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Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle) Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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"This is just as brilliant as all the other books in the series and ends spectacularly, but not in the way I expected ..." Guardian "The popularity of fantasy books shows no sign of waning. Kids are catered for with Inheritance by Christopher Paolini" The People "Featuring spectacular artwork by John Jude Palencar, this book brings the bestselling Inheritance cycle to a breathtaking conclusion" Middlesbrough Evening Gazette --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The much-anticipated, thrilling conclusion of the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.
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KEEP RORAN AND
Where is Eragon going?
Will Saphira lay eggs?
Why did Arya selfishly choose to be queen of the elves (even for 0nlt a short time) when the future of dragons is at stake?
If Christopher Paolini writes a book 5 will it be another cliff hanger?
PLEASE KEEP RORAN OUT OF IT.... I WANT AN UPDATE OF THE DRAGON RIDERS
My impressions? Filler, filler, filler, story, filler, and an ending that honestly just left me feeling depressed and unfulfilled. I was not drawn into the story. Roran was my favorite part of Brisingr; seeing him grow and experience his emotions. He felt like a shell of who he was. In fact, I think that all of the characters were a shell of themselves.
Here are my thoughts as to what happened. Paolini went from an ambitious excited writer to some bored hateful writer. It was as if the whole time he was writing Inheritance he was pissed off at everyone. I think he knew how he wanted to do the encounter with Galbatorix, but past that, I think he was lost. He had some sparks of genius that in the end fizzled out.
For all of this, I forgive him. I do not regret buying the book or reading it. If there is a new series that continues off of this story line, I'll be ecstatic. There is so much more that could be done. So Christopher, if you read these comments, don't stop writing, keep going, and continue to draw us into your beautiful world.
I enjoyed the first book, and maybe I'm the only one but I read it as having a sort of implicit promise that Eragon would grow into a hero. Hey, Eragon is not super great at magic and fighting yet, that is a great twist over many other stories where the hero for some reason outperforms other people who should by all rights be better than he is. Ok, great, loved that twist and Eragon was a good book. However, I kept waiting for Eragon to finally get strong, to claim that mantle of Dragon Rider and be a hero. He never really does. In Paolini's effort to put Eragon in danger and suspense; as well as to keep him a "everyman", he makes Eragon so vanilla and insecure that I enjoyed nearly every other character in this book more than Eragon, the supposed hero. I would go into more detail but I don't want to give spoilers, suffice it to say that Eragon, despite supposedly being one of the most powerful beings in Alagaesia, is routinely saved by others and wins several times based off sheer luck, versus his cousin Roran who usually wins based off bold plans and never backing down (who's the real hero?).
Paolini seems to get worse with each book he writes, which is terribly disappointing as Eragon really set up a great premise and seemed so full of promise for a great series. If you've already read the other books, you should read this one to finish up the series. You will enjoy parts of it and Paolini does have some good writing. However, ultimately Paolini undermines his main character too much, throws in a few too many extraneous scenes (like the Battle of Aroughs, it was awesome, but what purpose did it serve?), and just ends the series off on a "blah" note.
I am going to give it three stars and maybe change that decision after i reread the book but i do beleive it was a good closing book to the series
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