I was having a discussion with my friend Garrett recently about good fantasy novels and he was recommending some books by Brandon Sanderson. Then, ironically I saw that he was also the author of The Rithmatist, a book that has been on my To-Be-Read (TBR) list ever since I heard about it. I decided on the spot that The Rithmatist would be this months featured book.

So what is The Rithmatist about? Well it’s about a bunch of students at a school who learn to harness a unique brand of magic called Rithmatics. Eventually, somebody begins kidnapping students from the school, leading some of the other students to start investigating.

It sounds particularly Potterish, but I’ve heard nothing but excellent things about The Rithmatist, and it seems to be completely original in its approach. Look out for a review of The Rithmatist towards the end of April. Remember to subscribe to the mailing list for a chance to win vouchers and prizes each month.

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The Rithmatist Synopsis


Young student Joel is fascinated by the magic of Rithmatics, but few have the gift and he is not one of them. Undaunted, Joel persuades Professor Fitch to teach him about this geometric magic. For although Joel can’t infuse his protective lines and circles with power, or bring his chalk-drawn creatures to life, he can really understand how it works. However, a daunting test lies ahead, when someone starts kidnapping top Rithmatic students at his school, Armedius Academy.

Since he’s not a magic user, Joel appears to be safe and he’s desperate to investigate and prove himself. Then people start dying – but can Joel really stop a killer alone? He’ll need the help of Rithmatist apprentice Melody, as even more students disappear. Together, they must race to find clues before the killer notices them – and takes them out too.