Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Cover Art: THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson (Tor UK)

Today, Tor UK unveiled this frankly gorgeous cover. It’s for the UK paperback edition of Brandon Sanderson’s YA fantasy, THE RITHMATIST. It’s an interesting take on, while still in keeping with, the overall aesthetic that Gollancz pioneered for Sanderson’s adult fantasy novels. And I think it may actually be my favourite of his UK covers…


In case you haven’t been aware of this novel, here’s the synopsis:

In a school for the magically gifted, your talent could cost you your life…

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.

The book features illustrations by Ben McSweeney, which depict the magical elements of the novel with great elegance and insight.

The Rithmatist will be available from May 22nd.


  1. Pretty cool cover. I still haven't read The Rithmatist, not sure if I'd like it because it seems to be pretty YA..
    Right now I'm reading The Way of Kings and its pretty awesome. :)

    1. I've heard mixed things about the book, to be honest - some have said the YA elements are minor/unnoticeable, while others have said it's "very YA". I think if you like Sanderson's writing, then there's a good chance you'll like this, too.

      Way of Kings... So. Damned. Long... Still haven't managed to generate the enthusiasm to dive into that (and the follow-up) beast.