Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

Brisingr (2008)

by Christopher Paolini (Author), Christopher Paolini

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Inheritance Cycle (3)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
8,460169363 (3.97)1 / 176

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (161)  German (4)  Swedish (1)  Spanish (1)  Portuguese (Portugal) (1)  French (1)  All languages (169)
Showing 1-5 of 161 (next | show all)
The third book in the Inheritance Cycle, Brisingr continues the story of Eragon and his bonded dragon, Saphira. It is many years since I read book 2, yet it was easy to pick the threads of the story up as the pair continue their quest to help defeat the evil King Galbatorix, and free the land from his tyrannical rule.

This book fleshes out more of Eragon's personality, as he becomes an emissary for The Varden (the chief resistance to Galbatorix), seeking to join the land's other races together to fight a common enemy.

Eragon's cousin, Roran, also continues to fight for the Varden, and experiences his own travails and personal growth as he encounters more and more difficult situations that try his abilities as a soldier and leader. The rest of the cast is back as well. The series marches inexorably to the final book and the conclusion of The Cycle.

The book is a tad long at 748 pages. A good editor would have cut back quite a few of the repetitive battle scenes, and toned back a bit of the gratuitous violence. However, it is clear the author is growing into his own style and, in due course, he will be a force to be reckoned with.

I’ll be seeking out the fourth volume. ( )
  Jawin | Dec 28, 2014 |
  mshampson | Nov 30, 2014 |
It had been quite a while since I had read the first two books in this series and I was really excited to read this one. It was very good, the author clearly has gotten better as he's progressed through these books.

The only thing I was disappointed about was finding out at the end of the book that this book isn't the end of the story, as I had thought, but there will now be a fourth book. This was originally planned to be a trilogy, and now the author calls them the Inheritance Cycle, which is just the silliest description of a group of books I've ever heard of. Why not the "Inheritance Saga"? The "Inheritance Collection"? In any case, this book, like the first two, was really enjoyable. Now I just have to wait for the fourth book... ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
SLOOOOOOWWWWW book. Way to drawn out! Once there was action it was well-written edge of your seat action... but in between all the action too much babble! One of those rare books I actually skipped pages in! Not impressed... ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
Mi è piaciuto, anche se lo considero inferiore ai primi due... Sembra quasi un voler riempire il tempo necessario alla stesura del quarto libro... :) ( )
  cecca | Jul 28, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 161 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (33 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Paolini, ChristopherAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paolini, Christophermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bastia, ValeriaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doyle, GerardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scotto di Santillo, Maria ConcettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
As always, this book is for my family. And also for Jordan, Nina and Sylvie, the bright lights of a new generation. Atra esterni ono thelduin.
First words
Eragon stared at the dark tower of stone wherein hid the monsters who had murdered his uncle, Garrow.
Fame or infamy, either one is preferable to being forgotten when you have passed from this realm. (Orik)
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (5)

Book description
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?
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375826726, Hardcover)

Tad Williams and Christopher Paolini: Author One-on-One

Tad Williams is the New York Times bestselling author of several epic fantasy series. He lives in California.

Tad Williams Read on for Williams and Christopher Paolini's discussion about why they write fantasy, their upcoming projects, and more.

Tad: Hi, Christopher. Nice to talk to you, albeit virtually. It was great hanging out with you and your family this summer. Pretty much all of us fell in love with your part of the world, too.

Be warned: this isn't my best time of the day, so if I start calling you "Herman" and asking what it was about whaling that interested you, please forgive.

The first thing I'd like to ask you as a starter question is: why fantasy? I mean, there's the obvious answer (which is also true for me) that it was something I loved to read growing up, but I guess I'm curious what is it that still resonates for you. Why do these kind of stories, these kinds of characters, these kinds of worlds, still speak to you?

In a similar vein, do you have another kind of fiction, another genre, that you'd really like to try? If so, why? Any genres you think you'll never write but wish you could?

Christopher: Hi Tad. Great talking to you as well. We all had a wonderful time when you guys visited. Definitely one Of the highlights of the year.

I'm still waking up as well -- takes a few cups of tea and a few strips of bacon before the little gray cells start firing properly -- so if I sound a bit muddled, that's why. Still, we can make a stab at coherency, eh?

Christopher Paolini Hmm. Why do I write fantasy? As you said, it's because I enjoy reading it, but I enjoy reading it because . . . well, for a number of reasons, I suppose. First of all, fantasy allows for all sorts of dangerous situations, and those can provide a lot of excitement in a story. And excitement is always fun. Also, epic fantasy usually deals with themes and situations that everyone can relate to, such as the challenge of growing up, or how one is supposed to deal with moral quandaries. Fantasy is the oldest form of literature; the very first stories that humans told while crouched around campfires were stories about gods and monsters and tragic mistakes and heroic feats. Even now, those topics still resonate with us on a primal level, which is one reason I think fantasy will remain popular with readers as long as humans are still human. And I love the sense of awe and wonder one can often find in fantastical literature. . . . Fantasy can allow you to see and hear and experience things that have never existed and never *could* exist. To me, that is the closest we come to real magic in this world.

That said, there are a number of other genres I'd like to try my hand at: mystery, thriller, horror, science-fiction, romance, etc. I love stories of all kinds -- although mythic ones certainly hold the greatest appeal to me -- and I'm very much looking forward to experimenting once I finish the Inheritance cycle. Any genres I think I'll never write but wish I could? . . . Probably long-form epic poetry or a witty comedy of manners. Poetry is fun, but my grasp on it is rather shaky, and a comedy of manners (while I enjoy them) is so different from my usual life, I'm not sure I could pull it off properly.

And now a question for you: You have just finished your third (large) series. What is it about big epic stories that so fascinates you? Why not write small, intimate books about a fishmonger whose greatest love is his toothpick sculpture of the Brooklyn Bridge?

Read the full conversation

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:58 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

The further adventures of Eragon and his dragon Saphira as they continue to aid the Varden in the struggle against the evil king, Galbatorix.

» see all 9 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.97)
0.5 5
1 28
1.5 5
2 123
2.5 33
3 383
3.5 114
4 603
4.5 85
5 737


3 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 96,176,002 books! | Top bar: Always visible