Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review: The Rithmatist


I read this book a couple of weeks ago.  I guess I
better get it up here before I forget it....
The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1)
by Brandon Sanderson

***** 5/5 Stars! I copied this from Goodreads so that I don't have to retype a little summary: "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."

I thought this was a stand alone book like 'The Emperor's Soul.'  I didn't even suspect it was part of a series until towards the end of the book when a few of the loose strings didn't get tied up.  That was kind of disappointing but my own mistake.  Had I known, I would have waited until the second book comes out to start reading the series (because now I'll be on the edge of my seat for years with no closure!!!).

The beginning of the book brought 'Not Your Average Fairytale' to mind and the end of the book brought 'Mistborn' to mind (which makes sense since it is a Sanderson book as well).  I liked the little romance as well as the progression of the characters.  I like likable, nice, good protagonists and so it was nice to read along with Joel and Melody.  I liked the mystery and magic but almost didn't feel smart enough to follow along with the rithmatic theory and am very impressed with Sanderson for not only coming up with this whole system of magic, but then being able to explain it through the story.

I really liked this book and look forward to the next installment!! 

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