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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

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on May 14, 2013 by Tor Teen
ISBN-10: 0765320320
ISBN-13: 9780765320322
3 Book Reviews
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  • ig-88
    ig-88Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm33 stars
    Im still reading it But its pretty god I MEAN AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    • chimaera
      chimaeraTuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11:12 am
      The book I read was Rithmitist by Brandon Sanderson. The book was about a non-Rithmitist student named Joel and his friend Melody. Joel attends a Rithmatist school called Arimduas, only because Joel's mother is a night maid and works there. After students start disappearing is up to Joel and Melody to find the kidnapper and stop him. The atmosphere of the book is sorta Harry Potter esc and a little bit of steam punk mixed into it. The rate I would hit the book is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. The reason being is because there are some slow parts of the book that was really boring. They tried to lead to a romance but that just took way and sidetracked the reader. For example the Ice Cream parlor was just a wast of time. Non of the information in that scene was of any use except maybe the dollar. Over all thought the book is still fantastic and you should read it.
      • mia82703
        mia82703Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:18 am44 stars
        All Joel ever wanted to do was become a Rithmatist. Studying at a school where Rithmatists were trained, that was all he wanted to think about. I read the book The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. This book is an action packed science fiction novel. I love this book. Once you pick it up, you can't put it down. The Rithmatist will definitely not let you down. Overall, I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars because things can sometimes get a little confusing, but the story was amazing! In the book Joel's family is living at Armedius Academy, a school for training Rithmatist children. Joel's father was a chalk maker for the school, but he passed away. The Academy agreed to let Joel and his mother stay at the academy. Joel is an outsider. He doesn't have many friends until Melody. Melody is a failed Rithmatist who wants nothing to do with Rithmatics. Joel and Melody battle it out, as a problem at Armedius soon arises. This book is like nothing else I’ve read.