~FREE EPUB ♔ Brisingr ♊ Oaths Sworn Loyalties Tested Forces CollideIt 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 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 KeepFirst 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 SacrificeEragon Is The Greatest Hope To Rid The Land Of Tyranny Can This Once Simple Farm Boy Unite The Rebel Forces And Defeat The King
Mel I love this book I wish it was longer Amazing An extremely long winded full review by me for this book is on my site here.Everyone s been asking me to review the third book in this series, so here I go In case you didn t notice, it took me over a thousand days to force myself to tackle it, but I decided my Labor Day weekend needed to be ruined by something My review is pretty much a ramble about everything I disliked about this book, but I ll try to keep it relatively short The author still has basic storytelling problems The main one I keep noticing is that he is trying to work description or exposition into the action , but it still reads like he s stopping the movie, ZOOMING IN ON EVERYTHING, and then pushing PLAY again when he s done We nearly always get an extremely detailed description of every weapon, every person, every room, and every setting the characters encounter, and the adjectives used aren t connected to actions or attitudes Or if it s exposition, maybe we ll have someone cast a spell, and then the action pauses while we endure two paragraphs of narration about other caveats to the spell that could have been applied but aren t useful here, and what might happen if it fails, and all kinds of trivia about other magics that are like this one none of which end up being important in the scene He s still failing to filter these observations through the minds of his characters, which dooms the narrative voice because it takes us OUT of the moment every single time He has also made some poor choices with apparently unintentionally sexist phrases and disturbing attitudes toward women, most notably by telling that Arya is brave and independent and capable but showing that she is not any of these things because she needs to be rescued AGAIN There were so many other people Eragon could have had to rescue from imminent death, and yet again Paolini chose Arya as the damsel in distress She holds her own and later saves his ass once too, but framing women like this suggests that the strong ones are the exception to the rule And sometimes, Roran talks like a rapist It s really uncomfortable Katrina My, you are bold, dear sir Most bold indeed I m not sure I should be alone with you, for fear you might take liberties with me Roran Liberties, eh Well, since you already consider me a scoundrel, I might as well enjoy some of these liberties Katrina You re a hard man to argue with, Roran Stronghammer So, take note, dudes If a girl says she s worried being alone with you might lead to you pressuring her, you might as well actually do it since she thinks that way about you anyway Such coquettish banter, this Add to that the fact that Saphira s narration is really obnoxious and recoil in horror at some of the untidy retcons Paolini tried to force into the story, and you have a very good reason to believe this fellow has not learned from experience Bad Narration Stylistically, narration is pretty terrible in this book The similes and metaphors are especially galling, and I noticed that a disturbing number of his comparisons involved geological themes I mean everything was hard as diamonds or heavy as lead or bright as gold No one can just be distinguished she s the most distinguished, like an emerald resting on a bed of brown autumn leaves Someone should tell Paolini we don t need everything compared to something else in order to understand it Even a monster s blood, which happens to be blue green, is described as not unlike the verdigris that forms on aged copper Coming across Her tears appeared like rivers of silvered glass just made me groan And how about Red as a ruby dipped in blood, red as iron hot to forge, red as a burning ember of hate and anger So was it red As red as HATE and stuff Don t forget to dip red things in other red things so you can go off on how red they are And let s not forget A flock of starlings darted across the afternoon sky, like fish through the ocean Cause a group of animals moved through their habitat, like another group of animals moving through their habitat really helps us see it better And the biggest problem with it is it s not just distracting and unnecessary sometimes they place an alternate image in your mind and draw your attention AWAY from the object or situation he is describing The unnecessary description is especially pronounced when it comes to describing weapons Paolini devotes an inordinate amount of time to his descriptions of swords and other tools One of the shorter descriptions was as follows A bizarre implement a single edged weapon, two and a half feet long, with a full tang, scale grips, a vestigial crossguard, and a broad, flat