Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)
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Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle #3)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  143,882 ratings  ·  6,626 reviews
Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.
It's been only months since Eragon first uttered "brisingr," the ancient language term for fire. Since then, he's not only learned to create magic with words-he's been challenged to his very core. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have n...more
Hardcover, 763 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Turtleback Books (first published September 20th 2008)
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Alena
Oct 05, 2008 Alena rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone needing kindling to start a fire
For the love of all that is good and decent in the world, MAKE THE EXPOSITION STOP!!!

I didn't think it was possible for this series to get worse after Eldest. I was wrong. This book is nearly 800 pages of pointless adjectives, with perhaps six pages' worth of plot... most of which is just review (described in *excruciating* detail) from the previous books.

Don't waste your time or money... unless you really need a cure for insomnia.
Jedidiah
I love this book. I wish it was longer. Amazing!
Swankivy
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Lauren
Sep 24, 2008 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, Star Wars fans, Lord of the Rings fans, Tamora Pierce fans
So, I was a little disappointed with this third installment of Paolini's Inheritance "Cycle" now - since he changed the game and made this a 4 book series instead of 3, as it was originally intended.

The story was good and what I have come to expect from this series. But honestly, it did not have to be 748 pages long. I understand the author's desire to flesh out his characters, but the way that he kept going back and forth between the different characters I found annoying. The descriptions of th...more
Bibiana
I just completed reading Brisingr, and I must say that I was very impressed with the plot!

To compress all of my thoughts and the plot in to only one word, this has to be it - Unpredictable.

Certain events that happened in the book really took me by surprise and I have to applaud Christopher Paolini to even think about such a complex plot. I could hardly guess what might happen in the next few pages, and the only way for me to find out was to keep my head buried deep within its depth.

Seriously, an...more
Mindy
I'm sure I'll get hate comments for this rating. But I just was bogged down by Paolini's formal and dry descriptive text. Maybe I'm just too far removed from the other books these years later. I really liked the first two, I just couldn't get into this one. I feel like the story just sort of meanders around.

(SPOILER ALERT) The wedding scene was particularly terrible. It was so long and drawn out. I don't like to go to long drawn out weddings in real life. Reading one was that much worse. (END S...more
Rebecca Honeycutt
Is it just me, or is this series on a serious downward spiral? Eragon was uninventive but entertaining; Eldest was a bit of slog, but pulled through in the end; Brisingr, however, just left me exhuasted and annoyed. At least half of this novel could have be edited out, and as with the previous two books, Paolini seems more interested in showing off his vocabulary (both English and invented) and in delivering lengthy, detailed battle scenes than in telling a compelling story. Oh, and....SPOILER B...more
Aaron
Finally, this series has given me a novel that I have enjoyed every part of. I consider it the darkest of the three novels, as Eragon realizes what a dire situation he has placed himself in, and the slim chance that he might succeed in his mission to free the citizens from the tyrannical rule of King Galbatorix. This book finally brings its characters and its plot back down to Earth, and although the novel still thrives off fantasy, and now possesses a sense of reality to it.
This book has give...more
Laura
I give up. I've spent two weeks trying to get through this 700-page snoozefest and I'm still completely uninterested in what happens next. I can muster more enthusiasm for the third season of 'Rock of Love.'

To be fair, I've never been ecstatic about the Inheritance trilogy (although I think there's going to be one more book because 700 pages just wasn't long enough). Eragon was a pleasant enough, if unoriginal, story, made more impressive because of Paolini's young age. (Heck, when I was 15, I w...more
Zachhg
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Kass
Dec 01, 2008 Kass rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who come up with names for prescription drugs,collectors of little glass dragons
This book should be called Blahsingr because all it is is 800 pages of Blah Eragon, blah Roran, blah Arya, blah Orik, blah Galbatorix (which I'm certain is a new prescription drug for indigestion), blah, blah, blah.

We all know Paolini killed his trilogy by turning it into a "cycle" but making us read through another 784 pages after his horrific second book, Eldest, was grounds for banishment to the Empire's dungeons.

The book basically had no plot, just a bunch of diversions to keep you reading...more
Jonathan
I realised at last that to my loss I had yet to review several key novels within my extending lists. I have already reviewed and explained my appreciation of Eldest and Eragon.

Brisingr is perhaps, in my view, the better novel of all three currently in circulation. It is certainly written with greater confidence and signs of maturity. Although do not by any means equate word count with maturity. yes Brisingr is the far larger novel of all the Inheritence books and yet is perhaps still oddly the m...more
Colleen Houck
I was glad that Chris Paolini ended up spliting this book in two because I didn't want Eragon's adventure to finish. I felt like all the characters moved forward in their development and that Eragon finally came into his own as a dragon rider. Fantastic. I highly recommend this book.
Adam
No offense to those of you who liked this book. I had a really, really hard time getting through this one. I thought the first book of the series was neat cause it was written by a kid, but sadly, Paolini's story telling ability hasn't grown an iota.

Why did Paolini have to make this a four book series. He easily could have taken the 35 pages of actual plot from this book and prepended it to the beginning of the next book. The pace of this book was excruciating.

Does there really have to be thre...more
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Oct 08, 2008 Laura VanArendonk Baugh rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura VanArendonk by: Markdc
Shelves: fiction, not-finished
Really, how much phenomenal cosmic power, gleaming musculature, purring voice, and natural musk that drives women wild are we supposed to take? And our Strong Female Leader can have her decision swayed by a eyebrow twitch from our Sexy Magically Powered Hero....

