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A Terrific Read,
This review is from: Inheritance Cycle 4-Book Hard Cover Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance) (The Inheritance Cycle) (Hardcover)
I've happily read through this saga as the books came out and I've spent the past 40 some odd hours reading the final book in the series. I read the last pages through tears.
I am aware, as I read these books, that the imagination it takes to create a new world, dozens of characters including creatures, must emerge from a wonderfully furtile mind. That as I read,I forget the author is not much older than my own children and that he wrote the first book while he was a high school student is a testament to the natural talent Paolini possesses. His story is rich and full and we have a chance to spend more time with some of the more important characters in this fourth book.
Some reviewers say he didn't expand enough on the characters. I would challenge them to re-read their personal favorite sagas that they feel developed the characters better than Paolini did. Lord of The Rings or the original Dune books perhaps? Re-read those book sometime. You might be surprised to discover that neither Tolkien nor Herbert actually give us all that much character back story, but after reading and re-reading the tales and watching the film versions over and over, we "think" we know a lot more about the characters than we actually do because they are now familiar to us.
Paolini gives us just enough information about his characters and lets us use own imagination to fill out the possible outcomes or even origins of their stories. He also leaves a clean path ahead for himself to write another, or several other sagas, where he can dive into specific characters the same way McCafferey did with her many, many Pern and dragons books that weave generations of characters throughout. "Always leave the reader wanting more" is the mantra of good storytelling. He has.
This young man has a rare and beautiful gift for writing and these stories will stand the test of time- hopefully, luring a great director to put them on film properly so we can enjoy them again in a new way. I can't to see what he writes next.........