The Kindly Ones (The Sandman, #9) by Neil Gaiman

The Kindly Ones (The Sandman, #9)

The Penultimate volume to the phenomenal Sandman series: distraught by the kidnapping and presumed death of her son, and believing Morpheus to be responsible, Lyta Hall calls the ancient wrath of the Furies down upon him. A former superheroine blames Morpheus for the death of her child and summons an ancient curse of vengeance against the Lord of Dream. The "kindly ones" enter his realm and force a sacrifice that will change the Dreaming forever....

Details The Kindly Ones (The Sandman, #9)

TitleThe Kindly Ones (The Sandman, #9)
Release DateAug 6th, 1999
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews The Kindly Ones (The Sandman, #9)

  • Alejandro
    Superbly written but too long for what the story is about Creative Team:Writer: Neil GaimanIllustrators: Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D’Israeli, Glyn Dillon, Teddy Kristiansen, Charles Vess, Dean Ormston & Kevin NowlanCovers: Dave McKeanLetterer: Todd Klein THE END IS NIGH We do what we do because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves. Before of anything, I want to comment that it was very nice to find that The Kindly...
  • Bill Kerwin
    I remember reading somewhere that Bleak House is one of Neil Gaiman’s favorite novels, and The Kindly Ones, the penultimate volume of The Sandman, reminded me a great deal of Bleak House. Like the typical Dickens novel, The Sandman series contains a multitude of characters and plot threads, and The Kindly Ones is the volume which, gathering these characters and threads together, brings them to climax (though not to conclusion, a matter reserved...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    The most ambitious of all Sandman albums, the highpoint of the series, the convergence of all the random plot threads and part time characters into a spectacular denouement. The tragic nature of the story doesn't come as a surprise: the seeds were planted right from the start, with Morpheus imprisoned in a country manor in England in Preludes and Nocturnes and reflecting on his past mistakes and ways to redeem them. Every subsequent volume added...
  • Sean Gibson
    I guess it’s like Sammy Hagar sang (nay, emoted) in a criminally underrated deep cut* off the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album: dream another dream—this dream is over.Sandman has never shied away from going into dark places; reading it is often akin to that time when you were a kid and were forced to go down into your grandmother’s unfinished basement to fetch a jar of homemade jam. Logically, you knew nothing bad would happen, but it wa...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    4.5 stars. Got quite emotional towards the end, but also felt a little confused at times... I think a complete reread is required in future!!
  • Brooke
    I've rated both this and The Sandman Vol. 7 Brief Lives 5 stars, but I think I liked Brief Lives better, for the sole reason that it contained more scenes with Delerium. Here, Delerium is searching for someone again, this time her talking dog Barnabas, and the scene where they're reunited was charming as all get out.Practically every other character we've met along the way shows up in the Kindly Ones, and it was just more proof that Gaiman is the...
  • Nicolo Yu
    This is the penultimate arc in Neil Gaiman’s original Sandman run. The seeds for Dream’s ultimate fate has been foreshadowed in previous storylines, with its seeds reaching fruition here. The actual machinations for his demise are contained in this story as we see characters with a vendetta against Morpheus working towards his downfall. This is the longest arc in the title, with the appropriately thickest trade paperback, taking over a year t...
  • Ronyell
    6 stars!!! Now, you are probably looking at the title of the ninth volume of Neil Gaiman’s fantastic “Sandman” series, which is called “The Kindly Ones” and you are probably thinking to yourself about how this volume will be all sunshine and roses. Definitely not! Do not let the innocent title of this volume fool you! The ninth volume “The Kindly Ones” is probably the darkest volume out of all the “Sandman” series since “A Gam...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    I want to learn how to draw a pentagram, into which I will catch Neil Gaiman to make ask him to tell me bedtime stories every night.
  • Teresa
    Just about all the disparate plot lines and characters come together in this volume, even several that originally appeared to be random. In only this aspect (speaking of "aspect," the facet of a gemstone is my favorite image in this book), I was reminded of how while reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I was so amazed at how everything came together that immediately afterward I reread all the HP books just to see how Rowling did it.As t...
  • Ivan
    Best Sandman volume so far. Sadly illustrations are worst in series and this is series that has pretty bad illustrations overall.
  • Paul Nelson
    The Kindly Ones is quite simply the best graphic novel I have read, the bar is raised for a series that was already at the top limit of the vault. A true masterpiece that deserves 6 out of 5 stars, I read it twice which I have only ever done with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and that in itself says a great deal.The thirteen episodes of this volume feature many characters that we have met in the series so far and significantly add to the exciteme...
  • Tahmeed
    This is my lowest rating of the entire Sandman series thus far, and the main and only reason for this is that I absolutely hated the artwork in this volume. It was childish and very cartoon-ish and it prevented me from enjoying the story. The story itself was quite good, well great in fact, although I feel that its length could have been curtailed somewhat. Rose Walker's story-line in particular felt forced, especially since it distracted from th...
