Wednesday, August 28, 2013

2013 Books I Love - The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist
Sanderson, Brandon
Tor Teen 9780765320322

      I originally reviewed this some time ago as I had an early pre-pub review copy. It came out in May and is Sanderson's 1st intentional young adult novel. His Alcatraz books are published as middle grade and the books he's done with Tor are published as adult. However, teens who have discovered him (and adults, too) will read his books no matter what section they are in. At one point, when Alloy of Law came out, the Bistro Book Club seemed to be turning into a Brandon Sanderson fan club.

With the American Isles in danger of being overrun by horrible human eating creatures called chalklings, it is up to the Rithmatists who wield chalk to draw defenses and create their own chalklings, to fight them. Armedius is one of eight academies that educate Rithmatists as well as non-rithmatist students including scions of some of the leading families in the American Isles. Joel is a scholarship student who, even though he is not a Rithmatist, is fascinated by their magic. He tries to observe Rithmatist classes whenever he can and is accomplished at drawing the figures they use for defense but does not have the magic to make them work. When a new professor challenges Joel's favorite teacher to duel strange things start to happen. Sanderson is an outstanding world builder and the rules of magic he has created for this series are fascinating.

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