Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more 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, Katrina, 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 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?
©2008 Christopher Paolini; (P)2008 Listening Library
This one holds your interest all the way through, which is how all of the series has done, I can hardly wait for the next one in this series, I sure hope it doesn't take long to get the next book.
Paolini continues his wonderful storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed this book along with the first two in the series. The narration is wonderful. I highly recommend this to other listeners. Can't wait for his fourth book to come out!
I love this story and have been eagerly reading it from Eragon's release. I enjoyed Brisingr and felt "avenged" in some way with Eragon's accomplishments, but I definitely didn't feel like this book wrapped up the Trilogy. I was disappointed in the ending and expect they must have decided to split this book into two -- I think that's what the afterword said... anyway, good read, but not definitive.
This sounds like the sort of fantasy story I would come up with. Mind you, I have had increasingly less time to really think through my more fantastic ideas and, even though I like trying to delve into writing about politics, I'm not really that good at it.
Brisingr further fleshes out Paolini's world, but in a logical plausible narrative that is careful not to confuse you. It's like the book takes you by the hand and carefully explains the justifications for certain characters' actions.
Personally, I like being given mysteries that are logically solvable if you do enough concentrated thinking on your own. Brisingr doesn't bother provide sufficient information to solve such mysteries (how Galbatorix got his power, what happened to all the dragons, what was Brom really up to, etc.) The book simply tells you what happened through some lawful good character. All you are expected to do is remember who killed who, who is still alive, and that no one can kill Eragon. Ho hum.
Ok, I have made it to book 3. I'll be honest, I am only downloading this book to finish this series. I hate stopping in the middle so I'm going to choke down the rest of it just so I know what happens.
In my opinion the writer doesn't allow for the realistic development of the characters skills enough. Am I to believe that at the end of a few months of travel this farm kid can master a sword better than one of the greatest hero's? Then there is the way magic works in this story. If Eragon can summon back an arrow shot into a lake, why not the weapons from his enemies? If he can pull the life force from living things around him, why not land in the center of the enemy's camp in the middle of the night and just suck the life from them? Too many holes in this writers ideas and not well thought out.
Also, Eragon is hands down the most whiny complaining hero I have ever come across in my life. Half the time I want the bad guys to kill him so I can feel vindicated for having to listen to him complain all the time.
All in all I would urge people to pass on this series and try something else. Maybe is I had not read stories like the Wheel of Time series first, I may have liked this a bit more. But now... it can't even hold a candle.
This is one of the best narrated series. I love Gerard Doyle's narration and Christopher Paolini's writing is awesome! I think it's better than the Harry Potter series. I highly recommend you listen to the entire series.
Well it is obvious that this book was written to satisfy the public who wanted another book in the series and make someone a lot of money. I was stunned, no almost angered to have sat through 29 and a half hours of book to find out the whole story was about a sword? You gotta be kidding me. There is no real progression to the story line of our hero, Eragon. This is a filler book until the author decides to wrap up the series. And hopefully, that will be in the next book because I do not intend to waste my money or time on another book in the series like this one.
One could wait for the next book in the series to come out and be up to speed with Eragon in about a chapter or two, because not really that much happens in this book.
I would highly recommend the abridged version IF you must read this one. It's just not worth sitting through 30 hours of unabridged reading.
This is my favorite in the series so far. My twist & turns along with some answers to the unknown. Now I want another one to see where he characters are going. Very enjoyable book.
I was excited to read this book, but it seemed to be overladen with adjectives and redundancy. The romantic parts are fleeting. The mindset of Eragon is still childish. But the story is still interesting. The author has introduced some new aspects in the dragon lore that were interesting. The next book should be promising.
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