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Not for me
on 26 February 2012
Having come out of the incredible 'Song of Ice and Fire' series, I was reluctant to finish the last page and eager to quickly emerge myself in an equally compelling and effortless epic, this was not it. From the offset 'Eargon' had me stopping mid-page to ponder incoherences. I found the language inconsistent as characters would suddenly use words such as 'Nay' for the first time on the fourth hundred page, never to be used again. It is clear that Paolini only wants us to learn about the world's history in dribs and drabs which works, if the withholding of information is intermittent through event and character, but those in the book that have the answers to our questions simply say they don't wish to talk about it, for the protagonist's own good. Without the dedication to convincing characters which allows us to accept their refusal, this repetitive cycle of humble farm boy turned hero being denied any answers becomes quickly frustrating.
For me the author was constantly visible. The plot did have some interesting moments prompting me to continue in the hope my initial doubts would be washed away but unfortunately I could never fully immerse myself in the world, constantly being pushed back into reality due to an ill described landscape or an unconvincing explanation of ethereal occurrences. I was bought the sequel as a gift, will I read it? When there are so many great books out there, I'm not sure I will.