The story of Eragon is engaging and powerful and once you get used to this author's style the imagery is beautiful! I love this series. Men and women write differently. Men write with much more tactile detail, and women write more emotional detail. Compare Dan Brown to S.Meyer; James Clemmens to Jenna Black; or this author to Amanda Hocking. Even Children's author Patrick Carman writes in great detail about places and things. The descriptions in Eragon border on tedious, however, gives the reader intimate knowledge of the world surrounding Eragon and his kinsmen. I think the other reviews (not discounting the writers' right to personal opinion) Didn't give this series the chance it deserved. Not an "easy" read, for sure but most definitely worth the effort! The movie, in no way, did this book justice!