Okay okay okay. When I first read this book, I loved it. I thought it was the best in the series (my bad, cycle), and that Paolini was truly visionaryOkay okay okay. When I first read this book, I loved it. I thought it was the best in the series (my bad, cycle), and that Paolini was truly visionary.
What the hell was I on?!
All the praise I had for this book has evaporated. It was a whole lotta bor.ing. My God, could it have been drawn on any longer? On average, there was like one page of plot for every seven pages of filler. Paolini tried to trick his reader's into being excited by throwing in random-ass action scenes. "Well, since the Varden is just sitting around and Eragan is having repetitive philosophical conversations, lets have Roran bash 200 heads in. And describe every single one!" Dear Lord, Paolini was trying to write this book in real time or something. I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT ERAGON HAD FOR BREAKFAST. I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW EVERY STEP IN MAKING A MYSTICAL SWORD. I DO NOT NEED ENDLESS DESCRIPTIONS OF PLACES WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN.
90% of this book was filler. And if you already know the 10% of plot beforehand, Brisingr is pretty much a snoozefest. But I guess I understand Paolini's reason for creating this brick though. It's clear he loves his world. Hey, it probably comforted him when he was busy not getting laid in high school. He just wants to share every bit of it, meanwhile showing off his developing writing skills. But it's important to know as a writer that details you find interesting might not be so for the readers. Sometimes, you just have to stick with the story, and suck it up. There's world building and there's being excessive.
I re-read Brisingr in preparation for Inheritance, which I have been waiting for a loooong time. But since I enjoyed Brisingr when it was fresh, chances are good I will enjoy Inheritance. I hope so, as it appears Paolini has saved all the plot for the last book. ...more
This is an awesome series, and this book is no exception. Don't let the daunting size fool you, this is a great read that will having you reading lateThis is an awesome series, and this book is no exception. Don't let the daunting size fool you, this is a great read that will having you reading late into the night. ...more