Awful plot, awful writing, an incredible waste of time. After reading DiVinci, I expected much more from Brown. But, then again, I liked the DiVinci story but was unimpressed with the writing, so maybe I should have known.
Never mind the story. It's great on its own, typical James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux. What really impressed me was Burke's writing about his beloved Louisiana, post Hurricane Katrina. I've not read many accounts of Katrina that have the poetry of language and heart that Burke has for the people and culture of New Orleans. That is what makes this story so wonderful to read.
I really liked the first book. It wasn't great literature, but it was fun, adventurous, and showed promise. The second book, unfortunately, has very little excitement and adventure as Eragon spends most of his time in Rider training. The sub-story of Eragon's cousin is much better as it builds in intensity and reminds me of what I liked about the first book. Let's hope Book 3 is more like Book 1.
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