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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
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Aug 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, cover-love, read-in-2011, created-world, reviewed-on-blog

** 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.
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

August 16, 2011 – Shelved
August 18, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
September 16, 2011 – Shelved as: cover-love
September 16, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
September 20, 2011 – Started Reading
September 20, 2011 –
page 1
0.13% "Chapter 1: The Gates of Death"
September 20, 2011 –
page 10
1.34% "Chapter 2: Around the Campfire"
September 22, 2011 –
page 36
4.81% "Chapter 3: Assault on Helgrind"
September 22, 2011 –
page 54
7.22% "Chapter 4: Divergence"
September 22, 2011 –
page 64
8.56% "Chapter 5: Rider and Ra'zac"
September 23, 2011 –
page 72
9.63% "Chapter 6: To Walk the Land Alone"
September 23, 2011 –
page 95
12.7% "Chapter 7: The Trial of the Long Knives"
September 25, 2011 –
page 111
14.84% "Chapter 8: Winged Tidings"
September 26, 2011 –
page 126
16.84% "Chapter 9: Escape and Evasion"
September 27, 2011 –
page 153
20.45% "Chapter 10: A Delicate Matter"
September 27, 2011 –
page 164
21.93% "Chapter 11: Bloodwolf"
September 28, 2011 –
page 179
23.93% "Chapter 12: Mercy, Dragon Rider"
September 29, 2011 –
page 189
25.27% "Chapter 13: Shadows of the Past"
September 30, 2011 –
page 218
29.14% "Chapter 14: Amid the Restless Crowd"
September 30, 2011 –
page 232
31.02% "Chapter 15: To Answer a King"
September 30, 2011 –
page 243
32.49% "Chapter 16: A Feast with Friends"
September 30, 2011 –
page 253
33.82% "Chapter 17: Intersecting Sagas"
October 1, 2011 –
page 261
34.89% "Chapter 18: Making Amends"
October 1, 2011 –
page 272
36.36% "Chapter 19: Gifts of Gold"
October 1, 2011 –
page 292
39.04% "Chapter 20: I Need a Sword!"
October 1, 2011 –
page 304
40.64% "Chapter 21: Unexpected Guests"
October 1, 2011 –
page 312
41.71% "Chapter 22: Fire in the Sky"
October 2, 2011 –
page 341
45.59% "Chapter 23: Man and Wife"
October 2, 2011 –
page 354
47.33% "Chapter 24: Whispers in the Night"
October 2, 2011 –
page 358
47.86% "Chapter 25: Orders"
October 2, 2011 –
page 373
49.87% "Chapter 26: Footprints of Shadow"
October 2, 2011 –
page 385
51.47% "Chapter 27: Over Hill and Mountain"
October 3, 2011 –
page 399
53.34% "Chapter 28: For my Love"
October 3, 2011 –
page 410
54.81% "Chapter 29: A Forest of Stone"
October 3, 2011 –
page 425
56.82% "Chapter 30: The Laughing Dead"
October 3, 2011 – Shelved as: created-world
October 3, 2011 –
page 435
58.16% "Chapter 31: Blood on the Rocks"
October 4, 2011 –
page 458
61.23% "Chapter 32: A Matter of Perspective"
October 4, 2011 –
page 468
62.57% "Chapter 33: Kiss me Sweet"
October 4, 2011 –
page 472
63.1% "Chapter 34; Glumra"
October 4, 2011 –
page 481
64.3% "Chapter 35: Clanmeet"
October 5, 2011 –
page 505
67.51% "Chapter 36: Insubordination"
October 5, 2011 –
page 530
70.86% "Chapter 37: Message in a Mirror"
October 5, 2011 –
page 538
71.93% "Chapter 38: Four Strokes Upon the Drum"
October 5, 2011 –
page 552
73.8% "Chapter 39: Ascension"
October 6, 2011 –
page 563
75.27% "Chapter 40: Words of Wisdom"
October 6, 2011 –
page 568
75.94% "Chapter 41: The Whipping Post"
October 7, 2011 –
page 578
77.27% "Chapter 42: Among the Clouds"
October 7, 2011 –
page 586
78.34% "Chapter 43: Butting Heads"
October 7, 2011 –
page 597
79.81% "Chapter 44: Genealogy"
October 7, 2011 –
page 605
80.88% "Chapter 45: Two Lovers Doomed"
October 7, 2011 –
page 620
82.89% "Chapter 46: Inheritance"
October 7, 2011 –
page 626
83.69% "Chapter 47: Souls of Stone"
October 8, 2011 –
page 638
85.29% "Chapter 48: Hands of a Warrior"
October 8, 2011 –
page 644
86.1% "Chapter 49: The Tree of Life"
October 8, 2011 –
page 661
88.37% "Chapter 50: Mind Over Metal"
October 8, 2011 –
page 678
90.64% "Chapter 51: A Rider in Full"
October 8, 2011 –
page 684
91.44% "Chapter 52: Greaves and Bracers"
October 8, 2011 –
page 687
91.84% "Chapter 53: Leave-Taking"
October 9, 2011 –
page 699
93.45% "Chapter 54: Flight"
October 9, 2011 –
page 705
94.25% "Chapter 55: Brisingr!"
October 9, 2011 –
page 722
96.52% "Chapter 56: Shadow of Doom"
October 9, 2011 –
page 740
98.93% "Chapter 57: Sunrise"
October 9, 2011 –
page 748
100.0% "Finished, review coming soon!"
October 9, 2011 – Finished Reading
September 24, 2012 – Shelved as: reviewed-on-blog

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