OATHS SWORN . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.
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?
The much-anticipated third book in Paolini's Inheritance Cycle continues to rely heavily on classic fantasy tropes. The novel launches with magician and Dragon Rider Eragon, his cousin Roran and the dragon Saphira on a quest to rescue Roran's betrothed. The cousins soon split up, and Roran undergoes his own series of heroic tests, culminating in a well-choreographed and intense fight against an Urgal (a ram-human hybrid). Eragon, at the same time, encounters treacherous dwarves, undergoes even more training with the elf Oromis and gains a magical sword suitable for a Dragon Rider. The silly revelations about Eragon's background in the previous book, Eldest, are given a new spin near the end, but the change is neither unexpected nor interesting. Predictably, the book concludes with even more character deaths and another battle, but those expecting a resolution will have to wait until the next novel. The cliched journey may appeal to younger readers of genre fiction. Older teens, even those who might have first cut their teeth on Paolini's writing years ago, are less likely to be impressed. Ages 12-up.
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1 . Wow!
Posted July 28, 2010 by The Reading Nurse , Pleasanton, CAWhat a come back! Great job Paolini - Give me more! Can't wait to get the next book!
2 . Fairly Good
Posted May 29, 2009 by Joshua Green , USAI was excited to read this book, but it seemed to be overladen with adjectives and redundancy. The romantic parts are fleeting. The mindset of Eragon is still childish. But the story is still interesting. The author has introduced some new aspects in the dragon lore that were interesting. The next book should be promising.
3 . not as good as the 1st one
Posted May 19, 2009 by emilie , brlaThis book wasn't as good as Paolini's debut, but it's better than Eldest (the 2nd one). We finally find out some things! YAY!! I was disappointed that the story wasn't completed, though. I guess I''ll have to read the next one.
4 . AWSOME!!!!!!!
Posted March 20, 2009 by Cyrus , Santa Fe, NMThis book is my favorite book yet. You do not have to read the books before this one,but I recommend you do. I also recommend The Golden Compass, The Sea of Trolls, The House of Scorpion, Eragon and Eldest.
5 . Brisinger ruled!
Posted September 24, 2008 by singh_m , Vancouver, WaThis book was all i hoped for, and excellent ending, i bought this book for my son, but i ended up reading it, amazing, chris paolini couldn't have done better
Posted September 22, 2008 by dennis_r , new jerseySince there's no 4.5 I'll round up overall great story answers a lot of the questions in eldest but leaves some for the the last book.... only complaint is that sometimes the story drags in between the action scenes but when there's action which is a good part of the book, its the best book of the series.
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