The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson S New York Times Bestselling Epic Teen Adventure Is Now Available In PaperbackMore 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 IslesAs 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 ForeverA New York Times Book Review Notable Children S Book Of

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 353 pages
  • The Rithmatist
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • English
  • 03 June 2019

10 thoughts on “The Rithmatist

  1. says:

    Listened to this one on audio, vainly hoping beyond hope that I might finally read a Brandon Sanderson book I don t like so I can feel better about myself as an author But no I enjoyed this book as much as any of his Good worldbuilding, just as you d expect from Sanderson And a clever, detailed magic system Good mystery surrounding the world And I really like that things aren t easy for the protagonist Everything doesn t just fall into his lap He wants things at the beginning of the book, and at the end of the book, he still wants them He has some hope now, because he s learned about the world, but some of his greatest desires are still not just unattainable, but seemingly impossible.Looking forward to the next one in the series.

  2. says:

    Rating 4.5 starsThis was such an enjoyable and fun read

  3. says:

    A another mind blowing book.The Rithmatist, is a Young Adult fantasy Sanderson hits all the right notes when it comes to all the usual YA themes coming of age, the meaning of true friendship, loyalty, perseverance, and even a didactic against bullying.As expected in a Sanderson novel, the magic system is completely unique.The characters are a fun bunch to read about every one of them is unique with their distinct personalities and idiosyncrasies Sanderson does a good job here and the characters keep you fully entertained I especially liked the contrast between Melody, a Rithmatist student who doesn t take her studies seriously, and Joel, who lacks Rithmatist powers.The story, setting, and magic system also reminded me a bit of The Name of The Wind especially the part where Kvothe attends magic school and studies a rigidly structured magic with specific rules.The world is pretty similar to our world near the turn of the century with magical elements added to it It almost feels a bit like 20th century England with parts of Lord of the Rings added into the geography.Overall, The Rithmatist is a fantastic book that will guarantee to keep both adults and kids entertained My only complaint is we will have to wait another year to continue the story.

  4. says:

    Brandon Sanderson just made chalk figures scary Chalk figures As in these guys Ok, admittedly they don t look like much, certainly not like man eating monsters, but after reading this, they are totally creepy Sanderson s certainly built up a well deserved reputation for writing interesting, intelligent, wildly imaginative magic systems to the point it s pretty much common knowledge in the fantasy community these days, but as The Rithmatist proves, those talents still go a long way, especially for his first foray into the young adult genre I mean, before reading this, I d have never thought it possible to be devoured by two dimensional pictographs, but now I m not so sure Can I please just pass geometry I have plans for summer elective If I can t make them work well, I ll do calculus or something with you In other words, the obvious highlight of reading a Sanderson book is figuring out yet another of his magic systems in the case of The Rithmatist, Rithmatics duh I ve seen Sanderson s newest offering compared to playing a real time strategy game MineCraft with chalk drawings, and it s absolutely spot on Rithmatics is the magic of bringing to life little chalk figures called chalklings ostensibly to fight their murderous wild brethren , but as par for the course for a Sanderson book, watching chalkings destroy each other is only a tiny piece of the magic Sanderson s created a character in Joel whose enthusiasm for explaining the strategy behind Rithmatic duels is just infectious sure, he can also be described as an annoying know it all at first, but it s a redeeming flaw because I liked how he grows as and becomes a rounded character, particularly once he begins interacting with Melody and Fitch , though it s really because of what Sanderson does above and beyond every other fantasy writer approaching a magic system that makes the real difference Rithmatics is, really is, a fascinating mix of logic, math, and art see the wonderful drawings by Ben McSweeney at the beginning of each chapter, basically , and exploring the theory behind Rithmatic combat as Rithmatists use various geometric shapes to direct and protect themselves from the chalklings is an eye opening experience for anyone who appreciates the beauty of simple geometry That, or unicorns Oh hush, you, she said You ll deal with unicorns maybe some flower people and a pegasus or two and you ll like it Magic systems, of course, can t be relied on to carry an entire book In a way, beyond the magic system, The Rithmatist feels like a middle grade book than a young adult one The characters, well, mostly behave like Joel s Rithmatist friend Melody she s like any other typical cool girl character in that she has some great lines, but she also has that really interesting affection for unicorns Other than Joel and Melody, despite the fact this is set at a school, the other characters of note are all adults, Professors Fitch and Nalizar, Inspector Harding Joel of course interacts with the students but they re all name dropped and don t have roles to speak of, and I guess I did want to see students who weren t just names and actually interacted significantly with Joel and Melody The upside of that, though, is I am beyond tired of the relationship drama that seems to be the focus of young adult these days, so a book, heck a great book with an awesome Sanderson magic system, that concentrates on the plot and things that actually interest me rather than who likes whom is absolutely a breath of fresh air A significant part of my rating, in fact, is simply that I loved unraveling the mystery of the chalkings without having to pause and roll my eyes at yet another male author trying to tackle the young adult romance bandwagon Sanderson doesn t do that, but instead concentrates his creativity on a plot that s pure suspense and magic So, is there any particular reason why we re spying on Nalizar she asked Other than the fact that he s cute Joel grimaced Cute If there is a part I wasn t too sure about The Rithmatist though, it s that the book gives off some serious too much like Harry Potter vibes Once again, we have a school that teaches magic Armedius Academy , a kindly old professor who takes the protagonist under his wing Fitch , another professor who s confrontational but possibly misunderstood Nalizar , a spunky girl who joins the group because she s sort of an outsider among the Rithmatists Melody , and a plot involving mysterious attacks by wild chalklings on Rithmatist students In fact, at one point I said to myself, If Nalizar turns out to be like Snape, I am seriously hurling this book out a window Then again, the flip side is I also said to myself If this doesn t end like Harry Potter, I have no problems eating crow and giving five big shiny stars, and here we are Lucky for those pedestrians on the sidewalk below, yeah I did eat crow, not only because Sanderson kept me seriously occupied with Rithmatic theory, but also because while there are enough similarities to be distracting, there are also enough differences for The Rithmatist to stand on its own Among those, Sanderson s best decision is probably to write Joel as whatever the equivalent of a Muggle is because he can t do magic himself, he s the best perspective for actually explaining the theory, and his desires to actually be a Rithmatist goes through so many twists and turns, but than that there are many, many noticeable opportunities where Sanderson could ve taken the plot in a direction reminiscent of Harry Potter, and every time he surprised me by doing something different, zigged where I thought he d zag, zagged where I thought he d zig.All in all, I m totally convinced Brandon Sanderson has written something special here He s made reading about chalk drawings fun than I can ever imagine, and that s all I d ever ask for from a great book.Fun Fact A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs Mary Rowlandson is a real life memoir of a New England woman taken captive by Native Americans in the seventeenth century Those who ve read The Rithmatist will know what I m talking about Those who ve read both will notice some intriguing similarities just as Harry Potter is distinctively British, The Rithmatist is distinctively American.

  5. says:

    deep sigh So, I ve read 14 full length novels and 2 novellas by Brandon Sanderson, and this is the one that didn t do it for me My one glowing positive is that, once again, Sanderson presents his readers with a fascinating magic system Think Chalk Zone with violence Rithmatists are a chosen elite, trained from a young age charged with protecting civilization by way of breathing life into mathematically intricate chalk sketches These sketches rely on the precision intent of the artist, and I really enjoyed the illustrations in the book that made this system feel that much real Unfortunately, I can t say much for the rest of the book Despite the allure of the magic system, I still never found myself putting down roots in this world It may be because the complexity of the chalk magic didn t mesh well with the simplicity of the other elements in the story Joel is a 16 year old student at a prestigious academy with a student body that has integrated Rithmatists and regular kids He is passionate about Rithmatic study, though he has no abilities of his own Melody is 16 year old Rithmatist with a quirky personality seems to be a bit of a redheaded stepchild in the Rithmatist community at the school I guess I don t mind either of these characters, but something about both of them seems incredibly derivative I just felt as though I d met them countless times before in other works The most noteworthy aspect of their friendship is that it s just that a friendship. It s nice to see a Young Adult story where two main characters of opposite gender can just exist without a shoehorned kissing scene, but otherwise, I don t see myself thinking about either of them much past the time it takes me to write this review Speaking of the genre, something about this book felt very Middle Grade That s probably not a negative for the general reader, but me I m not really a fan of Middle Grade.Joel Melody could ve just as easily fulfilled their roles if they were 12 or 13 In fact, I think I would ve enjoyed the story a bit if the protagonists had been younger because the plot felt so much like something out of Percy Jackson and the Olympians or The Children of the Red King.I suppose it was the atmosphere than anything else It was like one of the early Harry Potter installments in that the plot wove itself around a mysterious occurrence at a magical school, which is then solved by children in tandem with a handful of adults who are clearly segregated into good adults and bad adults I found myself yawning through most of the book The story was written with all the skill we can expect from Sanderson, but I did not feel as compelled as I normally do to stay engaged with the developments Long conversations mostly annoying banter between the MC s had me feeling utterly bored.The last 10% of the story finally shows off the excellent magic system in some great action sequences that held my attention pretty well, but as far as the mystery goes I wasn t surprised by the time I reached the conclusion I m not saying I guessed what would happen in specific details, but my reaction was a very weak Oh, yea ok No fight scenes What can I say, sometimes you connect with a book sometimes you don t I ve had excellent luck with Sanderson s other works, but this one just couldn t sweep me off my feet

  6. says:

    Pre read reaction, October 2011 I have only a vague idea what it s about But it s by Sanderson, so cue droning robot voice I will read it I must read it.Now If an author came to me and said I have a great idea for a magic system These guys called Rithmatists draw in chalk on the ground, and their chalk drawings have power They can draw chalklings, which can be given instructions Some chalklings can actually injure people, especially the wild chalklings Those guys are dangerous I would tell this author Have you lost your mind Chalk bad guys Ooooh scary I m shaking in my boots here Oh wait, I m actually not And I m also not wearing boots cause it s summer And I would be wrong.Joel, the main character, has always wished he were a Rithmatist, although he knows he can t be He s studied Rithmatic lines and knows about them than many Rithmatists So when a few Rithmatists are kidnapped, Joel inserts himself into the investigation and proves helpful.The kidnapping mystery, though interesting, wasn t even the best part of the book And I don t believe there was enough information given to the reader at least not for this reader to figure out what was going on before everything was revealed toward the end I would have preferred to have a chance at guessing the ending But that s fine I still loved the book The ending did a good job of tying up all the threads in the story, and introducing a new thread to be explored in a sequel.Throughout the book, without overwhelming the reader, Sanderson presents Rithmatic principles that help us understand his magic system in better detail the book includes renderings of some Rithmatic defenses, as well as chalklings drawn by some of the Rithmatist characters While I imagine some people might flip right past the renderings which I don t think would make the book any less enjoyable , I examined each one Sanderson put so much thought and detail into this magic system that I couldn t help being dragged along for the ride.Even before reading this book, I was a fan of Sanderson s Now I m just awed.

  7. says:

    What good is having friends if they don t put you in mortal peril every once in a while I FLIPPING LOVE THIS BOOKThat s it.That s the review.

