Actually, I didn't know Brisingr was out until a fan that knew I didn't like it shoved it in my face. Now.....the speaking is still bad - it's like pulp fiction set in medieval times that has the people speaking like nothing modern culture has seen so it sounds medieval-y. Yeah, that's it. Paolini's maverick-y. I mean, medieval-y. And I see that he's gotten a little tired of making up random LOTR-sounding words, going from, "BRISINGR" to "Eragon mumbled incomprehensibly the structure of a devastating spell so that Paolini won't have to make up random things and put them in his 'dictionary'".
Buuuut, surprisingly enough (SURPRISE!) he managed to turn away from a mountain of epic similes and flowery talk for a second to scribble in a bit of what Arya is like, other than the hot girl Eragon's chasing after. And the guys who wouldn't die were okay, but a bit illogical - "Yes! It's obvious! If you remove the fear of people, they don't die from being stabbed in the heart multiple times!" However.......then it goes straight back into flowery talk and epic similes.
But the most disappointing thing, in retrospect, is this: the source of Galby's power. Everybody was expecting something cool, something logical and "I has more of teh Force than you" kind of thing. And we get......barfed up stones that are apparently supposed to be a dragon's soul. Located somewhere between the gallbladder and the large intestine, Galbatorix hoards barrels of them and uses the magic of the dragons that the dragons themselves don't know how to use to get mo' powah. This would pretty much be the worst plot hole I have read/seen in my lifetime, if it wasn't for one other thing - midichlorians.