BRANDON SANDERSON'S THE RITHMASTIST - NEW COVER ART

06 May 2014

By Bella Pagan

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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
We are absolutely delighted to show off this stunning cover art for Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist. And you can see the full cover in all its glory below.
 
In the book, Joel studies in a school attended by his country’s best magic users. But he doesn't have the gift - and that's got to hurt, hasn't it?! The magic is based on an geometry, it's users drawing powerful workings in chalk, and Joel would do anything to have it. That's even when some of these most promising students start disappearing in suspicious circumstances. Soon it’s clear their gift could cost them their lives – unless Joel and his professor can unravel this crime and stop yet more murders taking place. See below for more on that plot.
 
This wonderful novel is great for adult and YA fantasy fans - and I adored it. It was also a New York Times bestseller in hardback, has attracted a slew of top reviews (see below) and is a perfect example of the storytelling genius that is Brandon Sanderson. Read, enjoy and I hope you thrill at the high points just as much as I did -- I was glued to the page. Which can be embarrassing on public transport, especially when you're reading electronically . . . yep, time for me to get another coffee!
 
We are reissuing this wonderful novel in ebook on 22nd May, with the paperback reissue following in March next year. The cover was designed by our head of design James Annal, with design agency Crush. Watch this space for news of the all-new sequel too! To find out more about the story, see below and you can view an evocative trailer for the book, here.  The prologue and first five chapters are over at Tor.com too. 
 
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THE STORY
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 book features illustrations by Ben McSweeney, which depict the magical elements of the novel with great elegance and insight.

 
 

brandongray-227x300_1SOME REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

'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 contains some very good surprises on the way to a pleasingly nifty conclusion'  
Patrick Ness, New York Times

'Feisty characters, and a complex plot likely to unwind over several volumes, this high-spirited, exciting story will appeal to readers of all ages'  
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'Fantasy readers should devour this well-crafted mix of action and setup, enriched by thoroughly detailed cultural and historical background and capped by a distinctly unsettling twist'  
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
 
'Brimming with wit, mystery, and enough ideas to make ten other books jealous, The Rithmatist is boldly entertaining and wildly original ... the slam-bang finish made me stand up and cheer'
Dan Wells
 
'The story is compelling and the main characters of Joel and Melody are ones that we can relate to
-- even their wishes, desires, hopes, and dreams ring true . . . I believe that it would be of interest to readers of all ages'
SFRevu.com
 
'It's utterly engrossing. Because it's a Sanderson book, I feel like it almost doesn't even bear mentioning any more that there's an inventive new magic system with well-defined rules'
The FantasyBookCritic blog