The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist

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#1  New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience for the first time From #1  New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson: his debut novel for the young adult audience More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings-merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. 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 study 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. Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense-the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780765320322
Characteristics: 378 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: McSweeney, Ben - Illustrator


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Jun 11, 2019

It's amazing and unique, has a great plot, but it manages to end it in a cliff hanger that doesn't quite seem like a cliffhanger. I can't wait until the next book, but at the same time I'm fine with waiting for years. It's great!

Aug 07, 2018

He needs to write the next book! What is taking him so long?
I loved the ending, it seemed quick and generic at first, but then that plot twist... will most definitely recommend.

Nov 07, 2017

A vary good book.

Lisa_Marie_C Jul 13, 2017

Sanderson’s mastery of world-building shines in this fantasy/mystery that is imaginative, unique, and briskly paced.

Dec 22, 2016

This book is so unique. I have never read another book like it. It's absolutely fantastic!

Jul 14, 2016

I have not read many books by Brandon Sanderson but my husband has and he recommended this book to my 12 year old son. After he read I and raved about it I read it too and loved it. Joel is so likeable and I feel so bad for him. His father, the Chalkmaker died and so it is just him and his mother living on campus. All the professors and staff have known him all his life. His mother is working non-stop cleaning the school. Joel has a hard time finding friends and any he does make are not very nice to him. But Joel is very intelligent and he uses that in this book. The ending although I had guessed some of it really wanted me to read the next one, which isn't out yet. I never would have thought a story about chalk drawings would be so compelling

An interesting plot that takes place at a Hogwarts-like boarding school where students learn the art of Rithmatics - making chalkings and intricate symbols as a means of defense in an ongoing war. For teen fantasy lovers who like codes, secret societies, mystery, and adventure.

Dec 20, 2015

With an intriguing plot that hooked me till the end, this book has plot twists that I could never imagine. Like the murderer! Plus, this book has great characters with strong personalities and unique experiences. For example, Joel is poor and makes friends with a rich girl who's a rithmatist. Two different worlds that combine to create a wonderful novel depicted in detail.

vpl_childrens Dec 11, 2015

At Armedius Academy in the American Isles, students study the magical art of Rithmatics to defend humans against the Wild Chalkings - creatures made from chalk who attack and kill humans. The son of a master chalkmaker, Joel is unable to be a Rithmatist himself despite knowing more about the craft than most other students. When Rithmatics students start disappearing, Joel is assigned to help with the investigation and finds himself on a dangerous quest.

Jul 25, 2015

I can honestly say that this book is like I've ever read before with a unique and amazing plot. Its full of mysteries and adventure that will keep you on he edge of your seat.

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Jun 20, 2016

This book is about a young boy who wants to become a Rithmatist (a person who can turn chalk drawings to life) and he befriends a girl who hates being a Rithmatist. Several people are kidnapped and little blood is found at the scene so the boy is now a prime detective to solve this mystery. How can chalk drawings make others bleed? How can a non-Rithmatist stop a mad and powerful Rithmatist?


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