Just finished Donaldson's Fatal Revenant and am now onto Brisingr. With all of my pre-orders just showing up, I read whatever I grab next (which does make it tough - I will one day have to sit down and read Malazan books consecutively to appreciate the entire fabric). Only ≈100p into Brisingr, and so far it seems like Paolini. It reads quick, the dragon remains confidently imperious, the younger characters remain in a 'maturing' stage (although they have a greater estimate of themselves than may be warranted - but isn't that how it's supposed to be in youth?) and, well, that's as far as I've been after the first ≈100p. Some problem/obstacle resolution does seem implausible, as the protangonist, eventually, becomes hale and whole again and one case he.....
becomes, via ancient ritual, a hybrid human/elf with more speed, strength, etc. - kinda reminded me of watching people power-level their characters in Everquest
So far, it seems like his previous two installments. Whatever impression those two left you with, will, in all likelihood, be the same impression you gain from this one.