Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
(Inheritance, Book 3) (The Inheritance Cycle)

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13 Critic Reviews

I usually like really long books, but I felt “Brisingr’s” 750 or so pages could have been edited down by at least 200. That said, the book did keep me entertained for a good long time, so I felt I got my money’s worth.
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Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


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?


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Christopher Paolini

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Christopher Paolini is the author of three other bestselling novels about Alagaësia: Inheritance is the fourth and final volume in the cycle. Christopher lives in Montana, where the natural landscape has been a major inspiration in the creation of his stories. You can find out more about Christopher and the Inheritance cycle at alagaesia.com.
 
Published September 20, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 786 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Jan 11 2009

While the first two books of The Inheritance Cycle were exciting...Brisingr gives us a deeper understanding of the world...Christopher Paolini took a risk by slowing down the course of events to allow us this opportunity; and it’s a risk that’s paid off handsomely...

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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Jan 11 2009

...Brisingr gives us a deeper understanding of the world the series takes place in and brings us closer to the people we had been getting to know in the first two books. Christopher Paolini took a risk by slowing down the course of events...and it’s a risk that’s paid off handsomely...

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Reviewed by Fitz on Nov 26 2008

He's gifted at writing dialogue and masterful at plotting the story, but the spaces in between are the places he seems to have problems. All that aside, it's the story that has kept me reading the series so far. I want to see what happens to Eragon and Saphira.

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Reviewed by Fitz on Nov 26 2008

Brisingr continues the saga began with Eragon (2003) and Eldest (2006)...He's gifted at writing dialogue and masterful at plotting the story, but the spaces in between are the places he seems to have problems...Brisingr has a thrilling tale hidden among the 748 pages and is worth the time to read. Definitely check it out!

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Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on Sep 20 2008

Christopher Paolini has developed his characters more deeply and brought an even greater intensity to the action throughout...When readers are finished with BRISINGR, not only will they be dying for the next installment (they will probably want to read this one again just for fun)...

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Las Vegas Review Journal

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on Nov 16 2008

Paolini is a great story maker. His books are filled with intricate and imaginative tales in unusual settings. All he needs to be a great storyteller is to take a break from writing and get a handle on how real life and real people really work.

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Reviewed by Lindsey Losnedahl on Oct 15 2008

I usually like really long books, but I felt “Brisingr’s” 750 or so pages could have been edited down by at least 200. That said, the book did keep me entertained for a good long time, so I felt I got my money’s worth.

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Reviewed by MajorJJH on Oct 13 2008

Paolini has created a fascinating story. The problem is, he just can’t write all that well. And as a result, the enjoyment of the book was severely punished by how hard it was to struggle through the inept form the story took.

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Reviewed by Joshua S Hill on Jul 05 2015

As for the story itself, I will say that it isn’t horrible; as long as you ignore the flaws in his writing...In a very Robert Jordan-esque manner, Paolini has just filled this book with inarticulate dribble in an attempt to expand his moneymaking possibilities. There was so much excess in here as to be proof that no fourth book was necessary.

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Reviewed by fyrefly on Oct 06 2008

If you loved the first two, it’s mostly more of the same, so knock yourselves out. My honest advice, however, would be to skip it and just read the summary recap that’s sure to be included at the beginning of the fourth (and hopefully final) book.

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Reviewed by Jen on May 01 2014

Readers who power through the 700+ pages will be rewarded with a cast of richly drawn characters and lots of action. This story is the most violent of the series so far, with many graphic descriptions of battles, deaths, injuries, and war atrocities...

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Reviewed by Matt Berman on Jul 26 2015

Young author Christopher Paolini continues to grow as a writer, and his story has an ability to capture and hold his readers' attentions even over the far-too-long expanse of his longest novel yet. His characters, settings, and action set-pieces are vivid and continue to thrill...

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Reviewed by nicolepoliti on Oct 08 2008

I picked up the thread about half-way through and that’s also when the story seemed to grab me...I found the metaphors uneven but some of the details (Saphira’s vision enhancing blue colors, a Dragon’s Eldunari, etc.) captivating and enhancing.

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Raphael J.k 19 Feb 2015

The Inheritance series is one of the best I have ever read... Loved the way the author keeps you guessing and leaves clues that come into play later on, in the other books

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