June 12, 2019 by TinyNavajo
The Rithmatist (The Rithmatist #1) by Brandon Sanderson
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*Published May 13, 2014*
This has been sitting on my shelf for so many years that I finally pulled it out and read it and I’m so glad that I did! And I’m kind of upset at myself for not picking it up before now. All well, onto my review!
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.
As with many of Brandon Sanderson’s book, the magic system in this world is amazing! You are either chosen or you are not to become a Rithmatist. Joel had missed his chance and wonders what would have happened had he been chosen, especially in a school where he is surrounded by Rithmatists.
When Rithmatist students start disappearing though, Joel is drawn into this world as he is called on to help a professor with a “secret project,” looking into old Rithmatist students who had graduated Armedius Academy. As Joel gets a glimpse of this world he so badly wants to be in, he makes a friend with a Rithmatist, Melody, who has been assigned to take Remedial Rithamtics. As they work together, they start to realize that there is more going on that what they originally thought with the disappearing students.
I loved that this book showed that you don’t have to be someone in order to help someone. As long as you are willing and able to help, you should help. Brandon Sanderson writes characters that you connect with and encourage to overcome their challenges. The only ONLY problem that I have with this book is that there is supposed to be a second one, one that was supposed to be dropped I think two years ago but it hasn’t come out yet. I truly hope that it comes out soon!
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