Thursday, June 2, 2011

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini - an Inheritance Event


Summary from Goodreads:
OATHS SWORN . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide...  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.  First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength—as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices— choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.   Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

Thoughts on Brisingr:
As the third book in a series, there's not much I can say without giving away important details from the other books.  So I won't go into detail.  Instead, I'm going to rave.

Ummmm....HOW did this happen??!!  All of a sudden, Paolini is a genius.  The writing, the story, the characters, the incredible visuals and personal depth.  I mean - where in the heck did it come from?!

For one, I was taken away by Roran's incredible role for this book.  He's one heck of a man:  hammer-weilding, Katrina-loving, brave, courageous, honest, and just plain awesome!  All the scenes including him in Brisingr absolutely shock me into awe.  I can't wait to see what happens to him in Book 4!  "Insubordination" is my favorite chapter in the whole book...the WHOLE book.

Nasuada lived up to expectations, and actually surpassed them.  The chapter about the knives and the tribal leaders was chilling and gross and fantastic.  WOW.  Elva, Arya, and Eragon were also wonderful.  I enjoyed everything about them so much more this time around!

Oh, and the laughing dead... OOOHHHH.......

The story holds much more depth and just the right amount of detail.  (Except for the sword scene...it was like 80 pages and kind of grueling, but interesting if you skim...haha!)  The writing surprised me this time around, in such a good way that I can't recommend this book enough!!  Everything about it blew me away...

So I'm thinking, if you haven't already, you need to give this series a try.  Today.

5/5 stars

2 comments:

  1. Well, ok then! I guess I should reconsider reading Eldest so I can get to Brisingr. The Iron Fey series was like that for me (first two books were ok, but the third one made it all worth while). I totally trust you, plus you make Roran sound awesome!

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  2. I didn't love the first two, but it sounds like Brisingr might be a reason to keep reading the series.

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