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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
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Apr 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, reviewed
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full review at Deseret News

Like many books in a series, Paolini could have easily spent the first few chapters recapping what happened in previous works. Instead, he included a brief synopsis at the beginning. It was a smart choice, allowing the reader to jump right into the story without being bogged down by clunky narrations sandwiched in wherever they seem to fit.

As with other fantasy books, Paolini has created his own world, with its own language and peoples. In fact, the title, "Brisingr," is the ancient term for fire in Paolini's world. And when the word is spoken by someone who can wield magic, it can have devastating results.

Written for young adults, "Brisingr" has an easy flow to it. Paolini's writing has matured from what reads like a 15-year-old wrote it to a confident style that is smooth, with strong description that carries the reader forward.

Like Paolini, the Inheritance characters, particularly Eragon and Saphira, have matured, too. Their relationship and connection has advanced, making them formidable warriors. Privy to the thoughts of the duo, the reader gains a greater understanding of their bond — how it drives them forward but can hold them back as well.

"Brisingr" is a great option for those who are avoiding the current vampire book trend. More mature than the "Harry Potter" series, but not as involved as "The Lord of the Rings" series, it's a middle-ground offering that is clean for fantasy — there is some battle violence; sword fighting, gore, etc. — and imaginative.

While not for the younger crowd, teens and older readers will quickly devour "Brisingr." Paolini's work continues to improve, and if he follows on this path, the final book in this four-part series should be impressive.

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