The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist

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The Rithmatist
The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson's New York Times bestselling epic teen adventure is now available in paperback. 

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.

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

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Harry Potter-like world with young people with magic based on math and chalk drawing

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is an interesting twist on fantasy wizards in a modern world.  The magic users are called Rithmatist because they bring chalk drawings  to life.  No one wants to be a Rithmatist more than the main character, Joel, who is student at Ardemius Academy.

Joel is interesting in that he is not a good student.  Many of his classes he finds boring with no practical application.  But he has a passion for rithmatic theories.  Throughout the book you are introduced to the "science" which includes various defensive and offensive chalk drawings that use varying numbers of circles, lines, and "chalklings" (chalk creatures).

Usually chalk drawings can't hurt people but there are students disappearing and Joel and his friends get involved in the case.

I really enjoyed this series as it is well written with interesting characters and a fast moving plot.  You get to guess who the bad guy is and the action kept my interest all the way through.  I give it five out of five stars and suggest you give it a try if you like YA fantasy  stories such as Harry Potter.

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