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.
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