Paul is a young man who sees visions of strange and fantastic worlds–visions he initially believes are hallucinations. But these visions turn out to be prophesies, dark projections of a world in which Paul is a tyrant who destroys the world and the creatures that reside there.
I read an ARC e-book from NetGalley.
I have been reading The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, and also read his debut, Elantris earlier this year, so I was intrigued to see what his graphic novels would be like. I could not imagine Sanderson’s rich world-building and detailed magic systems fitting into the graphic novel format, and I think this story would have been served a whole lot better as a novel. It was an interesting concept for a story and the duality of two world’s Mirandus and Earth being side by side and reachable only by certain people was intriguing and well thought out. The confusion of the main character, Paul Tanasin, when he finds himself on Mirandus is endearing and I really liked this character. He is introduced in the story as a fairly ordinary teenager living in New York, but who sees and is able to converse with a girl who claims to be his sister, but who is not really there. The world-building of Mirandus is actually really well done despite the graphic novel format. We learn about The Narrative from Rasik, one of the Drull, a subservient race who reminded me of the Skaa in the Mistborn trilogy:
“The Narrative is the bedrock upon which our world is built. It is not a book – it is the web of life, time, fate and destiny.”
The Narrative repeats in every generation. A Dark One rises and is countered by a Destined One, both of whom have always been from Earth. But is it perhaps time to change the narrative?
I recommend this graphic novel to fans of Sanderson and fantasy stories that are just a little different.
Dark One will be published on 18th May 2021
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About the Author
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.
Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law,Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.
The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.
Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.