Intro: Well, you all know the story about Eragon, right? Ok, this is part 3 to the story, a bit of a breathing spell, but as far as we know, there’s plenty of action and mystery and magic as well. So here we go!
Right after Eldest, Eragon and Roran go rescue Katrina and Sloan from the Ra’zac, and obliterate the evil species in the process. Also, Eragon sends Sloan to Ellesmera for betraying the village of Carvahall to the Empire. By the time Arya finds him and brings him back to Surda, Roran reveals that he and Katrina plan to marry and Eragon is to join them in marriage. Katrina is also expecting a baby.
But Murtagh shows up to the wedding without an invitation and he gives Eragon yet ANOTHER warning. After chasing him off and ensuring the marriage of Roran and Katrina, Eragon is sent to Farthen Dur to see the crowning the new dwarf king. Orik ends up being the king after adverse events occur.
At the same time, Roran is part of the military portion of the Varden and he deals with dangerous missions. Once, he saves his fellow soldiers and is flogged for insubordination. Nasuada ends up giving him his own command, which consists of men and Urgals, in an effort to get these two groups to get along.
Meanwhile, Eragon and Saphira make their way to Ellesmera, where Oromis and Glaedr are waiting for them. Oromis tells Eragon two important things: #1, dragons have a gem-like stone called Eldunari hidden in their bodies, where their magic was hidden; and #2, Eragon finds out that Brom (the storyteller-turned-magician-turned-Dragon Rider-revolutionary-assassin) was his real father. Eragon even finds metal hidden under the Manoa tree and convinces Rhunion, swordsmith to the Dragon Riders, to build a sword for him. The new sword is built in less than an hour and Eragon calls it Brisingr, in memory of the first magical word he heard and learned.
Oromis says that it’s time for him to come out of hiding and show his face to Galbatorix, so Glaedr gives Eragon and Saphira his Eldunari. They part and Eragon makes his way to Feinster, where the people there are in grave danger because some evil magicians were creating a Shade. Eragon and Arya kill the magicians and the shade and save the city. But the end of the story is very sad, because Oromis and Glaedr go to Uru’Baen and they fight Murtagh and Thorn, but Galbatorix possesses Murtagh and kills Oromis and Glaedr.
Eragon is very uspet to learn about the deaths of his teachers, and he and Saphira throw in their lot with Nasuada, who plans to take the battles to each town in the empire and eventually go to its capital, where Eragon is about to meet his destiny: facing down the wicked king and killing him. Eragon also reveals who his father is and how Galbatorix has stolen many Eldunari, which is the source of his unnatural powers. The story ends with Eragon and Saphira vowing to never rest until they have defeated Galbatorix and freed the people from his terrible rule.
My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I impatiently await the final book in the series.
My recommendation: If you love adventure stories and have read the last two books in the Inheritance Cycle, then you will love this book.
My rating: *****
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