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.
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