The Rithmatist (Paperback)

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By Brandon Sanderson, Ben McSweeney (Illustrator)
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Bookseller: Zazu
Title: The Rithmatist

I gulped this book down in a couple of sittings! A well-known (and loved!) king of fantasy proves his mastery at inventing creative, unique, intricate, and fascinating magic systems in every book he writes- and this may be one of the best yet! In this world The United Isles of America are at war with the wild chalklings and Armedius University must dedicate itself to training Rithmatists to fight from childhood- those people that are mysteriously "gifted" with the ability to draw with chalk- and have it come to life! In 2D only, of course. This is an engrossing read with characters that will become near and dear to your heart- the wacky but endearing professor, the sarcastic girl, the smart and daring boy, and the vain and eerie soldier-teacher.

I would particularly recommend for those interested in art and/or math, and those who enjoy a good mystery!

I can't wait for the sequel!!

— From Zazu's Past Picks 1

Student: Abbie Catalano
Title: The Rithmatist

If you like magic/fantasy books, you will love this book. Rithmatists are people who draw with chalk and it "comes to life." Joel always wanted to be a Rithmatist but wasn't chosen. The school he goes to is one of the best in the Isles - all of the U.S. has been flooded to keel the chalklings away. After a new professor comes to the campus kids start to disappear. Joel tries to find out who is responsible.
This is a great book. I recommend it to anyone. It is one of my favorites.

— From Teen Picks


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

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn(R) trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time(R) sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765338440
ISBN-10: 0765338440
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Pages: 378
Language: English