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.
Though not the best book in the series it still isn't horrible. I felt like Paolini has drawn out the series more than he should have. Granted this book was interesting but in parts it was like, yeah ok, we know move along please with the story. I was hoping he would answer more questions, like who the next rider is as there are more eggs to hatch, more battles etc. We really only get a few battles, more questions, and no closer to defeating anyone. We learn a bit but not much more, and really the character development isn't much. I honestly think that if he would have cut back more on being wordy and too detail oriented that he could have ended the series in this book.
I really enjoyed this book. The character development was interesting, and I'm looking forward to what is to come in the next book. I will say that I was able to put this one down when I needed to, but I was also willing to pick it back up later. So, while it wasn't the best book of the series so far, it was still very good.
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!!!
I think that Eldest was better, but this was a great book. I just hope that he doesn't make us wait another 2 or 3 years before the 4th and final book comes out.