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!
The Sanderson formula for many of his works seem to be: take some everyday concept (e.g. metal, color, chalk, glass, etc.), give some of the characters some extraordinary ability with it, build a world around it, and add characters.
But...each story is unique, well written, and engaging. The Rithmatist is no exception (despite some shortsighted reviews I've seen trying to claim it's a Harry Potter knockoff), with an interesting world where science has taken a different turn than in ours, in addition to the elevation of chalk drawings to mysticism.
It turns out to be a fair mystery story, while exploring the implications of the chalk magic system, enough twists to keep it interesting, but does have a few shortcomings in believably (even WITH the suspension of disbelief necessary for this type of story...areas where its own rule system created makes you think, "Really? In 2 centuries no one ever thought to try that?"). But it's still a fun listen...one of the first in a while where I was making sure to bring along my player in the car to squeeze out just a few more minutes.
An enjoyable light read. Sanderson created an interesting world based in a slightly different reality from our own at the turn of the 20th century. A magic based around chalk drawings (with all the weaknesses you would expect) is new and well, refreshing. Rather than pulling things out of the air, the magic drawings are based on rules and systems. ANd if I'm being honest, Sanderson has set it up to where it would be a very enjoyable video game.
The story itself is the type I like, a normal main character that uses his wits rather luck and circumstances to succeed. The mystery that is introduced on the first page is wrapped up nicely by the end, but introduces more to create the series. Twists and turns that you wouldn't expect in a book since the end of the Harry Potter era will keep you reading to the end. I look forward to the next book, and will check out the rest by Brandon Sanderson.
Really, can Sanderson do any wrong? lol ...I really liked this young adult book. It is such a different concept, as is with so many of Sanderson's books. I would listen to it again and would love for my kids to read or listen to it when they are older. I very much enjoyed it!
Spellbinding Entertaining Amusing
Don't think I've heard him before but he did a great job. Many book readers are annoying in some way, but the best "disappear." I think Mr. Kramer is one of the better ones.
It started out slow and I thought I had a dud. But, I listen during my monstrous commute so I kept on listening. I'm so glad I did! I loved it and can't wait for no. 2. Since no. 2 seems awhile away, I'm glad he didn't leave me hanging on no. 1 and I hope he continues this trend. This is a book for people who enjoy fantasy. If you don't get it - you won't like it! If you love fantasy - like me - you will not be disappointed with this story and storyline.
I get the feeling Brandon Sanderson is getting his sea-legs (chalk-legs) and we're in for a fun ride when he hits his stride (line of vigor). I'm an instant fan!
. . .That the sequels aren't already written. This is 100% YA fiction, but fully sophisticated enough to be enjoyed by adults as well.
Sanderson's Rithmatic Magic system is fascinating, and the depth of story makes you feel like you've really stepped into a world right in the middle of its own history.
The story only deals with the events in the school in one town, but while reading, you can truly believe that this school is part of a MUCH larger world with complex and interesting issues/politics/histories/cultures. . . you name it.
The characters are fun, the humor is delightful, and the conflicts and resolution are intense and fulfilling.
This is a Five-Star story for me. Definitely worth the buy!
Yes. Michael Kramer always does an excellent narration. Big fan of audiobooks in general.
Joel. Good balance of courage and humility. A very relatable character.
The end of the book when Joel and Melody work together.
Yes. In fact, I listened to it over the span of a 16 hour road trip. Made the ride time much more enjoyable.
It's a must read! Harry Potter and Hunger Games have had there time to shine. Now it's time for a new contender.
While Sanderson wrote this book to cater to younger audiences, his creative worlds of magic are unlike any other writer. This story is a great combination of crime thriller and fantasy. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
I have really enjoyed most of Michael Kramer's works. This was another solid performance, but I felt like Kramer relied too much on voices he has used from previous performances. Good job, but not his best.
Great book -- I just want everyone to know to look at the diagrams. I listened to this book during a long car trip and didn't have a chance to look at the diagram. And the diagram descriptions made sense, but it would have been better if I could have looked at the diagrams in the printed book. A quick google image search of "Rithmatist" works great!