@inkling-for-christ Late to the game here, but I’d agree with your assessment that he put his book out there too early. The later books (esp. Brisingr) are much better than the first, and I think he needed a bit more time to find himself as a writer.
All that being said, despite whatever flaws the books have, it isn’t easy to craft a book this popular. He obviously did something effectively. For myself as a pre-teen, he inspired me to write my first real novella (a rip-off of Eragon xD), so he has a special place in my writing life even if I refuse to re-read the books since I know they’ll disappoint me now. 😛
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