Brisingr (2008) – Christopher Paolini


Two stars

Read Jun 09 2014 – Aug 18 2014

Book of The Inheritance Cycle

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?

I will finish the Inheritance Cycle! It must be done! When I finish Brisingr I will get Inheritance right away and finally finally finish what I’ve been rereading and rereading for all this time. And as I write this, for some strange reason I feel like I actually read Eldest before Eragon without ever seeing the movie (which I’m pretty sure everyone knows by now is awful).

Thank you Paolini for putting in a synopsis of the previous two books at the start of Brisingr! Thank you for making life easy and for understanding how notoriously hard it is for me to actually remember stuff that happens. I am also very wise for starting a 750 page book during exam season. Hello, procrastination. Who needs a university education anyway.

Done. It’s like, two months later. I cannot be bothered summarising how I feel about Brisingr. It’s over. It was with me too long. The end is nigh.

The Inheritance Cycle
Eragon (2002)
Eldest (2005)
Brisingr (2008)
Inheritance (2011)


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