I can’t believe it’s over! So this is the last book of the Inheritance Cycle – which I still think is a crappy name of this series, it should just be called the Eragon series or something. But anyways. I remember my first experience with Eragon – I was working at Waldenbooks and we had a lot of copies of Eragon and the 2nd book, Eldest because they were so popular. The covers were soooo pretty, and I decided to try Eragon out because it looked cool and I wanted to be able to tell customers about it. I signed a copy of Eragon out (man that was a great perk about working at Waldenbooks) and I devoured it! I ended up buying both of the books in hardcover, and have stuck with the series since. And it’s one of the few series that I own pretty hardcover copies of, as well as paperbacks for when I want to re-read them.
For those of you who watched the Eragon movie and then decided it wasn’t good and turned you off of the series – try the book. It’s SOOOO much better.
Anyways now. There will be spoilers if you have not read the first three books of the series!
So, this book is all about the big epic battle against Galbatorix – the Varden is marching towards him with a lot of spirit, but Eragon is still pretty clueless as to how he is actually going to fight him. He has the Eldunari of Glaedr, and that’s really his only secret weapon. So the book starts off in the middle of a battle to overtake one of the Empire’s cities, which was a good strong start – lots of action. From there Eragon worries about his responsibilities to the Varden, how he’s going to defeat Galbatorix, and what he and Saphira are going to do if they ever manage to succeed.
Obviously, I can’t go into a lot of detail here because I don’t want to ruin the book for those of you who haven’t read it yet. Maybe I’ll post a second, spoiler-heavy review sometime soonish. I will say that of course Eragon succeeds – can’t have a major epic fantasy series in which the hero fails to win it all, right? But even knowing that, I think Paolini did a good job of still keeping you on your toes. Of course we finally see a lot more of Galbatorix and he is one powerful baddie. Eragon’s chances of defeating him often seemed really slim, but the advantages and weapons he found were interesting, clever, and surprising.
So, fans of the series know that this was originally supposed to be a trilogy but Paolini decided he needed a fourth book to wrap it up. I agree – a lot happens. However, I do think the book is a little longer than it needs to be. There was just too much filler at sometimes, mostly during battles (of which there were several) and because there were also chapters from Roran and Nasuada’s points of view as well. And while those chapters were necessary, I think there was a little too much detail and description here and there.
However, I’m happy to say that I’m really pleased with the conclusion to the Inheritance Cycle. Paolini didn’t end or wrap up everything in the picture-perfect way I thought he would. He was really inventive in some situations and it ended on a refreshing note. And I absolutely look forward to reading the whole series straight through in another year or two, to re-experience the epic fantasy and adventure.
It also seems to me that Paolini left it open to the possibility of a spin-off series or book sometime – like set in the same world, but in future years and maybe with new characters. Which I have to say would be a really cool idea.
So overall, I’m happy! Inheritance was a great ending to a FANTASTIC series. I really hope that Christopher Paolini has more ideas in the works, because I’ll buy whatever the next book he puts out is.
Sarah Says: 4.5 stars