OKAY. Okay. Okay.
I’ve already said more than once that Paolini lifted a bunch of stuff from David Eddings’s books, including the basics of his magic system. Early on, I mentioned how Eragon was reminding me more of Garion than Luke these days.
WELL. Well. Well.
In Magician’s Gambit, book 3 of the Belgariad, the villain of the book accidentally snuffs himself in the climax by trying to will something out of existence.
NOW GUESS HOW GALBATORIX JUST DIED. GO ON. GUESS.
I know you can’t copyright ideas, only the expression of them, but by all that’s holy, the Eddings estate should be getting royalties for this series.