I 'discovered' Sanderson a couple of weeks ago and have become absolutely addicted to his books. This was another great one, but I expect that the print versions with the drawings might be easier to follow and it was over far too quickly. Ready for a sequel!
The consistent well thought out magic system. Brandon Sanderson always thinks up a new clever magic system for his books, this is no exception.
A rich range of voices and accents. Michael Kramer really brings the characters to life. You can always tell which character is talking based on how Michael is reading.
When compared with the rest of Sanderson's book this one is filled with well-intending good-natured people (even the bad guys aren't all that bad). There is the promise of danger but there is a lack of real consequence. Maybe it is aimed more towards young readers? I don't know. In any case I really did enjoy it.
This story was a fun and imaginative twist of adventure, puzzles and mystery. It takes place in a modified global history with locations and references that will make you smile.
The story keeps you guessing and amazed until the very end. I found myself saying "wow" many times out loud as the mystery unfolded. Very fun and hopefully leading up to a series!
This was a great story and very well narrated. I don't know if this is the first in a series, but it would certainly lend itself to a few more books. This had some very unique takes on magic and a magic school. Really liked the concept and characters. I'm looking forward to more books if this is a series.
Teacher & musician.
Easy to get into the story and easy to understand the plot, but sadly I never found this book really captivating.
The book experiments with an interresting magic system, but it feels very hard to accept and play along with it's nature... at least for me.
The story is narrated by Kramer, one of the best there is, making for a very nice listening experience.
The plot is a bit shallow and filled stock cookiecutterlike characters.
This is, by my reasoning, a story best fit for young teens, not the seasoned adult fantasy reader.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
Brandon Sanderson once again roots out a great story and magic system. This is in my top favorite reads amongst his books. The Rithmatist is an excellent coming of age story about a sixteen year old, in a servant class, who must accomplish through normalcy with his ingenuity and smarts, what others are gifted and given with great powers. He is brought up in a school that provides an education to normals and rithmatists. Rithmatists are segregated in their community which creates a problem for the boy who has a passion for their discipline and must create his own path to learn their secrets. And while you may feel sympathetic towards the servant class at the start you will realize that there is a cost to being a rithmatist by the end. I am hesitant to recommend purchasing this book now, because it really needs a follow up due to some rather large loose ends left behind. However, if your a Brandon Sanderson fan this should definitely be in your wish/watch list.