Book Review: “Brisingr” by Christopher Paolini

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.

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47 thoughts on “Book Review: “Brisingr” by Christopher Paolini

  1. I just finished reading 748 pages of Brisingr – the third book in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. After reading the first two parts – Eragon and Eldest I have been eagerly waiting for this book to be released assuming that this was the final installment. While Eragon was totally gripping, Eldest seemed to drag just a little bit especially in parts covering Roran’s adventures and journey. Brisingr though it is good on the whole I am a tad bit disappointed at the end of it. I felt that much more could have been revealed and couple of new interesting sub plots could have been covered given the size of the book.

    For complete review without spoiling the mystery read – http://www.tvbalaji.com/2008/09/brisingr-a-review

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  2. I have read Eragon, which the movie absolutely murdered, Eldest, which I hope they don’t make a movie of, and do the same….and now Brisingr. I was never so disappointed in the latest of the series! After two years, and placed on the pre-order list…the entire book was like reading a prelude! It was so unlike the prior writings, only the wording was definitive of the Writer himself! After the first several chapters you just knew they were going to leave you no better off than where you were at the end of the last book, Eldest.

    I was a big fan…so very impressed with the prior books, I expected the same level of work, not being made to suffer the monotony I was made to endure regarding the descriptions, of the soldiers’ feet, as they walked throughout the camp! I read a book that was overly drawn out, in my perspective, simply to prepare to sell another!

    Where did you read anything further of the relationship between Arya and Eragon? There was very little emotions of their relationship, except perhaps when they encountered the spirits, and when Oromis and Glaedr died.

    So obvious about what is coming with the twice cursed Eragon…how they defeat Galbatorix, etc… Why bother with another book except to find out if Arya leaves with Eragon?

    The pace was so slow and very few of the pages evoked an emotional response, unlike those that came books before. Paolini, however, still manages to put you in the story, but you end up feeling like your feet are dragging. Knowing the impending doom, and disappointment, of where the book is sure to end, made me wish I had never started the series. After waiting so long, with so much anticipation…I will not be waiting in line for the next book. I will probably buy it, but I will not be waiting for it with baited breath.

    Overall, Brisingr was a sheer disappointment and not characteristic of the prior two, in the series of four, by Christopher Paolini.
    If you want to read a good introduction to his next book…this will do it. Only two new pieces of information were obtained; one was already known regarding his father in a prior book, and the other a death, that evoked my largest emotional response.

    Still and all, it is part of the series, and if you want to understand in completeness how this will end, you will probably have to read it.
    See you in another two years!
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  3. In my opinoin the book was well written and the book answers the main questions i was asking but it was a little boring in parts.

    (spoiler below)

    When CP said that eragon would met a god i thought that he would met one of the dwarf gods because they are the only ones that the book talks about a lot. I personoly think that the god was the man he met in the elven tower(don’t have book with me so can’t spell without misspelling it) when he was running back to the varden before he meets up with Arya. My main reson for not thinking it was the dwarf god was because CP made sure to make Orik told Eragon that it was not a real god and the dude at the elven tower seemed very strange and he was Angela’s meantor so we know that there has to be something special about him.

    thanks for reading! :=)

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  4. I’ve just finished reading back through all the Inheritance cycle and have to say, if all you want is a fantasy narrative, this will do. Paolini does a marvelous job of piggybacking on the shoulders of every fantasy author who has come before to present a story that hasn’t, not quite, been seen worded in exactly this way, probably, ever before. It was nice of him to go to the trouble of writing out all those voluminous pages of text to give bored fantasy addicts something to do. I myself was a thirteen-year-old epitome of fantasy addiction when Eragon first appeared, and consumed the first two books voraciously.

    Being, now, a rather more discerning eighteen-year-old college student who still likes fantasy, my disillusionment is complete. If you want compelling, amusing, or even semi-coherent dialogue, elegant narration, truly unexpected twists, immersing philosophical dilemmas, deep (or even, really, shallow — even inch-deep — even millimeter-deep?!) insights into human nature, a passion, a message, something to learn, something to empower and inspire — in short, any, *any whatsoever* of those things which true authors must strive to give their readers — avert your eyes in horror.

