Sanderson earned a place in my favorite fantasy author list with "The Way of Kings." I have been willing to buy any of his books since, without reading reviews.
While aimed at a slightly younger audience (not painfully young adult, but clearly not written solely for adults) the Rithmatist is a creative and fun book. A coming of age story set in an unusual alternate-united states, with an almost steam-punk feel.
I enjoyed it and I'll likely read any sequels (but I'm hoping Sandeson will work on the storm light series instead)
The only bad things i have to say about this book are that the characters lack depth and i guessed the ending half way through. other than that its a pretty good book.If you're just killing time waiting for the sequel to the way of kings i recommend it;)
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
I am yet to read something by Sanderson that I don’t love. Granted, so far that is only four books, but four out of four isn't bad . The Rithmatist is no exception. Although written for a young adult audience, the Rithmatist is a sophisticated weaving of fantasy and mystery.
It is much lighter than Sanderson’s other works, but still has all the elements that make his novels so great. The characters have depth and real personality, the world building is masterfully done, and the plot is complex enough to keep you thinking. Adult and young adults alike should not hesitate to listen to this novel. As an adult listener, I loved it and can’t wait until he writes more in this world. As a parent, I wouldn’t hesitate to give it to my teen to read. It is clean, the violence is mostly second hand (no worse than a good Nancy Drew novel), and the characters are people you would let your kids hang out with.
Michael Kramer is easy to listen to and adds depth to the story in the way he reads it. There is a little lost in the listening of this story, in that there are obviously drawings of the rithmatics in the novel. However, the loss of the visual is worth it to hear Kramer read it.
I must be more picky than most people. With all the glowing 5 star reviews I was expecting something....well...5 star. I'd give it 3 and a half.
First of all I was expecting a stand alone novel. This is clearly book 1 of a series. There are MANY loose ends and, without giving much away, even the main plot line of this story is left unresolved. I found the ending to be quite abrupt and unsatisfying. If I knew this was just the start of a YA series I would have passed.
I did find the magic system to be interesting and refreshingly unique. Again, we are teased with many mysteries regarding the rithmatic magic but most are never explained or resolved.
On the positive side, the characters are well written although seem a bit too serious for teenagers. I find this in all of Sandersons writing in that none of his characters ever seem to show much humor or witty banter like the writing of Jim Butcher or Michael Sullivan.
For me this was good but not great. I don't think I will read the rest of the series.
Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.
You will not be disappointed. This is an excellent story, I could not stop listening.
This book was a random pick based on reading a few reviews and an interesting summary. We listened to it on a long car trip and the child would not lets us stop playing it.
The alternate universe worked quite well and didn't feel forced. You smiled knowingly to yourself when you picked up the historical and scientific divergences that made our earth different from theirs.
Truthfully, by the end of the book I thought to myself: "That's quite a good introduction. If he works off this material for the second book it could be even better." That's not to say this book isn't wonderful, but that it made me excited for even more.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy.
His ability to do voices was much appreciated. His regular talking voice was enjoyable and he read at a good pace. The "formal" chapter heading sections were just diagrams and he even brought those to life.
Very much so. We listened to it 5 hours at a time. Part 1 on the way to our destination and part 2 on the way back.
I work in the Automotive business, I have been a manager for the last 12 years, I like to listen to books on my way to or home from work.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys other by Sanderson - I even felt it had a Harry Potter influence to this one.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I didn't know what to expect with this story. I have other Brandon Sanderson novels so gave it a try. I was so surprised in a positive way. The three main characters are strong and develop during the story. An aging academic and two teenage students Joel & Melody. There are good supporting characters. This alternate world has North America as a series of islands. Nebrask is a place where wild Chalklings are kept isolated. These creatures are chalk and 2 dimensions. They can slide under doors, cracks to attack people. People under go a procedure at age 8. There is a religion based upon this. At a chathedral the child goes into a room. When they come out they are given a piece of chalk and told to draw. If it comes to life they are a Rithmatist. They receive special schooling, training and sent to the wilds of Nebrask for a mandatory 10 years. After that they recieve a stipend for life. This naturally causes envy and hostility among the general population. Part of this is because the wilds are so far away. Another part is the superior attitude most Rithmatists have. Joel was not chosen and wants to be. Melody is chosen and hates it. The two have to find each other and work through and their limitations. Joel also has a complex family history to work through. In the meantime something starts attacking and causing students of Rithmatic to disappear. They are presumed dead. The attacker appears to be a Rithmatist. The aging academic is chosen to try figure out what the cause is. Joel forces himself into the investigation. Melody is placed with the academic for special tutoring. She works her way into the investigation out of curiosity then interest and a growing friendship with Joel. I love the part where Melody says....thank you for not ignoring me....thank you for not thinking me weird. Joel responds...we're all weird,,,you're a little weirder then most. A typical teenage boy response. Each chapter starts with a description or explanation of some fact of Rithmatic. Fortunately there is an extra PDF file with pictures of these descriptions. This is a novel for the young and old, The ending is open. I hope there is a sequel. I hope it is as good or better then book 1.
Good, but not quite up to the standard of other Sanderson works. In particular, I felt the steam punk element (spring works) needed a lot more explanation and development.