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January 6th, 2010

January 6th, 2010
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Book review: Brisingr
Today's book review is Brisingr by Christopher Paolini.

This is book 3 in the Eragon series, which was supposed to be a trilogy but now claims there is one more book coming.  Best to start at the beginning, and this book doesn't resolve very much.  It doesn't end in the middle of a battle, but it's still very much in the middle of the war.

This book is of a piece with the earlier ones as best I remember them.  It's pretty cliche.  It has a lot of battles.  I don't know much about real battles, but these descriptions seem a lot more hokey than many.  It feels driven by the author's whim, with a couple of points of major deus ex machina, and some interactions and events that don't seem to make sense.  Despite all that, it has that indefinable something that makes me want to keep reading.  I think this is a weaker book than the previous two, and its weaknesses annoyed me a bit, but I didn't want to stop.

7 out of 10.

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