Monday, May 30, 2011

Brisingr - Christopher Paolini

Author: Christopher Paolini             
Pages: 763
Why Read This Book: I had read the other books in the Inheritance Series but didn’t feel compelled to read Brisingr really. But then my daughters boyfriend saw Aragon and Eldest on my shelves and got so exited and ran home (which was next door) and got me the book. Now I ask you…who would shoot down the enthusiasm for books of a 17 year old boy? This is a hands on kid too not a bookwork by nature. It was my pleasure to read it. Even though he made fun of how long it took me to finish it!
RATING: 3.5/5

Synopsis From Goodreads:
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?
My Review:
Having read Aragon and Eldest I knew there would be no way I wouldn’t some day read Brisingr or the next one. Not because they were in themselves so compelling but because I started it I may as well finish it. I, won’t look forward to it with much enthusiasm however.  Brisingr continued the story of Aragon and Saphira very well and did endear those characters to me.
It was disappointing to me in the long run however because it was very over written. Pages of description that didn’t highlight character, place, or tone, over run with banal details that distracted more than heightened my ‘suspension of disbelief’.  In short it was too long. Way too long. Through large sections of the text I was able to keep the story going very well reading only the first sentence of every paragraph or two. Bad of me I know.
Until the last 100 pages or so I nearly gave up. In those pages the pace quickened, the characters sharpened, and the plot moved swiftly on. I hope he kept that writing momentum into the next book as I know I’ll be reading it sooner or later.

1 comment:

  1. I still have never read any book in this series! I feel like I'm the last one in the world!