01 Eragon. Home · 01 Christopher Paolini - Inheritance 01 - Eragon This book has been optimized for viewing at a monitor setting of x pixels. This book is dedicated to my mom, for showing me the magic in the world; to my dad, for . Despite that, Eragon did not fear the Spine—he was the only hunter. Despite that, Eragon did not fear the Spine — he was the only hunter near Carvahall "It's odd, Eragon, that you should pick up this book, ^Dominance of Fate.
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Description pages. Carte et dessin en noir et blanc en frontispice. Cover by John Jude Palencar. Book Details Author: Christopher Paolini Pages: And you have no right to dislike the cockroach being in it. And lots of crap books have gotten published. Finally, using lots!!!????
I was really feeling gloomy today and I inadvertently found one of your posts on pinterest. Like, a lot. You really nit-picked this kids work. This stuff is subjective, and this whole post is condescending and mean-spirited.
You can blab all you want about whether or not his writing is good, but the fact of the matter is that it is successful. It obviously resounded with a lot of people.
Have you ever made something people like? Media exists to be discussed and analyzed. It would be mean-spirited to write a blog post about an unsuccessful work, but critiquing highly popular media is how we get new and better media.
And, no, the original is not better than this. Like this, by going into omnipresence, you can give the reader a better impression of that enemy the hero will soon be dealing with — a creature seemingly human and harmless, but deadly to all who approach. P is 33 as of Even at the time I found it derivative and forgettable and I never finished the trilogy. Five years is a good, long time to do multiple rewrites and have it read by multiple editors to make a polished product.
I was an aspiring writer when I read the book and his story of success at such a young age did inspire me. He did have a few advantages that others do not, however. His parents already owned their own publishing company, and he was home-schooled and graduated highschool at This allowed him the freedom to tour across America with his parents they visited over schools and libraries to promote his self-published book. His books have sold very well but critically they did very poorly across the board.
Many terrible things get published and sell incredibly well: Just because something is popular does not mean it is immune to criticism nor does that make them objectively good.
K Rowling who knows how to write extremely well. Still, a little remark: When I was 14 which was far longer ago than I want to admit , I already used to read books in the adult section of the local library. Writers have more imagination than non-writers at any rate, artists usually have more imagination than non-artists. Besides, even though the book was written the first draft, at any rate when the author was 14, he was adult by the time it was really published and took up speed.
It was edited by professionals, who should have know better. Your suggested paragraph substitutions are nearly unreadable and lose my attention. The best books have them. The first page is the most important in the book, and if you had written the first page as you did, nobody would get past it. Tolkien was a fantastic worldbuilder, terrible writer. Spent a page describing the forest. Say more with less.
Eldest and the sequels become a little bit too verbose in my opinion. Paolini made his mistakes here and there.
There is a difference between strong writing and strong storytelling. Storytellers do. Tolkien is still read after fifty years, despite his rather difficult style. I severely doubt Paolini will make it that far or Ms. Meyers or Ms. I would even go so far and say Paolini is over his zenith already. And his writing is more than just a bit messy.
He describes the wrong things and he just glosses over the wrong things, too. In a fantasy story, you put focus on what is new, what is different, what people need to imagine, because they have no reference. Nobody needs to describe a forest, as long as its a regular one. But he also had a talent for describing action and for creating and filling a world which was interesting to the reader — because he knew what people needed described in detail.
He just sometimes got too carried away with it. He was both a writer and a storyteller. As were other authors which had the staying power. Individuals that use magic often have increased scene capabilities described in future books.
For example: Another example: Joker comes to mind with that sentence. But the expression is not helping things along. I agree with Cay.
Considering the high bar that Tolkien set and his quote rightly being considered the father of modern fantasy…people sure do like to insult him. Tolkien was a fantastic writer, storyteller AND world builder. Edit down The Lord of the Rings and even more people would find it accessible today than the millions who still currently do. I doubt people will be reading Eragon in years. Even a collected work consisting of small stories and notes pulled together into a narrative The Silmarillion is a better book than most people can ever hope to achieve.
