- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Slp edition (September 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375846158
- ISBN-13: 978-0375846151
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.9 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inheritance 3-Book Hardcover Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) Hardcover – September 20, 2008
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Are some of the names inspired by other series? Sure. The point isn't to find fault with work on the basis of what was written in other works, but to see whether it can stand by itself, and tell its own story.
I think Brisingr was a brilliant addition to the series (I would agree that Eldest was a little off); and FWIW, the last 5 chapters by themselves would make the book worth it.
Having read Inheritance, I can hardly wait for the last book in the series (Empire) but that's still a couple of years away.
With regards to this hard cover set, the only reason I can imagine you wouldn't want it, is if you're waiting for the final four-box set, which will surely be released with the last book; or already own hardcovers of Eragon and Eldest.
But the boxed set is horrendously misleading. I'd expect a three book boxed set to indicate either a trilogy, or 6 books.
There is a fourth (and final) book. The cover of the boxed set gives no indication of this, and until I was about half way through Brisingr I was unaware that Paolini had changed from the planned (and announced) trilogy, to a 4 book series.
So by all means buy these books, but don't buy the boxed set thinking you've got them all. It may be cheaper than buying the three books seperately, but it is going to look dodgy on the bookshelf.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought these for my grandson. A very handsome edition indeed, which will serve him well for years to come.Published 9 months ago by EDWARD B.
I am a late comer to this series. I am amazed that the author was so young when he wrote his first book. Love the dragons' point of view. Read morePublished 11 months ago by EvelynR
Perfect! Came quickly, and the set looks fantastic! Totally worth it!Published 14 months ago by Michael L. Whidden II