Sanderson always excels at developing and describing intriguing and complex magical systems in his stories. Whether is Stormlight or Hemalurgy, Sanderson expertly times the exposition of magical mechanics with their relevance to the narrative. In Rithmatist, I feel his job was doubly hard in that the system presented is exceedingly complex. However, I would recommend searching out the illustrations that come in the physical version. They go a long way in helping you vizualize the different symbols and make the combat scenes more vivid and colorful. The Rithmatist has an ending that satistfies and promises a compelling sequel.
I loved this book, I wish it was 3 times longer. It took me forever to get into it because it is such a weird idea, but once I got the hang of it I loved it. Sanderson has a way of constructing and explaining the worlds he creates without you realizing that is what he is doing, or rather, while continuing to move the story along.
I like everything I've read from Brandon Sanderson, this book is no different. My eleven year old is now reading it and loves it. The one criticism I saw people posting about the Rithmatist was the pacing. Some may find it slow, if they are looking for an action packed novel this is not it. The story is more of a mystery with the action coming in towards the end of the book. I really liked the fictional world Sanderson has created and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I love the main antagonist of the story and I'm hoping he gets fleshed out more in the next book.
This is my favorite of Brandon's YA books. the pacing is neither too fast or slow, but perfect. the characters are great and by the end I was fiending for more. And for the performance...well, it's Michael Kramer...need I say more, and for those of you who haven't heard any of his narrations. What have you been listening too!? Get some of them now!
Who would think you could take a book about drawing with chalk seriously? well you should because it is a fantastic story with great characters! I am constantly amazed by Brandon Sanderson's mind. The ideas and worlds he creates are so delightful, magical, and real. This was no exception! I think this is in the teen category so it's easy to follow and understand but not too simplistic- he makes it so adults can enjoy it as well. The villian is fascinating and so it the clockwork/steampunk style of the world. The end didn't quite tie things up so I really hope there will be more to this series! The narrator is fantastic.
I love Sanderson, but this book was a surprise. I thought it would be easy to see everything, like the Reckoners, and too simplistic. This was more like a young adult book written for adults. Simple plot, good mystery, but the unexpected still happened and it keeps you guessing.
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.