Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (Rithmatist #1)

Review: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Published: Mary 14th, 2013 by Tor Teen
Source: Finished copy from BEA
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Steampunk
Age group: Young adult
Reviewer: ‘B’
Grade rate: A++
 More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles. As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever. Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense—the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.


The Rithmatist was sheer bad-assery because it’s everything an artist would love, their art coming to life.

The story is told from a third person POV, which I like because it allowed me to learn how diverse the characters were.  The main characters are Joel, Melody and Professor Fitch.  Joel is very studious and has very few friends.  He wanted to be a Rithmatist, but couldn’t because he missed his inception ceremony. He is very caring towards the people he loves.  Melody had a tragic life (which by the way is her favorite word.)  She doesn’t want to be a Rithmatist since there are four in her family already.  She very open and strong headed and she doesn’t care what others think about her. Professor Fitch is very closed and cautions and worries about keeping everyone safe.

The story is very interesting and it’s a major page turner.  The plot is fantastic and full of mystery.  World building is very well done, this is my first steampunk and it will not be the last. The writing is very descriptive and it explains everything really well.  I love all the clockwork things, especially the horse.

Overall, I loved the Rithmatist and I can’t wait for the next book, even if I still have to wait a whole year. (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!)

Some quotes for you:

“... everyone knows that ice cream is worth the trouble of being cold. Like all things virtuous, you have to suffer to gain the reward.”
“Well, that’s because they’re wrong and I’m right. No more reading for you. Let’s go get some ice cream.”

“I don’t know if the kitchen has any,” Joel said. “It’s hard to get in the summers, and—”
“Not from the kitchen, stupid,” Melody said, rolling her eyes. “From the parlor out on Knight Street.”
“Oh. I’ve … never been there.”
“What! That’s a tragedy.”
“Melody, everything is a tragedy to you.”
“Not having ice cream,” she proclaimed, “is the culmination of all disasters! That’s it. No more discussion. We’re going. Follow.”

'B' is my almost 14 y/o son

Leave B some comment love!


  1. New book to my whist list, next year sounds to far u.u

  2. B, your mom is very lucky that you reviewed the book for her and that you did such an awesome job! my 16 year old daughter loves to read my books but won't do any reviews for me, lol. Excellent job! I've been wanting to read this book and now more so than ever:)
    Cindi @


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