Joel ardently desires becoming a Rithmatist. His chalk drawings are as good as those by the other Rithmatists, but as he is no magician he cannot breathe life into them. Secretly he attends lectures, but the new professor Nalizar banishes Joel from the lecture rooms. Professor Fitch is the only one who tolerates Joel’s presence nevertheless. When one of the students disappeares without a trace, it is Professor Fitch’s task to find out more about the Wild Chalklings who have been involved in the kidnapping.
Surprisingly, Joel is chosen to be Professor Fitch’s apprentice together with pre-Rithmatist Melody. Where do the Wild Chalklings come from and what is behind the strange drawings found by Professor Fitch and Meloday at the last scene of crime? With the help of his late father’s books Joel gets closer to the solution of this mystery as he could have wished for. And Joel is not the only one who therefore runs into greatest danger!
This book is suitable for readers between 14 and 17 years of age.
Brandon Sanderson is the bestselling author of books including Warbreaker, Elantris, The Stormlight Archive series, starting with The Way of Kings, and The Mistborn series-Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages and The Alloy of Law. He has also written Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a book for middle-grade readers, and the young adult novel, The Rithmatist. He also completed the final books in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time® series-The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light-based on Jordan’s notes and material. Sanderson teaches writing at Brigham Young University. He lives in Utah.
Ben McSweeney is an illustrator and animator involved in a number of Brandon Sanderson’s works. He has worked on The Stormlight Archive, The Alloy of Law and The Rithmatist. He illustrated Shallan’s sketchbook in the Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, and he created concept art which ultimately led to the Shattered Plains to be moved from Yolen to Roshar. He also created the broadsheet for The Alloy of Law, the Elendel Daily, as well as the map and interior illustrations in The Rithmatist.