    So far as I can tell, Paolini’s sole qualification to write is that he has read some fantasy books. His bleak, attempting-to-be-formal prose has been siphoned right off from Tolkien and his ilk, only without the know-how to use it; his storyline is shamelessly cobbled together and rearranged from every fantasy/sci-fi opus of the past half-century; and, to put it gently, his dialogue sucks some serious…well, his dialogue sucks. Plot turns, as shariwrites herself has pointed out, are mundane and easily foreseeable. It’s nice to guess right, but is it nice to guess right *every single time* to the extent that you know what the author is going to do before he does?

    To even think about the invented languages is simply a horror: about the middle of book 2, it became agonizingly clear to me that this boy has never studied a language, perhaps not even formally English, in his life. Inventing a new language, fine for Tolkien to do since he had studied a few of the ones already existing, is decidedly out of the question for Paolini. In fact I seriously doubt whether he even knows of such fundamental concepts of language as how to conjugate a verb. (If you don’t know what that is, spend a week in an introductory French or Spanish class, and don’t try to invent a new language in the meantime.)

    In conclusion, I can see how people like the story for its fantasy appeal; after all, it’s reiterating all the things that people liked in previous fantasy works, so how can you go wrong? And Paolini’s very ineptitude with language makes his style — or lack thereof — more accessible than the huge, often boring tracts of words in The Lord of the Rings. But if you want even mediocre eloquence, even half-witted innovation, this isn’t it. Paolini has put no great literature in our hands. Maybe it’s time to move on to Mother Goose.

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  5. I haven’t even got the book yet, and all I see are negative comments about it.
    As it stands, I’ve been dying to get the final book (which i have to wait for again as it is). I have CP up on an author pedestal right now, and I’d hate to see his third book ruin his reputation with me over a cruddy addition to his series.
    Makes me nervous to even buy the book, so I have to know. The question is out right and direct. SOULD I GET THE BOOK?

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  7. S.C. Wolfe, you’re probably better off not getting the book. It was sooo disappointing! No creativity, no…anything! It was quite a drag to read it. I was kind of happy when I got to the end. But that’s just my opinion…

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  8. Wow!!! Omg i just finished reading Brisingr like 15 mins ago!!! IT WAS AWESUM yet also a minor disappointment.

    First of all i reckon the whole Eragon not wanting to kill was a little drawn out, i mean we get it, you don’t have to mention it 100 times. Also i found alot of the book was a waste of space. I give my courtesy for CP for providing the detail however after a while it began to drag on and i began losing interest and actually, at times, began to forget the actual point of the chapter. I really hope he does a better job on the fourth book, i would say final book, but as this was supposed to be the last, i dont know if he will drag it on to a maybe a fifth. I was absoultly in awe after finishing Eragon and Eldest, Eragon was mind blowing while, like someone else mentioned, Eldest began to drag on with Roran yet the book was amazing enough to overlook those parts. The amount and detail and depth presented in the other books, although displayed in Brisingr, was not effective and presented too little. Arya and Eragon made little to no progress in this book, other than at the end when Oromis and Glader died. Even when theymet the spirits no raw emotion was shown.

    But every book has its flaws (as hard as it is to overlook Brisingr’s) so il try to think good.

    CP still allowed me to feel and to be part of the story, finding myself laughing, full of suspense and was, at times, unable to put the book down (despite how little this was). Tears were literally welling in my eyes as Oromis and then Glader died. I’m still sad =[

    Elva freaked me out a bit in the point where she was almost removed of her curse. I am proberly wrong but i may tink she will be part of overthrowing Galbatorix.

    Reguarding Galbatorix, i still have no idea on how Eragon, Saphira and the rest of the Varden will actually kill him. A weakness (the Eldunari, which i have to say i give props to CP as he completely suprised me with this idea) has been revealed, which has sort of annoyed me because it shows most ikely how Galbatorix will die. I suppose Cp will try to think another less straight forward, less obvious cause of death. Either way i believe his death or overthrow is inevitable.

    Brom as eragons father was a little predictable and i had sort of expected this from the start, i just no for sure unil now. It is cool though!!

    Back to the Arya thing in my opion by the end of book 4 they should have at least kissed or slept together LOL. Maybe Eragon can have a child with her who becomes the rider of the green dragon. However I have a feeling she may die or be close to death. Someone of importance will definately die, maybe Ilazandia, but who knows. I guess not everythin has to be Harry Potter like.

