Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson-ESSENTIAL

Sanderson, Brandon, The Rithmatist. Ill. By Ben McSweeney. Pgs. 378. Tor Books, 2013. $17.99 Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG

In a world where Wild Chalkings threaten the American Isles, Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense. Joel, a son of a chalkmaker and a maid, longs to be a Rithmatist, but on the day he was supposed to go through his inception ceremony to see if he could become one, his father died. Now, 8 years later, someone is going around making Rithmatist students disappear. With the help of his friend Melody and the expertise of Professor Fitch, Joel is determined to figure out who is driving a wedge between Rithmatists and Non-Rithmatists through his/her violent attacks. The only clue: an unusual rithmatic drawing that his father was trying to decipher many years ago. Will Joel, Fitch, and Melody succeed?

The characters in this book are not only likable, but well-developed and entertaining. Brandon Sanderson’s in-depth plot and subplots and world-creating draw the reader in easily to his story. The story is fast-paced and well-developed. Reader s who like fantasy, adventure, magic, and mystery will enjoy reading this book. MS, HS. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, Whi Public Library.

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