JoshGreen12, May 29, 2009 (view all comments by JoshGreen12)
I was excited to read this book, but it seemed to be overladen with adjectives and redundancy. The romantic parts are fleeting. The mindset of Eragon is still childish. But the story is still interesting. The author has introduced some new aspects in the dragon lore that were interesting. The next book should be promising.
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Peter McCarty, November 12, 2008 (view all comments by Peter McCarty)
Personally, I hated this book. I love the first and second of the series, but this just seems like 700 pages of feller to me. I agree with the first comment, most of it anyway.
There are two things that I hated about this book. The first thing is about how they(Eragon and saphira) were seperated twice. The seperation isn't what bothered me, it was when they came back together for the second time. The first time they were came back from seperated, they were happy to see eachother. Makes sense.
However, the second time they were 'reunited' it was very dramatic and desciptive and how much they loved eachother and shared there thoughts ect, ect. How does this contrast? The first time they were seperated, saphira didn't even know if Eragon was alive, yet when they came back together, she was just 'happy.' that makes no sense.
The second seperation, Saphira knew for a fact Eragon was probably going to be completely fine and was goin to be surrounded by allies. Basicly, they just missed eachother alot. When they came together it was all dramatic (like I said before) and the decription for how they met went on for somewhere like 1/3 of a chapter. What?
that is just one of the two things. The second is how the book sped along and nearly nothing happend, and then at the end this huge battle happens and someone important reaveals himself (and dies too) in only one chapter. If this is so important and suspensful, why didn't he use the wasted space in the rest of the book to tell it?
I do not agree with the 'indorced' comment at the beginning. I didn't not like this book, and I waited a couple years to read it. I wouldn't have minded waiting a few more years for it to tell more STORY.
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Mindy Buchanan, October 16, 2008 (view all comments by Mindy Buchanan)
I'm sure I'll get hate comments for this rating. But I just was bogged down by Paolini's formal and dry descriptive text. Maybe I'm just too far removed from the other books these years later. I really liked the first two, I just couldn't get into this one. I feel like the story just sort of meanders around.
(SPOILER ALTER) The wedding scene was particularly terrible. It was so long and drawn out. I don't like to go to long drawn out weddings in real life. Reading one was that much worse. (END SPOILER)
There were a two things that propelled me through the book. 1. what happens with Murtagh. 2. Do Arya & Eragon get together. Yet again, I feel as if things just sort of meandered about, story lines just got smooshed and pushed together.
Also, Eragon was so whiny. It reminded me of one of the Harry Potter books (maybe OOTP) Where Harry's character just got on my nerves. Eragon was on my nerves throughout the book. I felt like he was sort of having himself a little pity party.
Maybe this is all because Paolini is so young and started these books so young. The first book was sort of carefree for me. It was fun and exciting. The second began the bogged down descriptive nature of what has apparently become Paolini's adult style. It's very disappointing.
Perhaps if the book lost about a third of it's over descriptive text it would have been a much better, and tidier read. I rarely give up a series, but I think for the next one I'll just ask someone how it ends, instead of trying to force myself through what is likely to be another 500 pages at minimum.
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sarasquare, October 10, 2008 (view all comments by sarasquare)
I was definitely hoping for a bit more with this third installment of the Inheritance cycle. Paolini has definitely grown up a bit more in his writing. He answered a lot of nagging questions from the first books and introduce some great new twists and ideas.
However, I think that he wasted a lot of time in the first half of the book with unnecessary details and took too long to continue with the story line and get to that action in the second half. If the final book is anything like Brisingr, then I would have to disagree with his decision to split the last book into two, since it seems Brisingr could be half its current length and still be the exact same story.
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Brilliant! This, the third book in the Inheritance Cycle, was well worth the wait. There are dragons, thrills, and action aplenty — enough to satisfy any reader.
Brisingr, the third book in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, is one of the most highly anticipated books of the year. Sure to please both fans and newcomers, Paolini continues the dragon tale that has captivated its devoted readership.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The much-anticipated third book in Paolini's Inheritance Cycle continues to rely heavily on classic fantasy tropes. The novel launches with magician and Dragon Rider Eragon, his cousin Roran and the dragon Saphira on a quest to rescue Roran's betrothed. The cousins soon split up, and Roran undergoes his own series of heroic tests, culminating in a well-choreographed and intense fight against an Urgal (a ram-human hybrid). Eragon, at the same time, encounters treacherous dwarves, undergoes even more training with the elf Oromis and gains a magical sword suitable for a Dragon Rider. The silly revelations about Eragon's background in the previous book, Eldest, are given a new spin near the end, but the change is neither unexpected nor interesting. Predictably, the book concludes with even more character deaths and another battle, but those expecting a resolution will have to wait until the next novel. The cliched journey may appeal to younger readers of genre fiction. Older teens, even those who might have first cut their teeth on Paolini's writing years ago, are less likely to be impressed. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.
WITH THE HIGHLY anticipated publication of Book Three in the Inheritance cycle, the hardcover editions of all three books will be available in a handsome boxed set!
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