March 13, 2020 by TinyNavajo
White Sand, Vol. 3 by Brandon Sanderson, illustrated by Julius Gopez
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*Published September 18, 2019*
This third and final volume for Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand, this is the wrap-up this story deserves. While not my favourite of the Cosmere writings, it is still well done and it leaves a bit of leeway should Brandon Sanderson ever decided to come back to this planet to write some more.
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 own guild, and discover the truth behind the ambush that killed his father and almost destroyed the Sand Masters for good.
This is what the storied needed to wrap everything up. But I think the truly best bit about this series is that it showed us more of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere. His universe of stories where magic is a part of everyday life, even if the everyday person doesn’t have it. The story was well told, and I liked actually being able to see a world of the Cosmere that wasn’t based on fanart. Don’t get me wrong, the world’s fanart of the Cosmere is beautiful and wonderful, but to see what could almost be considered an “official” look at the Cosmere, it was different from what I expected. Granted, this is a world where one side is literally baked by the sun all day every day, and the other side is locked into endless night.
I do wish I could have read this in book format, rather than as a comic. That is where Brandon Sanderson’s work does best, is when you can image it all yourself, and go through all the pacings of dialogue yourself, rather than having to rely on what the artist decided to put where.
But I truly did enjoying seeing a world of the Cosmere, and seeing how dynamic the sand magic is and how it could be used in different ways. Overall, I do believe this is a well adapted version of a manuscript. I could see it being done differently or told in a different way, but it was well done overall.
Are there books you wish you could have seen adapted in a different manner? Why or why not? Comment below and let me know!