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“Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini

Friday, January 06, 2012 - Book Reading
“Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini

Back of the Book:

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the spellbinding conclusion to Christopher Paolini’s worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

Eric’s Review on Goodreads.com:

In conclusion, this book suffers heavily from an editor that didn’t do her job, and a writer with no concept of relevance. It is an ending to the series, and some people might call it good, though I think a lot more are going to call it bad. Most of this book is just Paolini jingling his keys at his readers, and really should have been cut or developed to the point that it actually was relevant to the plot. I think he felt he had to add filler to this book because there wasn’t enough of the story left to make a full book after the split, but honestly, had he developed the areas of the story that needed it fully, rather than wasting his time with filler, this would have been a much better, if a little shorter, book. It’s not the length that counts, it’s the story. If it’s told well, a great story can be finished in a page, rather than hundreds. (read the entire review here)

I chose to read this book because I read and loved the first three and I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for years. I wish I could say I was joking about that, but at least Paolini made the wait worth my while! ^_^

Literary Merit:

This book was well-written, incredibly detailed, and unforgettable. Paolini doesn’t take the easy way out. Ever. Well, nothing that wouldn’t be believable in the world he has create, anyway. And very obviously he planned for every one of his major plot elements since the first book.

“Inheritance” will make you think and question and wonder. Take your time with this book. Don’t rush through it and don’t read it if you can’t remember the events of the first three. Trust me on this.

I feel as though the Inheritance Cycle tends to take a backseat to Harry Potter, and that’s understandable. The Harry Potter books are often easier to read, there isn’t a mini-dictionary at the back of the books, and there are eight Harry Potter movies for the seven books. Eragon, though, is just as complex, intriguing, interesting, and entrancing as Harry. His world is as incredible, magical, and detailed as Harry’s world. There is nothing “less” about Eragon’s world. These stories are equals and if you enjoyed Harry Potter you should at least give the Inheritance Cycle a chance. The Inheritance Cycle will be around for centuries.

Plot:

This plot is strong. There are no obvious plot holes that I can find and it’s obvious that that Paolini had all the major events planned from the very first book. Even when working his way through intense battle scenes and following multiple charachters, Paolini holds it all together.

Characters:

Eragon is a Dragon Rider, a magic user, a human-elf hybrid thanks to the dragons, and, most importantly, a good person. The very best thing about Eragon is that he always tries to do the right thing, even if it hurts him.

Saphira is a dragon, bonded with Eragon, and the last female of her species. Describing her is almost impossible because of how different she is from humans, elves, dwarves, and urgals.

Arya is an elf, daughter of the queen, ambassador to the Varden, and my favorite character. In spite of everything, she remains strong and unwilling to go down without a fight. Even when she knows she is walking into certain death, she doesn’t hesistate if it is necessary.

Roran is strong, obsessive, madly in love with his wife Katrina, and my other favorite character. There is something to be said for a man who is orphaned, has his home destroyed, and leads his town across an entire country with only a hammer for a weapon in order to track down the creatures who took the girl he loves. ^_^

Nasuada is strong, pretty close to unbreakable, and I don’t like her. I’m not sure why, exactly, because her character is fantastic, but I don’t like her. She does get things done, though.

Murtagh is a broken soul, a Dragon Rider, and enslaved. Murtagh is my favorite non-villain. I want so badly for him to break free and join the Varden. We see a side of him in this book that we haven’t seen before and my heart just aches.

Thorn is a dragon, bonded with Murtagh, and also enslaved. We learn very little about Thorn until the end, and I don’t want to give too much away, so…

Galbatorix is the bad guy along with his massive dragon Shruikan. He’s extremely strong magically and has ruled the country for a century. I’m not a big fan of his, but I have to give him props for his greatest achievement. But, I can’t tell you what it is… Read the book!

Personal Enjoyment:

In case you haven’t guessed, I loved this book! It was amazing, wonderful, and the perfect ending to this series. There were a few things that I know other people didn’t like about the ending, but I really can’t see how Paolini could have stayed true to his story while giving those people what they wanted.

I’m still a little fan-girlish over how great this book was, so I may come back and a little more detail to the review, but I can’t say enough how perfect this ending was for this series.

In Conclusion:

Pages: 860

Published: 2011-11-08

Format Read: ebook & real book

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The very worst thing about this book is how many times I’m going to have to reread it in order to feel I’ve absorbed enough of the story.

The very best thing about this book is how well Paolini stuck to his story and didn’t make lame changes to make certain readers happy.

Occasionally Important Information:

Wrap-Up: 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge
Wrap-Up: 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge

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