TV Tropes Org
site search
Inheritance Cycle back to reviews
Comments
A Cycle of Awesome
I have read all three of the current books in the Inheritance Cycle. I went to a book-signing for the second book when Paolini came to my hometown and got my books signed. I have re-read the first book so much that the cover is worn out and even ripped in places. Yes, I admit I am an Inheritance Cycle fangirl and damn proud of it. After reading all three books I was flat out blown away by the sheer scope and breadth of the series. It takes us from peaceful Palancar Valley and drop kicks us into the turmoil of Tronjheim, the mountain city of the dwarfs and then catapults us to Surda and beyond.

The series has many parallels with various fictions such as Lord of the Rings (what fantasy doesn't?) and Star Wars (young boy becomes great warrior) but it still manages to stand on its own as a credible and downright incredible world of fiction. I love the dragons the most in this series as they seem so intelligent and real that I almost expected Saphira to come flying out of the pages.

Paolini is almost a young Tolkien in the way that he has meticulously contstructed his own entire world, complete with various races and even languages for each of them. I especially love the Ancient Language and think it is actually better than some of the other made up languages of literature.

What I truly, deeply love about this series is the characters themselves. All of them are undeniably awesome from Eragon the protagonist to Galbatorix the twisted villain (who I cannot wait to see in the fourth book). Each character is unique and different, no two are alike. The most amusing characters have to be Angela the herbalist and Brom, the wise Rider of old who turns out to be closer to Eragon than meets the eye. I was truly surprised to find out that tidbit. Arya also stands out as the aloof elven princess who Eragon falls for (it is foretold by Angela when she threw the knucklebones for him), yet it turns out for the worse as she spurns his affections. However a certain dream that Eragon had may actually dispell this notion by the fourth book's release.

All in all, this is hands down the best fantasy series to date and I am eagerly, hungrily waiting for the fourth book. Here's hoping it is just as amazing and breathtaking as the first three.
I assure you this is not a parody review. That is my gods-honest opinion on the series. While I respect your opinion, I have to say I am quite surprised, maybe even a little sad that this series has nothing but negative or lukewarm reviews by other tropers. I just thought I would bring a nice review in for a change of pace. And yes, the plots do share many parallels with other fantasy films and novels but come on...what book doesn't take a bit from other things these days? That's no reason to call his writing laughable. I found the writing itself to be very fluid and engaging.
comment #2844 Dragonessa 12th Jun 10
I agree that the series is a Cliche Storm that rips off Star Wars, but the "Eragon is a sociopath" meme has little basis in the actual works; it's just an excuse to bash.
comment #2849 silver2195 12th Jun 10
I agree that The Inheritance Cycle doesn't deserve all the hate it gets - the first book was quite fun, I thought... but how can you honestly say it is hands down the best fantasy series to date? That's hyperbole, right? You can't mean that literally, surely?
comment #2851 Sarcophilus 13th Jun 10
I'm not much of a Tolkien fan—I found Lord Of The Rings too dry, to be honest—but before you go and start comparing Paolini's made-up languages with Tolkien's, please familiarize yourself with Tolkien's work in linguistics. Because he was a master of language theory in general and of several language systems in particular. His fictional languages have solid, underlying systems of phonology, morphology, lexicology, syntax, and even discourse. They're not random strings of letters put together with an author-provided translation; they function on their own as their own language systems.
comment #4311 tikkihikki 4th Sep 10
it's alright kid; this place has its favourites and its heresies, same as everywhere else. I know its frustrating, just roll with it. Many things are important to argue over, the merit of a particular fantasy novel is not among them.

Realize also that there's a good number of former anti-shurtugalites here, and having spoken with many of them for a long time, I can assure you they are every bit as irrationally angry over this as they come across
comment #4383 99.224.211.54 11th Sep 10
to Dragonessa: I just want to let you know that there is at least one person on the Internet who agrees with you.

and to Nolan J Burke: I read and reread the page and I have yet to find ONE (and I quote) "perfectly legitimate point", perhaps I am being dense, but would you mind explaining what those points are? and please try to reply somewhat intelligently
comment #4405 dontcallmewave 12th Sep 10
<Mod Hat ON>

Let me make one thing abundantly clear, for those of you who may have missed the memo:

Personal Attacks On Other Posters Are Not Acceptable.

"Other Posters" includes people who post reviews.

Reviews are, by definition, personal opinions.

Accusations of trolling and name-calling because you disagree with the reviewer's opinion are Not Acceptable. discuss the points made in the review, if you wish and can do so civilly. Do Not Discuss The Reviewer.

