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The Rithmatist

4.25 based on 16576 ratings & 1583 reviews on

22 May 14


This is a fast-paced adventure for readers of all ages by bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, master of fantasy fiction. Here, in a school for the magically gifted, your talent could cost you your life...

Young student Joel is fascinated by the magic of Rithmatics, but few have the gift and he is not one of them. Undaunted, Joel persuades Professor Fitch to teach him about this geometric magic. For although Joel can't infuse his protective lines and circles with power, or bring his chalk-drawn creatures to life, he can really understand how it works. However, a daunting test lies ahead, when someone starts kidnapping top Rithmatic students at his school, Armedius Academy.

Since he's not a magic user, Joel appears to be safe and he's desperate to investigate and prove himself. Then people start dying - but can Joel really stop a killer alone? He'll need the help of Rithmatist apprentice Melody, as even more students disappear. Together, they must race to find clues before the killer notices them - and takes them out too.

The Rithmatist is a New York Times bestseller and will be enjoyed by adult and young adult readers alike. The book features illustrations by Ben McSweeney, which depict the magical elements of the novel with great elegance and insight.

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There are very few authors about whom I can say, without a doubt, that I will read every single book they ever write. Brandon Sanderson is a member of that club. He's brilliant and has an imagination I've only seen in the likes of Stephen King and J.K. Rowling

James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner
The Rithmatist has easily become one of my all-time favourite young adult fantasy books and is a wonderful addition to anyone's summer reading list ... I couldn't help but find myself attached to the characters and their struggles to find confidence and worth in themselves. As much as it is a story about magic, monsters, and chalk lines, it is a story about growing up and learning that everyone has something they can do, something they can give to others
The Rithmatist contains some very good surprises on the way to a pleasingly nifty conclusion
Patrick Ness, New York Times