The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

rithmatistAll Joel ever wanted was to study Rithmatics, the art and science of fighting with chalk drawings. Rithmatists draw defensive circles and offensive chalk drawings to duel other Rithmatists and to fight the dangerous wild chalkings. But Joel was not chosen to become a Rithmatist, so he attends normal classes at Armedius Academy, not trying at the classes he doesn’t like and watching the Rithmatic students jealously. Then the Rithmatic students start to go missing, and Joel and a fellow student, Melody, are assigned to help the professor in charge of the investigation into the crimes. Joel and Melody make some surprising discoveries on their hunt to find the perpetrator, a mysterious figure named The Scribbler.

This is a fast-paced and inventive fantasy novel by Brandon Sanderson, more known for his adult Mistborn series. There are some diagrams of the defensive circles by Ben McSweeney, which are very helpful for understanding the concepts of Rithmatics.  The Rithmatist reads like a combination of the Harry Potter school for magic idea, the Pokemon or Fullmetal Alchemist idea of battling, with a little bit of steampunk and chalkdust thrown in. This is the first book in a planned series, and I am excited to see the next.

From Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Rithmatist-Brandon-Sanderson/dp/0765320320

 From King County Library System in book, e-audio, audio cd: http://kcls.bibliocommons.com/search?t=smart&search_category&q=rithmatist%20sanderson&commit=Search&CFID=4407978&CFTOKEN=3fa8752e4600ccb3-61E73CD4-155D-225D-FADDE260E6419A9E

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