  8. says:

    4.5 stars One of the reasons why fans of Brandon Sanderson including yours truly love him so much when he gets into a writing funk he sidetracks himself by writing something completely different from his main project and it can result in a gem like this book.MG and YA are not my go to genre and hence, I m very selective when it comes to these books However, I have immense faith in Sanderson as he consistently churns out good, if not amazing, books I also failed to understand why he had been so regularly critiqued for his characters Ever since I ve read The Way of Kings one of the most character driven books in epic fantasy I ve come to appreciate how my engagement with such fictional beings drive my enjoyment of the book I believe that he had invariably delivered in this aspect simply because everytime I pick up a Sanderson book, I am not able to read anything else.Firstly, this is non Cosmere book The world is set in a gearpunk alternative Earth where North America is made up of islands Secondly, no review of this author is complete without mention about the magic system and I am beginning to risk sounding like a broken record how does Sanderson even create such fascinating ones In the Rithmatist, the foundation of the magic was built on geometry, trigonometry and chalk Yes, chalk How you might ask Well there are illustrations at the start of each chapter to explain the mechanics of different chalk drawings and how precise geometrical trigonometrical properties influence its relative strength power The power of this author s imagination realised in artform The storytelling is solid comprising both a pretty dark mystery component and a school learning setting In spite of the young age of the main characters, the narrative was not annoyingly juvenile but was instead engaging and mature enough to appeal to older audiences I really appreciated how Joel, the main protagonist, did not get an easy way out You ll need to read the book to understand what I mean by this no standard YA tropes here To cap it all off, the ending sequence and the revelations were quite magnificent There was a Ooooh, I see what you did there moment, which I can t allude to further as it might be construed as a potential spoiler Ever the planner, Sanderson has just completed the research phase of the 2nd book as he intends to expand the worldbuilding from North America to Meso and South America.

  9. says:

    Must read The Rithmatist for those who are huge fan of Sandersonhuge fan of fantasy bookschildren 10 years old teenagersadultsThe magics of Rithmatics are very strange because I haven t seen this kind of magic before The Rithmatist is an usual book I haven t read this kind of fantasy book.This book has mixtured genres fantasy, crime and mystery.My favourite characters are Joel and Melody.

  10. says:

    4.5 stars I hope no one gets tired of hearing me say I read another Sanderson, and it was amazing because I say it a lot.The Rithmatist, while not as sophisticated as some of Sanderson s high fantasy for obvious reasons , is still one of my new favorite works from him The magic system was particularly fun to read about Rithmatists who duel one another using chalk drawings ground wards for defense, animated chalk drawings for offense ,and set in a school setting where they learn everything from geometry for proper ward creation to complex dueling strategies, to boot I love when books introduce some sort of competition, especially magic related The Rithmatist definitely reminded me of Hermione s role in Harry Potter very academically inclined and whenever she was around I felt like I learned a lot about magic Joel fit that roll for me here he knew so much about the Rithmatists craft that, by the end of the book, I felt like an expert too The friendships formed in this book were also reminiscent of HP, and I especially love that Joel and Melody s relationship was organic and atypical very different from most YA.The book also had a fun whodunit style mystery that did a great job keeping me guessing all the way until the end If I can t figure out who the culprit is by the halfway point or better yet, if I m certain I know who it is and I m wrong , the author has done a great job weaving together a good mystery as was the case here I felt invested in the story because I was constantly trying out different theories of whodunit With so many things keeping me glued to the pages, it s no surprise I devoured it so quickly.Overall, The Rithmatist had a great mix of good characters, compelling mystery, and magic infusion It hit an A for me on all accounts and I d highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy This is one of those titles I find easy to recommend because it has appeal for a wide range of readers Before diving in, I was under the impression The Rithmatist could essentially function as a stand alone novel not the case I need the next one like, yesterday According to the author s State of the Sanderson 2016, we should be seeing a sequel Status Soooooon Other books you might like The Waking Fire Anthony RyanHarry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone J.K RowlingA Darker Shade of Magic V.E SchwabThe Inventor s Secret Chad MorrisThe Testing Joelle CharbonneauVia The Obsessive Bookseller at

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