One thing I would add, though. Could you possibly do the first chapter of Eragon not the prologue? Especially Eragon being the only guy bravest to brave the Spine. Seeing as Eragon was written by a 14 year old, as a story that was supposed to be fun, not critically torn apart, it is an amazing story. If you had read the story with on open mind, and read the entire series, you will realize that this is a wonderful story, and that he gets better as he goes.
And, another thing, the prologue was necessary. It tells us what we need to know later on in the story. Maybe, instead of tearing apart the first three pages of his book, you should read the entire story, then come back and tell us what you think.
As mentioned before in the comments: Having been written by a teenager does not make it immune to any and all criticism. Eragon is an amazing story — to 14 year olds, but is poorly written from any other perspective.
He clearly had early talent, but that book would never have been published as it was had it not been for his parents. It certainly was never more than waved at an editor or proof-reader.
Yes, some teens are horrible with words, but some are not. Writing quality is not determined by age, but by books read and learned from, as well as experience. The more you write and read, the better you get. Young authors can write well. And not just by family to you, to prove that young authors can write well, and will, in spite of the people trying to tear them down.
This is not against teens who write. This is to make it clear that everyone, even an author with successful, published books still has to grow. That there are always things to do better. That even a successful book can be mediocre one way or other. Every author makes mistakes and by pointing them out, we can learn. That is what this whole page is about: If a book is written poorly, it is written poorly. The quality of their writing is. It was about his writing.
In fact, Chris made a point in the beginning of the post to point out that, in the published world, all books are open to critique. This was in no way an attack on all teenage writers.
Paolini is not the whole, in the same way that none of the adult authors that the Lessons from Bad Writing posts have dissected are the whole, either. I, too, am a young author trying to get published. I wrote books when I was 14 and I would not care if someone critiqued them. In fact, I might even be honored, because it shows that people read my book and cared enough to put down their thoughts about it. If it could do so good as to be made into a movie, then surely your book has that capability as well.
Age can be polarizing. Your job is to find the value, the grains of truth, and anything that you might be able to use to make your writing better in the critique, and to be brutally honest with yourself about it.
No author in that position ever improved their book or learned from the process. I am always impressed by young authors, but even more so by those who are willing and able to be impressionable, teachable, and more interested in how to make their books better than in defending them for being great already.
Also, remember that compliments are not critique, so take them with a grain of salt as well! Many of the other comments on this post seem to be doing the same. It really, truly is not an attack on you, or even on Paolini. Part of it is just lack of life experience like not knowing that words that are synonyms still have nuances that set them apart, and using the wrong one can have hilarious, probably-unintended implications , part of it is odd stylistic choices seriously, a scent that would change the world?
So I have been doing my editing wrong all these years? I think it pretty much proves that the criticism is not unfounded. Instant damseling, questionable word choice, confusing action, dehumanizing the enemy, incomprehensible magic powers that are setting up contrivance.
The article complains about the description of the shade and then proposes a much stronger sentence. Spending that much time on his description could send mix-signals. This is the most unfounded criticism above. The purpose of this scene was not providing details of the surroundings but rather describing the shades powerful eyesight without overtly saying it.
Vibrating is actually quite appropriate giving the context that you learn later in the novel. It is a huge component of the entire series. Plus remember how much description the elves and that helm got. Is that a spoiler of some sort? The sentence was suggested because this fact could be shown, not told, like Paolini is constantly doing.
Again this could have been conveyed better. That was the purpose of that section. As for fluff: Specificity provides detail which is often needed for things like scene setting, foreshadowing, clarifying, etc.
Fluff is restating what was already said or adding things that are unrelated and unnecessary. The prologue certainly would be. And you can make made-up words work. Having a word that sounds like Kurt Cobain choking on a hairball dab smack in the middle of the prologue is certainly off-putting. Not to sound harsh… but this is really why one should read an entire book before leveling criticism. Secondly — the elves in question are actually more crucial to the story than the shade.
The death of her comrades dramatically impacts her charter arc and as a result the story. Not to my knowledge anyways. So yes. This is strictly personal opinion at this point.
You are arguing that taking away the language would make the novel better.. That language is critical to the plot development of the entire story. With that in mind, let me see. Earlier in the comments I saw that someone I forget who mentioned that the shade was a villain for like half of the first book. That would also warrant him, if not as much as the elves, then at least a few lines more description than he gets.
