I've been wanting to write this review for quite some time now! I actually finished this book about two months ago, but I wanted to give the book some justice and therefore, have been putting off the review in the hopes of doing just that. However, now I'm a bit concerned that I've waited too long! I hope that I can remember enough about the different sub-plots and the direction that all the characters have taken. BUT, I don't want to give away too many details because I don't want to ruin it for future readers either! What a quandary!! So, here it goes . . .
Brisinger was originally to be the final installment in The Inheritance Trilogy (Eragon & Eldest being the prequels). Fortunately, Paolini felt that to fit in all the necessary details needed to properly tell the story, he needed to change the series to The Inheritance Cycle, meaning that there will actually be one more book before our adventures in Algaesia will be complete! Algaesia has been heavily inspired by the beautiful state of Montana. At the time that this book was released, I was actually in the state of Montana visiting family. It seemed to me that many of his fans were disappointed that not all their questions would be answered in this third installment. Me? I was excited!!! Reading these books bring a little bit of home to me!
For those that have not read the books, I highly recommend that you visit the link above to get the lowdown on the first two books. In Brisinger, Eragon continues with his fight against the Empire; however, he now is stretched among his many loyalties: his cousin, Roran; the love of Roran's life, Katrina; the Varden; the elves; the dwarves. He struggles internally at keeping the peace within himself (and with the help of his best friend, Saphira) and managing his many vows and allegiances. Important details come to light regarding his history. Eragon matures as a fighter and as a man. And, another important character is lost. In the end, I would have to say that this is my favorite book in the series thus far. It just keeps getting better and better! BUT, my one complaint . . . why the cliffhanger? I really do not want to wait . . . and cannot wait to ride along with Eragon and Saphira in the hopes to defeat Galbatorix and the Empire!
Unfortunately, now I wait!! I wait for an unannouced date!! I wait for an unnamed book!! Yet, I wait in excitement for my desire to soar once more and fight for the freedom of the dragons in the land of Algaesia. Little bits of information keep me on the edge of my seat. Such as, on July 9, in Livingston, Montana, Paolini announced that the final book cover will contain a dragon of emerald color (click here for my source). Now, I just speculate who the rider will be! Do you have any ideas?