    LAST of all i am absolutely PISSED!!!!!!! off that there will be a fourth book and i presume that it will take yet another year for its realease. It is a stupid scheme for money, but i will find myself eagerly awaiting this release, not because i expect it will be amazing, but simply because i will no what will happen. Im a wee bit impatient. Refuardin the fourth book, does anyone know when its release??

    well thats all i have to say, though i have probably left something out. = ]

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  9. Hmm … I definetely liked ‘Eragon’ (despite its many flaws), but was rather disappointed by ‘Eldest’. It seemed to echo Philip Pullman too much on the ‘anti-Christian’ front. ‘Brisingr’ does the same thing, but not as obviously. What CP needs to realize is that there is a huge difference between evidence and faith.

    I also thought the end was a bit of an anticlimax. CP seems to be developing a talent for those.

    Lastly, the word ‘bah’ appeared way too many times. It kept reminding me of Scrooge, for some reason.

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  10. Brisingr should be avoided, I enjoyed the first two but Paolini really slips up on the third with a huge emphasis it seems on quantity over quality. Perhaps his ego has hit the point where he thinks he can write sloppily, with little planning and the readers will swallow it.

    Brisingr lacks a linear plot and narrative drive. It meanders through almost 500 pages of inconsequential description and excessive, poorly written dialogue. It blows my mind that the editor cut 200 pages out of this novel before its release. Paolini’s philosophical musings are painfully profuse and uneducated whilst Nasuada’s overt witticisms are cringe-worthy.

    Roran has become some sort of superhuman. His main battle scene is an absolute joke. Even the titans of heroic fantasy (Druss, Gatsu, Aragorn, Tomas, Belgarion etc.) have not racked up such a kill count in one engagement, and they have formal weapons training and/or magical enhancement. The idea of that many soldiers running into a choke and dying 2 and 3 against 1 inexhaustible, omni-skilled, master strategist farmer is laughable.

    I’m not wasting money on the fourth.

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  11. 6 Disillusioned is pretty much right….. I can only see a newly rewritten fantasy of other books and I can still see some spells that are from those books… The only new race I can see in the Inheritace cycle is the Urgals, but you could also check that out because they could be compared to beast people.

    The spell which Eragon used to defeat Murtaugh, the holding spell which whoever has the most raw power wins, and also Gabertorix, sorry cant spell his name right, used to kill Orromis is the same spell used in a certain fantasy trillogy ( sorry cant renember the name, but there was like 12 books).

    I can probably predict the ending: Murtaugh somehows escapes he’s slavery from Gabertorix, Eragon frees the last egg and it hatches for Roran…. The three of them confront Gabertorix, either Eragon or Murtaugh uses the holding spell( probably Eragon) to compare there power, while the other two bash at Gabertorix with actually melea, stuggleing with passing his wards, but soon prevail and crush him with some form of physically blow………

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  13. The Book I found was better than Eldest. It had humour in it which didn’t make me smile but laugh out loud. This hardly ever happens to me and therefore it made it for me my favourite of the cycle so far.
    I agree with DonnaLynn that the relationship between Eragon and Arya just wasn’t there and it is a great drop compared to Eldest with the ‘just friends’ situation. Only at the end of the book was there a connection between them when they slayed the Shade and with Glaedr and Oromis.

    The book was also very gory which made it more real but at points I did have to say eww!

    Although I found the book very appealing and I would recommened it to anyone with an intrest in fantasy.

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  14. “Perhaps his ego has hit the point where he thinks he can write sloppily, with little planning and the readers will swallow it.”
    Sotanath, not only are you exactly right, but this has been his strategy the entire time. If you visit SlyShy’s site linked above, I highly recommend the Epistles, especially Epistle the First. You will read much to vindicate what you have just said and enlighten you further as to Paolini’s conceit.

    Bahamut, the Urgals are pretty much direct transfers from Tolkien’s Orcs, complete with Kull/Uruk-hai. Also, you can name just about any element of Inheritance (character, plot twist, race, object, system, spell…) and someone can find you a direct parallel or even carbon copy of that element in a previous, better work. I particularly enjoyed reading the character of King Orrin in light of Neil Stephenson’s book Quicksilver.