But there was a better way of showing his eyesight being good. Show vs. I can and will still argue for a better word choice, though. Some synonyms: Maybe not oscillating.
Sounds too scientific. Juddering is a very good word. Can I mention that this is my first full-fledged back-and-forth comments argument here on Mythcreants? And also subjective to criticism. He was there. The plot of the first book revolved around trying to track down another set of lesser villains which are not even introduced until chapters The shade served that purpose… and was his only purpose.
What the shade did was more important then the shade itself. I would agree. Also a little bit more information on shades in the universe: AKA spirits or being entwined with a Dragon. When someone tries to summon a spirit that is too powerful to control… it will posses them. And a shade is born. And the plot line directly revolves around it.
I mean… maybe that would make the series better? Not the merits of the words themselves. Was it a fake-out or a subversion or something? Well, if the words are really that intrinsic, maybe I can see how leaving them in would be better than taking them out. Then you have the main villain whom the hero has to overcome in another way. So, the Shade is apparently just like Narg from the Wheel of Time. Just like Narg, the one Trolloc in all of the Wheel of Time that we get to see talking.
Excuse me but i happen to think that is my favorite book. We are forcing you to hate this book! What other context would there need to be? This is a critique of the opening chapter of a book. Any reader would encounter these problems and be perplexed by them. They are valid problems.
Nobody goes into a book knowing everything about it and this is an accurate gauge of the reactions first-time readers would have. Save my name and email in this browser for the next time I comment.
Blog Comics Podcast Editing Search for: I know I can expect a young male chosen one and obviously the dragon on the cover. Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world. Use Omniscience Wisely A tall Shade lifted his head and sniffed the air. They wait longer in the woods, and… The Shade hissed in anger, and the Urgals shrank back, motionless. The smell was stronger this time. Excited, he lifted a thin lip in a snarl. Redundancy Is Still Redundant the Third Time On the first horse was an elf with pointed ears and elegantly slanted eyebrows.
And of course, Paolini is continuing to explain every time he shows: Anger right there! She fled toward the craggy piece of granite at a tremendous speed. Awkward Foreshadowing Is Awkward Black Urgal blood dripped from her sword, staining the pouch in her hand. Villains Need to Be Effective A ball of red flame sprang from his hand and flew toward the elf, fast as an arrow. The Shade hollered in rage… He shot nine bolts of energy from his palm—which killed the Urgals instantly… The Shade can casually shoot energy bolts from his palm that kill people.
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Kira June 17, at 4: Reply to Kira. Also dealing with critique is part of being a writer or another kind of artist. Faith Chapman December 4, at 5: Oromis and Glaedr too justify Saphira's revelation. Glaedr also reveals the source of Galbatorix's power: Eldunari,  or heart of hearts. Galbatorix spent years collecting Eldunari, and forcing the deceased dragons to channel their energy to him through their Eldunari.
Saphira is delighted to learn of the existence of the dragons, although imprisoned by Galbatorix's dark magics. Also her stocks of the metal, required to forge rider's swords was completely exhausted. But by deciphering the werecat Solembum's instructions Eragon is able to acquire the metal he requires, from under the roots of the Menoa Tree. Eragon gives a name to the sword,"Brisingr. Oromis suspects that "Brisingr" is part of the sword's true name. Thus, Glaedr gives his own Eldunari to Eragon.
If anything should happen to Glaedr, Eragon would still be able to get advice from him. Meanwhile, Roran is sent on various missions as part of the military force of the Varden. One of the targets is a convoy of supply wagons guarded by enchanted soldiers that can't feel pain. The unit suffers extreme casualties, and the commander Martland Redbeard is replaced after losing his hand.
During a mission to attack a large enemy force raiding a village, plans made by the new commander, Captain Edric almost cause the operation to fail, but Roran gives new orders and kills one hundred and ninety-three enemy soldiers by himself, leading the Varden to victory.
Despite saving the mission, Roran is charged with insubordination and is flogged as a punishment. After the public whipping, Nasuada promotes Roran to commander and sends his unit on a mission. He leaves in command of a group of both men and Urgals to enforce the idea of men and Urgals working together.
