The Copper wasn't quite so bad (or evil) as his siblings make him out to be, but they also wouldn't have a good grasp on what he's been through. GrantThe Copper wasn't quite so bad (or evil) as his siblings make him out to be, but they also wouldn't have a good grasp on what he's been through. Granted, he's also not a very nice dragon to those he doesn't like, but you can't really blame him considering everything he goes through.
The Lavadome dragons made me want to throttle them a few times, but I'm sure that's what Mr. Knight was going for. He certainly succeeded at setting up a corrupted, lazy society of dragons.
It did drag a bit in places, but it was a great introduction to the world (which is quite expansive and really well done). The best part was having thIt did drag a bit in places, but it was a great introduction to the world (which is quite expansive and really well done). The best part was having the main character (a dragon, AuRon) who had a very non-human viewpoint. He was still rational enough that the reader can understand him and follow his logic, but it is most definitely not human-based. It was a welcome change to a dragon pov. Some of the things about dragons were commonly used, but there are a lot of dragon books out there and there are only so many different ways you can portray dragons.
**spoiler alert** Just like I anticipated, the third book was just as bad as the first and second. Except this time the book was longer, the author wa**spoiler alert** Just like I anticipated, the third book was just as bad as the first and second. Except this time the book was longer, the author was more confident in how his plot and "development" of the characters was so much deeper and it just...dragged. I read it because I wanted the resolution of the plot, despaired as a lot of the chapters felt like he wanted to show off his vocabulary and what he learned about sword-making and the plot was supposed to be convoluted.
I think the sword-making chapter was the worst. But then again, I think my brain started to turn off during the battles.
At least I found the reason behind Galbatorix's power vaguely interesting? If not slightly sqwick-worthy? I guess I've just got issues with dragons being able to live on as giant gems that they've chucked up. Yes, it's cool that they can communicate over long distances that way, but the idea that they can't commit suicide while they're like that? It just makes me wonder if Paolini was plotting and pulled this "reason" out of the hat. And I feel a little irked that he lied to us in the first two books about dragons always dying when their riders died.
My husband has had to listen to me rant and thinks that I'm trying to find things to hate about the books, but either way, I've seen plenty of other people's reviews that agree with me.
As I got towards the end of the book I had a terrible fear that became a realization. "I'm not far from the end and we haven't even glimpsed Galbatorix yet. Oh goodness, is there going to be a FOURTH book?" ...I was right and I'm quite sure there are huge chunks of "Brisingr" that should have been cut. With all the saved space, he still could have had his 700+ page book and finished the series. Honestly, paragraphs about a hummingbird fluttering in between Oromis and Eragon and drinking some juice? Why would they even pause in conversation?
I'm just glad that I'm done reading the painful thing - and hope that by the time the fourth comes out I'll be able to forget about the plot and not want to know how it ends. The same urge and the pseudo-nightmares after the second made me read this one. Perhaps I'll just make up my own final battle for how Galbatorix dies. Because c'mon, he's followed every other cliche? How could he not end it with the good guys winning and slaying the evil overlord?...more
This one was even more painful than the last. The story still vaguely interests me, if only because I wanted to know why there was a red dragon on theThis one was even more painful than the last. The story still vaguely interests me, if only because I wanted to know why there was a red dragon on the cover. I won't spoil it for you, but at least it makes sense. In a way.
This book I would define as "prepare for battle and everybody learns things and travels". A whole lot of traveling. Slogging through it made me dread writing anything similar in my own work-in-progress novel.
The elves felt too perfect and while yes, there were flaws listed, they didn't feel big enough for me to really like them. Plus what happens to Eragon in Ellesmera just...irked me. Another spoiler of course, so I won't specify.
And the ending made me so infuriated. The worst cliche of all was thrown out there and I wanted to toss the book aside in disgust. And yet...I still have Brisingr on my hold list at the local library. If only so I can get this blasted story out of my head. But trust me, I'm not buying it. I got the first two as gifts and while I appreciated it then, now I almost wish I hadn't gotten them. If only so I wouldn't have slogged through all of this. ...more
I liked some of the characters and the world was interesting. But the first chapter was insanely painful to read. I'd been forewarned, though, but I tI liked some of the characters and the world was interesting. But the first chapter was insanely painful to read. I'd been forewarned, though, but I thought I might as well read it so I can give an honest review.
It was chock full of cliches and I could predict half of what was going to happen. Plus I'd seen the movie first, so perhaps that spoiled some of it. And while I enjoyed the movie, it was mostly just because I got to see a dragon flying. The plot was much better in the book, but...agh. Eragon is young and impetuous, but still. It's like the boy can't learn.
I was not looking forward to Eldest, but I knew should plunge ahead. ...more
This book sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. Yes, I was irritated at how the situation only got worse and worse and the ending...agh! But it was deeThis book sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. Yes, I was irritated at how the situation only got worse and worse and the ending...agh! But it was deep, it was thrilling, and it made me care immensely for the characters. (Though I wouldn't have minded a handful choking on their own blood.)
Either way, highly recommended. Though I would suggest you leave plenty of time to read the last 100 pages or so in one go. It's just too painful to let it sit until you finish it. ...more
A very fun read. It's not often that I like first person books, but it was well done this time. Fitz has an awful, terrible life and I'd like to thinkA very fun read. It's not often that I like first person books, but it was well done this time. Fitz has an awful, terrible life and I'd like to think he handles it much better than a lot of fantasy characters. Then again, I've heard that Robin Hobb likes to torture her characters (or at least asks herself often "Well now, what else can go wrong....") so Fitz's series of mishaps fits with the author's resume.
There were long sequences with not much action, but I enjoyed the characters, the world, and the interactions enough to not mind things going slow on occasion. Yes, I like my action sequences, but I also like the slower times and the buildup.
The magic was also very interesting. But as I don't want to spoil anything, I'll just say I enjoyed it. And the Red Ships? Deserve to be feared. Congrats to Hobb for thinking up/using a really freaky antagonist....more