22 June, 2018

REVIEW: BRISINGR by Christopher Paolini

Title: Brisingr
Author: Christopher Paolini
Series: The Inheritance Cycle #3
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Release: September 8th, 2008
Source: Hardcover
Pages: 748

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BLURB: Oaths sworn... loyalties tested... forces collide.

It's been only months since Eragon first uttered "brisingr", an ancient language term for fire. Since then, he's not only learned to create magic with words — he's been challenged to his very core. Following the colossal battle against the Empires warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more adventure 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 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 will 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?

EXPECTATIONS: I didn't have any expectations since I read it when I was very young but I still love this series.

THE WORLD: (Please refer to the explanation given on review of book 1, Eragon)

CHARACTERS: More or less the same as in the previous books. We have Eragon and Saphira of course, then Murtag and Eldest, Arya, Roran, Orik, Nasuada and Angela. There's a new character, a very important one, but I can't say who he is without spoiling oopsies. The book continues with the 2 POVs as in the previous one and sometimes even adds other POVs such as Nasuada's.

ROMANCE: Some couples here and there and first-time loves but it's not a focus.

GOOD: I enjoyed the 3rd book more than the 2nd one. I don't know why exactly... it just has more action overall and the plot is in its climax so you become absorbed in the story. The characters keep adding layers to themselves but specially in this book because it starts focusing much more on the politics of leading a revolution against a dictatorship. I'm not interested in the politics aspect but I quite enjoyed reading about it in this context and Nasuada is a strong brave woman. So there's that.

BAD: It's pretty much a pattern of Paolini but he tends to describe things in depth and it's both good and bad. It's good because you get to know and learn about the things better and also helps with imagining scenarios etc, however it can also be frustrating the first time you read the book because you simply don't care about the descriptions... you want the plot, the story, how does it continue?

OVERALL: 5 stars. When will I ever stop reading the series and recommending them? Probably never. DRAGONS gals! DRAGONS!

What do you think about BRISINGR?



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