The Inheritance Cycle is not great literature, nor does it strive to be. What it is, is a fun read by a young author. The series has amassed a massive Hate Dumb which spends more time bitching about the series than the series' fans spend reading it. Yes, some of the earlier characterization could've used work. Yes, the series has many similarities to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. So do many, many other stories. The Cycle's not the most original story, but that doesn't make it a bad one. The series succeeds as a fun, lengthly A Boy And His X story with exciting action scenes and a well-plotted story. Additionally, Paolini's writing quality improves a lot with each book, particularly with the final book Inheritance.
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