You pick up with Eragon right where you left off though I do believe that with each book Paolini’s writing becomes more elegant. The plot lines have more depth and the character’s are more dimensional. Eragon is changed quite literally by his time with the elves, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The battles are written in a way that makes them easy to follow but you still get an idea of the immensity, but I am a sucker for character development and one of the things I truly love is Eragon’s lesson in the real meaning of a family. Once again a definite cliff hanger ending but I always remind myself what it must have been like when books were released in segments in newspapers, I would have gone out of my mind.