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Inheritance (Eragon / Eldest / Brisingr) (The Inheritance Cycle) Paperback – Box set, November 9, 2010
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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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feel that this series is worth an opinion. I read the trilogy when it first came out and had difficulty with all the names of the people, places and
languages. I found myself flipping to the directory to find out how to pronounce names and seeing what different phrases meant. Then when I
would go back to my page of reading I was re-reading to incorporate what I had learned. By the time I ended the 3d book and found out that it
was going to take a Book 4 to complete the series I was very disappointed but determined to read it when it came out. The wait was longer
than expected and by the time it came out I had forgotten most of what I had read. Even with the synopsis I found that I was not sure about
everything so I went back and read the trilogy again. I'm glad that I did. If you enjoy fantasy this is a very good series to read. Still having
to go back and look up definitions and phrases (which I didn't always do because I eventually learned some - like "brisingr"- my favorite) I
found myself being a part of the story. I felt that I knew Eragon, Brom, Arya, Roran, and so many others. And I flew with Eragon on the
back of his blue dragon, Saphira, when he battled Murtagh, his half brother on his red dragon, Thorn. I was part of the Varden, and I was
part of the dwarves and elves. I learned to quiet my anxieties by adapting the lessons Eragon learned from Oromis, his teacher and last
free rider. I fought battles using "Brisingr", Eragon's powerful blue sword. I could go on forever with how this trilogy pulled me in the second
time around. It takes a lot for me to give my opinion of something, but this I am comfortable doing. If you think I am a young person who
enjoys fantasy novels, let me say that I am a 68 year old grandmother and I enjoy a wide range of reading subjects. It's when a story pulls
me into it's pages that I know I have found a good read. This would not be for everyone, but if you don't have a particular genre that you
like, I would definitely give this a try. I am now reading book 4 and nothing has changed. I am still on the back of Saphira along with
Eragon and still enjoying the ride.
That being said, not all fantasy novels are created equal. One thing the best have in common is not only a good plot, but a well developed character history, a developed system of species roles and classes, and a rich descriptive environment where it all takes place.
I am amazed that the Eragan series was written by someone so young as it has all of these things. I enjoyed the fact that while the book is something an adolescent could read, the narration was descriptive and articulate enough for an adult to enjoy as well. I have found that most books geared toward teenagers also have a teenager language base, which was not at all the case for these novels.
The characters develop well, and you can't help but love them all: Eragon starts out a boy, but ends up questioning his own humanity and value system because of the huge burden that is placed on his shoulders. Saphira is wise, has a sense of humor, but is also innocently jealous and possessive. I love the character Roran becomes, strong and fierce, but with a weak spot for those he loves.. I could go on, there are just too many characters to describe.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone! It's not sexual, doesn't have awful language, and is not excessively violent (I have younger kids, these things turn me off from letting them read a lot of books.)
I hope that the author decides to continue writing on this world, and makes spin offs and more stories,
As the dragon lance series has! I'd love to see how his writing has grown as he's gotten older