Friday, March 5, 2010


I finished Brisingr tonight. It was... AMAZING. It really kept my attention all the way through. Unlike the first book. Such suspense though. I cant WAIT for the 4rth book!!!!!!!

Heres a brief synopsis(haha):

Eragon, Roran, and Saphira travel towards Helgrind, the mountain dwelling of the Ra'zac where Katrina is being held. They infiltrate the mountain, rescuing Katrina and killing one Ra'zac; but Eragon secretly finds Sloan, who was tortured and blinded for information, but finds that he cannot kill him. Telling Roran and Katrina that Sloan is dead, he sends them back to the Varden on Saphira, and remains in Helgrind to kill the remaining Ra'zac and rescue Sloan. The last Ra'zac attempts to strike a deal with Eragon, informing him that Galbatorix has almost found "the name", in exchange for him keeping alive the memory of the Ra'zac as the monsters of humanity's nightmares. Eragon refuses the deal and kills it. Later, while debating his course of action regarding Sloan, he discovers Sloan's true name and, thus, gains great power over him and causes pain to Sloan who cannot bear the revelation of who he truly is.After consulting with the elvish Queen Islanzandi, Eragon decides to place enchantments on Sloan that will allow him to reach sanctuary with the elves, on condition that he never see Katrina again and attempts to rectify his ways, instead of killing him for his betrayal. If he does, the elves agree to restore his sight.
Arya, who went searching for Eragon after he fails to return with the others, meets Eragon in the town of Eastcroft , where Roran and the villagers of Carvahall who had not settled in Surda have joined the war.
Roran informs Eragon that he and Katrina wish to marry, and that Katrina is pregnant. The day of the wedding, a small unit of 300 soldiers from the Empire, including Murtagh and Thorn, attack the Varden. Again, Murtagh is difficult to beat with an apparent source of supernatural power aiding him, but Eragon, Arya and twelve elven spellcasters are able to combine their powers and best him: he retreats, but vows to return stronger than ever. Orrin, King of Surda, and his cavalry, meanwhile manage to destroy the enemy army, but discover that its soldiers are immune to pain, and can suffer the most grievous wounds without dying: only decapitation stops them. Roran and Katrina's marriage is then completed.

Nasuada orders Eragon to attend the election of the new dwarf king as a member of Durgrimst Ingeitum, Saphira remaining behind in case Murtagh attempts to attack. Eragon is reunited with Orik, the new clan-chief of Durgrimst Ingeitum. An attempt is made on Eragon's life by a clan who have shown hostility towards Eragon and Saphira. Orik has the clan's leader, who orchestrated the attack, banished and he is elected the new king. Saphira then comes to Tronjeim, where she and Eragon are reunited.
Meanwhile, Roran becomes involved in many Varden attacks on the Empire, all of which he acquits himself well in. However, in his second-last engagement, he is assigned to an incompetent general, Edric, who orders a full-scale charge into a force far bigger than the Varden and one that would have caused mass death and defeat. Roran refuses to let his regiment do this, starting a different plan that saves most of his men and entirely destroys the opposing force (Roran killing nearly 200 of these by himself) but he is later punished for his insubordination with fifty lashes on the whipping post. Later, Nasuada comes to him, apologizing for the necessity of the punishment, informs him that Edric has been decommissioned, and requests that he now take command of an entire force. Urgals, a race most of the races of Alagaseia despise, are amongst this group since Nasuada had earlier allowed their assistance before the Battle of the Burning Plains (Eldest) but the alliance is crumbling because of the mutual distrust of both races. Roran has to battle one of the Urgals to assert his authority during his first command; winning, the Urgals under his command do not question his leadership again and, later, fight alongside him at the siege of Feinster.
Eragon and Saphira return to Ellesmera to complete their training. There, Eragon learns that Brom, his former mentor, was his mother's paramour and Eragon's true father, who fell in love and worked together to undermine and bring down Morzan, Galbatorix's right-hand man and his mother's former lover. The next day, Eragon is told the source of Galbatorix's power: many "heart of hearts", or Eldunari, a gemlike organ which can contain a dragon's consciousness if separated from the body. Glaedr explains that Galbatorix controls hundreds of these, taken from dragons he slew during the Fall, and these are the source of his power and presumably that of Murtagh. Eragon makes himself a new sword, being directed by the smith Rhunön. Eragon names the sword "Brisingr", with the result that it emanates fire, its namesake, every time Eragon says its name.
Glaedr gives his heart of hearts, an Eldunari, to Eragon and Saphira, who leave to help the Varden's siege on Feinster, one of the Empire's cities. Oromis and Glaedr join the elves in Gil'ead.
Eragon and Saphira join the siege, where they are reunited with Arya. They find the leader of Feinster, Lady Lorana who is forced to follow Galbatorix but still requests assistance from Eragon and Arya to stop Feinster's magicians from creating a Shade. Arya kills the Shade with some assistance from Eragon, and with the surrender of Lorana, the siege is won. During the siege, Glaedr's heart of hearts sends his experiences to Eragon: During a battle against Thorn and Murtagh (who is later possessed by Galbatorix) Oromis and Glaedr are both killed, but Glaedr's existence continues in the Eldunari possessed by Eragon. After the battle, Eragon reveals the existence of the Eldunari, and the death of Oromis, to Nasuada; heartened by the revelation of Galbatorix's dependence on the Eldunari, and thus his weakness without them, Nasuada tells Eragon that the Varden plan to march to Belatona, then to Dras-Leona, then to Uru'baen, where they will slay the king. Eragon feels lost in the absence of a mentor, but is comforted by the fact that Galbatorix has at least one weakness which they intend to exploit in the upcoming confrontation.

(Credit: Wikipedia I dont have time for all that typin' ;)  )