I am a fantasy book fan and this one is another great book by Brandon Sanderson. If you like Orson Scott Card books you like this one too. Great fantasy story with a well built system of magic without any cussing or sex. Not that those are bad qualities in a book, but sometimes it's nice to have one without it. I read this one with my 10 year old and we both loved it. Not a wasted credit...
I completely enjoyed this novel as it is nothing less than I've come to expect both the writer and narrator. I only marked the Story slightly less since, while it was very good, it wasn't as superb as his earlier work, Mistborn.
I can't recommend this book.
The story of the Rithmatist was complex, with a well developed plot-line. However, the female characters in this novel were severely underdeveloped, excessively dependent on their male counterparts, and pathetically passive. As the parent of three boys who LOVE to read, I CAN'T recommend this book to them.
Michael Kramer effectively created voices of likability for the main character (Joel), and Professor Fitch. However, every female character was convincingly whiney, weak kneed, and helpless. Although the author is to blame for the character development, Mr Kramer brought this to life.
The only characters in this novel that offered any possible insight toward overcoming the crisis and growing into resolution were male characters. Although Melody provided a way for Joel to re-attempt becoming an arithmatist, her contribution failed to provide a workable solution. It was painful to listen to, wondering all along if the author would redeem himself by further developing the women, but in the end this was nothing more than a patriarchal expedition of one mans chauvinism.
This ranks up there in the top 20.
The most memorable thing is the world Sanderson has created. It is very reminiscent to Rowling's Hogwarts.
I loved every scene Fitch was in. The absent minded professor (Merlinish) was fun to read. Also, anytime there was a chalk duel, especially the one's in the second half of the book, kept my interest piqued.
Not really. I guess the father connection was a good subplot that took the plot to deeper levels.
This was an unexpectedly fantastic read. Very original concept. I tore through this one in a few days. I highly recommend it to fans of Potter. I'm a teacher, and I have many of my students now reading it. Can't wait for the sequel!
he always does a good job of creating plausible magic systems plus I love the reader.
mistborn. a new and unique magic system with fun characters
the time warping power fights
when he shoot the new bullets and forgot he could push them
The scene at the soda fountain. Good relationship building
Brandon takes the weaklings and turns them into the muscle guys on the beach.
I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.
It was pleasant to listen to, so I might allow my young daughter to listen to it. I did not find it to be an adult level book. Quite unlike the author's other works--so perhaps he is trying for young readers?
The idea and magical nature are intriguing--there could be lots more, if he is looking for today's version of the Hardy Boys, or other juvenile efforts, then this could work.
Not any depth in this at all.
Another excellent story by Sanderson! There is something clean and crisp about his writing style, and the worlds he creates, that I enjoy. This is a mystery set in a world with hints of connections to our own. It also had a fantastic "feel good" moment that makes the end immensely satisfying. I can't wait for the next one in this series.
I have enjoyed many of Sanderson's books. This seems to be a great start in a new universe. A very entertaining plot with many of the twists that make Sanderson a joy to read. My only concern is that with so many good stories that he is developing in parallel, when do we get the next installment.
This was a great book. Liked it better than the Harry Potter series of books. I hope he writes more of them!