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Please no more...,
This review is from: Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle) (Hardcover)
I disliked Eragon intensely because it was so derivative and so badly written. However, the novelty of such a young writer persuaded me to give Paolini another chance. How wrong I was.
If anything the writing has got worse (as has the editing). Not only does Paolini overuse his thesaurus, but he insists on using ten words where three or four would suffice. The characters are interchangeable: you cannot tell who is speaking by the words or tone of what they say, they are one-dimensional, and everything they do is explained in tedious detail. The moments of pathos are overwrought and the moments of emotion are simply laughable. The descriptions of landscapes or events are baffling in many cases, and the romance cringeworthy.
As for plot...well, other reviews describe it in some detail but basically it's the Emperor Strikes Back with a little of The Return of the Jedi thrown in. Eragorn has won the battle but not defeated the Empire. He must travel to the Elf kingdom to learn how to control the Force with Master...oh no, wait, I'm mixing things up here. Anyway, you get the gist. Eventually, Luke...I mean Eragorn...has to fight another battle and discovers all sorts of Star Wars type things about his family and father. Big surprise! And he loses and the Empire strikes back.
In conclusion, this book makes it apparent that Paoloi simply cannot write. He has no talent whatsoever, and how he sells so many books is a mystery. Please, encourage good writing by avoiding this.