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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
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Mar 29, 2011

it was amazing
Read from October 12 to 21, 2012

This was by far the best book in the series. While the others certainly set the stage for the battles (and revelations) to come, they often dragged and left me wondering where the story was going. This book constantly propelled you forward. Although its obvious that the series will end with an epic battle against Galbatorix, Brisingr provided an endless stream of entertainment as the war progresses.

However, I wonder how much of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series influenced the style of this particular installment. Often, I found myself having a bit of deja vu as the chapters switched from the perspective of one character to another. While these various perspectives greatly enriched the story, I don't recall that style presenting itself in the previous books. Granted, I haven't read Eldest since last September, but it doesn't diminish the similarities that Brisingr exhibits to the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Regardless, I'm very much looking forward to the final book in the series. I have no doubt that Eragon will defeat Galbatorix but I am sure it will cost him greatly to do so. He's now, three times, been told that he will be banished from Alagaesia, never to return. I wouldn't doubt the truth of the prophecy. However, I am very much interested to see what the Menoa tree took from Eragon in exchange for their lives. Considering that the chapter was named "Tree of Life," I have the feeling it took his ability to procreate. I hope, for the sake of the dragon race, that the tree did not take the same from Saphira, or that the final egg hatches and it's a male dragon. It would seem like such a waste for the entire series to culminate with the complete extinction of the dragons. Although I wonder if it culminates with the "elimination" of the Riders and thus Eragon and Saphira's banishment. After I finish the other three books on my currently reading list, Inheritence to follow!

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Christopher Paolini
“The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist.”
Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

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