Inheritance: Long awaited. Dragons. Magic. Love it.

I pre-ordered my copy of Inheritance by Christopher Paolini months ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about the fact that it wouldn’t ship until release date and ended having to wait a few days for it. Stupid really, since I work in a bookstore. Live and learn. I probably would have waited to read it anyway. I’ve waited so long for this book  that I had to be able to just sit and read it. And do nothing else.

Inheritance is the fourth and final book of the Inheritance Cycle. I loved the first three books in the series and was not disappointed with the conclusion. The epic journey of Eragon from country farmer to dragon rider is a coming-of-age story at heart. Of course there is the magic and the dragons and the evil king…but essentially it’s about a boy finding who he is.

The books are all bricks, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Don’t be daunted by the size; however, they are adventure tales and read quickly. Paolini is a masterful storyteller. His characters are flawed, heroic, lovable, and strange. The world he creates is rich in setting and history. While Alagaesia is full of classic Tolkien-esque archetypes of high fantasy, Paolini adds unique touches that make the story interesting and unique–namely, the dragons and riders.

I enjoyed this book immensely. It is a fitting conclusion to an epic journey that leaves just a few mysteries unsolved, as it should be in a book of this magnitude. Nothing major, mind, the book is just working on so many levels that Paolini designed it to end this way. I have to admit, I am sad that the tale is over. Not as devastating sad as when Harry Potter ended, at which point I knew my childhood was officially over–thankfully, the movies stretched this date quite a bit. But still. I will miss Eragon, Saphira, and Arya. The books were released far enough apart, and I enjoyed them so much, that I have re-read/listened to them several times. Sir Christopher Wren once said: “Choose an author as you would choose a friend.” And, indeed, I do.

I have heard Paolini say he may return to the world of Alagaesia at some point. If he does, I just hope he does it right.

There aren’t too many details about the plot in this post, because if you haven’t read any of these books I don’t this to include spoilers. The whole Inheritance Cycle is amazing. Read it.


  1. Mattia | 20th Jul 16

    I’ve read this Cycle entirely and without interruption in my e-reader. I was fallen in love with the movie and the first book had confirmed my love. But I then found the story basically a reperition of the (teen-ager) idea of growing. Eragon increases his pack of ability, but he doesn’t become a man. It’s quite evident that author was very young!

    • loveonlit | 20th Jul 16

      Yes, true. This is a classic coming of age series but very enjoyable. I thought he grew over the course of the book. It will be interesting to see what Paolini does next. I wish I knew how to tag you in this!

      • Mattia | 21st Jul 16

        Interesting sure! With my email you can tag me?

        • loveonlit | 22nd Jul 16

          I don’t know! I didn’t know you would be notified but you were, so that’s great!

          • Mattia | 22nd Jul 16

            I’m notified if you give a reply here, but I’m not if you write a new article. If you want to notify me in this case could I give you my email?

          • loveonlit | 22nd Jul 16

            Oh, that’s easy to fix! You can go to my home page and just click where it says “sign me up!” On the right hand side. Then you’ll get an email whenever I post. ?

          • Mattia | 22nd Jul 16

            Great! Thank you Anna! ?

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