Amanda's Pre-Blog Reads: The Inheritance Cycle

Friday, January 17, 2014
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Why I chose these books:   
    I was a freshman in high school when I first started reading these books, and at the time, Eldest had only just made its appearance in hardback. I grew up on a healthy diet of fantasy with J.R.R. Tolkien's work as the main course, so neither the genre nor the length of the books daunted me; instead, they intrigued me and made me even more excited to read the adventures of Eragon Shadeslayer. 

Eragon Summary:
One boy . . .

One dragon . . .

A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. 

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. (Goodreads)

My Very Bookish Opinions:

1. Some readers are daunted by length or wordy passages, but I am not one of those. Paolini tends to be wordy and take on Tolkien's overly descriptive tendencies, but I found that it only enhanced the vividness of his world, Alagaesia. I quite enjoyed it and was not disheartened when he went pages without dialogue. I felt like I was there, walking through the treacherous tunnels of Tronjheim or the wooded forests of Ellesméra.

2. Though people give Paolini a hard time about pulling so heavily from Tolkien's work, you have to give him credit on his creation of not one, not two, but three fully developed languages. The Ancient Language (or the language the elves speak) is based on Old Norse, and after reading Eragon and Eldest back-to-back, I became almost versed in the language to where I didn't need to use the glossary in the back of the book. I thought that was very interesting and verging on brilliance. Out of everything, I think the languages impressed me most.

3. I can say without a doubt, that he is one of my all-time favorite authors. I was lucky enough to go to a book signing of his after Inheritance came out. People give him hell for pulling from so many fantasy authors, but honestly, by the end of the series all of those who accused him of such things were silenced, and it was glorious. His world was original, well rounded (as was the characters), and absolutely and completely entrancing, making for one of the best reads I have ever had the fortune of displaying on my book shelf.

What are your thoughts about this series?

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