blade that widened and was scalloped near the end, a shape reminiscent of a dragon wing I found one sword description for a sword the protagonist only used for a couple chapters at a mind blowing two hundred words, and don t even get me started on the chapter where Eragon actually makes a sword that matters Twelve pages of excruciating detail explain how exactly he made the sword, and it reads like an instruction manual Because Paolini freely admits he was fascinated with a certain Japanese swordmaking book at the time Gee, you can t tell It s like if you just wanted to watch a crime thriller and twenty minutes of the footage involved an autopsy detailing exactly how the victim died Some of the descriptions actually truly do not make sense, such as the description of Arya s voice as Her low, rich voice contained hints of rustling pine needles and gurgling brooks and music played on reed pipes Can you imagine that Someone s VOICE having all those things in it Considering the gurgling, I think Arya may need a doctor And let s not forget our old friend the unnecessary speech tags But how could you prove that objected Eragon sigh I shouldn t have to say it again, but if the WORDS THEMSELVES are an apology, an agreement, or an objection, you DO NOT NEED TO IDENTIFY THEM AS SUCH with your speech tags ARE YOU ALLERGIC TO THE WORD SAID, MY DEAR BOY Yes, yes he is, said the exasperated author of this essay And my favorite, of course, was when I encountered a single sentence that was 307 words long Also known as this is where the editor fell asleep The narration described all the dwarves who were sitting around a table, and the sentence contained 9 semicolons, 28 commas, and 26 descriptive adjectives When the final dwarf was described as she of the nut brown skin marred only by a thin, crescent shaped scar high upon her left cheekbone, she of the satin bright hair bound underneath a silver helm wrought in the shape of a snarling wolf s head, she of the vermilion dress and the necklace of flashing emeralds set in squares of gold carved with lines of arcane runes I really thought I was going to shoot myself Bad Dialogue Two big problems One everyone no matter their education talks as though they are royalty, and it is uncomfortably unnatural Roran, the illiterate farm boy, says You dote upon her words as if each one were a diamond, and your gaze lingers upon her as if you were starving and she a grand feast arrayed an inch beyond your reach You d never guess his job is beating people to death with a hammer Two Other people s reaction is to praise their verbal abilities This happens like six different times in the book, and I am convinced it is an attempted Jedi mind trick on Paolini s part A character says something awkwardly phrased, long winded, and overly ornate, and another character tells him how poetic he is or expresses amazement and surprise at his eloquence Is he just trying to convince us that s so The cursing, which happens a couple times when characters who are very angry spew out a stream of obscenities, is especially inappropriate They all sound like they ve been taking insult lessons from the French Taunter And I probably don t have to say why a fantasy novel that actually contains the phrase Die, puny human should be punished and reminded to go on the paper Predictable Plot Elements This book is riddled with revelations that are written as if they will be a surprise to the reader, but I feel almost insulted when the narration suggests I didn t know Take for instance monsters that are left for dead and actually aren t wow, never saw that coming Or a girl being revealed as being pregnant after her secret was already referred to multiple times, including her acting weird whenever having children is mentioned How about when a character mysteriously referring to his hearts instead of his heart turns out to oh my gosh actually be foreshadowing Yeah It s really insulting Nonsensical, Contrived, or Contradictory Plot Elements The most obvious and most drastically awful problem with this book is that the magic system continues to be incoherent and continues to get worse People cast spells that go against the rules of spellcasting, or in a couple cases contradict everything Paolini has said Especially one scene where Eragon saves himself from an attack without using conscious thought or magic words he has no time to compose a spell either mentally or verbally, and so he just rewove the fabric of the world into a pattern pleasing to him This is established as NOT how magic works He also gets a ridiculous magic sword that bursts into flames for no reason every time he says the magic word for fire, and seems shocked that fire was produced even though he didn t try to cast a spell Guess what Saying fire in the Ancient Language WHILE THINKING IT WAS A CURSE WORD and NOT KNOWING HE EVEN HAD MAGIC was how Eragon accidentally cast his first spell in the first book Why is it so unbelievable now Eragon also randomly guesses on the first try another character s true