I always search out books that have interesting concepts, which is often a hit or miss goal. The Rithmatist is most certainly a hit.
Also, the voice actor did a wonderful job portraying the characters and their environment's feel.
I'm not sure if my enjoyment of this book was influenced by the fact that I just came off a book that I greatly disliked, but I can't justify taking off any stars for this. This was one of those that I couldn't put down and found excuses to do things where I could listen more. I did the audiobook version, narrated by Micheal Kramer, which was just perfect. It was quite a short read, but that meant there were never any dull moments which contributed to my reluctance in putting it down. If I could, I probably would have done it in one sitting.
I can't properly begin to express how great the world was. The exposition of it was handled so well and I couldn't get over how clever and well-connected everything was. I could write for hours on the details of the world that were merged with the real world, so on that topic, I'll just say: "read it yourself and try not to be impressed". The characters were also so nicely balanced. While a couple of the side characters were a tad cliched, the main characters were really well fleshed out and likeable. Everyone's motivations and actions made sense and I never got the feeling that anyone did anything purely for the sake of the plot. The story was quite simple and felt quite familiar, but that never felt like an issue to me since the fantasy elements made it constantly unpredictable and interesting. Then there was the ending. I can't explain how good it was without spoilers, but trust me, it was the kind of ending you secretly hope for in every book.
I can't even think of things I could nitpick. I mentioned some elements that were a bit on the simple side, but all those worked because of the other elements. The "magic" system was also incredibly creative and the way things play out with it were just so intense. I want more now, dammit! Yes, the protagonist is a teenager, but he's never overly whiny and although it'll technically be grouped into the YA genre, it never really got into all the tropes that books in that genre tend to do. This book far surpassed my expectations and I honestly think anyone would enjoy it. I'll openly admit I'm a Sanderson fanboy at this point and that I'm probably a bit biassed towards his work, so you might want to take this review with a pinch of salt. However, if you don't enjoy this book, I'll be forever suspicious of your tastes in books.
Easy to read... great characters.... and none of the political constipation! One of my favorite authors delivers again with his clever take on magical theory and personal character interactions.
Man I'm addicted to audible!! I enjoy fiction books a little too much
I've listened to pretty much all of Brandon sander sons books not including the wheel of time ones he co authored and finished and I was holding off on this one... Not sure why !! This book was so good. Sanderson will take old ideas mixed with new ones and write something that you feel like you heard before but at the end of the novel you go hmmm so this is what this looks like in full quality 6 million fps 4d
awesomeness... Refreshing .... Sanderson is literally one of the best and Michael Kramer as the reader, what more can you ask for :)
I like pretty much everything from Brandon Sanderson, so I just decided to listen to everything he has ever written. I didn't LOVE Elantris, so I wasn't expecting much from this novel. However, I found myself really enjoying it! Michael Kramer's performance brought a lot of life to the characters, and the I was entranced by the amount of thought that went into Rithmatics. By the end of the novel I wanted to be a Rithmatist just to try out some of my strategies!
Give the book a try, it's light-hearted but still engrossing, and I really want more in the series!
I have read around 12 Sanderson books and have never been disappointed. However, I had a hard time hanging in to the end of this one. I didn't feel the continuity in the story or the characters. I stuck it out but in the end I was not left with a good impression overall. Won't keep me from coming back for more Brandon Sanderson though. The man has a brilliant imagination.