Every so often a series of books come along that seems like a real place with real people. It makes you feel like you know both and it becomes dear to your life. This is what Christopher Paolini imagined into being. Feel free to enter Alagaesia you won't regret it.
The "training" with the elves nearly ruined the book! It would have been a complete disaster if not for the side story told throughout and a very up tempo ending. I have not been so bored by any character(s) in my life. Instead of the elves being fun and majestic they are a bunch of boring, snooty, vegetarian, tree hugging, faithless, yoga masters! Elves are generally supposed to be connected to nature, wise, fair etc, but the elves in this book are so unbelievably dull. I almost stopped listening because it was so slow.
Luckily the side story from the valley kept me intrigued. So, I continued on. In the end I'm glad I did because the ending was excellent!
I look forward to completing the series with my fingers crossed that we don't have to revisit the home of the elves.
Easy to follow. Rarely gets boring. Keeps you wanting more. I think I finally found some characters in a series that I actually care about.
As in every great underdog series, the hero needs a training period. This book is it but it does have plenty of action. Moreover it establishes the foundation of the universe that the series is set in. I enjoyed it.