I loved Eragon and Eldest, but this book was awful. This is only the second time in my life that I walked away from a book before finishing it. I got so tired of the battle after battle with no story to go with it that I just had to stop. I don't care about the characters anymore.
I really thought this was supposed to be a trilogy, but now he is milking it for more.
The story is dragging on, and it is really hurting the story line, in my opinion.
The characters are all still very good, but when you drag a story out, it hurts the telling.
I enjoyed the first book and thought the second was okay, but htis one really had a hard time keeping my attention. I found the characters actions to be confused and inconsistant, often taking actions that were not in their character and the plot seemed to wander around not really accomplishing anything nor developing the characters to any great depth. I accepted the blatent Tolkein Clones for the first book since the author was so young, but it is wearing thin.
Christopher's verbiage and the rest of his writing skills are astounding for one so young.
As one 'so old' I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
Keep up the good work Christopher I can't wait 'til you're 40 or so!!! God Bless you and good luck with you career. Kathy Meyers <><
Not as predictable as I had thought it might be. I enjoyed the story and the narration. I had difficulty sticking with it when I tried to read the paper version of these books, but found the audio version to be very enjoyable.
Although this may not be the best fantasy series ever written and that it may lack some of the things that others have written within their comments, I happened to enjoyed this book along with the other books within this series. I enjoyed the storyline, I enjoyed the different characters, and I particularly enjoyed the narrator. Although I do agree that parts of the book can be slow, it did not make me want to stop listening and besides books tend to become slow when the author start to explain why things are. I think if you enjoy fantasy as I do, you will enjoy this book as well as the other books within the series. (you have to start off with the first book of this series or you will be lost within the story) This is a child/young adult book, and it must be viewed as such. You can not compare a book written for an adult to one written for a child/young adult. Having said that, if you can separate a fantasy book written for an adult from one written for a child/young adult, then you will not be disappointed.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Brilliant! Everything about this 3rd book is what you'd wish. Obviously Paolini does not want to simply sum up his world into a simple trilogy nor should we want him too. Alagaesia and it's very complex characters are far too well developed. The writing quality has not dropped one iota. The production and reading by Doyle continue to be pitch perfect. If the author can keep up this story into several more books with the same level of complexity and excitement I would be thrilled.
Glass Artist listening to books while I work, that means all day long. Creative books with deep characters going through experiences while unveiling the world is what I like.
this was going to be a trilogy right? now its dragged out and seems to be going no where. disappointing, predictable.
seems like he's staying with what he knows and scared to try something new or exploring.
As much as I enjoyed the first two volumes, this third was mired in battle scenes and lost me. I got confused as to who was fighting who. I know a 4th book is on the way and the interview with the author at the end of this book was helpful. But I am not sure besides the one big AH HA at the end if this volume was necessary.
What started out as a great trilogy has fizzled out into the most pointless meanderings I've ever read. I know that's harsh, but with the first 2 books being as great as they are, this one falls totally flat.
I just started the 3rd (of 4) part and had to take a break. Many of the negative comments I've read here are right on: over-analyzation of everything leads to an overwhelmingly dull book.
Not sure if I can finish. I'm taking a break and listening to something else in hopes I can rejuvenate my interest and come back to finish later.