Parents' Guide to

The Rithmatist

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Geometry-based steampunk fantasy with a touch of violence.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Excellent, inventive mystery with some creepy-scary moments

age 10+

Smart, Clean, Page-turner

I loved this book! My 13 year old did too. Smart plot, interesting characters, and totally clean.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (4):

THE RITHMATIST may be a fantasy with little middle ground for its readers. Many will find the intricate system of magic devised by author Brandon Sanderson and illustrated by Ben McSweeney completely enchanting. Others may find their eyes glazing over after pages and pages of discussions about drawing geometric figures and battling two-dimensional, animated critters known as "chalklings." Except for a brief prologue, even the chalklings are kept out of sight for the first three-quarters of the novel, leaving the book without a clear sense of suspense.

The steampunk-ish society that has arisen in the United Isles is full of potential, but Sanderson needs to up the narrative ante and cut down on the exposition if he wants readers to follow Joel and Melody into the next installment in this series.

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