The Rithmatist starts out with a chalk drawing battle on the ground. No bloodshed required, just some magical drawings fighting it out. Sounds boring, right? That's what I thought until I got a few more pages in and we meet Joel, a young man whose sole desire in life is to be a Rithmatist, or one who has power over the magical chalk drawings. Unfortunately for Joel, his destiny does not seem to be a Rithmatist, but he is finally able to start learning the history behind it. Once students from his school start disappearing, it is up to Joel to figure out who is behind it all. Sanderson has done something near impossible in this book - he made battles between chalk drawings interesting, fun and dangerous. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
The best-selling successor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series presents the story of a young chalkmaker's son who longs to join the ranks of future Rithmatists capable of infusing life into Chalking figures that protect humanity from Wild Chalkling predators.