I finished “Brisingr” yesterday and thought I’d give my review — just in case anyone out there wants to know whether it’s worth it or not. There will be a few spoilers, so read at your own risk.
I liked the book a lot. I liked where Paolini took his characters and I liked how he shaped the events that will lead to the last book (which I hope doesn’t take as long to come out, but have a feeling it will). I had three things about the book I especially liked. First, when Arya was in the book, I liked the interaction between her and Eragon better. There wasn’t that “are we friends, or not” stuff that kept going through “Eldest.” In my opinion I think she should just admit she’s in love with him and get it over with. But, I’m not the one writing the story. Second, I predicted after “Eldest” that Brom was going to be Eragon’s father, not Morzan. And I was right!! (I so love being right.) It just always seemed that it made more sense for Brom to be his father. And third, I loved the whole search for a sword thing. I was a little disappointed with how the “find the weapon under the Menoa tree” went (it seemed a little anticlimactic), but then when they made the sword, I liked how it all worked out. And the name of the sword and what it does are awesome.
One thing I liked and didn’t like at the same time was the interaction between Nasadua and Roran. I can kind of see how she handled things (and it does seem in her character and it does make Roran stronger), but I think there would have been other ways of dealing with the siutation.
In conclusion, I really liked the book. However, as with his other books, sometimes the paragraphs and paragraphs of descriptions (i.e. what it looks like for Saphira and Eragon to stare down at the Jiet river — again, and again, and … well you get the idea), just get monotonous for me. I want something to happen. I want a little more action here and there. In the acknowledgement section at the end, Paolini says that his editor had him cut 200 pages. I think there might have been a little more to cut, but that’s just my opinion. I like to get a feel for the scene, but when I start skimming because there’s just too much description, well…you get the idea.
I really like this series and would recommend it, especially to people who like fantasy. The story is great and original and the characters are interesting. It’s definitely worth the read.