Review: Brisingr

  • Title:
    • Brisingr
  • Author:
    • Christopher Paolini
  • Release:
    • September 20, 2008
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator
    • Gerard Doyle
  • Series:

I’ve been dying to listen to this audiobook since I finished Eragon and Eldest. I’ve read and reviewed a lot of fantasy books in 2021 and they’ve made me appreciate this series even more. It’s so rare that these fantasy books are interesting, engaging, build worlds that leave me desperately wanting more.

While I found Eldest a bit slow at times, Brisingr was the exact opposite. There’s never a dull moment and I found myself just as excited for each new scene as I was the first time I read this book in 2008. (And all my repeat reads afterward).

Each book in the Inheritance Cycle picks up not long after the other and seamlessly continues on with the previous story’s events. The story cuts between Eragon and Roran and much like with Eldest, I found Roran’s story often more compelling than Eragon’s. While Eragon is a superhuman, magic-user with a dragon; Roran is a mortal, so the stakes are real when he’s in combat.

Gerard Doyle does an excellent job narrating and bringing the characters to life. There aren’t any audio hiccups or mispronunciations in this audiobook.

It’s difficult to find something to say about this book, as it often is with my old favorites. I love this series and have for over a decade. I wish there were more books in the series and I regret not returning to this story sooner. If you’ve read Eragon and Eldest and you’re considering continuing your journey, Brisingr is more of the same.

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