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Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle #3)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  199,760 Ratings  ·  7,500 Reviews
Oaths sworn... loyalties tested... forces collide.

It's been only months since Eragon first uttered "brisingr", an 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 Empires warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly
Hardcover, First Edition, 748 pages
Published September 20th 2008 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Katie I think the rating is high because a lot of people who read and enjoy books don't think much about quality. Much the same reason series like Vampire…moreI think the rating is high because a lot of people who read and enjoy books don't think much about quality. Much the same reason series like Vampire Academy get high ratings. But the people who take time to review books look with a bit of a more critical eye. Eragon had a lot of critics anyway, and since Brisingr is almost universally recognized as being lower quality than Eragon and Eldest I think a lot of fans were upset with how disappointed they were. And we didn't hold back in our reviews.

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Oct 05, 2008 Alena rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 30, 2008 Jedidiah rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I wish it was longer. Amazing!
Sep 07, 2011 Swankivy rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sep 24, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it
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
Sep 21, 2008 Bibiana rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2014 Mindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya
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
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
Jan 20, 2014 Cory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody.
Shelves: abenteuer, fantasy
“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.

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 disappo
Dec 24, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2008 Kass rated it it was ok
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
Jan 10, 2016 Zachhg rated it it was amazing
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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
Oct 06, 2008 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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
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.
Laura Baugh
Oct 08, 2008 Laura Baugh rated it did not like it
Recommended to Laura 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.
Mar 01, 2009 amber rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
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.
Apr 15, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
This book was so slow…until the end when it got much quicker and better!
Dec 09, 2008 Adam rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
Oct 03, 2008 Leia rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2015 Cindy rated it did not like it
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
Oct 01, 2008 Shane rated it liked it
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
Oct 30, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok
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.

Jennifer Wardrip
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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.
Sep 01, 2015 Mel rated it really liked it
You can read a complete series review for the Inheritance Cycle here on my blog thatgirlbookworm

This series keeps getting better and better! i think what makes this series so enjoyable for me is the fact that I love the narrator in the audiobooks. I feel like if I didn't have that like for him I might not enjoy the books as much but I love them dearly.
The world this author has created is so intricate and detailed and every character is so well written and developed that I applaud his writing.
Jun 06, 2012 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, especially those who like dragons
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
The Inheritance series was originally supposed to be the Inheritance trilogy, with this as the concluding volume; but Paolini decided that he wanted to, in his words, "explore and develop the character's personalities and relationships at a more natural pace," so he made this into a sort of transitional volume between Eldest and the final climactic conclusion. But this isn't purely a time-marking exercise; significant things happen here. A dwarf king will be chosen (and the stakes, and tension, ...more
Nov 09, 2008 Karin rated it did not like it
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
Jan 21, 2009 Callie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read
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
Nov 19, 2008 Donna rated it it was ok
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
Sam Label
Oct 02, 2008 Sam Label rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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Antonio Rosato
Apr 19, 2016 Antonio Rosato rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Per recensire questo libro basta una sola parola, anzi due: minchiata colossale! Trama assurda (senza neanche un nuovo personaggio di rilievo) ed espansa fino all'inverosimile, con alcuni punti che nulla hanno a che fare con la storia principale... ma, è la mia impressione, sono stati inseriti soltanto per ingrossare un volume di oltre 800 pagine. Altra anomalia: essendo questo il terzo ed ultimo libro della "Trilogia dell'Eredità" uno si aspetterebbe che, giunto alla fine del libro, finisse anc ...more
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Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains rise on one side of Paradise Valley. Snowcapped most of the year, they inspired the fantastic scenery in the Inheritance Cycle.

Christopher is grateful to all his readers. He is especiall
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