Monday, October 5, 2015

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Rithmatist
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Released May 14, 2013
Bought Hardcover from Book Outlet
Rating: 5/5


More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever (Summary from Goodreads).

I read this pretty fast because it was easy to get lost in another Brandon Sanderson world.  As you guys probably know, I've read four of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, and I loved them!  This book is a little different from those books because they're tailored toward a middle-grade/young adult audience. These were less dark and series than Mistborn.

The first thing that stood out to me was that the main character, Joel, did not have the extraordinary abilities that Rithmatists possess, which is unfortunate because of his extensive knowledge of Rithmatics and his ability to draw Rithmatic lines with almost perfection.  His Rithmatist friend, Melody, is adorable and while she can't seem to draw a good circle, which all Rithmatists should be able to draw, she can skillfully draw Chalklings with enough detail to make them more powerful than average.  Together, these two make a great duo.

Every chapter began with an illustration that gives you a little lesson on Rithmatics.  This immediately excited me in the beginning because I knew there would be a cool "magic system" of some sort.  I felt like a Rithmatist student!

As always, I appreciated the detail Sanderson takes to create the "magic system" and build the world.  It's great when everything "makes sense" and that makes it all the more fascinating to read.   I recommend this book for younger readers or anyone who enjoys books like Percy Jackson.  Of course, if you're older and like those kinds of books or any other Sanderson books, then read it!! Now I have to wait a couple years for the next book :(

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