As Wild Chalklings threaten the
American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only
defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students
learn the magical art that he would do anything to
Lilly set the tip of the chalk
against the ground and began to draw a circle around
herself. Her hand shook so much that the line was
unveven. Professor Fitch would have been quite
displeased to see such a sloppy Line of Warding.
Lilly snapped her head up, looking
down the hallway at the door leading to the street.
A shadow moved beyond the door's clouded window
The door rattled.
"Oh, Master," she found herself
whispering. "Please . . . please . . . "
The door burst open. A figure
stood framed in moonlight, a bowler on his head,
a short cape covering his shoulders and coming
down to his waist.
The things flooded
into the room around him. Angry, squirming over
floor, walls, ceiling. Their bone-white bodies
almost seeming to glow in the moonlight.
Each was as flat as a piece of
Each was made of chalk.
And each was terrible.
From #1 New York Times bestselling
author Brandon Sanderson: 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
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
that readers who appreciate games of strategy and
tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in
grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah and
teaches creative writing at Brigham Young
University. He will shortly complete Robert Jordan’s
bestselling The Wheel of Time® series with the
Memory of Light.
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