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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
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Oct 09, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, cover-love, read-in-2011, created-world, reviewed-on-blog
Read from September 20 to October 09, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Okay, to start this review out, just let me tell you that I feel accomplished. I don't honestly know what it was about this series, I have a few theories, but none the less, this series just took FOREVER for me to finish. It took me practically the entire month of September to get through the first 3 books and I still have another one to read that is coming out in November before I even find out how everything comes to an end.

Now don't get me wrong, because I honestly do like these books and I love most of all the characters. But what I think is the major problem in all of these books for me, is the fact that there is SOOOOO much detail and not enough action to go along with the lengthy writing. This book was approximately 740 pages (not bad, I have read that amount of pages in other books before and loved them), what the problem is, is that in those 740 pages, nothing new really happened. Granted some new things are revealed (things that I saw coming from book one, like the fact that Brom was Eragon's real father). But that's it. The Varden haven't really made any major moves to overtake Galbatorix, there was another fight between brother's (Eragon and Murtagh), which yet again ended in a draw. The love between Eragon and Arya has not developed at all. Nothing. The only thing that truly happened in this book was 2 things. The elves and the dwarf's have fully backed the Varden (Orik now being the Kind of all dwarf's) and Oromis and Glaedr parished at the hands of Galbatorix (through Murtagh and Thorn's bodies after they were about to be defeated by O & G). That is the only part of this book that truly inspired any emotion in my, because O & G were my favorite characters in this series.

All in all, I give this series 4 stars simply because, while it was an effort to get through all of these books (even though I had 12 others books calling my name to be read), they are such epic tales of heroism. And I must give Mr. Paolini is credit for creating these books. His imagination is very vivid and it is something that I live up to myself. I simply hope that 'Inheritance' coming out in November can truly save this series and tie up the NUMEROUS loose end's that 'Brisingr' left for me.
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Quotes Cassie Liked

Christopher Paolini
Have I ever told you how glad I am we're not enemies? Eragon asked.
No, but it's very sweet of you.
Eragon to Saphira”
Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

Christopher Paolini
“Death is part of who we are. It guides
us. It shapes us. It drives us to madness. Can you still be human if you have no mortal end”
Christopher Paolini, Brisingr


Reading Progress

09/20/2011 page 1
0.0% "Chapter 1: The Gates of Death"
09/20/2011 page 10
1.0% "Chapter 2: Around the Campfire"
09/22/2011 page 36
5.0% "Chapter 3: Assault on Helgrind"
09/22/2011 page 54
7.0% "Chapter 4: Divergence"
09/22/2011 page 64
8.0% "Chapter 5: Rider and Ra'zac"
09/23/2011 page 72
9.0% "Chapter 6: To Walk the Land Alone"
09/23/2011 page 95
12.0% "Chapter 7: The Trial of the Long Knives"
09/25/2011 page 111
15.0% "Chapter 8: Winged Tidings"
09/26/2011 page 126
17.0% "Chapter 9: Escape and Evasion"
09/27/2011 page 153
20.0% "Chapter 10: A Delicate Matter"
09/27/2011 page 164
21.0% "Chapter 11: Bloodwolf"
09/28/2011 page 179
23.0% "Chapter 12: Mercy, Dragon Rider"
09/29/2011 page 189
25.0% "Chapter 13: Shadows of the Past"
09/30/2011 page 218
29.0% "Chapter 14: Amid the Restless Crowd"
09/30/2011 page 232
30.0% "Chapter 15: To Answer a King"
09/30/2011 page 243
32.0% "Chapter 16: A Feast with Friends"
09/30/2011 page 253
33.0% "Chapter 17: Intersecting Sagas"
10/01/2011 page 261
34.0% "Chapter 18: Making Amends"
10/01/2011 page 272
36.0% "Chapter 19: Gifts of Gold"
10/01/2011 page 292
38.0% "Chapter 20: I Need a Sword!"
10/01/2011 page 304
40.0% "Chapter 21: Unexpected Guests"
10/01/2011 page 312
41.0% "Chapter 22: Fire in the Sky"
10/02/2011 page 341
45.0% "Chapter 23: Man and Wife"
10/02/2011 page 354
46.0% "Chapter 24: Whispers in the Night"
10/02/2011 page 358
47.0% "Chapter 25: Orders"
10/02/2011 page 373
49.0% "Chapter 26: Footprints of Shadow"
10/02/2011 page 385
50.0% "Chapter 27: Over Hill and Mountain"
10/03/2011 page 399
52.0% "Chapter 28: For my Love"
10/03/2011 page 410
54.0% "Chapter 29: A Forest of Stone"
10/03/2011 page 425
56.0% "Chapter 30: The Laughing Dead"
10/03/2011 page 435
57.0% "Chapter 31: Blood on the Rocks"
10/04/2011 page 458
60.0% "Chapter 32: A Matter of Perspective"
10/04/2011 page 468
61.0% "Chapter 33: Kiss me Sweet"
10/04/2011 page 472
62.0% "Chapter 34; Glumra"
10/04/2011 page 481
63.0% "Chapter 35: Clanmeet"
10/05/2011 page 505
66.0% "Chapter 36: Insubordination"
10/05/2011 page 530
69.0% "Chapter 37: Message in a Mirror"
10/05/2011 page 538
71.0% "Chapter 38: Four Strokes Upon the Drum"
10/05/2011 page 552
72.0% "Chapter 39: Ascension"
10/06/2011 page 563
74.0% "Chapter 40: Words of Wisdom"
10/06/2011 page 568
74.0% "Chapter 41: The Whipping Post"
10/07/2011 page 578
76.0% "Chapter 42: Among the Clouds"
10/07/2011 page 586
77.0% "Chapter 43: Butting Heads"
10/07/2011 page 597
78.0% "Chapter 44: Genealogy"
10/07/2011 page 605
79.0% "Chapter 45: Two Lovers Doomed"
10/07/2011 page 620
81.0% "Chapter 46: Inheritance"
10/07/2011 page 626
82.0% "Chapter 47: Souls of Stone"
10/08/2011 page 638
84.0% "Chapter 48: Hands of a Warrior"
10/08/2011 page 644
84.0% "Chapter 49: The Tree of Life"
10/08/2011 page 661
87.0% "Chapter 50: Mind Over Metal"
10/08/2011 page 678
89.0% "Chapter 51: A Rider in Full"
10/08/2011 page 684
90.0% "Chapter 52: Greaves and Bracers"
10/08/2011 page 687
90.0% "Chapter 53: Leave-Taking"
10/09/2011 page 699
92.0% "Chapter 54: Flight"
10/09/2011 page 705
92.0% "Chapter 55: Brisingr!"
10/09/2011 page 722
95.0% "Chapter 56: Shadow of Doom"
10/09/2011 page 740
97.0% "Chapter 57: Sunrise"
10/09/2011 page 748
98.0% "Finished, review coming soon!"

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