I wasn't very impressed with with the Alcatraz series, but I can't help but read anything that Brandon Sanderson writes so I gave this a shot. Sanderson is in his typical form and despite the young adult audience, he creates another wonderful world and keeps you interested throughout the whole book. Michael Kramer, whom I think is probably the most talented narrator around, delivers another strong performance. I can't wait for the next book, but I hope the next Stormlight book comes out first!
The narrator did a great job
While geared towards a younger teen audience, the whole concept of Rithmatics is extremely interesting and well thought out like all of Sanderson's magic schemes. Cliff-hanger ending though, can't wait for the next one!
Brandon Sanderson continues to amaze me. I wasn't sure what to expect from his new YA book The Rithmatist, but I have enjoyed all his other books and decided to give it a try. While not on the scale of his other works, this book is more than a dumded down fantasy for kids. I was drawn into the story from the get go, and sadly it was over before I knew it. The magic and world were exciting and fun, and I am hoping there are more books in this series to come. Micheal Kramer was perfect as always. Awesome book.
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
I would not recommend listening to this book on Audible. This is nothing to do with Michael Kramer's narration; as usual he is very good. Rather, the novel depends on "rithmatic diagrams" which are illustrated in the book. Although Kramer does describe them, if you only listen you will miss a lot, perhaps key story points.
This isn't one of Sanderson's best works. The magic system, usually one of Sanderson's key strengths, didn't grab me the way some of his others have. I also didn't feel very engaged with the main characters who are after all only sixteen. If you're new to Sanderson I'd recommend starting with Mistborn or Elantris rather than this.
This is a great read if you are looking for something light and fun. The United Islands of America is a fun setting and the magical element is surprisingly good (I thought that it sounded cheesy at first).
I really loved the dueling aspect of the book. Very enjoyable. Much like writing up football plays on the chalkboard only to see the play unfold before your eyes.
Believability. You don't notice the narrator, which means that you can focus on the story instead of fixating on the quirks of the voice. His voice is good and smooth. The characters are good and distinct from each other.
I would recommend it to anyone.
I couldn't put it down!
It's a bit fluffy, but definitely NOT in a bad way. It's well written with interesting characters and a great magic system.
Some plot points and elements of the story were eerily similar to Harry Potter. At times I found myself wondering if the 'formula' was being executed intentionally, but overall, this was pure fun to read.
Can't wait for more.
A spellbinding read. It hooked me in like so many other books by Brandon Sanderson, and stole my life for a few day. Though I felt guilty for being entranced by adolescent Hairy Potter-esque book, I could not put it down.
Like so many of Sanderson's main characters, Joel the underdog has you rooting for him within paragraphs of starting the book. Then of course you are glued to the story until you learn his fate.
Michael Kramer does a wonderful job voicing the characters. He remains one of my favorite Audible performers.
Definitely worth the time and money. I just hope Brandon releases several more books in this series.
Exciting. Mysterious. Intriguing.
Has a Harry Potter feel to it but with a whole different story line and magic.
I can tell which character it is by his performance.
Its so good I wanted to savor it slowly.
Must read - probably my favorite from this author and that is saying a lot considering his many other great novels.
Brandon Sanderson has done it again. This was a great book that pulled me in from the very beginning. The world building and magic system were both unique. It's intended audience is young adult but I enjoyed it as well.