Author: Christopher Paolini
Oaths sworn. . .
Loyalties tested. . .
It’s been only months since Eragon first uttered “brisingr”, an ancient-language term for fire. Since then, he’s not only learned to create magi with words–he’s been challenged to his very core. 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 adventure 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 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 will take him across the Empire and beyond, choice that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.
Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this one simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?
A brief note: When I first read Brisingr, I found it as captivating and interesting as the previous two installments. I was also pleased with the continued use of POV and impressed that Christopher Paolini added Saphira to the preexisting trio. It was full of twists and turns, including a fate for one of the characters that shocked me and which I never saw coming.