I enjoyed the Young Adult four-part series written by Christopher Paolini Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance. Paolini was home-schooled and graduated from high school when he was 15. He began writing Eragon immediately following his graduation.
The world Paolini created is filled with great creatures, many loosely based on the Lord of the Rings by Tolkein and possibly borrowed from The Dragonriders of Pern by Ann McCaffrey. While his world is rich, Paolini’s characters reflect his personal immaturity. They are flat and one-dimensional, their emotions immature like their author.
In the final book, Inheritance, the reader, after struggling to get through the three previous tomes, hopes in vain for a satisfying ending. Paolini’s immaturity as a man and a writer is exhibited in his inability to handle the love relationship between Eragon and the elf Arya. I’m not going to spoil it, but if you’re reading your way through and are hoping the two get together and have some kind of meaningful life together, forget it. Paolini can’t deal with strong emotion. He’s good with fighting and he’s invented a terrific world, but his characters don’t love deeply, suffer in a realistic way or have realistic relationships.
Writing is easy for Paolini, creating emotion is apparently not. Maybe when he grows up and experiences something outside the walls of his office, he will be able to add some depth to his characters.
Even populated with shallow, one-dimensional characters, the series is a great read. Just don’t hope for a wonderful ending. The last 200 pages of Inheritance reeked of writer’s fatigue. Paolini wanted it over and didn’t put in the required energy and emotion to end it as well as it began.