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Inheritance Cycle 4-Book Hard Cover Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance) (The Inheritance Cycle) Hardcover – November 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Inheritance Cycle
  • Hardcover: 2912 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Box edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030793067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307930675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The much-anticipated, thrilling conclusion of the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

About the Author

Christopher Paolini is the author of three other bestselling novels about Alagaësia: Inheritance is the fourth and final volume in the cycle. Christopher lives in Montana, where the natural landscape has been a major inspiration in the creation of his stories.

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Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. As a child, he often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. The idea of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher's love for the magic of stories led him to craft a novel that he would enjoy reading. The project began as a hobby, a personal challenge; he never intended it to be published. All the characters in Eragon are from Christopher's imagination except Angela the herbalist, who is loosely based on his sister. Christopher was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. He took a second year to revise the book and then gave it to his parents to read. The family decided to self-publish the book and spent a third year preparing the manuscript for publication: copyediting, proofreading, designing a cover, typesetting the manuscript, and creating marketing materials. During this time Christopher drew the map for Eragon, as well as the dragon eye for the book cover (that now appears inside the Knopf hardcover edition). The manuscript was sent to press and the first books arrived in November 2001. The Paolini family spent the next year promoting the book at libraries, bookstores, and schools in 2002 and early 2003. In summer 2002, author Carl Hiaasen, whose stepson read a copy of the self-published book while on vacation in Montana, brought Eragon to the attention of his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, which is part of Random House. Knopf published Eragon in August 2003. Eldest, which continues the adventures of Eragon and the dragon Saphira was published in August 2005, and in December 2006, Fox 2000 released their movie adaptation of Eragon in theaters around the world.

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The box set is very nice and a couple of the books have a poster in them.
Joann L Caldwell
Once you start reading, you can't put the books down until you have finished all 4.
S. Rudinski
This is the only series of books ive actually wanted to sit down to read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bookman on August 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Book; Eragon: Great
Second Book; Eldest: Amazing
Third Book; Brisingr: Boss
Fourth Book; Inheritance: Extraordinarily Stupendous

The Eragon movie completely failed.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mdi on November 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've happily read through this saga as the books came out and I've spent the past 40 some odd hours reading the final book in the series. I read the last pages through tears.

I am aware, as I read these books, that the imagination it takes to create a new world, dozens of characters including creatures, must emerge from a wonderfully furtile mind. That as I read,I forget the author is not much older than my own children and that he wrote the first book while he was a high school student is a testament to the natural talent Paolini possesses. His story is rich and full and we have a chance to spend more time with some of the more important characters in this fourth book.

Some reviewers say he didn't expand enough on the characters. I would challenge them to re-read their personal favorite sagas that they feel developed the characters better than Paolini did. Lord of The Rings or the original Dune books perhaps? Re-read those book sometime. You might be surprised to discover that neither Tolkien nor Herbert actually give us all that much character back story, but after reading and re-reading the tales and watching the film versions over and over, we "think" we know a lot more about the characters than we actually do because they are now familiar to us.

Paolini gives us just enough information about his characters and lets us use own imagination to fill out the possible outcomes or even origins of their stories. He also leaves a clean path ahead for himself to write another, or several other sagas, where he can dive into specific characters the same way McCafferey did with her many, many Pern and dragons books that weave generations of characters throughout. "Always leave the reader wanting more" is the mantra of good storytelling. He has.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Owens on April 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
Originally posted 4/27/12 at Melissa's Bookshelf.

I have been keeping up with Paolini's Inheritance cycle ever since Eragon was published. I elected not to review the individual books here, but waited until the cycle was complete to write a series review. Over the years I have become a huge fan of fantasy works and have enjoyed reading Paolini's tale of Eragon and his quest to overthrow Galbatorix. No, it is not highly original fantasy, but many of Paolini's ideas and approaches to dragons are intriguing, particularly given that he started writing these books at the young age of fifteen. His Inheritance Cycle can be appreciated on that fact alone.

In the end, it is my honest opinion that this series was one book too long. If I recall correctly, it had originally been billed as a trilogy, and I rather wish it had stayed that way. It was almost as if Paolini bit off more than he could chew -- there were just too many plot lines and too many loose ends that I believe caused him to get bogged down in parts that didn't really advance the plot. And while I thought the character development was pretty good in the first two books, by the third and fourth, it was really as if they stopped growing altogether.

Because of the dangling loose ends and tendency to get caught up in the less important plot lines of the story, the ending ultimately was not as satisfying as it should have been, either. It made the whole build to the finale and climax anti-climatic, which was a bit disappointing. Some aspects I did enjoy and appreciate, but on the whole it didn't really do the entire series justice. Again, I am still impressed by what Paolini was able to accomplish for someone so young and there certainly is much to like and appreciate about these books.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gamer525 on November 8, 2011
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This is a very good set. Well worth the money I paid for, especially since I got it on discount for 53 dollars. Christopher is the master!!! He knows how to write books that entertain as well as teach important values. To anyone who buys this set and complains about it, why are you buying it in the first place? Go rent it at a library first if you want. But true fans will want this set for their collection of The Greatest Books written in the 21st Century!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia L. Chapman on March 7, 2014
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I ordered this set for my 10 year old grandson. He loves these books and reads and re-reads them over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deb Fuller on January 9, 2014
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I purchased these for my 14 year old granddaughter....she was very happy when she received them and they arrived in great shape
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GMA Steele on February 27, 2014
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This is a great story. I recommend getting all 4 books at one time because the story is a page turner and you will not want to put the books down. I initially read the books on the dates they first were published. It took Christopher Paolini a lot of time to finish his story especially the last two books and I had forgotten the first two by the time he finished his set. However, he did a great job with the story and I would recommend the books to anyone who loves reading about dragons and their fantasy world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renee Renfandt on February 24, 2014
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If you like fantasy novels, you'll absolutely love this series! The writing style is a little childish (The author started the series when he was 15), but it is written beautifully and I've read it over and over again :)
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