BLOG TOUR: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel,


The #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi, hails this first book in this groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy adventure series as “a magical journey, as fun as it is beautiful!” Think Star Wars meets Avatar: The Last Airbender!
The Five Worlds are on the brink of extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit. When war erupts, three unlikely heroes will discover there’s more to themselves—and more to their worlds—than meets the eye. . . .
  • The clumsiest student at the Sand Dancer Academy, Oona Lee is a fighter with a destiny bigger than she could ever imagine.
  • A boy from the poorest slums, An Tzu has a surprising gift and a knack for getting out of sticky situations.
  • Star athlete Jax Amboy is beloved by an entire galaxy, but what good is that when he has no real friends?
When these three kids are forced to team up on an epic quest, it will take not one, not two, but 5 WORLDS to contain all the magic and adventure!


MARK SIEGEL has written and illustrated several award-winning picture books and graphic novels, including the New York Times bestseller Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson. He is also the founder and editorial director of First Second Books. He lives with his family in New York. Follow Mark on Tumblr at @marksiegel and the 5 Worlds team on Twitter at @5WorldsTeam.

ALEXIS SIEGEL is a writer and translator based in London, England. He has translated a number of bestselling graphic novels, including Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat, Pénélope Bagleu’s Exquisite Corpse, and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese (into French).

XANTHE BOUMA is an illustrator based in Southern California. When not working on picture books, fashion illustration, and comics, Xanthe enjoys soaking up the beachside sun. Follow Xanthe on Tumblr at @yumbles and on Twitter at @xoxobouma.

MATT ROCKEFELLER is an illustrator and comic book artist from Tucson, Arizona. His work has appeared in a variety of formats, including book covers, picture books, and animation. Matt lives in New York City. Follow him on Tumblr at @mrockefeller and on Twitter at @mcrockefeller.

BOYA SUN is an illustrator and co-author of the graphic novel Chasma Knights. Originally from China, Boya has traveled from Canada to the United States and now resides in the charming city of Baltimore. Follow Boya on Tumblr at @boyasun and on Twitter at @boyaboyasun.


Graphic novels are popular these days, not just with kids either.  I myself quite enjoy them.  So it's always fun to get my hands on a new series that has the potential to fill a growing need.  This new series definitely has a lot of potential.  I like the fact that there are three main characters and they are all as different as can be. Oona is training to be a sand dancer and despite being an orphan and having a sister who is considered a coward, lives the good life.  An Tzu lives in the slums down below the Sand Castle where Oona trains and uses his trading and evading skills to help not only himself but his neighbors, unfortunately, his future looks dim.  And Jax Amboy a popular athlete who is known by all, and yet, really, by no one. When the three are brought together by an invading force, they are forced to rely on each other in order to find hope for their devastated homeland.  And along the way they must find a way to survive if they hope to light the Beacons that provide the only hope of victory.  

It can be hard to establish a solid background in a story that focuses so much on action and movement.  And yet here there is a surprisingly solid back story for each of the characters as well as the 5 Worlds.  The art is fantastic and eye-catching and the coloring (what there is of it in the ARC) pops nicely.  A great new middle grade graphic novel series that is bound to be popular.


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