Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Knopf Publishing
APC: 748 pages
Dragons: More dragons!
Brisingr is the third book in the Inheritance series, which follows young Eragon in his journey of becoming a Rider. In Brisingr, we follow Eragon as he and his friends prepare for the war of the ages, bigger than has happened in a century.
So I'm going to be completely honest here... this has to be my least favourite book in the series. Not because it wasn't a good book, but there is just so much anticipation and build up with no real big payoff at the end. It's a filler book, necessary to the story but it put me so damn on edge that I had a hard time finishing it!
I found there were a lot of events thoroughly described so that we could have some story tor read, however there's one big moment I can think of in the book that Paolini decided not to get into, and that would have been the scene that I would have loved to read about. This might have been done on purpose, but that was a disappointment for me.
In Brisingr, the POV's start diversifying throughout the cast of characters, which I absolutely loved. It really strikes me how Paolini can differentiate each character and really make their sides of the story sound so important and interesting. I've read a lot of books in the past with differing POV's, and it usually hops from one person to the next on the same journey. Here, we get to explore different paths to the same timeline, and I find that to open up the world so much more.
**THIS PARAGRAPH CONTAINS SPOILERS**
Finally! I loved reading about Eragon reuniting with the people from his village, as well as his brother. The bonds created in book 1 were molded and solidified in Brisingr. I loved those characters and I'm happy to see them again. ALSO, Oromis and Glaedr die???? Rude.
Brisingr was definitely a hype up book, and it worked. I am so excited to read book 4, Inheritance. Maybe I didn't like this one as much because I know I'm that much closer to the conclusion... 😭
I give Brisingr 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
NOTE: I am aware that Brisingr and Inheritance were meant to be one book, which is why Brisingr seems a little lackluster, like the first/second act of a story. However, I feel this should have been improved upon slightly.
B.O.O.K. Project Analysis
Writing Style - Paolini's writing style has evolved slightly between Eragon and Brisingr. The novel feels less geared towards younger teens and more toward older teens/young adults. Paolini demonstrates a talent for multiple POVs without making any of them seem too similar, repetitive, or boring.
Plot structure - The plot structure was lacking in this novel. There was a standard structure (expositiong, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion) however it didn't feel as climactic or exciting. The book was very much used to set up the final book in the series, and while it was enjoyable, felt tedious at times.
Character development - Paolini expanded POVs to multiple characters rather than the alternating points of view from book 2. He demonstrated an amazing ability to differentiate a large number of characters drastically when giving them the floor. This helped me connect to the characters and understand their views, feelings, and values.
Worldbuilding - Rather than worldbuilding outward in this novel, Paolini chose to focus on specific regions/villages. There was some historical background given for a handful of locations, as well as some focus on architectural aspects of a lot of villages that were being taken over.
Theme/Message - Brisingr's theme is more so focused on religion/spirituality than frienships/relationships like the previous two books. He explores the multiple religions and beliefs that are present in Alageasia, between all of the different races. Eragon comes to the conclusion that all of the religions amount to the same core beliefs/ideologies, they are just presented differently.
Did you miss my reviews of Eragon and Eldest? That's ok, you can check them out here:
Eldest → 🐉🔴
Stay tuned for my review of the last book of the series, Inheritance.
Until then, read on.
~ Hayley's Reviews xo