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Inheritance 3-Book Hardcover Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) Hardcover – September 20, 2008
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About the Author
Christopher Paolini was born in 1983 in Southern California. His abiding love of fantasy inspired him to write the Inheritance Cycle, which quickly became an internationally bestselling series. Christopher wrote the first draft of the introductory book in the series, Eragon, at age 15. Christopher draws inspiration for the world of Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, from the natural beauty that surrounds his home in Montana: the tumultuous weather, the roaring Yellowstone River, and the soaring Beartooth Mountains. Find out more about Christopher and the Inheritance Cycle at Alagaesia.com.
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It seems that Paolini has done some research into battle strategies, sword making and metallurgy, and some other things which he has expertly weaved in. Subsequently, this has really enriched the overall story, making everything seem more realistic. The story has evolved into intertwining story lines, elaborate plots and mysterious past events which are finally being brought to light.
Not only is the story being extended to a fourth and final book, which I think fans of the series will be happy about, but the third book sheds light on Eragon's family and his destiny. Now that all of the ground work has been laid, the fourth book should be a climatic read. If you like magic, dragons, mysterious worlds and stories of epic battles, you'll enjoy this series.
Paolini is a prodigy of the fantasy genre if ever there was one. It is an wonder that, having started Eragon at age fifteen, the series has come out as wonderful as it is. The trilogy (with a fourth book coming sometime in the future) follows a young adolescent, Eragon, in a fantasy world of elves, dwarves, and of course, dragons. Eragon's quest begins when he mysteriously receives what he believes to be a valuable blue stone that turns out to be an extremely rare, almost extinct dragon egg. From there he must fight, and sometimes flee, the wrath of an evil king who has held Eragon's world in an iron grip for far too long. On the way he makes powerful friends, enemies, and uncovers his own shrouded past.
If you're looking for good, strong, well-written fantasy, this is the place to go. Paolini creates a world with a history, governed magic, and ancient languages possibly bested only by Tolkein-a world that you should not miss out on if you are at all a fan of the fantasy genre.
The original Star Wars trilogy came out before my time, and the original episodes that came out were crap compared to the B-style of the true originals.
While The Hobbit was easy to read, the rest of the Tolkien trilogy was far too nerdy or geeky to get into. There were too many words, in my opinion, that convoluted the story line.
The main thing the previous commentor forgot to mention, or perhaps didn't know, was that this is a set of books aimed to children. The age group is more of the latter Harry Potter series, where the readers are supposed to have grown up a bit and the plot begins to take a serious turn.
These books were intriguing, and the author pays such great attention to detail that you can't help but get lost in reading. The best part of the stories so far is that the author doesn't leave you completely hanging at the end of each book, for those of us who had to read the books as they have been released. Unlike the Matrix: Reloaded, each story has a sub-plot with its own story, climax, and resolution. Each book is part of the entire story, but the sub-plots make it feel like you haven't wasted a part of your life, a la the Matrix 2 where the movie ended at the middle of a climax; I had to rewatch this movie before watching the third Matrix movie in order to remember what was going on. However, looking back I can remember what the first movie was about because it was a contained story and not just a third of an epic story. (And now The Pirates of the Caribbean movies have had the same fate.)
To summarize, these are good books.
UPDATE: I forgot I didn't update this post. I finished the third book, Brisngr, in less than 3 days after I bought it. Is it a good book? Sure, but I'm awaiting the other half. This one did feel like it was unfinished. Up until the last 10 chapters of the book or so, the story was all politics. It felt like nothing really happened, but it gave you a good idea of the authors interpretation of government's ineptitude. Bring on the fourth book, already! I need the action back in my Eragon books!
Other than that - it was a great price for the hard covers with paper covers intact. My son LOVED this series.
Delivery was timely - helpful at Christmas-time!