Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
The first of the book of the Inheritance was pretty good even though there were some flaws. For one there is alot of repetition especially when he tries getting the reader to understand the magic system. He kept repeting the same explanation four times! Also many of the characters are carbon copies of Lord of the Rings. Is this a bad thing? In my veiw it is especially since the character description is lacking so my mind fills up the holes with Tolkiens amazing descriptions. The second book was really a let down. The author tried to do the politics business but it turned out (for me) to be a total bore. Also the romance in the second book is really getting on my nerves, I feel as if it's role is to increase the word count no more. Now the author intended a trilogy however he know changed it to a cycle. This-if anything- indicates that he lost control of the plot line. To the end of the second book I also felt that the plot line was a bit stretched out. I was wondering how he could tie up all the loose ends however it seems he found an 'original' way out. The third book was a killer, I found myself skimming through the pages. There are some interesting parts but the majority of the book is realy a bore. This book had potential however I think a lack of planning/ plotting with the (possible) idea of lengthening the series has really killed it off.
Submitted by Samantha
I think the Inheritance series so far is amazing. I know alot of people who have read these books and ahve become addicted. These books may not be completley origional but they are imaginative. It is very hard to come up with a completley origional book in this day and age as most of the ideas have been used. Christopher Paolini was only 15 when he started writing these book, the age that i am now. I also wish to be a writer and I read constantly. I feel that everyone has different tastes and although these books may not be to some peoples they are to mine. I do feel however that the books can be a little slow to start. This also reminds me of lord of the rings as it has lots of description. Personaly i feel that he could have work more on the more understanding caring side of Saphira and spent a little less time on the descriptions of their journeys. I also wonder if anyone has any tips for a girl who also wishes to one day become a best selling author. I to find it hard to think of a truley origional idea with the thousands of authours and books that are out there. I would also like to know when the 4th book to this series will be getting piblished as i really want to read it. I also believe that these books are sutible for most ages, even with ancient language. They could be considered an easy read but also enjoyable challenging one at the same time. I have always been good at puttint words together and i just hope that they prove to any one reading this just how good they are and if for some reason you have not read these books that my review will encourage you to read them but also to make your own judgement on these books.
Submitted by Anonymous
I love these books. The characters and plot are impeccable and original. I have read countless books, and these are among the best. The fact that Paolini was only 15 when he started the series only makes it more amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed these books and await the next. Keep writing, Christopher!!!
Submitted by Anonymous
The inheritance trilogy is a fairly typical fantasy. As an aspiring writer myself, I do feel his books are inspirational, since he was able to start Eragon at 15 and become a bestseller by 19 years old. His ideas for the Inheritance Cycle were not very original and were fairly cliche, but I feel the series as a whole is fun, even though the conflict of the plot leaves a little to be desired. If you're a reader who despises Fantasy writing that tries to emulate tolkien and doesn't succeed very well you won't like any of the inheritance books. But, if you are looking for a fun and interesting series to read for a few days, I think you'll have a good time with the series.
Submitted by Dan
Paolini's work... where do I begin? First of all, the plot, is it just me or is it identical to that of Star Wars episode VI: A New Hope? I believe the characters are full of authenticity and have never been heard of before in the genre... That is to say the name of Arya is from the "Redemption of Athalus" by David Eddings, the races of dwarves and elves are exactly the same as those from Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" (with characteristics identical to those of the dryads in "Queen of Sorcery" and the Ulgos in "Magician's Gambit" by David Eddings). The elves are also similar to the Lothlorien elves in the way they do not let anyone see the way into the heart of the forest.
The telepathic dragons are ripped off from "Dragonriders of Pern." The Inheritance trilogy is a typical fantasy series, something we've all seen before. The languages are ripped off from Tolkien's languages, which can actually be spoken like a real language, not just a jumble of random accents. Comparisons to other authors' characters: Eragon is Garion, Brom is Belgarath or Gandalf, Galbatorix is Torak, Arya is similar to Polgara and Arwen, Oromis is similar to Elrond and Celeborn, Orik is Gimli, Islanzadi is Galadriel. Eragon is also Aragorn, but maybe that was just a typo. Keep these things in mind when seeing Paolini's work.