by Christopher Paolini
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?
I've been really copping out on summary's lately, haven't I? Oh well.
I had read some pretty bad reviews of this book before I started reading it, so I wasn't too sure going in how it would go. I think starting with such low expectations probably helped the cause.
I think I liked the book overall. It was too long, and there are several new loose ends he brought in. If he doesn't clear them up by the end of book for (the final book), I will think this book was about twice as long as it needed to be. Otherwise, it's probably only a couple hundred pages too long.
I didn't like:
- How much time Eragon spends in the beginning pondering about being a vegetarian and how killing any creature would make him so sick. I am happy to know that he changed his habits, but it got a bit preachy. This doesn't hold as true for his guilt about killing people, though I thought that got a little tired after a while as well.
- how violent the book is. Lots of blood and gore.
- the chapters from Saphira's perspective. I really liked her in the previous two books, but I found her obnoxious when she was the narrator.
- the length. It really did need to be edited better. I read the author's note at the end about how much longer it was originally. I can't imagine!
- that Eragon continued to make oaths to everyone. Even when it got him in trouble, and even when they were more hassle than anything else. It drove me crazy that he hasn't learned or grown from his previous mistakes!
- that it felt like this one had a solid ending. Yes, the story is not complete, but I don't feel like I'm hanging.
- that the female characters are mostly strong - you don't necessarily see that a lot in the fantasy I've read.
- that we learned more about Brom's past (though, I didn't like several of the details at all).
- Eragon's new sword.
3 out of 5 stars.