The Rithmatist

Sanderson, Brandon

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Rithmatist
As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.

Published: New York : Tor, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781429953160
Branch Call Number: YA SAN
Characteristics: 378 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: McSweeney, Ben


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Feb 17, 2015
  • parttime rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Simplistic style witth some interesting concepts. This is scooby doo meets futurama.

Sep 19, 2014

It's alright. Didn't feel very alternate-reality, though. The speech patterns of the characters were basic and uninspired. It was a good book, but the way it was written really cut into how imaginative it was--the concept was really cool, but the writing style was not the right one to pull it off, and I ended up not liking the book all that much.

Feb 17, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Neat book about an alternate world where chalk drawings can come to life if drawn by a Rithmatist. Full of action and mystery.

Feb 02, 2014
  • rwoolley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book and was captivated by it and could not put it down, but constantly had the feeling that it was aimed at 14 or 15 year olds. For me It lacked something of the appeal and satisfaction that his Mistborn series, Warbreaker and Elantris all offered, but it is still a very good book.. There is no doubt that Brandon Sanderson is a very imaginative and talented author.

Oct 30, 2013
  • kraizgage rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Imagine this book is like Harry Potter and all the muggles got to go to Hogwarts, but it was just really costly to go there. This is like that, but way better. I cannot even describe how good this book was. I finished it in about a day.

Jul 15, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Who knew a book about Geometry could be so exciting?
Well, not about Geometry itself so much as about students studying Geometry. So . . . Who knew a book about Geometry students could be so exciting?
Except it's not Geometry, exactly, but a magical version called Rithmatics. The drawings that Rithmatists make animate and attack each other, and their strength depends upon their geometrical soundness. For those select few Rithmatists with the special knowledge, their drawings can even be made to interact not just with other drawings but with the physical world. Can be made to attack people. To kill.
In an alternate world where Europe has been conquered by the Chinese and King George fled to the United Isles of America, chalk is the most powerful weapon. The United Isles are less populated and and domesticated than the rest of the world because of the extremely dangerous wild chalkings. Fortunately, King George discovered Rithmatics and the settlers were able to fight back. Now the chalklings are isolated to the isle of Nebrask and guarded by Rithmatists in a perpetual war.
Joel is not a Rithmatist, but his dad was a chalkmaker who worked for them and who filled his head with tales of all the great battles and duels from history. Thanks to his father's connections, Joel attends the exclusive Armedius Academy in New Britannia, sneaking into Rithmatics classes whenever he can get away with it, knowing he'll never become a Rithmatist but still wishing he could. Then Rithmatic students begin disappearing, apparently at the hands of a rogue Rithmatist using new, unknown drawings. Joel becomes part of the investigation, and the longer it takes them to track down the culprit the higher the stakes become. Lives, the school, and even the future of the war in Nebrask are all in danger.
This is an exciting blend of magic, mystery, and adventure set in a world just waiting for discovery and exploration.

Jul 11, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sanderson's first foray into the world of Teen books proves a success. Part fantasy, part mystery, and set in an alternate universe to our modern world, this book is well worth the time to both readers of Teen books, and Fantasy. Like other Teen novels, too much emphasis is placed on a teen being able, through smarts or ability, to do what a more experienced adult can not. Though this is made more plausible by a strong foundation in Joel's backstory; he is talented and smart, but partly because he studied from a young age. The mixture of magic and mechanism is a little jarring, for we are introduced to one from the beginning, while the other trickles in later on, and as this is only the first book, it is still unclear how they will affect each other. The Rithmatist magic is detailed and somewhat complex, it is to the readers advantage to peruse the schematics that are included throughout. As usual though, Sanderson has created yet another magic system, of which the like is seen nowhere else. A very exciting conclusion, with a promise of better character interactions, and a more nefarious plot to defeat, will keep you anticipating the next book.

May 16, 2013
  • JCLJaredH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Brandon Sanderson's first foray into Young Adult fiction is a wild ride. Set in an alternate world where America is a collection of islands and chalk drawing is the magic of choice. It is a mystery story with fantasy and even a little steampunk (or 'gearpunk' as Sanderson calls it) thrown in. The characters with all their strengths and weaknesses drive this story. The magic is a hard to understand at first, but becomes more tolerable as the tale progresses. The only issue I had was a rushed ending where the true enemy is revealed and questions left unanswered, setting up for sequels. Still, this is a great story with a lot of potential.


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Feb 02, 2014
  • rwoolley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

rwoolley thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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