Paolini needs to learn how to write. Dialogue is stilted, plot is boring and full of tedious and predictable problems.
If you want good fantasy, try Patrick Rothfuss or Russel Kirkpatrick.
I enjoyed the book quite a lot. It's a historical-fantasy based in London with a bit of magic etc and a good amount of mystery and action to keep it interesting.
Quite similar to the Locke Lamora books in terms of the type of fantasy novel.
The book does have a gender-role breaking sub-theme but the protagonist is not part of it and it is definitely not what the book is about.
The book has a grand total of TWO gay characters. The other reviewer who mentions every second character being gay is exaggerating quite a lot...
But even if there were more than two gay characters, it's hardly a reason to read or not read the book. The problems you would face reading it are no different than if a hetro guy was reading a book with a straight female protagonist...
Overall there is very little explicit details gay or straight. A few scattered sentences is about it.
Given the price ($8 when I bought it), this book is DEFINITELY worth a read. Very very cheap for 15 hours of solid entertainment!
I was sad that book 2 isn't here or isn't written yet.
It was a great book. Story kept you intrigued the whole time. It's a fascinating mix between The Italian Job / Oceans Eleven / Clever Crime with fantasy and a fascinating city-scape.
Definitely worth reading. The narrator does a great job too. Very good reading
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