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Inhertaince This book is amazing yes it can be boring at time's but come on. He made the first book in high school imagine how young he was when he wrote this he hasn Teen, 13 years old Written by FantasyNerd March 31, This is my favorite book series. It has violence, sure. It has drinking, sure. However, it is an awesome book series. Fudge the people who give it less than 5 stars.
Shame on you, Common Sense Teen, 13 years old Written by Sluggie October 19, The Thrilling Finale to a magical story This is a fantastic book with elements of magic, politics and adventure. The real thing that sets the book apart, however is the fantastic storyline. What's the story? Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Book details Author: Christopher Paolini Genre: Fantasy Topics: Magic and Fantasy , Adventures Book type: Fiction Publisher: Knopf Publication date: November 8, Publisher's recommended age s: Magic and Fantasy.
For kids who love fantasy. Fantasy Books for Kids. Best Fantasy Movies. Eragon becomes leader of the Varden. Eragon realizes that only he and Saphira remember the Rock of Kuthian, because some mysterious force is making everyone in Alegesia forget it. Even Solembum, the werecat who gave Eragon the advice to go to the Rock of Kuthian when all hope is lost, does not remember.
Murtagh has a change of heart. Eragon and Saphira discover something about themselves. They find a way to possibly defeat Galbatorix. The Varden attack Uru'ben. Galbatorix has the ultimate power. Murtagh helps them. That's all I can give up. Sorry if the after review wasn't as amusing as my pre-review, but I'm currently in just-finished-reading-an-amazing-book shock. Christopher Paolini did say that he will write more books in the world of Alegaesia in the future. I just lived through these torturous past months waiting for Inheritance to come out and now you're telling me that I have to wait some more?
He even goes so far as to say it could be 5 years before he writes it! That's it. I'm not reading his books anymore. Until I learn the title of his next one. Then I will become re-obsessed.
How fickle I am. Read Inheritance. It will knock your socks off! View all 37 comments. Nov 10, Mara rated it did not like it Shelves: I am desperately trying to think of one concise word which sums up the sheer misery of the last five and a half days, in which I had to slog my painful way through this page monstrosity.
The horrors of Inheritance are so vast and so many that I am unable to; instead, I find my mind reliving the pain, the awefulness, and the absolute boredom of this book. So maybe I should give up trying to express my feelings in one word - since it apparently cannot effectively be done - and just relate to y I am desperately trying to think of one concise word which sums up the sheer misery of the last five and a half days, in which I had to slog my painful way through this page monstrosity.
So maybe I should give up trying to express my feelings in one word - since it apparently cannot effectively be done - and just relate to you the attrocities which face any Reader brave enough - or dumb enough, depending on what led to such an unforunate circumstance I was being paid - to pick Inheritance up.
One thing I will say to my fellow critics - especially those being hired to read this book: Whatever small hopes I might have expressed in my review of Brisingr, they were all crushed. Character development? Plot twists? Dream on. Deepening of character relationships?
If you even wanted that, then you are already way too much into this series and will probably stone me for this review. Character deaths? My mind is drawing a blank. Paolini promised surprises and unexpectedness of all kinds; the only thing that surprised me was that I managed to finish this fourth - and blessedly last - book in this torturous four-volume collection as quickly as I did. Every single thing that happens is predictable, - no psychics needed - right down to the end.
But don't despair - there are some. Let's start with the worst of it, shall we? Now, I have often commented about the wrongness that prevades these books - in descriptions, word choice, and events.
In Eldest, we were presented with a bathing scene where our oh-so-lovable hero shamelessly eyes his now-naked teacher who is male, by the way from head to toe, and the Author finds it necessary to inform us helpless Readers that Oromis has absolutely no hair on any of his person. I didn't think things could get much worse than that, and it doesn't, but my goodness, does it come close.
