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.