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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
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Dec 08, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: dnf

Two years after I started reading it, I picked it up briefly to see if I could get back into it. After page upon page of pointless description with nothing much happening, I decided that my life will be complete without slogging through 400 more pages of endless exposition for mediocre characters and plot that covers no new ground.

Sometimes a book is so bad that it ruins the entire series, and "Brisingr" is that book. The first volume was entertaining and promising, the second volume had severe flaws but still maintained its entertainment value, and this volume provides all the flaws with no payoff of interesting story or characters.

Look, authors, if you're going to write derivative coming-of-age fantasy, at least hire a good editor to keep the characters developing and the story moving. The only thing moving along with this book is my copy of it to the used bookstore. I can appreciate Tolkien or McCaffrey worship, but it needs to remind me of why I enjoyed the original.

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