The Rithmatist

August 28, 2017

The Rithmatist #1. Author: Brandon Sanderson.


More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. 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 learn 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.

(Published summary)

My Thoughts:

Great fun. How often do we get a magic-school story where the main character is one of the “muggles”? And this unusualness leads to an awesome partnership, our two main characters combining their strengths to work together. More, the magic system itself is quite unique. Magic circles have, of course, been around for a while; and we’ve seen moving drawings before. But combining them into a two-d magic system based wholly on drawing… don’t think this has been done before.

Content Review:

Sexual Content: “Charlington doesn’t pay attention to anyone who doesn’t have a chest worth staring at.”

Language: None.

Violence: On the news, characters hear of children being kidnapped and some of their servants dead. Character chased by chalklings. Possibly disturbing scene of students being attacked by chalklings and transformed into one of them; the students are however rescued. Historic accounts of people being killed by chalklings, who would strip their skin and eat their eyes.

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