Author: Brandon Sanderson
Published by Macmillan Publishers May 13th, 2013
Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy
In a world where the endowed Rithmatists are praised for their time served protecting the United Isles, trouble arises as young Rithmatists are captured from their homes and believed to be murdered.
Joel, son of the chalk maker, is well-learned in the theory of Rithmatics, even though he is not one, himself. Despite not being apt, he successfully arranges time to spend with Professor Fitch over the summer in order to solve the case of the missing students of the school.
Tension gets high, and Joel finds he has jumped headfirst into something much greater and more evil than he could ever imagine.
Normally I would not review an older novel (published 2013), but I have to make an exception with this one.
Sanderson’s The Rithmatist was undoubtedly one of the best books I have read this year—and that is coming from a fussy reader.
Please understand: I do not seek issues in a book just so I have something to write about in this blog, and this novel is proof of that.
To begin with, the writing flowed immaculately. Reading his work was truly a breath of fresh air. I cannot begin to express how well he described characters, scenes and thoughts. Not a single paragraph was botched or out-of-place. Neither was there a snag in the plot. Sanderson lined everything up so perfectly for the reader. It was smooth sailing from the beginning to the end.
The story did lack romance—but is that a bad thing? Not when you completely forget about it! I was too absorbed in the mysterious world of Rithmatics to remember such a thing.
After reading a decent amount of mysteries, I’ve grown rather adept at pinpointing the bad guy as I read my way through the story. However, I will unabashedly admit that Sanderson had me fooled. I was so convinced I was right, it was a shock to discover the truth.
At the very end of the story, we are left with a hint of something more to come. As soon as I finished reading, I immediately googled the second book, only to find it has not yet been published (not since 2013?!). According to certain websites, the publishing date for the second book, titled The Aztlanian, is presumably set for later this year (fingers crossed!). I will be eagerly waiting to purchase it.
In the meantime, I will move on to his other works, beginning with the Mistborn series.
As for my final rating on The Rithmatist: five stars, all the way!