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White Sand
WS Omnibus Cover.jpg
by Nabetse Zitro (sketch, lineart), Justyna Dura (coloring, render)
Setting Taldain, Cosmere
Collaborators Rik Hoskin, Isaac Stewart, Julius Gopez, Fritz Casas, Nabetse Zitro
Released December 2022
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment

White Sand is a graphic novel, initially released in three separate volumes, based on a story written by Brandon Sanderson and adapted by Rik Hoskin. A number of different artists were used, with each volume having its own lineup. Volume One was drawn by Julius Gopez, colored by Sophie Campbell, and lettered by Marshall Dillon. Volume Two was split between several artists; chapters one through five were drawn by Julius Gopez and chapter six was drawn by Julius Ohta, chapters one and two were colored by Morgan Hickman and chapters three through six were colored by Salvatore Aiala Studios, lettering for the whole volume was done by DC Hopkins. Volume three was drawn by Fritz Casas, colored by Salvatore Aiala Studios, and lettered by DC Hopkins. It is set on the planet of Taldain and is a part of Brandon Sanderson's cosmere universe. The first volume was released on June 28, 2016. White Sand is, chronologically, the earliest book in the cosmere sequence.[1]

An omnibus edition collecting volumes 1-3 with updated and extra content was made available to preorder via Indiegogo in February of 2022.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

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. Assassins are coming for them 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.

Summary[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Kenton
A weak but skilled sand master whose disapproving father is Lord Mastrell of the Diem
Khrissalla
A Darksider duchess who has traveled to Dayside in search of her late fiance and the secrets of sand mastery
Baon
A Darksider bowman who accompanies Duchess Khrissalla
Ais
A Kerztian Trackt in search of a criminal mastermind
Aarik
Kenton's childhood friend

Setting[edit]

White Sand is set in the cosmere on the planet of Taldain.

Magic System[edit]

The primary system of magic on Taldain's Dayside is known as sand mastery. Sand mastery involves the telekinetic manipulation of white sand, a process that leaves the sand black for a time, at the expense of the user's water supply.

The primary system of magic on Taldain's Darkside is known as starmarks. Those who can access their starmarks are known as the Starcarved, but not much else is known about starmarks, except that they are connected to sand mastery.[3]

Development[edit]

White Sand is based on Brandon Sanderson's unpublished eighth novel of the same name, which is itself a complete re-write of his very first book.

Releases[edit]

Year Volume Order Notes Refs
2016 White Sand Volume 1 #1
2018 White Sand Volume 2 #2
2019 White Sand Volume 3 #3 [4]
2022 White Sand omnibus Collects #1-3 Includes a new prologue, new scenes, new Ars Arcanum pages, and modifications to previous artwork and dialogue.

Cover Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • An excerpt from the first chapter of this graphic novel can be found in Arcanum Unbounded alongside the original prose source material for that section.
  • In Chapter 2 when Kenton wakes up after his fight with the sandling there is a boombox in the tent behind him. Brandon has confirmed that this is not canonical as the residents of Taldain had not yet reached that level of technology at the time of the story. Isaac Stewart said that the artist who colored the graphic novel misunderstood the line art and that there was not enough time to change it before the book went to print.[5] He also said that when they put out a second edition of the book this and the other inconsistencies will be fixed.[6] These revisions were accomplished for the omnibus edition.

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