“Inheritance” too often dissolves into a rush of “thesaurian” words, overwrought similes, and badly constructed sentences.(It’s worth noting, though, that by the end I wasn’t distracted by this anymore – maybe I was too engaged in the story, or maybe the writing simply gets better as the book goes on).Not only was the writing not up to snuff with his previous work, “Brisingr” barely advanced the story and lapsed into tedious subplots.
The polytheistic dwarves get their turn in “Brisingr” – culminating with what seems to be the manifestation of a deity at a dwarven coronation ceremony.
In “Inheritance,” the spotlight turns to rebel leader Nasuada’s monotheism.
And I am happy to report that it vastly surpassed my expectations.
“Inheritance” picks up immediately after “Brisingr.” Young warrior Eragon and his mentally-linked dragon, Saphira, are finally beginning their campaign against evil King Galbatorix.
If Terry Brooks and Ted Dekker can crank out multiple, well-written 400-page novels within one year, more than three years is ridiculous for an 850-page book.
Just had to get that off my chest…) One of the great strengths of Paolini’s writing, however, is his fascinating attention to cultural details.If that has to be done by killing off unneeded characters, so be it.These elements shouldn’t have been there in the first place unless they advance the plot somehow.Throughout “Inheritance,” clever little touches are thrown in – the legend of an ancient tribal hero, for instance, or an indestructible sword crafted from “the archetype of an inclined plane” – that keep the book worth reading.Paolini might not be a very good writer of political intrigue, but he’s an outstanding world-builder.The magic and wonder of Paolini’s fantasy universe finally blossoms, and the plot takes some surprisingly mature directions.The fact is, this is an exciting final chapter, and I certainly didn’t expect to be as riveted as I was.From a stylistic standpoint, the book is unfortunately weighed down by Paolini’s poor writing.Particularly in the first half of the book, I found myself stopping mid-paragraph to marvel at the ineptness of Paolini’s prose (and, for that matter, his editor).There are some interesting worldview touches sprinkled throughout the entire series.“Eragon” briefly mentions the beliefs of Eragon’s fellow villagers (a kind of primitive animism), while “Eldest” highlights the atheism of the elves.