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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Goodreads Summary: 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 their world — forever.
I really love Sanderson’s Alcatraz vs The Evil Librarians so I thought I might like this book. I didn’t, not really. And it’s a bit difficult to pin point why. The concept of an alternate earth where people have the ability to create magical drawings was an interesting one, but one that didn’t quite flesh out. I spent a great deal of the book confused. Perhaps it needed more of a back story? As for the diagrams of the chalklings, I found them to be more of a distraction and they really didn’t help my confusion at all. I never connected in any way with the characters. Yes, I’m a reader that needs to be moved by the characters. I don’t have to like them, but I have to be interested in their story.
It’s possible that this is simply a story that wasn’t meant for me. I think I will just stick with the Alcatraz books.