Oaths sworn . . . Loyalties tested . . . Forces collide.
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives after the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains. Now Eragon finds himself bound by promises he may not be able to keep.
He must help rescue his cousin Roran’s beloved from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But he also owes his loyalty to the Varden, the elves and the dwarves, who are in desperate need of his talents and strength.
Eragon in the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?
Brisingr follows on almost straight away from Eldest and the battle on the Burning Plains. Eragon and Roran have flown to Helgrind, the lair of the Ra’zac, to rescue Katrina and hopefully kill the Ra’zac to avenge Garrow’s death. If they succeed, Eragon has fulfilled his oath to Roran and must continue on in the battle to defeat Galbatorix.
The book starts off placing the reader straight into the action. It kept a steady pace throughout however I did find that if you condense down what actually happened in the book, then it’s not really that much. Originally this was meant to be the last book however the author had so much to say that another book was added to the series. I’m not so sure that this was necessary however I will reserve my judgement for when I have read the next book, Inheritance.
Eragon has really grown throughout the series and I really love seeing the person he has become. He carries a lot of wisdom that he didn’t have before and he’s not making as many (if any) moves that have me frustrated and wanting to shake him. I found that there wasn’t a lot of character development in this book for anyone else besides Eragon though. The story was told from Roran’s perspective and even Saphira’s in some parts however I didn’t feel like I got to know more of either of them.
Although I felt the story was a bit drawn out, there were some parts that I really enjoyed reading about. Such as the dwarf coronation. Again it was fascinating to learn about the different cultures and their ways.
Overall I did enjoy reading Brisingr however it wasn’t a major page turner like the other two books, which is okay if there is a lot of substance however i don’t feel there was. Again, I will wait until I have read the last book, Inheritance, before I judge too quickly.