Brisingr (Inheritance, Book 3) (The Inheritance Cycle)

Christopher Paolini
OATHS SWORN . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.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?


Reviewed: 2020-12-01
In the third of Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, Eragon and Saphira continue to grow and work and learn as a team. In the second book, Eragon is told that his father is Morzan, the one who betrayed the Dragon Riders but in this volume he learns that Brom is actually his father. Eragon is also reunited with his cousin, Roran, who has led the entire village of Carvahall to Surda for safety. He learns that Gallbatorix gains all of his power from the hearts of dragons which he has captured and that defeating him will be harder than anyone ever dreamed. Eragon finally has a sword worthy of a Rider; a sword he names Brisinger. Paolini’s writing seems to improve with every book, although his tendency towards description can be overwhelming at times. Still no one who has followed the inheritance cycle will want to miss this book. If you have not read the first two books, Eragon and Eldest, I suggest you read them first.
Reviewed: 2020-03-26

Not as much to say about this as the first two books. It was definitely drawn out more than necessary and the swapping of perspectives became obnoxious midway through. It's as if Paolini wanted to show off his growth as a writer more than tell the story at points. Still, it was a solid read.

Reviewed: 2019-11-30
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