Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, book 1), by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, book 1)
By: Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0765338440
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What Joel wants more than anything else in the world is to learn about rithmatics, but when Rithmatists start disappearing Joel finds himself getting a little to close to the dangerous realities of rithmatics for comfort.

The Rithmatist is a slow paced novel placed in a unique world where Rithmatists (Math/Geometry based warriors) use chalk drawings to wage war against living chalk creatures. The concepts the story is built around can be very interesting, but some may find them hard to visualize and/or understand. In my opinion, the novel can be enjoyed by readers without fully or even mostly grasping the geometry-like aspects explained over the course of the story.

Readers should note that The Rithmatist is the first book in a series. The ending is satisfying but not conclusive. Book two, The Aztlanian, will likely not be released until 2017.

The Rithmatist includes:
  • References to death/blood
  • Rule breaking
  • Name calling (old man)
  • Life and death situations
  • References to people being eaten alive (non-graphic)

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