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  15. Brisingr was just an okay read. i think paolini could have accomplished the same amount in about 300-400 pages but i guess some people like the long descriptions. [Spoiler} Apparently a lot of people did not like oromis and Glaedr’s fight with Murtagh and Thorn because it was told from a different perspective. personally it was my favorite part of the book. Another thing that made me a little angry was the semi-new “Ward” idea, i just thought it was kind of retarded because Paolini didnt really mention it anywhere else in Inheritance, it just made Eragons ability to use magic to fight much less intersting because he couldnt just use a “kill word” to take out soldiers anymore. All-in-all it was a decent read, hopefully the next one will be up to the same level that Eragon was.

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  16. Having read the book, …with a “cask of lager” sitting beside me in the hills under the highest sky I’ve ever seen…

    My considered opinion is CRAP!

    The boy needs more schooling and much less religion/family.

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  17. I totally agree with Sotanath on the Roran issue – totally unrealistic and unnecessary.
    And the Eragon/Arya “relationship” is getting a little tired as well. We all know where it’s going.
    But, I have to say I’m still looking forward to the last book, if not only for some closure. It seems to me that CP has written himself into a hole (and a boring one, at that) and I hope he can step it up and get back the story back on track.

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  18. He’s still writing like a 15 year old; in fact, he’s writing more like a 15 year old now than when he actually was 15. He can’t even keep his own themes consistent within his chapters. In the big battle scene with Roran he builds up how Roran wants to use cunning rather than brute force to defeat his enemies. After the strategy is apparently successful, Roran goes on the most ridiculous brute force display ever seen, which culminates with someone actually keeping tally in the middle of a battle! I’ve read fan fiction on sites designed for 10-14 year olds that would be better if they had the same editorial staff! The writing was sloppy, the hyperbole overdrawn, and the editing inconsistent. I think he’s gotten so full of his own success he’s stopped listening to advice from his publishing house, but they won’t kill the goose laying the golden eggs. While the thought behind this book was ok and it has some time honored fantasy convention behind it, the execution was poor. His editors need to give this child a tough love session quickly. If he doesn’t shape up, and fast, he’s going to be the writing equivelant of Britney Spears: a washed up mess who believed they were immune to falling reduced to desperately searching for a way to get back into the game.

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  19. Well the series is a VERY good story, no question. And i think Brisingr has a very good story, however its almost destroyed by CP poor writing style and overwhelming ability to lull the writer to sleep. Endless chapters of unneeded information that leave the reader say “Could have skipped that one”. And Hunter, i couldn’t agree more. He uses the word “bah” way too many times. Not to mention the emphasis on Eragon not wanting to kill comes up a couple hundred times in the book, and he has endless conversations on whether it’s morally right. Kind of annoying when after he’s already killed hundreds on enemies, he still can’t hold back from saying “Did that guy deserve to die” every time he takes someones life.
    I mean come on, Arya is less of a pansy than Eragon and he’s supposed to kill Galbatorix.
    The whole Arya-Eragon relationship thing is also getting kind of old. Three books of “does she like me” “why doesn’t she like me” have gotten kind of tiresome.
    I just going to finish with that after reading Brisingr, i think CP could have fitted his story into a trilogy without all the unnecessary dialogue and descriptions. I feel extremely bad for his editor, who probably got tired of fighting with CP over what is necessary. I mean, 200 pages of cut stuff is pretty big. Maybe another 300 and the book would of been pretty good.

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  20. I agree with a few people here.
    CP needs to grow up! I really hate it when people just assume that because they love reading they will make the best author by copying every darn book they have read to make a mutant!
    there are certain aspects I like to cp’s books but they are the only things that have kept me from throwing his books into the bin with disgust! I think the only reason I will buy the fourth book is to see is Arya and Eragon get together. Personally I couldn’t give a crap about Roran.

    oh and by th way someone mentioned that they think the last egg will hatch for Roran but I disagree. I think it will hatch for Arya because of a few reasons, Saphira mentioned in book 1 when Trianna met Eragon that if Eragon got together with someone Saphira would have to like them too (and prob vice versa). If the dragons are to survive saphira will have to mate with either Thorn or the other dragon yet to hatch. If the egg hatches to Arya then Eragon likes Arya (and presumably her dragon) and Saphira likes the dragon and she already likes Arya (you see in a few instances that she like Arya a lot). Also someone mentioned the egg was green, well in the battle of Farthen Dur when Arya broke the crystal her hand was glowing green…. anyone see a few connections?