<Mod Hat OFF>
comment #4449 Madrugada 16th Sep 10
^ Dude, it's very easy to criticise a review without criticising the reviewer.
comment #4994 Sarcophilus 1st Nov 10
I read the title and thought, "parody". Then I read the first comment. I'm not quite convinced, but if it's true at least the author is brave enough to post forth a contrary opinion.

I wouldn't say I was blown away by the awesomeness of the books... I remember considering it a generic fantasy page-turner. Something you would read to get some plot, and then probably forget as you read other books.
comment #5562 99.57.138.239 29th Dec 10
Honest question: How do you know you like Galbatorix if he hasn't even shown up yet?
comment #6352 64.91.106.47 10th Feb 11
I just found this series totally average - a slightly entertaining but generally uninteresting fantasy book. It was average to me when I was ten, before I'd even started tackling proper fantasy like Lord of the Rings and A Song Of Ice And Fire. I'll still probably get the last book just to see how it all wraps up, because it can be rather interesting at parts and it's competently written, enough to keep you reading. But it's not going to last long in my memory, and it is by far not the best fantasy series ever. And sorry, but the reveal of Brom's identity was so obvious, handled so badly and overall so predictable that it's impossible to be surprised at it.

I wouldn't say that Paolini meticulously constructed his own entire world - something like Dune is what I'd call a meticulously-constructed world, and Paolini's work is not up to that standard. Tolkien was a noted master of linguistics, and Paolini's a teenager who could make up some funny words. And it's not the fact that the plots share parallels with other works - yes, everything is inspired by something - but it's the fact that Eragon *is* Star Wars. They're the same story, only one looks a lot better, while the other's being told by a mediocre writer.

And a fantasy which doesn't steal from Tolkien? To my immediate recollection, the Witcher series. Also the Shadows Of the Apt series. And countless more. Saying that "others do it too" is not a valid excuse when defending derivative works.
comment #6365 HereticGamer 11th Feb 11
Even Tolkien took plot points form other sources...most of his mythology seems based on biblical names and characterizations (Nimrodel is remarkably similar to Nimrod, in name at least, for example) and the idea for the rings seems similar to "Der Ring des Nibelungen" by Wagner. Star Wars was also a rip of Akira Kurasawa films. A lot of great work is derivative. If I can add one more source of inspiration, the sword of truth books seem relevant to these stories.

The problems that I have with Paolini's writing is the shallow characters who seem to be either solid simple archetypes or are completely over-powered; Eragon fits into a God Mode Sue role most of the time, contrived dialogues: they just don't feel natural; they are awkward and don't flow, contrived recaps disguised as internal monologues: Eragon seems to go through these ever so often to simulate an internal struggle, and forced sesquipedalia: sometimes it feels like he looked for every opportunity to push a $10 word in there when a $0.05 one would've done fine. Other issues: you could see his reveals coming about 100 pages away. He seems to have some anthropomorphic fetishes also.

Agree with above commenter that this is a generic fantasy, at times hard to get through and with little payoff but good to waste your time with.
comment #7912 snowburnt 3rd Jun 11
I'm glad to see that there are at least a few people here who are willing to say up front that they enjoy the series, even though hating it has become something of a trend and a popular opinion. Even though I wouldn't necessarily agree that this is the best fantasy series ever or that Eragon is an awesome character, I salute Dragonessa for having her own opinion, admitting it even if it is contrary to others, and sticking by it.
comment #8336 Temporary13 28th Jun 11
^Agreed with the above.

I read it when I was 14/15. I liked it but it wasn't something I OMG LURVEEEEEEED. I read the first one, but couldn't get through the second one. I noticed some SW similarities, but the similarities that jumped out at me were the "Dragonriders of Pern" and especially "Lord of the Rings."

The thing that annoys me the most is that he made the elves into an insufferable Sue Species. That and the prose can get rather boring at times, which is why I only got 1/3 of the way through "Eldest."

I'm kind of a hypocrite. I enjoy making fun of it but at the same time I may go back to it someday for a mindless, easy read. Reading Kippur's recaps of it makes me interested in it in a "So Bad Its Good" kind of way.
comment #16155 seven7star 16th Sep 12
Had to come back to my first T Vtropes review... Lord, I caused a bit of a storm didn't I? I still stand by my words there as the books are a wonderful series and I still highly enjoy them. I posted this way back when I was a bit naive I suppose. I still think Paolini is quite brilliant for making his own full-fledged world at the tender age of 15 when the first book was published, so "young Tolkien" isn't quite that far off - albeit a bit exaggerated. The series gets remarkable improvement though in the later books and I hope Paolini continues to write more of this fantasy world.
comment #21207 Dragonessa 20th Sep 13
In order to post comments, you need to Get Known
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy