The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist

eBook - 2013
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As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.
Publisher: New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2013.
Edition: First trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781429953160
1429953160
Characteristics: 1 online resource (378 pages) : illustrations.
Additional Contributors: McSweeney, Ben - Illustrator

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IamJubilee
Nov 07, 2017

A vary good book.

Lisa_Marie_C Jul 13, 2017

Sanderson’s mastery of world-building shines in this fantasy/mystery that is imaginative, unique, and briskly paced.

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joliver16
Dec 22, 2016

This book is so unique. I have never read another book like it. It's absolutely fantastic!

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condich
Jul 14, 2016

I have not read many books by Brandon Sanderson but my husband has and he recommended this book to my 12 year old son. After he read I and raved about it I read it too and loved it. Joel is so likeable and I feel so bad for him. His father, the Chalkmaker died and so it is just him and his mother living on campus. All the professors and staff have known him all his life. His mother is working non-stop cleaning the school. Joel has a hard time finding friends and any he does make are not very nice to him. But Joel is very intelligent and he uses that in this book. The ending although I had guessed some of it really wanted me to read the next one, which isn't out yet. I never would have thought a story about chalk drawings would be so compelling

An interesting plot that takes place at a Hogwarts-like boarding school where students learn the art of Rithmatics - making chalkings and intricate symbols as a means of defense in an ongoing war. For teen fantasy lovers who like codes, secret societies, mystery, and adventure.

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medhagelli
Dec 20, 2015

With an intriguing plot that hooked me till the end, this book has plot twists that I could never imagine. Like the murderer! Plus, this book has great characters with strong personalities and unique experiences. For example, Joel is poor and makes friends with a rich girl who's a rithmatist. Two different worlds that combine to create a wonderful novel depicted in detail.

vpl_childrens Dec 11, 2015

At Armedius Academy in the American Isles, students study the magical art of Rithmatics to defend humans against the Wild Chalkings - creatures made from chalk who attack and kill humans. The son of a master chalkmaker, Joel is unable to be a Rithmatist himself despite knowing more about the craft than most other students. When Rithmatics students start disappearing, Joel is assigned to help with the investigation and finds himself on a dangerous quest.

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mfournier
Jul 25, 2015

I can honestly say that this book is like I've ever read before with a unique and amazing plot. Its full of mysteries and adventure that will keep you on he edge of your seat.

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parttime
Feb 17, 2015

Simplistic style witth some interesting concepts. This is scooby doo meets futurama.

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ACatNamedTofu
Sep 19, 2014

It's alright. Didn't feel very alternate-reality, though. The speech patterns of the characters were basic and uninspired. It was a good book, but the way it was written really cut into how imaginative it was--the concept was really cool, but the writing style was not the right one to pull it off, and I ended up not liking the book all that much.

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khaled147
Jun 20, 2016

This book is about a young boy who wants to become a Rithmatist (a person who can turn chalk drawings to life) and he befriends a girl who hates being a Rithmatist. Several people are kidnapped and little blood is found at the scene so the boy is now a prime detective to solve this mystery. How can chalk drawings make others bleed? How can a non-Rithmatist stop a mad and powerful Rithmatist?

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