Well I finally got around to reading this book, and I have to say I have some good and some bad to say about it. First off, unless you completely forgot about everything that happened in the previous books, I would go ahead and just skip the prologue, entitled In the Beginning. It is a very dry read. In fact The only thing I can liken it to is the Bible. I felt like I was reading Genesis with the way that it was written. Which for me is about the most boring way to ever write anything. I have had more fun reading Physics and Calculus text books.
The good news however is that the book gets drastically better pretty much immediately. I felt like Paolini actually put a lot of work into, unlike the last book in this series, Brisingr, which was horribly written and rushed. In this book you can start to see the potential of a really good Author coming out from adolescence.
The only complaint I have about the main portion of the book is the detailed writing. I had a hard time reading it, and felt my self skimming over paragraphs that seem to have no importance to the story or whats going on. Don’t get me wrong, I love detail, but I love relevant detail.
The closer the book gets to the end the better it is, and the more I really didn’t want to put it down. There were some great surprises in the book, and some good character development.
The ending was great, and even though it had the expected ending, the moment of victory was pretty well thought out, and imaginative. I was satisfied.
unfortunately, for some reason the book continued another 6-7 chapters, approximately a hundred more pages after the ending, or at least the part that I consider the ending.
Paolini basically took the loose ends normally addressed in the epilogue, and extended it across 100 pages, and intermixed it with more non important details, and musings. At some point it really just felt like an extremely detailed day to day account of Eragon wandering around.
At the end of the day I would have to give this book a 3 / 5 Great work on improving the writing style from the last book, and a great job in how much hard work was obviously put in to making this a good book. I think if the first chapter was rewritten, and the last 6 chapters condensed into a nice epilogue, It may increase to a 3.5/5
lastly I was a little upset that we did not find out more about Angela, but I will leave that at the Authors discretion, and not knock off points.
If Christopher Paolini writes another book, whether in this world or another, I will probably read, but I won’t be waiting at the store on release day for it.