by Christopher Paolini

Published: 2008

This is Book #3 in Paolini’s Inheritance series, and in many ways it is a ramp-up to the big conclusion in Book #4 (Inheritance).

I have to admit that by about a third of the way through this book, my interest in the entire series was beginning to wane.  Eragon and Saphria spend so much time wandering from place to place, trying to figure out what is going on, trying to understand what is happening.  The magic gets progressively more complicated and convoluted, and there is TOO MUCH description of battle scenes.  I just don’t need to hear for the umpteenth time that so-and-so’s sword is capable of slicing through a man’s armor, flesh, and bone like a hot knife through butter.  I get the idea.

I’ve already finished the final book, and will be writing that review shortly, so let me suffice to say here that at this point, the series seems to drag a bit, and by Book #4 it was more of a grueling marathon than anything resembling enjoyable fictional reading for me.  Brisingr is a 2/5.