Monday, April 6, 2009

Christopher Paolini: Brisingr

It has been a really long time since I read this one. I know that a lot of people don't really like Paolini's work, but I enjoyed Eragon for what it was. It was entertaining and there were enough things I liked about it that I didn't give up when Eldest came out. I will admit that I was actually kind of excited for this third installment. I realize that this may undermine my credibility with some people, but I will be the first to admit that I like a lot of different things in my reading. I also like dragons for some reason or another, not sure why.

Brisingr follows Eragon and Saphira on more adventures in their goal to conquer Galbatorix (more summary here). You have to admit, that is a great name for a villain. It was an interesting experience reading this book. I kept going because I wanted to know what happened next, but there were several places where I felt like skipping ahead to the next action. It was mostly just one thing happening after another. I remember thinking 'oh, here's the climax' a couple of times before the end. It was good as a volume of the series to move on to the final book, but I don't think it would have done well as a stand alone book.

In conclusion, it was okay - it kept me interested enough to get through to the end - and I will probably still read the next book in the Inheritance Series. But I'm glad I didn't run out and buy the book right when it came out because I would have been disappointed.

What do you think? Is there anyone else out there who thinks this series is worth reading?

3 comments:

Madame Hook. said...

I'm glad I brought the book to work! It turned into a review! Hurray!

Bahnree said...

I like the series, even though I acknowledge to any and everyone that it's not the best, nor that I like it based on literary merit. :) It's enjoyable. Brisingr was good-ish, but I liked Eldest better.

Charity said...

If you like books about dragons, you should read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede. It's a great YA series that's very entertaining. The books are quick reads too.