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Inheritance Deluxe Edition (The Inheritance Cycle) Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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It is difficult to review a book such as this; a person's liking of the book is obviously subjective (as you'll notice with any novel). I am surprised that the current highest-rated review contains many spoilers, and one can only assume that most of those reading the reviews have already read the book -- or perhaps they are too lethargic to actually read the book for themselves.
As it is, I would do my best to give an honest review, without spoilers, for those who have not read the book.
Firstly, I must admit that I did enjoy the book, though it did have many flaws. Perhaps I am alone in this, but Paolini's writing skills seem to have lessened since the second novel; in Inheritance, many smaller plots and potential side-stories remain unexplained or simply not pursued. A few extremely engaging characters seem to have underlying motives and/or secret histories that also remain woefully unexplained. Furthermore, the chapters seem somewhat rushed, and one cannot help but feel that the story does not flow as smooth as previously -- it feels somewhat distorted. And yet, perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the story was its ending (I would not elaborate, for fear of giving something away).
And yet, even so, I still enjoyed the book immensely; as one who has read the previous books and has become slowly captivated by the story, it would prove quite difficult not to enjoy 849 pages more -- whatever flaws it may contain.Read more ›
ERAGON was (and is) one of my favorite books. It is timeless and fantastic. It follows the classic `hero's journey', yet adds enough twists to remain fresh. It is long, but never boring. And, like Sabriel and Northern Lights, I feel children will still be reading and enjoying it decades from now.
ELDEST was a bit of a disappointment. Over-long, talky, and boring for most of its length. The Battle of Burning Plains was a fitting end, though, and gave me hope that the remainder of the series would be worth the wait.
BRISINGR was everything that Eldest was not. Things happened. Eragon grew stronger, and for the first time it appeared as if Galby might be defeated. There were boring parts, yes (ie, the dwarves choosing their new King). Yet the book as a whole brought everything together and setup the epic finale.
So, you ask, what of INHERITANCE?
Well... It was Meh.
It is sad that an 850 page book can be abbreviated thus. But I don't know how else to put it without rambling. However, I shall try to consolidate my ideas.
The first 740 pages of this book were excellent. I could debate some points, such as the birth of Elain's baby or Roran leading the siege of Aroughs. Neither of those storylines added much of anything. They could have been cut, or perhaps turned into the "exclusive content" at the end of the Deluxe Edition (which is certain to be released). I could also express disappointment at the climax of the book, which had a great setup, but was remarkably anticlimactic. Yet, none of these things bothered me.Read more ›
Throughout the series, Paolini creates numerous storylines and stays true to them. By the time the third book ended, there was a vast array of ideas to keep track of, and they played beautifully off each other, like the inner lines of a symphony. Some of the storylines, we all knew how they would end, even midway through the first book. And that was fine; the joy was in reading how these things should come to pass. Other storylines, we expected some kind of twist, and Paolini sometimes delivered. But then, with 100 pages to go, he destroys the vast majority of these storylines. Mysteries which have teased us since the first book are left cloaked in ambiguity. The culminations of various romances (whether fulfilled or unfulfilled) are skimmed over as an afterthought.
I can only come up with one theory: Paolini took longer than expected to write this book, and he ran into publishing deadlines. Pressed for time, he was forced to rush what should have been a grand finale.
A scene comes to mind where the series' protagonist, Eragon, is training.Read more ›
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I've spent so much time invested with all of these amazingly thought out characters that its difficult to accept that the story doesn't continue. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Shaddux Obscura
I'd first like to say that the writing was good, but there are two large issues I have with the content (mainly of this book, the rest of the series is [for the most part] fine). Read morePublished 2 days ago by Chuan Chen
I was really hoping for an ending. Book 3 said the last book was to be split in 2. Book 4 was good until the end. I absolutely hate cliff hangers. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Gypsy
Ok bought this book to finish a great series... Lets say i was dissapointed. The first two books were awesome and page turners. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jrcairtime
I loved the way that this series ended. My only wish is that he would continue the story.Published 6 days ago by andrew
Excellent series for young preteen and teens. My son loves this series and has all the books, and has read them all multiple times. Read morePublished 11 days ago by sam
Fantastic copy, well taken care of and shipped. The book series, in itself, is a must for any fantasy lover. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lindsay Cervenak