Author: Christopher Paolini
Grade level equivalant: 7.7
Interest level: grade 6 - 8
Lexile Level: 1050L
My recommended reading age: 12 and up

Brisingr begins about 4 days after Eldest ended.  Right off Roran, Eragon, and Saphira set out to rescue Katrina and take care of the Ra'zac for good.  Then, immediately after returning to the Varden, there is no time for rest as the army of Galbatorix, led by Murtag and Thorn, attacks the camp.  Roran joins the the Varden's army, and his exemplary leadership skills become a great asset.  In the meantime, Eragon and Saphira must leave Nausada's troops to return first to the dwarfs, and then to the Elves.  In their final training with Oramis and Glaedr, our heroes learn the source of Galbatorix's power, and what is at stake in defeating him forever.  After returning back to the Varden, another battle is fought, setting the stage for a final showdown in the last book of the Inheritance Cycle.

I found this book to be about the same level as the previous two.  The creatures are still nasty, the battles bloody, the fighting gory,the magic rather unhappy, and the descriptions vivid.  Additionally, there is a disturbing scene of blood drinking, a self mutilation battle for power, and I found the whole "source of Galbatorix's power" just yucky.  I'm not sure that last bit would bother others as much as it did me, but I didn't like it so much.  I offer the same cautions on this book as in the previous two.  I am looking forward to the final installment in the series and a resolution to the story.


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