I will probably never know how this book ends.
amber
Wow. This one was really bad. As he's aged, Paolini;s writing has gotten worse. It's almost 800 pages of drivel. I feel like Paolini recently studied for the GRE and he's showing off the new words he learned. It was just really bad.
Cory
“The purpose of life is not to do what we
want but what needs to be done.”

1. Sentence: “Eragon stared at the dark tower of stone wherein hid the monsters
who had murdered his uncle, Garrow.”

What the fart.
Seriously.
WHAT THE FART.

This series goes downhill rapidly with every book I read. I really liked the first book , I found the world-building to be amazing and original, even though I noticed the similarities to other fantasy novels. I didn't mind, though. The second book was then a big disappoin...more
Shane
After waiting 100 years for book 3, I expected a lot more. The meat of this book could have been condensed into about 100 pages. Very little plot development occurred. There was some character development, but not enough to warrant 750 pages.

I probably wouldn't be so critical, but the video he posted stating why it took so long to get to book 3 said that he didn't feel he could do it in one book. Bad news. I bet that if you read book 1, book 2, and 3 selected chapters of book 3, you could go st...more
Erin
It's generally a very good story. Problems arise, however, when the fact that very little of it is original becomes distracting, the excessive wordiness and verbosity of the author (in both character voice and description) becomes distracting, and the number of random side adventures and random side characters become. . . yes, distracting.

I am anxious to see how the story ends, I just hate it when I can't stop thinking about the author's prose and plot choices while I'm reading a book.


Leia
I thoroughly enjoyed this, the penultimate installment of the Inheritance Cycle, though it does sadden me to remember the end is near. Eragon's slow transformation from simple yet inquisitive farmboy to the last free Dragon Rider is a joy to read, and I relished every insignificant detail. Roran, who shocked me with his strength and fortitude in Eldest, continues on his path to becoming a brilliant military strategist and leader, all the while leaving his heart with his beloved Katrina. Murtagh....more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com

Eragon and Saphira have just barely survived the latest battle between the Empire and Varden, and learned the truth about Eragon's parentage. Their encounter with Murtagh and Thorn has made them realize that they desperately need to revisit their teachers in Ellesmera, but their multitudes of promises keep them from returning. They must help Roran recover Katrina from the Ra'zac, rally forces for the Varden, and find a way to thwart Murtagh....more
Cindy
Wow. Before anyone comments, I was a HUGE fan of the first book. Second book I thought was alright. This book sucked so bad. Between the terrible writing and the grammar and the fact that it was 800 pages of how long Paolini can babble about nothing and still keep an following.

The reason for the 4th book was this was for character development? What character development, the characters are more one sided then ever. You can almost predict what they will do before they do it because they are just...more
Karin
poke me in the eye! This book is terrible! The first one was forgiven for it's rambling irrelevancies due to it's imaginative world and logical magic. This one has no excuses. First off, it's about as entertaining as watching a clock's hour hand tick. Second, approximately two things happen in the entire book that are even important! Each event can go beyond being summed up in a chapter or two. This was riddled with rambling text, inconsistencies, and fluff. A wonderful example of it's dull dron...more
Sam Label
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Callie
I try to finish a book no matter what, but this book will be an exception. I'm 100 pages in...and nothing has happened! This book suffered from over discription about things that are unimportant to the plot or to the reader and slowed the story telling to an almost non-existent plot line. The author obviously has a love of armor and weaponry and his descriptions of these things go on for paragraphs in such an self indulgent way that he seems to be purposefully leaving the reader! A dissapointmen...more
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
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Donna
Brisingr takes the derivative plot elements and tortured prose of the first two books, then adds a double dose of boring.

Long, descriptive passages are made even more unreadable thanks to a healthy sprinkling of fantasy names. At one point I suspected that Paolini had a polysyllabic name for every little hill or stream in the country, that thought was followed by the terrible fear that he'd feel the need to tell us each and every one.

Characters have less-than-compelling philosophical discussio...more
Lori
I put off and put off and put off reading Brisngr until I could avoid it (and the sad stares of my daughter, who along with my husband, had gotten me the book as a gift more than three months ago) no longer.

I enjoyed Eragon. It's deeper fantasy than is my wont, but I was so intrigued by the story of the author that I couldn't help myself.

Eldest was ... OK. The history of the land (and its citizens) gets deeper. There are passages in Elvish. A bit much for me.

And honestly, I didn't really rememb...more
Leigh
I reeeeaaally hated the second book, Eldest. I mean, really hated it. But I am incapable of stopping a book (or movie) no matter how bad it is. So, I'll be reading this one, too, since it's a dang series. And forget my relief that this was supposed to be the last of the TRILOGY; I just read that the series will now be continuing after this book.

Please, please let it be better than Eldest.

UPDATE: Got it, read it, didn't HATE it. I did find myself skimming through pretty often when the wordiness...more
Esther
I think the story is pretty boring. And I think that Roran is a jerk.
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Christopher Paolini was raised in the Paradise Valley, Montana area. His family members include his parents, Kenneth Paolini and Talita Hodgkinson, and his sister, Angela Paolini. Home schooled for the duration of his education, Paolini graduated from high school at the age of 15 through a set of accredited correspondence courses from American School of Correspondence in Lansing, Illinois. Followi...more
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