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
I was expecting the final book of the series only to find that there will be another book. This book although, was very good. Just what you would expect from Christopher Paolini. A sweeping novel covering most of Alagaesia. Very well written and quite compelling. I had a hard time putting it down. I am eagerly awaiting the final book of the series when ever that may be released.
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.
I don't mind long books- in fact I generally enjoy them. I agree with some people that this book is one battle after another and that Eragon still seems a bit childish. However, I still like the book and think that if you've read the other two- this one should be read as well. I'm just wishing Mr. Paolini would hurry up and come out with the last book. I enjoy the narrator and think that this is a good- but not great book. I also appreciate the fact that I can listen to it with my young children around and not have to worry about vulgarity and bad language.
I believe a story should be interesting enough to absorb me, not bore me. I live reality daily. And many times reality is brutal. So I look for a book that makes me forget. It has to absorb me into the pages. Kind of like going on a mini vacation. I like stories that make me laugh. I like stories that make me look for the next episode.
Great detail, great story lines. Can't wait for the next part. Plus I love Gerard Doyle's animation of the characters. His voice is the best ever!
I literally counted down the days until this book came out. The first two had me on the edge of my seat for the 3rd. I have to say I finished this with much disappointment. Chapter after chapter of dwarf politics drug out this book an extra few hundred pages and even if that’s not exactly true it sure felt like it. I just felt like this book didn't follow the direction of excitement like the first two did. More than anything I am very frustrated that it will probably take another year or two for a forth book. Don't get me wrong Christopher is brilliant I just wish he would finish this story and write spin off books on the untold portions, sort of like Orson Scott Card.
Someone commented that this book needed better editing. That implies that the story could have been salvaged in some way. Unfortunately the only thing that would have accomplished is to have ended the listeners misery a little sooner. The fact that I had to cough up 2 credits to find this out makes it that much more painful. What is specifically wrong with this book? It is hard to say specifically without giving away plots in the book so I will intentionally be vague. My primary gripe is that the author does not seem to know what he wants to do with this saga. The characters are pulled in all sorts of directions and you do not get the sense that there is a real plan here. Numerous times in the book the author digresses into longwinded explanations and meaningless events. If he were say a Terry Goodkind or Robert Jordan he might be able to pull this off but he clearly is not in their league. Eragon is also not emerging as an interesting character which is pretty bad considering he is supposed to be the hero. He whines more than not and his skill set seems woefully inadequate. Other gripes include the unrealistic way in which events resolve themselves. From normal humans being able to kill hundreds single handedly to being able to put protective wards all around oneself so as to be protected from harm are just two examples of ways the author moves his heroes from challenge to challenge. Don't get me wrong I am grateful for any shortcuts that move this beast of a book along but try to put a little more thought into it. The most disappointing part is the way it ends. The other two books had real stopping points. This one does not. I truly hope the author decides to end this series soon as the world he created while graphically described, is just not that interesting.
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.
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.
Ok, so I'm actually really impressed with with the author. Sure it's obviously that he borrowed a little too much from LOTR and Star Wars but I can forgive that for a good story, which it is.
That being said. The major problem with this series is that instead of going into detail about the things that are very important to the story, the author seems to talk about everything forever just to prove that he can make this place real for you.
The major events of the book are great but they are interrupted by very long, seemingly unimportant plot lines that make the story drag on. In this book's case, it was forced into two books when it clearly should have been one. This is the first book I would ever say that I think I would have enjoyed an abridged version more. However, it is worth the read if you can take it.
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.
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