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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (14 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765320320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765320322
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at brandonsanderson.com/library -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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I recommend The Rithmatist to fans of Brandon Sanderson, as it contains the wonderful qualities that he is known for as a fantasy author. I also recommend it to everybody else. Whether you love or hate epic fantasy, this book is something different. It's an easy read, absorbing, and has the kind of twists and turns that will leave you clamouring for more. I firmly believe that this can be considered Harry Potter for the next generation. I love it that much. (ONCE UPON A TIME) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Someone is murdering the powerful Rithmatist magicians and Joel may be the only one who can stop the killer... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GOTTON TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is, I believe, this authors first novel in the young adult market.

As a big fan of Brandon Sanderson's adult books I was hesitant in reading this as I was worried that the author may lose some of his story telling ability and complexity of his magic systems when writing for a younger audience... I really needn't have worried.

As he did with Elantris, the Mistborn books, the first book of the continuing Stormlight saga and pretty much any book I have read by this author, he has created a wonderfully original fantasy world with a magic system that is both complex and easy to grasp at the same time, This author is also one of the main panelists on a podcast called writing excuses and after listening to those and realising just how much thought and effort goes into every novel it is not surprising that they are as good as they are.

This book is a fast paced fantasy novel set in alternate reality, steampunk version of America. The characters are well rounded and loveable, the action is surprisingly exciting considering a lot of it is centred around people drawing pictures in chalk but most importantly this novel is yet another success for an author who is never afraid to try something new,

It is easy for me to say that Brandon Sanderson is the most exciting author writing fantasy today. His willingness to constantly test himself in creating original ideas is what leads to successes like this novel. He backs up those original ideas with great writing that it am especially impressed with in this novel as I rarely felt as though he was dumbing it down for a younger audience as so many YA authors have a tendency to do,

All together another excellent novel to add to the quickly growing Sanderson shelf on my bookcase and I am eagerly awaiting the next novel in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
One of the things that makes Brandon Sanderson a truly brilliant fantasy write is his ability to come up with unique, original magical systems.

And he churns out another one in his young-adult debut: a geometric magical system based on lines and circles, with two-dimensional chalk creatures summoned by "The Rithmatist." The first half is rather slow, but the story blossoms when it focuses on the missing Rithmatic students -- think a combination of alternate history, fantasy and murder mystery.

Despite being only a poor chalkmaker's son, Joel is able to attend the prestigious Armedius Academy -- but he spends most of his time thinking about Rithmatic duels, history and strategy. He knows that he will never be a Rithmatist, but he still yearns to study it. When an arrogant new professor turns the Rithmatics department upside-down, he gets the chance to be an assistant to the kindly Rithmatics-historian Professor Finch.

But around the same time, students start vanishing from Armedius. Not only are the vanished students all Rithmatists, but the only clue left behind is a chalk marking that no one has seen before.

Then the son of a knight-senator is brutally killed by chalklings controlled by "the Scribbler." Suddenly Armedius is the center of political and social strife, and the police are brought in to protect the students who remain. Joel and his oddball friend Melody are quickly enmeshed in the investigation, but even Joel's encyclopedic knowledge of Rithmatics might not be enough to catch the Scribbler.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 17 Jun. 2013
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As with many of Brandon Sanderson's own books, The Rithmatist constructs a world with an interesting premise for how the fundamentals of magic work, and some interesting characters, and then explores the result with a focus on the characters. As always, the results make for very enjoyable reading for anyone, even if this book seems to be aimed at younger readers (in terms of length and content).

The only reservation that I have in hoping for a followup for this book is that I dearly want the author to work on some of sequels to his other works.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Whitehead on 26 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
I was hooked on The Rithmatist by page 29. I wasn't sure what to expect as sometimes this kind of book can be too 'kiddy,' but it's actually perfect in almost every way. The amount of detail that has gone into creating Joel's world is astounding; not only has an entirely new system of magic been created (complete with full explanations and diagrams), but it also includes a full backstory and logical reasoning. Even the political and religious implications are explored, and a lot of time is spent explaining the tenuous relationship between the Rithmatists, the Church and the State. I have never read a YA book this well thought-out.

It's completely and utterly unique. I've obviously come across magic circles in books before, but only as a method of conjuring and containing demons. The Rithmatist is something else; something new and different that takes magic duels and turns them completely on their head. I wrote this three times in my review book, phrased various different ways, so clearly this particular aspect had a huge impact.

I was originally concerned when I saw the words 'Illustrations by Ben McSweeney' on the cover, as novels that include pictures are usually aimed at a much younger audience and are therefore too childish for my tastes. Here though, they actually are necessary and helpful. It's a story about battles with drawings, for God's sake! There are instructional diagrams that could be straight from a Rithmatist textbook, but also more descriptive pictures of the various battle monsters involved. I actually liked them quite a lot, as they didn't distract from the story in the slightest.

If I had one complaint, it's that occasionally it's a little... preachy. Not wham-in-your-face type stuff, but sometimes there is A Message To Be Learnt.
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