Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Release Date: 05-14-13
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Brandon Sanderson is really one of the best fantasy authors. So far, each and every one of his books that I’ve read was astounding in so many ways and The Rithmatist was no exception.
When I read the blurb of this book I didn’t entirely get it to be honest. I got the book anyway simply because it’s Sanderson after all, and I don’t regret my decision whatsoever.
In a nutshell, The Rithmatists are individuals who can protect and attack by drawing creatures and bringing them to life (This should clear up any confusion about the title).
One of the things that I loved about this audiobook was the worldbuilding. It’s basically our own with a few minor differences, yet still the same, and I really enjoyed that (didn’t need to remember and recall the names of fictional countries, etc.)
Another great thing is the direction the plot goes into. It doesn’t develop as you might have thought, there are several points in the book where the events take a sudden turn, which is always interesting.
Brandon Sanderson gave us a one more incredible book with a phenomenal conclusion (although a bit of a cliffhanger) which could lead to such a variety of plausible outcomes whenever he decides to write the next ones… This just has to be the beginning of a new series.
Who is this book for?
I think it’s supposed to be a Young Adult novel and these aren’t as interesting for adults sometimes, but this is quite good actually. Think Harry-Potter-good.
What I didn’t like
It was too short – just over 10 hours in length and I couldn’t help but feel the ending was a little rushed. There were some arcs of the plot that were left with no explanation/conclusion. I really hope this means there’ll be a sequel. I get it, it’s for kids but chalk? Really? It was a too important component of the story in my opinion.
Assuming that you are considering whether to purchase this book or not, and you’re looking for a good fantasy audiobook, buy it now! The narrator Michael Kramer makes the characters sound like real people and really engages you with the story. Assuming that you’ve read other books by Sanderson, you will like this one as well. Furthermore, assuming that you hear of Brandon Sanderson for the first time, or you’re a younger reader, you will certainly enjoy it.
Here’s the book trailer for The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson:
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