Great storyline that does drag out a bit with the dwarf politics but overall a great continuation of the Inheritance Cycle. Would definitely recommend to those who love to immerse themselves into an amazing new world of magic and dragons and fierce warriors.
While I can agree that this book had little action, I disagree that it doesn't move the story forward. This book is 'Eragon is growing up' book. Finally he is finding himself, questioning all the people who want to dictate who he and Saphira are, and developing his individuality. We also get a chance to understand the other races.
Also, I know the author said "3 books", so I understand that objection, but in general, why does everything have to be a trilogy? If you want originality, well.... This one is a Quadrology .
It all wavers on the ending but so far a great series. This book leads you into the last book and answers many questions. He took a different approach in this book by branching out into the consciousness of more characters that I enjoyed plus this book gives you a deeper understanding of exactly how intimate the connection between a Dragon and his rider is.
absolutely captivating in every way. Excellent narration! I read this cycle before listening to the audible version and love the series even more now.