Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist
By Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: May 14th 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 374
ISBN: 0765320320

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. (Goodreads)
Listen....I love Brandon Sanderson and this book is no exception. HOWEVER, of all his books I have read thus far, this one wasn't quite as good, well I should say I did not like it as much. I mean, it is Brandon so obviously it is still REALLY good. I will say, how the frig does he come up with these magic systems? This one is just so bizarre, I'm still trying to figure it out. It is like he is some bottomless pit of magical ideas and worlds. I am very excited for him to bring out the next in this series, as it has a ton of potential and I really became attached to Joel. I wish things had turned out differently at one point in the novel (no spoilers from me. EVER) but ces't la vie! Well done again Brandon, I love your existence.

4/5 Carls

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