name, by which he can control him with magic This wasn t a person he knew really well Arya suggests Eragon doesn t even know her well enough to guess her true name, but he figured out the true name of his cousin s fianc e s dad , and there s no precedent for this random true name discovering in the book, before or since In fact, when Eragon s worried that Galbatorix might guess HIS true name, Arya completely dismisses it as impossible Huh Eragon denies Roran s request to be made powerful through magic because he would lose whatever strength or speed that Roran would gain from it This isn t how magic works in his story either When he cursed Elva to grow up too fast, he didn t literally lose years When he heals people he doesn t lose his own health Admit it, Eragon You just want an excuse to be the most badass in the story It seems like Paolini s magic system only makes sense in weird little pockets of logic that wouldn t actually add up to a comprehensive set of physical laws And you know why he does this Because he constructs his physical laws around what he wants to happen instead of having things happen that reflect the physical laws There is also a consistent, disturbing trend for Eragon and Saphira to threaten people, barely suppress their own violent intent, and behave like tyrants Saphira snorts fire at someone who said she couldn t have mead after which he changes his mind right quick, and it s written as funny , and she attacks a tree spirit when it doesn t answer her fast enough Even worse, Eragon tortures a blind man and banishes him then gets emo about what HE went through having to do that , ignores a man s mortally ill wife to go drinking with his buddies until he s reminded again to heal her, and seriously considers taking the dwarf council hostage if they don t vote how he wants them to It s horrible, and yet the narration treats Eragon as though he is a gleaming hero A hole Paolini writes in English The language of the humans is never named, but we just understand that it s the common language Its not having its own name doesn t fit in with anything established in the story, and he keeps calling it Eragon s own tongue C mon Paolini Name it You name everything else, including swords, and you name your main characters three or four times depending on who s talking to them I bet you named your buttcheeks You can name the language Arya tracks Eragon down at one point, and when he asks how she found him, she explains that A Rider does not walk unnoticed in this world, Eragon Those who have the ears to hear and the eyes to see can interpret the signs easily enough She goes on for a while and it s clear he basically leaves a track in the air I hereby dub this the Scent of Rider Farts Which is going to bite Paolini in the ass really hard, if pretty much anyone can track him due to his being unable to walk unnoticed in the world Perhaps his Protagonist Powers will counter this tremendous disadvantage I also have a problem with the magically enhanced soldiers the evil king sends at Eragon and his allies They ve been modified to not feel pain This somehow makes them harder to kill, which makes no sense They only die when they re hacked apart or beheaded, like zombies, but if the only reason they keep advancing when they re mortally wounded is that they don t feel or fear pain, it seems ridiculous that mortal injuries don t still make them go into shock or bleed to death Painless soldiers actually shouldn t be harder to kill The aforementioned retcons mostly involved changing Eragon s known father from Morzan to Brom In order to make Brom fit as his father, an entire chapter devoted to unpacking misconceptions and exposing lies he d been told had to be inserted, wrapped up by a conveniently recorded memory Saphira had kept for Eragon in which Brom confessed to being his father There were so many holes that had to be plugged and so many queries that ended in Well Brom never told anyone why he did this or that that I felt very strongly that this was an attempted twist that fell as flat as M Night Shyamalan s movies starting with Signs I imagine Paolini just got tired of being told he was writing Star Wars in Middle Earth and decided to undo Luke Skywalker being Darth Vader s son And as a good thing about the book, I chuckled when Eragon asked if there was anything he could do to appease the dwarf clan that hates him and Orik replied, You could die Yes, you could, Eragon Why don t you get on that I must say this was a terribly difficult book for me to read and I honestly do not think Christopher Paolini is improving as a writer There were perhaps three places in the book that I was interested in what was going to happen, and there were MANY places where I honestly would have just put the book down and not thought of it again if I weren t trying to review it critically It s frustrating, because Paolini has determination and imagination, but his incredibly debilitating flaws are his inability to write character and his absolutely tone deaf prose especially