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[[LiteratureOfThe2010s A 2013]] {{fantasy}} novel--the first of a series--by Creator/BrandonSanderson, ''The Rithmatist'' is one of Sanderson's 'side projects', a [[{{Franchise/TheCosmere}} non-Cosmere]] novel for young adults. It features a magic system based on geometry and which uses chalk.

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[[LiteratureOfThe2010s A 2013]] {{fantasy}} novel--the first of a series--by Creator/BrandonSanderson, ''The Rithmatist'' is one of Sanderson's 'side projects', a [[{{Franchise/TheCosmere}} [[Literature/TheCosmere non-Cosmere]] novel for young adults. It features a magic system based on geometry and which uses chalk.

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* ChekhovsGun: A full gold dollar (complete with tiny clockwork mechanism) that Melody gives to Joel "to buy something nice for his mom", which later [[spoiler: saves him from wild chalkings]].


* LoopholeAbuse: There's no rule that says you must be a Rithmatist to participate in the Melee, only that you must be the student of a Rithmatic professor. [[spoiler:Or, apparently, under the supervision of one for your summer elective as Joel is Fitch's ''research assistant''. Exton says this counts, though.]]

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* LoopholeAbuse: There's no rule that says you must be a Rithmatist to participate in the Melee, only that you must be the student of a Rithmatic professor. [[spoiler:Or, apparently, under the supervision of one for your summer elective as Joel is Fitch's ''research assistant''. Exton says this counts, though.]] Nor is there a rule against two contestants on the same team sharing a circle, it's just never done because it's tactically disadvantageous. [[spoiler: Unless of course you have one contestant who has Rithmatic power but no skill at geometry and tactics, and one who is a genius at geometry and tactics but has no Rithmatic power.]]

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Rithmatics is essentially idle doodling turned into a highly structured magic system. It ''is'' powerful and important, but many scenes seem almost designed to highlight how silly it looks - most notably, the faceoff between [[spoiler: Fitch]] and the Scribbler, where the narration describes in the most epic and dramatic way possible how the former... kneels down on the floor and starts drawing on it with pieces of chalk. [[DualWielding One in each hand.]]

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* VillainRespect: Near the end of the novel, [[spoiler: Nalizar]] actually apologises to Joel for not initially seeing him as the WorthyOpponent he has proven himself to be. He then takes it a step further in the final scene - as he sees Joel and Melody destroy another of his plans, he watches in what almost seems like a [[IntriguedByHumanity reversed,]] villainous form of AdmiringTheAbomination.
-->'''[[spoiler: Nalizar]]:''' It's beautiful. I have to watch those two carefully. They are amazing.


* IThoughtThatWas: [[{{Magic}} Rithmatics]] can be confused with 'rithmetics, the common colloquialisation of Arithmetic (simply, one field of Mathematics), or Rhythmatics, 'rhythmic gymnastics'; or just exercises to different rhythms based on level in general.


* AlternateUniverse: The series is set on Earth... sort of. Magic exists, the action takes place in the United Isles of America (there are 60 of them, encompassing all of North America, including Canada and Mexico, and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as per the name,]] most of the land is underwater,) and [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Korea has taken over Asia and Europe.]] (It's called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseon JoSeun]] in-universe.)

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* AlternateUniverse: The series is set on Earth... [[FictionalEarth sort of.of]]. Magic exists, the action takes place in the United Isles of America (there are 60 of them, encompassing all of North America, including Canada and Mexico, and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as per the name,]] most of the land is underwater,) and [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Korea has taken over Asia and Europe.]] (It's called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseon JoSeun]] in-universe.)


* FunctionalMagic: It's Creator/BrandonSanderson, after all. According to WordOfGod, Rithmatics is essentially a magical game of StarCraft, played with magically-animated figures drawn in chalk. Except that it's possible for the chalk figures to affect the real world, and feral ones ("wild chalklings") exist that can kill people.

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* FunctionalMagic: It's Creator/BrandonSanderson, after all. According to WordOfGod, Rithmatics is essentially a magical game of StarCraft, ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', played with magically-animated figures drawn in chalk. Except that it's possible for the chalk figures to affect the real world, and feral ones ("wild chalklings") exist that can kill people.


* DarkerAndEdgier: Than kiddie counterpart ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', {{Nickelodeon}}'s [[TastesLikeDiabetes sugary-sweet]] TurnOfTheMillennium cartoon.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Than kiddie counterpart ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', {{Nickelodeon}}'s {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}'s [[TastesLikeDiabetes sugary-sweet]] TurnOfTheMillennium cartoon.


''A killer is on the loose...''

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''A killer is on the loose...''



The tagline for the story is "A killer is on the loose...", capitalised on the back cover where the blurb should go and headlining the actual summary on the front insert.


* InSpiteOfANail: Used due to this world running on RuleOfCool (see below); despite the very different world, many place names are still the same, at one point the book even hanging a lampshade on the fact that Native American names are used for several of the Isles despite the fact that the Native Americans were driven out by the chalklings before first European contact.


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* InSpiteOfANail: Used due to this world running on RuleOfCool (see below); despite the very different world, many place names are still the same, at one point the book even hanging a lampshade on the fact that Native American names are used for several of the Isles despite the fact that the Native Americans were driven out by the chalklings before first European contact.
* IntangibleTheft: The Scribbler initially creates a drawing that steals their voices so that they cannot be heard screaming or fighting (or anything) while he's kidnapping them and the crime won't be discovered.


* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: The [=JoSeun=] is a Korean empire that conquered most of Europe.

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* ArtAttack: the entire basis or Rithmatics.


* [[spoiler: IntriguedByHumanity: The real Professor Nalizar has been DeadAllAlong with ''something'' using his body to observe humanity for...reasons. And probably not benign ones.]]

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* [[spoiler: IntriguedByHumanity: The [[spoiler:The real Professor Nalizar has been DeadAllAlong with ''something'' using his body to observe humanity for...reasons. And probably not benign ones.]]

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