The only bad things i have to say about this book are that the characters lack depth and i guessed the ending half way through. other than that its a pretty good book.If you're just killing time waiting for the sequel to the way of kings i recommend it;)
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
I am yet to read something by Sanderson that I don’t love. Granted, so far that is only four books, but four out of four isn't bad . The Rithmatist is no exception. Although written for a young adult audience, the Rithmatist is a sophisticated weaving of fantasy and mystery.
It is much lighter than Sanderson’s other works, but still has all the elements that make his novels so great. The characters have depth and real personality, the world building is masterfully done, and the plot is complex enough to keep you thinking. Adult and young adults alike should not hesitate to listen to this novel. As an adult listener, I loved it and can’t wait until he writes more in this world. As a parent, I wouldn’t hesitate to give it to my teen to read. It is clean, the violence is mostly second hand (no worse than a good Nancy Drew novel), and the characters are people you would let your kids hang out with.
Michael Kramer is easy to listen to and adds depth to the story in the way he reads it. There is a little lost in the listening of this story, in that there are obviously drawings of the rithmatics in the novel. However, the loss of the visual is worth it to hear Kramer read it.
I must be more picky than most people. With all the glowing 5 star reviews I was expecting something....well...5 star. I'd give it 3 and a half.
First of all I was expecting a stand alone novel. This is clearly book 1 of a series. There are MANY loose ends and, without giving much away, even the main plot line of this story is left unresolved. I found the ending to be quite abrupt and unsatisfying. If I knew this was just the start of a YA series I would have passed.
I did find the magic system to be interesting and refreshingly unique. Again, we are teased with many mysteries regarding the rithmatic magic but most are never explained or resolved.
On the positive side, the characters are well written although seem a bit too serious for teenagers. I find this in all of Sandersons writing in that none of his characters ever seem to show much humor or witty banter like the writing of Jim Butcher or Michael Sullivan.
For me this was good but not great. I don't think I will read the rest of the series.
This book was a random pick based on reading a few reviews and an interesting summary. We listened to it on a long car trip and the child would not lets us stop playing it.
The alternate universe worked quite well and didn't feel forced. You smiled knowingly to yourself when you picked up the historical and scientific divergences that made our earth different from theirs.
Truthfully, by the end of the book I thought to myself: "That's quite a good introduction. If he works off this material for the second book it could be even better." That's not to say this book isn't wonderful, but that it made me excited for even more.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy.
His ability to do voices was much appreciated. His regular talking voice was enjoyable and he read at a good pace. The "formal" chapter heading sections were just diagrams and he even brought those to life.
Very much so. We listened to it 5 hours at a time. Part 1 on the way to our destination and part 2 on the way back.
I am a mid -aged wife and mom who drives for a living. I listen to a lot of books. I enjoy the long series most like wheel of time. My favorite book is The Hobbit. Favorite author is dean koontz
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.
Character development was incredible, as is always the case with Brandon Sanderson. The pace of the story, however, was much quicker than many of his other works. I enjoyed every minute of it, give it a shot!
The original concept of the 2 dimentional beings.
He is one of my all time favorite readers. His very smooth style is a pleasure to listen to especially when I'm on the road.
I actually did really enjoy the ending and definately laughed out loud with joy.
Brandon Sanderson just keeps getting better. I am greatly anticipating the second book of the Storm Light series. I've been reading SciFi Fantasy for about 40 years now and The Way of Kings is one of the best books I have ever read. This story however much lighter was so much fun I really hope he writes more adventures of the Rithmatist.
The audio edition of The Rithmatist is good, but not really better than the print version. It's best as a quick read, not an extended listen, and the illustrations actually help the book.
I recommend Brandon Sanderson early and often, but this isn't his best work. There are a few great ideas here -- "wild chalklings" -- so it's worth it for Sanderson fans. It does demonstrate another of his magic systems. In the end, though, it never really seems to soar in the way that Elantris and many others do. Maybe this is because it's expressly intended to be for young adults, and that is only incidentally characteristic of the best young adult fiction. The Rithmatist has many of the elements common in young adult genre fiction: the orphan, a magic academy, the lower class outsider at school, a kind mentor, dangers that only the protagonist can see and that he is uniquely suited to address, the love interest/friend who is a girl. The body count is also lower than in, for example, Warbreaker, and the magic is, perhaps, simpler to understand than that in Elantris or the Mistborn books. These are neatly connected together. These other books really manage to become more than the sum of their parts, greater than their tropes, and the Rithmatist does not. I would have been riveted to Elantris if I'd had it as a teen (I am older than Sanderson himself, so I've read all of his work as an adult) but breezed through the Rithmatist without pause or emotional investment in it. I think I would recommend Steelheart, maybe, or another Sanderson work instead of The Rithmatist.