The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson's New York Times bestselling epic teen adventure is now available in paperback.
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.A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
"Boring?" Joel demanded, stopping in place. "You think the1888 Crew-Choi duel was boring?"Michael shrugged, stopping and looking back at Joel."I don’t know. I stopped reading after a page or so.""You’re just not imagining it right," Joel said, walking up and resting one hand on his friend’s shoulder. He held his other hand in front of him, panning it as if to wipe away their surroundings— the green lawns of Armedius Academy— and replace them with the dueling arena."Imagine," Joel said, "it’s the end of the Melee, the biggest
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A New York Times Editors' Choice Selection
A New York Times Notable Children's Book 2013
An American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults 2014
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2013
Summer 2013 Kids' Indie Next List "Top Ten"
“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
“Featuring ingenious magic (complete with profuse chalk drawing–style diagrams and illustrations from McSweeney), 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
“The Rithmatist, while it’s definitely as clear and exciting as a YA novel should be, is every bit as deep and richly invented as the best of Sanderson’s adult novels.” —Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author of Ender’s Game
Brandon Sanderson; Illustrations by Ben McSweeney