  • Zachary F.
    I thought coming back to Sandman after a seven-month break would restore my waning interest, but nah, I just can't get the old excitement back. I'll read the last collection for completion's sake, but I won't be sad when it's done.I've stuck with these books so long because in conception this series is really incredible: the blending of fantasy and mythology and history is super cool, and Gaiman of course knows this stuff like no one else. But in...
  • Stuart
    Sandman, Vol 9: The Kindly Ones: The climax we all saw comingIf you are reading this review, I’ll assume you’ve read and liked the previous eight volumes. If you haven’t read them, I suggest you start with Volume 1 and go from there. Otherwise, this review will be full of spoilers and I don’t want the Furies or Corinthian to visit me in my dreams in retribution. The entire series shifts between collections of short stories and single long...
  • Rebecca Skane
    "Lady, I'm your worst nightmare--A Pumpkin with a gun."Oh, yeah. It's on.
  • Sud666
    The Kindly Ones was a rather large volume, but well worth it. It draws together many of the differing story arcs throughout the Sandman series.The child, Daniel, is stolen by Loki. Loki convinces the idiot Lyta, blames Morpheus and sets into motion events that will have terrible consequences. Lyta brings in the Furies to destroy Morpheus, who has come under their purview for the killing of his son, Orpheus.Meanwhile, this volume also draws to an ...
  • Cheese
    Jesus, the artwork is awful on this.So here we finally get to see seeds that have been sewn, the kindly ones get their wish and Morpheus accepts that his sister must do her job and take his life, but all because he loved. Very sad, but all part of his destiny. Not my favourite volume.
  • Linda
    Best one yet! All the peeps make an appearance. I feel like I need to start reading the entire series again now that I'm finally starting to get a grasp on all the many characters.
  • Kellan Gibby
    This is what I signed up for when I bought the entire Sandman collection.
  • ✷ Antonella ✷
    WOW... just WOW. I loved the previous volumes, but the stories on them at times felt loosely related and never seemed to lead anywhere. Now everything makes sense. Lots of characters (if not all) we've seen throughout the series are back and the way all things tied up together and every single story lines wrapped up is brilliant. This is hands down the best volume of The Sandman series and possibly the best comics volume out there.
  • Lizzie
    Well I just started reading this. Here is something about that. I won't even save it til I write the proper review, because, god.F to this volume's introduction. F F F F F F it. There is the most giant spoiler in this introduction, and I didn't even read it. I'm so annoyed. It's just sitting there in a conspicuous spot on the page, and I think that's on purpose. I saw it as I flipped past and my jaw dropped, so then I stared at it, and ugh. This ...
  • David Schaafsma
    At more than 200 pages, this is the longest of the ten volume epic series, and pulls out all the stops to complete the story. I waited to write this review until after I finished the tenth and last volume, "The Wake," which I liked even better. This volume is about the variously named Furies, The Dirae, The Erinyes, the Eumenides: agents of vengeance, and if you see the final title, and you know who the series is basically about, well then you kn...
  • Wing Kee
    A melancholy penultimate tale.World: The art is great, it's atmospheric and sets the tone wonderfully. It's not the best in the series but it's still pretty great. The world building is phenomenal this time, this is the penultimate book and with it comes all the pieces that Gaiman has created for the Sandman series, it's a culmination of the world building and all the things he's created and set in motion for the entire run. Seeing them all inter...
  • Paul
    The ninth in the Sandman series gathers a number of threads, some started as far back as the second book in the series, and brings them to a conclusion. Morpheus is a stubborn character, someone who is not always prepared to compromise, and sometimes makes difficult choices. Characters from earlier books, including Hippolyta Hall, three witches, a Norse god and Thessaly are determined to settle those grudgesBut there is a cohesive and separate st...
  • Kaethe Douglas
    I can't even pretend that I got all of this. I'm not sure it's possible for anyone to get all of it in a single reading. Perhaps in the kind of intensive studying one associates with a doctoral thesis. But even then only maybe.Fun coincidence: I was reading this and also reading Hades: Lord of the Dead, because every time I got up some kid would swipe one of my books, and I'd have to switch to the other. Two books starring the Kindly Ones at once...
  • Kaora
    I want this series to never end.
  • Amanda
    Need more than 5 stars for this one. Definitely my favorite so far. I know I know I keep saying that but this one really is :).
  • Dorin
    I'll wait for the lynching brigade patiently while I'll tell you how I felt about „The Kindly Ones”.It was too dense. Way too dense, and too self-referential, in a very inconsistent manner. The same character is drawn in a different manner two pages back, the story links things that were (for me as a slow reader) long forgotten. There's no patience for the reader - the reader has to work for it, has to work for it hard, to understand what's g...
  • Airiz
    After the eeriest and perhaps the biggest portent of a character’s demise in World’s End, Gaiman pulls all the finished literary embroideries that were the previous story arcs and knits them together into this penultimate volume and apex of The Sandman series, The Kindly Ones.ABUNDANT SPOILER-ISHNESS! The volume is pretty rich with subplots, but the main premise is this: Lyta Hall’s three-year-old baby, Daniel, is missing. With all the pecu...