The Rithmatist, Paperback Book
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This is a fast-paced adventure for readers of all ages by bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, master of fantasy fiction.

Here, in a school for the magically gifted, your talent could cost you your life...Joel is fascinated by the magic of Rithmatics, but few have the gift and he is not one of them.

Undaunted, he persuades Professor Fitch to teach him magical theory.

Joel can't infuse his protective lines and circles with power, or bring his chalk-drawn creatures to life, but he's quick to master the underlying geometric principles.

His unique skills will soon face an extraordinary test when top Rithmatist students are kidnapped from his Academy. Since he's not a magic user, Joel appears to be safe - but he's desperate to investigate and prove himself.

Then people start dying. However, can Joel really stop a killer alone? As even more students disappear, he realizes he'll need the help of Rithmatist apprentice Melody.

Together, they must race to find clues before the killer notices them - and takes them out too. The Rithmatist is a New York Times bestseller and will be enjoyed by adult and young adult readers alike. The book features illustrations by Ben McSweeney, which depict the magical elements of the novel with great elegance and insight.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781447266150

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Interesting story of a boy, Joel, who wants to be a Rithmatist, those people who fight against creatures who appear to be determined to kill humans. He knows all the theory, he just can't do the magic. He gets caught up in trying to discover what is going on as his classmates start disappearing, what he learns will change the world. Joel teams up with one of the teachers in his school and one of the Rithmatists who has the power but not the skill.I found it interesting and fun. A steampunk world, so slightly different from ours, with Island united states and other subtle changes, but it's also interesting and well thought out and the tension is ramped up all the way. It drew me in and kept me reading avidly.

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