13 member(s) found this review helpful.
Paolini knocks it out of the park! I am so grateful this is a cycle and not a trilogy; many questions get answered in this volume (and a few more get asked). As with any good series, the ending leaves me wanting more and wanting it NOW, but I am quite sure this brilliant young author will not disappoint us when he brings it to a close in a few years.
As with Eragon and Eldest, race relations are portrayed honestly, giving the adult reader many things to reflect upon even as the storyline progresses for the young adults the series was actually geared toward.
May this young man continue to write and inspire us all, not only with his original fantasies but in any genre he chooses.
9 member(s) found this review helpful.
Okay, I loved the first two books. I couldn't put them down, the action and character development in both just drew you further into the tale. That being said, I wish Mr. Paolini had finished this series. The first two novels set him up for some epic battles and conflict. Instead, the author chose to develope his characters further - some may like this, personally I felt it was a waste of time. There was much in this book that could have been left off. The ending, while not terrible left me feeling empty. Get on with killing the emperor already!!!
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It took me nearly a month to finish Eragon, and then Eldest took me a mere 2 nights. This one, I figured, would fly much faster than either of them, since Paolini's style seems to be improving.
Well, I can't say much for his writing style, because I wasn't paying that much attention. I was too wrapped up in counting pages and wondering when the next chapter would end, and how much more I would have to suffer through. I discovered that I did not really care what happened to any of the main characters, the plot was dragging and the fact that there will be another book to end it all is mind-boggling. Perhaps it has simply been too long since I picked up its predecessors. Whatever the case, reading this book felt like I was combat-crawling through a foot of mud on a rainy day when its ten degrees below zero.