Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Rithmatist #1
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: More 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 Isles.
As 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—forever.
Review: I actually bought this book because Regan from PeruseProject loved it and I wanted to give it a go. Also I found out that Brandon Sanderson was going to an event near me and I figured I should read one of his books before I meet him lol. I found The Rithmatist to be incredibly imaginative and a pleasant read. I liked that there were drawings to go along with the descriptions, but sometimes they were a bit confusing to me. I really liked the story but some areas were a bit slow, but the ending did pick up and was action packed. I'm looking forward to a second novel.
I really loved Joel's character, he was so determined. I just really want to find out the mystery behind him not becoming a Rithmatist. Melody was another character that I really enjoyed, she was a bit hot/ cold but also showed potential once prompted. Plus I want to know how professor jerk face is involved in everything and what the end goal is going to be.
I would recommend this novel to readers looking for something outside the box and that is filled with imagination. I am really excited to read the next in the series, which Brandon Sanderson said won't be coming out for awhile.
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