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  21. Let me be very generous and say…..
    “Crap”
    And 764 pages of it. I could have ignored the fact that most of the ideas for the series have been ripped off from much better representatives of the fantasy genre, had the narrative been good. Basically eragon kills the razaac thus avenging brom and garrow in the beginning, and then somehow magically transforms into a pet dog wagging its tail for anyone and everyone. And considering how there seems to be a word for doing anything one wants with magic all of a sudden, I’m guessing someone turned eragon into a chihuahua.

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  22. I should never have bought this book. There are far better places to put 15 bucks. If I really want to know how the series ends I will just wait and read a plot synopsis online after the next book is released.

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  23. I liked the book.
    It was really good.
    It did drag on, but for the most part
    it was like “Oh jeeeez” ahaa. 🙂

    I can;t wait for the Fourth book! 😀

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  24. I thought that the book was quite good. I am a really fast reader so the hordes of details didn’t really bother me.
    But the Eragon- Arya saga is rather excruciating. I think that Christopher wanted it to appear as a “boiling cauldron of unrequited and impossible luurrve” except he forgot to light the fire underneath!
    Also the fact that he (apparently) copies Lord of th Rings doesn’t occur to me cos haven’t read the books. I did watch the movies though and the Orcs from the movie and the way that Paolini describes Urgals in the first book don’t appear copied.

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  25. I like Roran. At least he has some reasons for participating in all this violence. everyone else is propelled by some idiotic idealogy or the other.
    Eragon has the maturity of a puppy. After two bloody wars i was expecting him to grow up a little.

    and as far as Arya is concerned..she is right in not getting involved with eragon

    imagine how trinity would have felt if she found Neo to be a wimp..

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  26. I just started reading Brisingr but I really wanted to read a review to see if it was worth it. So far, i guess there’s a lot of mixed emotions out there on the book..
    Didn’t appreciate the spoiler though…..i would’ve never guessed brom was eragon’s pop. I guess Brom’s reason in eragon to stay with Eragon and teach him was enough for me.
    Anyways, I’ll still go ahead and read the entire book…because The inheritance series is a really good piece of work.

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  27. I finished the book a few days after the release and haven’t thought twice about it since and haven’t see a word of review about it. But tonight I began thinking back on my experience and was sooooo distraught by reminiscing horrible read:

    (the few hundred boring pages of dwarvs) (The quick entrance and exit of Oromis and his little influence on anything!) (the digression of Ayra and Eragon’s relationship) and finally (the dozens upon dozens of pages I skimmed because of being bored to sleep)

    that I had to google book reviews on it to see if the book infuriated anyone else. I go to bed in peace now knowing that I’m not alone in my Eragon frustration and that others feel abused by the author’s attempt to earn more money through not editing the third book properly causing a fourth to be needed. Shame

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  28. I haven’t read much fantasy fiction, and what I did read, I came late to – Tolkien in my mid-30s. Twenty years later, when I picked up a copy of “Eragon” at a friend’s house and began reading it (from lack of having brought a book with me), it was so derivative and over-written that I nearly put it back down – nearly. But I kept going, borrowed the book, and finished it, thinking by the end (grudgingly) that there were a few interesting ideas that made it worthwhile to go on to the next. I conceded that for a 15-year-old author it wasn’t a bad first effort (probably better than my own parody of “Macbeth” written at the same age).

    With “Eldest,” however, disillusionment began to set in and I saw stretching out to infinity an endless series of barren and tedious books, each worse than the one that went before, each in more dire need of an editor wielding not a pencil (if editors use pencils any more), but Gimli’s axe. J.R.R. Tolkien was a scholar, a man who taught Anglo-Saxon and who worked on the Oxford English Dictionary, and an inspired author whose work was reviewed in the New York Times by no less an expert wielder of words than W. H. Auden. Tolkien used his Elvish language sparingly, and to good purpose; alas and alack that Mr. Paolini did not follow his example. Nonetheless, as I like to know how things turn out, I waited for a couple of years for the third novel to appear. Now that it has, however, and having read numerous reviews of it, I think I’ll pass. Unlike the reviewer at impishidea.com cited above under a June 18 post, I’m not that wild about train wrecks. Too bad: the kid once showed some promise. One can only hope that before the publication of the fourth volume in his trilogy (to borrow a tongue-in-cheek description of Douglas Adams”Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), Mr. Paolini’s editor screws his courage to the sticking-place and takes an axe to the author’s mimetic maunderings.

