I just finally managed to get my hands on this book. I ended up power reading it.
Brisingr or The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular is the third book of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, following the books Eragon and Eldest. It was released on September 20, 2008. The title means “fire” in the fictional Ancient Language of Alagaesia.
The book sold 550,000 copies on its first day of sale, the most ever for a Random House Children’s Book, and debuted at #1 on USA Today’s top 150 bestsellers list.
First thing first, I was quite pleasantly surprised to discover that the trilogy had been expanded to a 4th book and was now being called a “cycle.” I felt that if the book was going to be resolved in the last few chapters it was going to feel rushed and not very enjoyable. I had avoided spoilers for the book at all costs, so I am sure this will not be a surprise to other fans of the books.
**Note possible minor spoilers – Don’t read this post until you have read the book first. Bookmark and come back. It will be more enjoyable that way.**
Now that I have finished it I looked around and have to agree with some of the comments I am seeing. Of the 3, this book has the feel of a collection of events, some of them disjointed and seemingly pointless to the overall story. Eragon on part of his first adventure meets a mad wizard in the woods, listens to his ranting, helps him prepare a meal. There is one brief reference made to this mad wizard later, however that is it. The whole scene was built up with the impression of some significance – but with the ending of the book it will be forgotten.
Much of the middle of the book is a building period. The middle of the book is fairly predictable. I found the part where Eragon gets a Riders Sword quite enjoyable. This though is in the later chapters of the book.The major scene at the end, a fight between Murtagh and Oromis, is slightly irksome to me. While we do “see” some of the battle, we also miss a lot of it. Perhaps there will be a more direct accounting of it in the 4th book, but we will have to wait and see.
So while I said it had the feel of a collection of events, more a placeholder book if you will, I still say it is worth the read. Placeholder or not, I found myself often unable to put it down. “Just a little longer” turned into 2-3 hours and then “crap I have to go to bed.”
I think with some of the negativity it is important to remember this is a childrens book. It is not “high fantasy” Ala Tolkien. So taking that into account, the book is worth your time.
His original two books are worth checking out as well of course. I highly recommend picking them up from Amazon or your local library.
Eragon: Eragon is a 2003 fantasy novel written by Christopher Paolini, and the first book in the Inheritance Cycle, set in the mythical world of Alagaësia.
Eragon tells the story of a young farm boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira.
In the beginning, Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the area near his home, and it turns out to be a dragon egg. After Saphira hatches for Eragon in the opening chapters, King Galbatorix sends his servants (including the Ra’zac, Urgals, and the shade Durza) after Eragon and Saphira, in an effort to capture or kill them. Eragon and Saphira flee their hometown of Carvahall, and embark on a number of adventures involving swordplay, magic, friendship, betrayal, and death.
Eragon was the third-best-selling children’s hardback book of 2003, the second-best-selling paperback of 2005, and has placed on the New York Times Best Seller List for 121 (nonconsecutive) weeks.
Eldest: Eldest is the second book in the planned Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. It is the sequel to Eragon. Eldest was first published in hardcover on August 23, 2005, and was released in paperback in September 2006. Eldest has been released in an audiobook format, and as an ebook. Like Eragon, Eldest became a New York Times bestseller. A deluxe edition of Eldest was released on September 26, 2006, including new information and art by both the illustrator and the author. Other editions of Eldest are translations into different languages.
Eldest begins following several important events in Eragon. The story is the continued adventures of Eragon and his dragon Saphira, centering around their journey to the realm of the Elves in order to further Eragon’s training as a Dragon Rider. Other plots in the story focus on Roran, who leads the inhabitants of Carvahall to Surda, and Nasuada as she takes on her father’s role as leader of the Varden. Eldest ends at the Battle of the Burning Plains, where Eragon faces a new Dragon Rider, and a new dragon, Thorn.
Also be sure to check out the authors (Christopher Paolini) website. It can be found here.
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