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Eragon—the last 200 pages…

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Not a bad read. The quality of the writing improved a little, especially during the climax where, thankfully, nary a passive sentence appeared.

Paolini has created a vast, full world. His skill with prose will undoubtedly improve over time, but for now, his narrative provides a fun escape. That’s more than I can say for a few stories I’ve read.

I especially admired Paolini’s willingness to tackle the issue of destiny and free will, and I enjoy watching these worldviews spar. Christian denominations still struggle over doctrines of predestination, almost to a fault, and the fantasy genre facilitates a perfect realm to discuss the implications of both.

However, this book is more set up than whole—book one of three. Paolini includes enough pay offs to satisfy this act, but the questions of choice and fate still linger over his characters. I’m curious to see what he has to say.

Whenever you toss fate into the mix, implications about the architect of said fate at least deserve a mention. So far, this young author has kept his narrative clear of any such exposition. But there’s two more books to go. I made the decision to give Eldest (book two) a try around page 350. So, we’ll just have to see.


Written by taj

December 9, 2006 at 6:43 pm

Posted in Books, stories

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