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  29. I enjoyed this book, maybe beacause I’m a fast reader (It took me just under a week) and was able to quickly axe my way through the long descriptive passages. I believe that that the ill-considered decision to split brisingr into two is its main downfall. It acts as a sort of high-way for the hopefully tense and action-filled conclusion of the series and leaves the readers clamouring for blood as they are in the wont of reading properly or at least semi concluded pieces of writing. As for the complaints of readers saying that the dialogue and emotions displayed are poor, I would say that in some circumnstances they are right but perhaps having to keep true emotions bottled up, will cause an explosion at the end of the series. I’d give it a 6/10 and would save further comments until the next novel is released and then judge the two books as being one outrageously long story.

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  30. Congratulation CP,
    Even if this work of yours does not reach perfection, it is nevertheless a splendid achievement and the adventures of Eragon enabled me to escape into fantasia land for many hours.
    I find the preoccupation of Eragon with the sanctity of life, even the life of those he has to kill a very refreshing approach. Repeating the concern often times reminds us that Eragon choice are not easy to make and in my understanding raise his standing as a human being.
    Some descriptions were a bit long if one raced through the book eager for more and more action and the thirst to know how it ends. But if one took the time to stop reading and visualize the event and the scene, the more detailed description became very helpful.
    I was a bit annoyed that a conclusion was not reached at the end of Brisingr, but on the other hand the pleasure of reading your next book is worth waiting for.
    Well done

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  31. Wow, much hate for CP’s new book. I haven’t read it yet simply because I couldn’t get past the slogging pace of Eldest but I’ve read enough reviews to now the story, spoilers included.

    Seems a majority of people, both likers and haters, are only staying with to see if Eragon and Arya will end up together, which is primarily why I’m keeping tabs on the story.

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  32. So for some reason, I decided to while away my two week holiday with Eldest and Brisingr, if only for the sole purpose of filling my time while waiting for my library to get up to date with it’s copies of ‘The Sword of Truth’ series by Terry Goodkind, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed so far.

    Only pure boredom could have carried me through those two atrocious attempts at fantasy, and it did, and so I came out of the experience feeling thoroughly dissapointed. i found myself skipping paragraphs, because from glancing at them I could tell whether or not they actually further the plot, or I would just identify the talking within a page and pick up from there, and I could still understand everything. This is all testimony to CP’s horrible writing abilities, and I would warn anyone who was considering reading The Inheritance Cycle against it.

    I too found myself sticking through the horribly written descriptions and attempts at language simply for the Eragon-Arya relationship, and with the prospect of another book at hand, I have to ask myself, is it worth it?

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  33. The book was mediocre, since Eragon was my first fantasy book I enjoyed it however. Here’s an idea CP, if you REALLY want to get a good book, kill off Eragon at the end of the Fourth book. Just kill him off and let Galbatorix rule. That twist would be so shocking, that good reviews would fly off the shelves. No one would EVER see that coming. Or better yet, have Arya betray Eragon and murder him for the Throne. Please make the twist good. No “Eragon killed Galbatorix and died heroically” BS I want straight up murder.

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  34. I thought it was brilliant. I’ve read it several times and each time I pick up on something I missed! It’s SO FUN! I love the way he describes everything because it makes you feel like you’re right there. I wasn’t disappointed, but I was a little sad that Arya ended up being EIGHTY, but then there’s always the chance Eragon will end up with Nasuada in the next book, which comes out November 8, 2011, SO excited, can’t wait. I especially like the fact that the author doesn’t seem to be afraid to kill people off, which is important in any story in my opinion) to have some sort of loss involved. I read the first book in elementary school and still think it’s the one of the best books I’ve read (including Lord Of The Rings, THe Hobbit, the Black, Red, and White series, Pride and Prejeduce, A Great and Terrible Beauty series, and several others). KEEP ON WRITIN MR> PALONI!!!

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