MILD SPOILERS AHEAD: To be perfectly honest, I thought this a bit of a weak and rushed ending to the whole series. I'm not sure if it was the highly dMILD SPOILERS AHEAD: To be perfectly honest, I thought this a bit of a weak and rushed ending to the whole series. I'm not sure if it was the highly derivative of the Holocaust, Hitler and I just didn't see the whole mudblood persecution thing coming up as it did.
I had expected a little more fight in Voldemort after so long.
That, and Rowling has an irritating way of killing off the best characters to rev up the drama for harry, then moving on as though almost nothing happened.
But it wasn't all bad. I did enjoy some of the backstory and explanation of Dumbledore's past, and the business of the horcruxes made pretty good sense.
Finally: Albus Severus Potter? That's just creepy. ...more
This was by far the book with the greatest amount of fun in the Harry Potter series. The sense of foreboding, adventure and character interaction seemThis was by far the book with the greatest amount of fun in the Harry Potter series. The sense of foreboding, adventure and character interaction seemed to be at its height. From cool trinkets like the Marauder's Map and the mysterious and looming escape of Sirius Black, there's something in this book that doesn't often sneak into some of the longer editions. Balance.
This book is not overly bloated with random dramatics, and the characters are falling into their identities without the pressures that they'll soon get from 'growing up' without the overwhelming overdramatic epic-ness that seems to have been pressured out of the length and success of the series.
Ah...what to say about this book? I can't feel that great about it. In essence, as I have not been a big fantasy reader until recent years, the narratAh...what to say about this book? I can't feel that great about it. In essence, as I have not been a big fantasy reader until recent years, the narrative was done well enough. Paolini has a decent writing style, and I did not find reading this book painful.
However, I do have to say that I agree with many of the statements that he lacks a lot of the originality. I mean, it's pretty obvious that Eragon is hardly more than a Luke Skywalker and that Darth Sauron - I mean Galbatorix is a rip of other things...
I don't know. I think it's commendable that a fifteen year old wrote this piece, buuut his immaturity really does show. When you hear people talking about this book, you don't hear how bright, fresh and amazing it is. You hear "oh he was fifteen!" Well that's great and groovy, but I think it's a pity that his claim to fame is his age and not the content of his story.
I feel this story should have been shelfed and allowed to be editted and rewritten. Paolini seems to have skipped a lot of the stages that other authors experience. With one foot in the printing business through his parents, he didn't have to go through the grueling process of scrutiny, self-doubt, editing that many others may go through. Paolini has not had to prove himself. A grand marketing scheme has pumped him up and inflated him above what he really is.
There are so many blatant 'mistakes' throughout the book that I just can't let slide. Translations into made up languages are word-for-word. The dragon - a predatory animal - has to turn its head to the side to look at someone, versus having eyes set forward like any other predatory animal. There are painfully obvious corollaries between modern political and religious opinions, and Paolini comes off as downright preachy in his delivery rather than judicious. In the telling of his own opinions I found his reasoning faulty and inconsistent.
I kept reading for the sake of knowing what happens - and I read Eldest as well which I felt brought forth even more flaws with Paolini's writing, philosophy and youth. I will probably read the upcoming Brisingr as well - and I hope that there is something fresh added to that mix.
Overall, if you keep your expectations low, this may be a reasonable read that you can sit down and manage to enjoy. My approach to this book was one that I take to action movies. I can enjoy them as long as I've made up my mind to believe some unbelievable, and accept that i will be seeing nothing new. Then you might find it at least entertaining.
I had a lot of problems with this book when I read it. Okay, the Inheritance series is not the most original pairs of books in the bunch, but I at leaI had a lot of problems with this book when I read it. Okay, the Inheritance series is not the most original pairs of books in the bunch, but I at least managed to enjoy reading Eragon, and was interested enough to pick up this one.
There's a certain shallowness that comes out in this book that demonstrates clearly, Paolini's immaturity. Characters behave with teenage idealism and immaturity - particularly when it comes to romantic situations. It's not hard to tell what Paolini's political and religious outlook is from reading this book, and he presents it in the harsh grating quality that consists of internet blog arguments.
I find it difficult to buy Paolini's logical deduction in both magic and philosophy. Some of the reasonings seem almost backward. For example, the immortal elves have an obsession with avoiding offense to one another, because they do not wish to offend another. With lives so long, they hold huge grudges that span for centuries. However, I cannot buy that. Would not people who live centuries - if not millennia need to learn to drop small grudges as they are insignificant moments in the long expanse of time?
This sounds like nitpicking, but this was not my only point of contention.
However, to end on a positive note, the story is interesting enough so that I might pick up Brisingr when it comes out, though I doubt that I will be buying the hardback. In some sense, Paolini's work may grow better with maturity and balance. I feel he needs more experience outside of his own philosophy and greater depth to his characters beyond their shallow high school dramatics. ...more
The formula is getting a bit tired in this one. I may pick it up later, but for now I think I'm going to move on to bigger, better things. As a sporatThe formula is getting a bit tired in this one. I may pick it up later, but for now I think I'm going to move on to bigger, better things. As a sporatic reader, this feels like a waste of a good summer read.
I really wish I could feel more excited about this series. I started it a long time ago in High School and really enjoyed it at the time, but as the sI really wish I could feel more excited about this series. I started it a long time ago in High School and really enjoyed it at the time, but as the story and time wore on, I think the series as a whole wore thin on me past the first book. As fascinating as their analysis of the events of the endtimes might be, the characters could be grating and it was difficult to connect with more than one or two of the minor characters.
(SPOILERS) What didn't help is that the best and most likeable characters were always first to die off. And at other times, i just didn't care. The books cover too small a time period, and the sudden leaps of time between them are too full of information to have made any real sort of sense.