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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


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    Quick enjoyable read

    Brandon Sanderson has written similar stories before but he makes each one interesting with depth and new ideas each time. This one is a light YA read, but I found it compelling and enjoyable.

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    Loved it!

    Great quick read. I can't wait for the next book in this series. The story was an imaginative alternate reality that keeps you turning page after page steam punkish style!

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    The Rithmatist

    I've read every book that Sanderson has written and is one of his finest. His ideas are light years ahead of his contemporaries. Can't wait to read about Joel and Melody's next battle against the chalklings.

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    Interesting Love interest

    This was an awesome read but some might think Brandon Sanderson went a bit too overboard on explaining his magic system in the beginning. I believe this was because he intends to write quite a few more novels in this series. However, the relationship between Joel and Melody was one of a kind and definitely enough to pull me through to the really exciting parts. Brandon, you always fail to disappoint me.

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    Brandon Sanderson does it again!

    The book tells the story of Joel, a young student at a prestigious school where Rithmatists -- the magic users of this world -- are trained. Despite his intense interest in Rithmatics, which entails using chalk drawings to battle the ever present threat of the Wild Chalklings, Joel was not chosen to become a Rithmatist. Joel's interest in the subject eventually lands him in the thick of an investigation into the mysterious disappearances of several Rithmatist students while away from campus visiting their families. Although the Rithmatist is intended for a somewhat younger audience than most of his other novels, Sanderson succeeds again in crafting an interesting world with likeable characters and a very unique and interesting magic system. It is a very compelling read and in my opinion well worth experiencing for yourself. I highly recommend it.

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