When an Urgal, Yarbog, challenges Roran for leadership of the unit, he wrestles the Urgal and forces him to submit. After returning to the Varden, his squad joins the siege of Feinster, a city in the Empire. As the siege begins, Eragon rescues the elf Arya and departs to find the leader of the city, but discovers that three magicians are attempting to create a Shade.
Murtagh is using power of several Eldunari, and Glaedr and Thorn fight in the sky. Soon Glaedr is badly wounded. In the midst of the fighting, Galbatorix possesses Murtagh and tries to lure Oromis to his side: After the vision, the magicians have managed to create the Shade Varaug. Eragon and Arya fight desperately to slay Varaug. Eragon then distracts Varaug by battling him through the mind, which Arya takes advantage of by stabbing Varaug in the heart.
After the successful siege, Nasuada tells Eragon the Varden's plans for invading the Empire. Arya and Eragon are now both known as Shadeslayers. Knopf Books for Young Readers , an imprint of Random House Children's Books and the publisher of the books, prepared Brisingr' s release by printing 2.
Paolini said he tried not to let the expectations surrounding Brisingr affect him,   stating that "As an author, I found that I can't really allow myself to think about those things. I actually fell into that trap with the first part of Brisingr. I sat there and I started obsessing about every single word. The pages were rewritten on a computer document afterwards by his mother. Unlike Eragon , Brisingr features multiple points of view. Parts of the book are written in Saphira's perspective for the first time in the series.
Paolini said he "loved it so much, he decided to base the rest of [the Ancient Language] on Old Norse.
To find more words, I went online and dug up dictionaries and guides to the language. I invented more words based on what I learned and then formed a system of grammar and a pronunciation guide to fit my world. Developing this has probably been the most difficult part of writing the books. When asked by Sci Fi Wire what kind of challenges he faced while writing the book, Paolini said it was trying to avoid any references to modern items or actions. Brisingr takes place long before the industrial revolution , which Paolini said "limits not only the things my characters use and do, but it also informs their worldview.
This constraint extends to more recent words and phrases as well. For example, in Brisingr , I was going to use the description short-order. When I researched its origins, however, I discovered that it was coined to describe modern cooking: Christopher Paolini . According to its author, Brisingr features a complex story with "weighty moral dilemmas" and "a sheer number of events that gives it a rich narrative. The decision to bring in and then kill a Shade at the end of the book was made when Paolini realized he needed a new ending for the book after it was split up.
He was in need of plot points that were strong enough to keep the reader interested through the ending of the book. The point of view of Glaedr and Oromis' confrontation with Thorn and Murtagh was combined with the Shade battle to further keep the reader interested. The first draft of the book was finished in April In a newsletter sent out that month, Paolini said he was busy "chewing [his] way through the editing, which has been a surprisingly enjoyable experience this time around.
The only question that matters is whether the scene contributes to the book as a whole," he said. Paolini said "Brisingr" was one of the first words he thought of for the book's title, as it was the first Ancient Language word that Eragon learned in the series, and it holds a particular significance for him.
Paolini revealed it in a newsletter at his official website, in which he said that it was added "because I felt it suited the story, and also because, in a way, I still view Brisingr and Book Four as two halves of the same volume; the subtitle is merely the name of the first of these two sections.
John Jude Palencar illustrated the English cover featuring the golden dragon Glaedr. The content of the cover was one of the few things initially confirmed by Paolini before he wrote the book. He had originally planned for it to feature a green dragon,  but later indicated that this was affected by the expansion of the series to a four-book cycle.
Since the Japanese did not want the same cover on two volumes, they commissioned Palencar to paint one of the Lethrblaka for the second volume. The Lethrblaka are the Ra'zac's steeds and parents. The sword, named Brisingr, has flames around its blade. Gerard Doyle provided the voice for the English audio book of Brisingr.
It was tricky even for Paolini to do this because he cannot "roll [his] r's" properly. If there are specific details about the voices, I latch onto those as best I can. In March , a spoiler about the book was released on the Inheritance Cycle' s official website, stating that "In Brisingr , Eragon will meet a god.