Joel wants to be a Rithmatist and has been told his whole life he cannot be one. 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. 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 discover something that may change their world forever.
Brandon Sanderson is known in the world of fantasy for his world building and his reputation holds true for his Young Adult work. He takes his time building his societies, his characters, and his magic systems.
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