Emotionally flat, with the occasional anthill or small valley, this book leaves you with nothing. Unable to capitalize on his earlier success and grow, this installment by the author lacks the depth and range that make a good premise into a great novel.
Instead it is a tiresome plodding series of events that do not flow, and characters whose motivations lack the ring of authenticity. His world has elements that are interesting in and of themselves. It is a place of magic, and mystical creatures, love, war and strife, things that almost always make for a good escape.
That is why it got three stars.
That he took those elements and made a hash of it is disappointing to say the least. If you are interested in those sorts of worlds, Goodkind, R. Jordan (RIP), and George R.R. Martin are genuine masters, even if they have the occasional flaw.
If you read the first two novels of this series, you could take this one or leave it without gaining or missing out.
This story is really starting to take on a sanctimonious bent. It started out as a warrior's tale, now it's about a vegan who feels guilty for eating meat after spending the day hacking the bad guys to death with a sword. Think I'll probably skip the rest of the series.
Gerard Doyle is just about the best narrator there is for audio books. His characters, timing and sense of emotions are just amazing. Compare his reads to the Eragon movie (OK, not a fair comparison). Almost every character is soooo much better than the live actors.
This book plays well to those that love the details of dwarf and elf culture as much time is spent detailing the activities over a period of time with each. Somehow though, the pages ran out and the story didn't conclude. Disappointing given book 4 isn't out and Paolini released a different story instead.
This is a high fantasy epic of the likes of "Lord of the Rings" or "Sword of Truth," and follows the same mythical path that all such stories do, so if you don't like the genre, you probably won't be interested in this.
Supposedly the writer is a prodigy who wrote much of this by 19, and it shows. The writing is atrocious. Even my teenage daughter laughed at some of his cliches. Worse, he chooses completely inappropriate verbs and adjectives. Things "slip" when they would more likely "rip," for instance. It is really a distraction throughout, although sometimes completely without discernible pattern he does slip into a skilled narrative tone for a scene or two.
That's the negative. On the other hand, the writer's imagination and thorough creation of his universe is worth slogging through the prose. His world of dragons and warriors and thieves and magic and prophecy is vivid and imaginative, and at times does reach the level of Tolkein--though never in writing ability. His characters are surprisingly insightful at times, given the writer's age, although at times they are simplistic.
And the story--the journey--is well created. The world is revealed slowly, and with great skill, and mysterious seeds are planted early that take time to bloom. Characters are introduced and left to mature and reappear later. Minor incidents come back to have major impacts. This is where the author is far beyond his years--in the telling of the story. This is where the book becomes worthwhile, despite the prose and the derivative storyline.
So, overall, if you like high fantasy of the Tolkein variety, you'll like, and maybe even love this one. It is safe for the kids, mostly, and can keep a family entertained on a long drive. This is some of the best of the high fantasy genre. That's how I rated it. If you don't like that genre, you may not like this. Buy it for the story, not for the writing.
Brisingr is, so far as I can tell, the third installment in the Eragon..."saga?" The war still wages, the petty differences still raise their heads, etc etc. And, honestly, it is starting to feel like a children's fantasy soap opera more than anything else. And it so does drag...I am interested in what happens in the end and can't wait to get there...the journey isn't worth it so far. This book is much better than the second one, so there is hope, but it pales in comparison to the first one nonetheless.
This book went on and on an on with very little plot happening on the way. I felt as if the author was so enamored of his own world, he was taking us on more of a dull cultural tour than continuing an exciting adventure. It would also be helpful if someone took away the author's thesaurus. Why describe something once when you can do so over and over using new and different words each and every time!? Some serious editing could have helped immensely. When read aloud, it also becomes painfully apparent how just stilted and artificial the dialogue really is. Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator and he did the best he could but even he couldn't save this boring, overblown and predictable sequel. I regret wasting my two credits on this!
This is one of the best books I have ever listened to! Paolini does a great job at being descriptive. Also he does a excellent job at making you feel like you are reading/listening to someones life. Doyle does a very good job at narrating as well It is definitely worth the money or credits whichever way it may be!
I loved the first two books and eagerly awaited this, the third and final installment of the famous Eragon trilogy. Unfortunately this is not the end. Evidently there will be another book. This book covers no ground. Most of it is mindless rambling or filling just to stretch out the adventure for another book. If Paolini is a great writer, he will write other great books with different characters, why does he see fit to drag Eragon out until he pulls the character down from one of present day literary greatness to a mediocre after thought. Greed is the only answer I can think of. It is such a let down and such a shame I spent 2 credits on a book I could skip completely with the exception of maybe three sentences and pick right back up with the next.
I copied Douglas' comments because I felt exactly the same as he did. The ending was very unsatisfing!! Since this is a trilogy, there isn't suppose to be a 4th book, but there was NO ending provided in this installment. An extreme let down.
The first book was ok and the second bearable, but Brisingr felt like a ransom note cut out of generic fantasy books and glued together to continue the story.