since he decorates it after the fact with gaudy adjectives resembling fake versions of the gemstones he s always shoving into his similes If he would learn to write people as if they were something other than plot devices and learn to stop writing narration as if he is an overenthusiastic performer, he might improve Until he does so until he realizes he ought to he will continue to be a lucky kid who grew up to be a below average writer an artist whose art is only admired by those who don t know better. Brisingr The Inheritance Cycle, 3 , Christopher PaoliniBrisingr or, The seven promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular, c 2008.Brisingr is the third novel in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini It was released on September 20, 2008 Originally, Paolini intended to conclude the then Inheritance Trilogy in three books, but during writing the third book he decided that the series was too complex to conclude in one book, because the single book would be close to 1,500 pages long A deluxe edition of Brisingr, which includes removed scenes and previously unseen art, was released on October 13, 2009 Brisingr focuses on the story of Eragon and his dragon Saphira as they continue their quest to overthrow the corrupt ruler of the Empire, Galbatorix Eragon is one of the last remaining Dragon Riders, a group that governed the fictional nation of Alaga sia, where the series takes place Brisingr begins almost immediately after the preceding novel Eldest concludes 2008 1388 885 9789645668523 1392 21 1387 1387 330 9789642891069 2008 So, I was a little disappointed with this third installment of Paolini s Inheritance Cycle now since he changed the game and made this a 4 book series instead of 3, as it was originally intended.The story was good and what I have come to expect from this series But honestly, it did not have to be 748 pages long I understand the author s desire to flesh out his characters, but the way that he kept going back and forth between the different characters I found annoying The descriptions of the fights did not have to be as gory or detailed as he made them, nor as long as he made them I had several guesses going throughout the book about how the plot would unfold and I ended up getting it right though the character I thought was being set up to die did not There are also points of the book where I can clearly see familiar plot points that I have seen in other books or series, like Star Wars or LOTR.I also found Paolini s waxing on religion and philosophy through his main character annoying it s as if he is trying to make this series poignant than it is should be because after all, it is just a good fantasy tale at its core and I feel like he should just stick to those roots.I will be interested to see how Paolini wraps this complex story up He has woven a lot of moving parts together and they are all pretty complex and I wonder how the climatic battle between good and evil will finally play out I just hope I won t have to wade through another 800 some pages to get to the end. If you want a story with awesome dragons and magic, this is a series to check out I listened to this on audio and it was SO engaging This book had a lot of action sequences, as well as many moments that were packed with emotion What a great blend Uhnnn, I just love it. I just completed reading Brisingr, and I must say that I was very impressed with the plot To compress all of my thoughts and the plot in to only one word, this has to be it Unpredictable.Certain events that happened in the book really took me by surprise and I have to applaud Christopher Paolini to even think about such a complex plot I could hardly guess what might happen in the next few pages, and the only way for me to find out was to keep my head buried deep within its depth.Seriously, any reader who has followed the cycle closely will be in for a big surprise That, I can promise you One word of advice Do not let the horrible movie of the first book tarnish your impression of the cycle That is probably the last thing you d like to do I am also very eager for the next and final book to arrive It was a bit saddening to know that Brisingr is not going to be the last one and us fans will have to go through another few years of torment to find out the ending of Eragon and Saphira But until then, may your swords stay sharp and let us meet at the gates of Uru baen for the final blow whoo, I managed to write a review that didn t have any spoilers For the love of all that is good and decent in the world, MAKE THE EXPOSITION STOP I didn t think it was possible for this series to get worse after Eldest I was wrong This book is nearly 800 pages of pointless adjectives, with perhaps six pages worth of plot most of which is just review described in excruciating detail from the previous books.Don t waste your time or money unless you really need a cure for insomnia. 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 ALERT 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.