Friday, January 6, 2012

Review: Inheritance

Inheritance (Inheritance, #4)Inheritance

Series: Inheritance Cycle, #4
Author: Christopher Paolini
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Fantasy
Features: Dragons, elves, dwarves
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: November 8, 2011
Source: Purchased
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Not so very long ago, EragonShadeslayer, Dragon Riderwas 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 chance.
     The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to imagine. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? If so, at what cost?
     This is the spellbinding conclusion to Christopher Paolini's worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.
No pressure, Eragon. I must say that this book surprised me. In a good way, of course. Christopher Paolini had a considerable challenge. To me, it felt like there were a million unanswered questions when we left off at Brisingr, and I honestly couldn't see how he could finish Eragon's story in one final installment. Well, he did it, and I'm not feeling a need to storm into his house and demand a proper conclusion to Eragon and Saphira's story (possibly with violent means).


First, the bad: Honestly, I don't like Roran's story. He's an okay guy, sure. But the majority of his POVs were boring and not really necessary. I found myself groaning every time I saw those three stars that marked the end of Eragon's POV and the beginning of Roran's because the chapters seemed more like filler than anything (that is, until the final battle). The capture of Arroughs? Good for them. I don't really care. Also, the birth of Elain's child? Again, not necessary. Paolini could've just said "by the way, Elain had a girl who had a bad lip and Eragon healed her" and been done with it. 


What I thought was good but others might not: I think many people might disagree with me when it comes to the end, but to each their own. Based off of other reviews, others loved the story until the last 150 pages or so. I saw that complaint many times. They felt that Paolini didn't "stay true to his characters" and concluded their stories in a way that just wasn't right. Well, I say BS. This is his book. He knows his characters best. And besides, I think he finished the story perfectly fine and I was completely satisfied. (I think he stayed true to his characters. If that counts for anything.) Those of you who are romantics... read with an open mind. Even better, Paolini says Eragon's story isn't finished. Boy, I wanted to throw a party when I read the acknowledgments. One tidbit that did seem a tad ridiculous was with Saphira. Again, I won't give anything away, but let's just say she seems like a completely different personer, dragon near the end. 


Finally, the good: Well, everything else! Paolini was able to cover every single important character and in some aspect wrap up their story. I really enjoyed the goings-on (going-ons?) and felt that the author masterfully weaved his story. Everything was interesting and exciting (except Roran, cough). Yes, there's a bit of a deus ex machina. Get over it. 


This series has been a huge part of my life. I read Eragon in elementary school. (I can't remember exactly when. Second grade?) That's about as close to growing up with this series as you can get. It was and remains a favorite series of mine, and I can't wait to continue it through whatever else Paolini brews with that young brilliant mind of his. He's like, 24, and he's already published an epic series? Even if you don't agree with how wonderful the story actually is, you can at least give him credit for better writing and grammar. Improvement is always good.


I don't know when the next time I will be writing a review on the Inheritance series will be, so for now, this seems the end. In conclusion, I loved this series, and I still do. The final book was not a disappointment. Fantasy lovers, this is a must read. For those of you that are wondering, we do not know Angela's back story yet. I do have some theories. I'll be interested to hear what yours are, and what you think thought about this novel. There's a lot for discussion.


And dear Mr. Paolini, please write faster. I really don't want to be done with college by the time the next book comes out.


May the stars watch over you!

First Line:
The dragon Saphira roared, and the soldiers before her quailed.
(Nothing like starting a novel with the fierce, all-mighty Saphira!)

Quotes/Excerpts:
(*flips to random page*)
"I know what you intend to say," she stated.
"That may be," he growled, "but I'm still going to say it. You killed ***- you killed him as surely as if you had stabbed him yourself. If you had come with us, you could have warned him about the trap. You could have warned all of us. I watched *** die, and I watched Arya tear half her hand off, because of you. Because of your anger. Because of your stubbornness. Because of your pride... Hate me if you will, but don't you dare make anyone else suffer for it. If you want the Varden to lose, then go join Galbatorix and be done with it. Well, is that what you want?"
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