Book Review: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini


Brisingr (2008) is the third volume in Christopher Paolini‘s Inheritance Cycle following up on Eragon and Eldest.  Since I’m not a regular reader of fantasy novels, I was a bit disappointed that Paolini decided to extend this series from three to four books, meaning I will be compelled to read yet another fantasy novel in the future.  This volume particularly is not a stand alone book and really is a series of episodes connecting together books 2 & 4.  I get the sense that if Paolini could go back to the begining and write the whole thing all over again that he would be able to get some of this detail in earlier and tighten up the cycle a bit.  That said I think this book was necessary as it really develops the characters with satisfying detail.  If Brisingr lacks a bit in the action department (or at least one coherent action narrative), I expect it will be rewarding in how it sets up the (hopefully) final volume.

Author Paolini, Christopher.
Title Brisingr, or, The seven promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular / Christopher Paolini.
Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.
Edition 1st ed.
Description xix, 763 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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