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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson comes his debut novel for the young adult audience.

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 worlds forever.

Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense, the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that listeners who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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…Sanderson at his best, for adults and young readers alike.”

    Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brandon Sanderson has created an ingenious new martial art where the chalk is mightier than the sword.  In his alternative, dangerous version of the world, brave young soldiers must battle back dark forces armed with the nerves of a warrior and the skills of an artist.  It’s a fun read with a unique take on fighting where if you can’t draw, you die.”

    D. J. MacHale, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Rithmatist contains some very good surprises on the way to a pleasingly nifty conclusion.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[With] fiesty 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)

  • “Sanderson has crafted an action-packed mystery that will keep readers hooked, especially toward the end…Part fantasy, part alternate history, part steampunk, this story succeeds nicely despite some flaws (logical inconsistencies and an annoying female lead foremost among them). An exciting ending and skillful setup for a sequel will have readers hungry for the next volume.”

    School Library Journal

  • “With an intriguing premise and captivating characters in Joel, his friend Melody, and their teacher Professor Fitch, Sanderson’s first YA novel is a fast-paced mash-up of fantasy and adventure that will grab readers’ attention at the first page and hold it until the inconclusive end, which promises a sequel. An auspicious YA debut that will leave readers hungry for further adventures of the aspiring Rithmatist and his friends.”


  • “Brimming with wit, mystery, and enough ideas to make ten other books jealous, The Rithmatist is boldly entertaining and wildly original. Armedius Academy is the first magic school that really teaches magic—the chalk-based Rithmatics, both a mystic science and a delightful visual art—and I have never had more fun learning anything. The creepy climax had me on the edge of my seat, and the slam-bang finish made me stand up and cheer.”

    Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer and Partials

  • “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)

  • “Narrator Michael Kramer follows the intensity of the plot, building suspense as needed. He creates definitive contrast between the characters, especially between the rithmatist academics and the soldier who leads the investigation and between Joel and the female rithmatist student he befriends. Although not mentioned in the audiobook, the illustrations from the book are available on the author’s Web site.”


  • A 2013 New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Teen Fiction 2013
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Fantasy
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Cybils Award Finalist for Speculative Fiction
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