenuity. Each series can be enjoyed separately. There are many stories in the background. I just became aware of the amount of unpublished work he is hoarding. So, again I will get back to my business of counting the stars till he publishes the next book in the Cosmere. Who knows, maybe I will find the 17th shard out there!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)

    This is definitely the best if the three. This graphic novel series isn't bad, but it was hard to read, seeing how much potential the plot and world. I'm definitely going to be checking out the rough draft of the actual novel. Most people seem to think that Brandon Sanderson's works don't work well as a graphic novel format. I don't read a lot of graphic novels, but it seems to me that the problems came because he adapted it from an already existing novel and that he wrote it (without any experi This is definitely the best if the three. This graphic novel series isn't bad, but it was hard to read, seeing how much potential the plot and world. I'm definitely going to be checking out the rough draft of the actual novel. Most people seem to think that Brandon Sanderson's works don't work well as a graphic novel format. I don't read a lot of graphic novels, but it seems to me that the problems came because he adapted it from an already existing novel and that he wrote it (without any experience writiing graphic novels, which seems very different from novels) with someone else doing the graphics. I imagine the best graphic novels are those written AS a graphic novel to begin with, by someone with experience in that medium, and by the same person who does the graphics. Regardless, if you want to try out Brandon Sanderson, this isn't the series to start with. If you want to read this to keep up with the cosmere, it's not too bad.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    A satisfying conclusion to the saga of the Sand Masters. I particularly loved the insight into the early, evolving character of Khrissalla, who is involved at least peripherally with all the other cosmere stories. Things happen a little conveniently for Kenton, making this specific story one of the less strong in the cosmere, but the complete trilogy is a worthwhile addition to the larger storyline. I'd actually like to see a follow up from some years later on Taldain, with the results of the la A satisfying conclusion to the saga of the Sand Masters. I particularly loved the insight into the early, evolving character of Khrissalla, who is involved at least peripherally with all the other cosmere stories. Things happen a little conveniently for Kenton, making this specific story one of the less strong in the cosmere, but the complete trilogy is a worthwhile addition to the larger storyline. I'd actually like to see a follow up from some years later on Taldain, with the results of the last few scenes in this graphic novel; perhaps a short story or novella about Darkside, too. And of course, it would be great to learn how (view spoiler)[Khriss and Baon eventually World Hop and join the larger storyline (hide spoiler)] . This trilogy could be enjoyed without reading any other cosmere novels, although cosmere readers will get more out of the story. I would also recommend a quick re-read of the previous two volumes, as there is a large cast of characters. Recommended for Sanderson and cosmere fans.

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