Friday, May 24, 2013

Featured Read: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Featured Read: May 2013
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 378 (Hardcover)
Series: The Rithmatist #1
ISBN-13: 9780765320322
Genre: Epic Fantasy

New York Times Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson has taken his first foray into teen literature with The Rithmatist. Known for his great world building and being chosen by Robert Jordan to finish the Wheel of Time series, Sanderson has created a world of magic and intrigue where new creatures rule in a fantasized American setting.
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. 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 study 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.

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