Paolini went off-script again after the rescue. If you ever though it was silly of the Rebel Alliance to give an untested farm boy one of their precious X-wings and chuck him straight into a zero-G dogfight on his word that he can fly speeders in atmosphere and shoot defenseless rodents, you might approve Paolini’s decision to have the Rebels Varden test Luke Aragorn Eragon before deciding what to do with him. And I might have approved it too if it hadn’t brought the pace to a screeching halt for a good 85 pages. All that momentum built up by having the Uruk-hai Urgal Kulls chase the heroes all the way to the very gates of the Rebel Varden base hit a stone wall and died from blunt force trauma. I’m 31 pages from the last page of a 497-page novel and the climax hasn’t started yet.