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An original plot, with interesting characters and an enticing new world to step into... I love the mathematics and the whole concept of the Rithmatist. Brilliant!
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Sanderson tells the same story over and over in hist books... Mistborn, Way of Kings, Steelheart... they all have the same basic plot arc, protagonist and antagonist. But, Sanderson tells this story well, and the plot twists are always just different enough, and the magical mechanics are unique enough that I still find myself interest and engaged.
I will absolutely read any follow-up novels in this series. I am very eager to find out what happens to our characters, and to learn more about the world.
One note to listeners: do a google image search for "rithmatist diagram" so that you can find all the illustrations mentioned in the book. It isn't totally necessary, but it does add an extra dimension to the story.
I'm giving this story a 4 out of 5 because it lacked the complexity that Sanderson is capable of, the ending was unsatisfying, and the final showdown with the antagonist was really, really, really stupid. It felt like something J.K. Rowling would have written. Our protagonist finally KNOWS who the evil-doer is, but decides to take no further action because he won't be believed... it doesn't make sense, and it was just a lazy on Sanderson's part.
I am a tattoo artist by trade so i find myself listening to my books a lot while drawing, but more so while commuting.
I put off reading this for some reason and i shouldnt have. A great read in classic Brandon Sanderson format and an interesting way to create special powers and fights.
Once again, Brandon Sanderson creates a new world with exciting and wonderful uniqueness. And Michael Kramer again gives the story a voice that breathes life into that world.
The Rithmatist is set in an alternate of our own world. By changing a few small cultural and political arrangements alongside a handful of interesting geological changes he makes a world so much like our own, yet so different. Set in the United Isles of America, Sanderson tells a story about a young man who wishes to be a Rithmatist—someone who can work magic by drawing on the ground with chalk. Joel has the technical knowledge down better than most student Rithmatists his own age. But the Master didn't grant him the power to bring his lines to life. But that hasn't stopped Joel from studying. And when Rithmatist students start going missing, Joel is recruited to help search for them. But will he be able to fight the troubles to come? Or will his lack of magic make him more hindrance than help?
If you like low-magic steampunk, alternative histories, or who-done-its, this is a good book for you.
Yes, because it was a really good story.
Michael Kramer is simply a great "story teller". There are people with more voices and such but he is very solid. I enjoy his reading.
This is a four start only because I cannot rate any stand alone book as a 5 star. There just isn't enough time to get me addicted. If you like stand alone books then this is probably a 5 start to you.
I know that most of the reviewers really enjoyed this book, and I found it enjoyable, but there was one important plot detail that I couldn't buy into. How would Joel, a 16-year-old non-specialist, have such a central role (or even unfettered access to the crime scene) in criminal investigation? For myself, it strained credibility, so that as much as I enjoyed the characters and the story, I just couldn't get past that. I've enjoyed other Sanderson books, and I will listen to others again, this just isn't something that I could connect to.
I have really enjoyed several of Sanderson's books but this one just wasn't really my thing. I probably don't fit the target audience for this one but I gave it a shot. I see other reviews about how they loved the magic system. I'm guessing they grew up in the anime cartoon era or something. It was a bit lackluster to me. Like I said not my thing but it's probably a great fit for younger readers.
Sure. Thus, the three stars. It wasn't an entire waste of a credit. It was still written by a solid author.
I drive for a living and listen to a lot of books. I enjoy the long series of books because I go through them so quickly.
Awesome as usual! He is the best in myopinion.
Not my favorite Sanderson book. But still enjoyable to read.
At the top, along with all the rest of Brandon Sanderson's books.
He's read a few other books I've listened to, and they've all been pretty great.
Not really, because I don't like doing that to a good book. I prefer to listen to an hour or so, think about it a bit, and try to predict what's going to happen based on what info I have atm. It's way more fun that way.
Honestly this book surprised me with how good it was. I held off on listening to this for awhile since it seemed more simplistic than most books I like listening to, but it was way better than alot of books I've listened too.
The story was a fun twist on an old idea of drawing coming to life. I
thought the author did a very good job making me care about the
characters and in describing the world around them. I would certain
recommend this to anyone who enjoyed books like The Hunger Games or
perhaps Harry Potter.