Muscleman is as wooly as a baboon. Descriptions only get worse. In the same chapter, Roran is attacked by an assassin, and they fall into a heap at one point, trapped under a now-collapsed tent. Rather than expressing this in somesuch words as "Roran and the assassin fell atop each other in a tangle of limbs," he instead chooses the phrase and I quote directly: I can't tell you how much I squirmed in my chair and made faces; I even got a bad taste in my mouth and shrieked out loud in horror.
However, among all of the chaos of just plain badly-written battle scenes where Paolini attempts to be like Michael Cadnum and throws in gore, which doesn't succeed; there is a proper way to write gory scenes, and he didn't do it , looonngggg nightly character routines we get to read about Eragon's regular spelling sessions!
Enter, Mr. This part, by far, outweighed even The Chest Hair Chapter when it came to over-the-top unnecessary and ultimately vomit-enducing descriptions though the number of flared nostrils nearly did me in. Page is entirely devoted to describing, in microscopic detail, the clean and cultivated - yes, cultivated - fingernails of a character whose name you never even find out.
And I hate to say it, but those fingernails were the only thing in that entire book which had even a smidgen of personality. By the end of page , I knew those fingernails so well that I was inclined to give them names, and the description is so in-your-face thorough that whenever the owner of the nails walked through the door, I no longer pictured a man, but a giant fingernail with googly eyes.
And if that isn't scary enough, Inheritance abounds with monsters fit for your worst nightmares. Imagine, if you are brave enough, being attacked by.
No joke! Eragon is attacked by a giant snail, like the sort you find in your garden, which proves, once and for all, that Eragon really is a vegetable. If the Author inserted these snails for comic relief, it is a joke which falls flat and wastes time.
It is plain stupid and adds to the length of an already-lengthy novel. But apparently Paolini has some fear of insects, because before the giant snails, he introduces us to maggots called - again, I am not joking - burrow grubs with "obscene little mouths. Or even beetles, because there are actual existing beetles which are poisonous. But maggots?! The rest of the book is just disappointing - even for an anti-fan like myself.
Anyone who was anticipating an even halfway decent stand-off between Galbatorix and Eragon will be really disappointed. Also not surprising, Murtagh has a "change of heart" and does something that helps Eragon kill Galbatorix. I thought I would never say this, but for once I would have rather had a cliche hero-kills-villain death, as opposed to how Galbatorix really dies. I am sorry if I an spoiling the book for anyone, but presumebly if you're reading this, you either don't care or you've already read the book.
Rather than a sword through the heart or a fireball to the head, Eragon and his accomanying Power Jellybeans kindly show Galbatorix the error in his ways, from when he stole a candycane from his baby sister at Christmas, to his tempting people to join his side with their favorite cookies.
In the words of the book, Eragon "makes him understand. What do I need to add to this? What's wrong with this picture, people?! The villain - the evilest person in the book - is killed with sad memories!!!!! That brings up another point that plagued me throughout the book, and that is Galbatorix's supposed badness. When a country is controlled by a tyrant, there are signs of it: If I walked through Alagaesia and a random citizen came up to me and said, "Hey, our king is a tyrant!
Every once in a while, the Author kind of mentions a few high taxes, just in passing, but there has never been any real indication of a controlling king. Heck, Eragon and Brom traveled the entire country in the first book with no Imperial soldiers stopping or attacking them! No bands of knights or whatever pillaging. And I failed to see his massive evilness in Inheritance when he had occasion to talk with other characters. He, in fact, seems no more evil than the average evil person.
He sits in his tower all day, twiddling his thumbs, admiring his riches, eating cookies, making the occasional threat, and watching instructional videos on his plasma-screen TV. Explain to me how that makes him the Big Cheese out of the evil people in the kingdom. All in all, Inheritance was as I anticipated - aweful, painful, and boring. If you wanted an effective way of torturing people - well, this would be it!
No one could recover from the giant snails, maggots, fingernails, and chest hair - or the fact that the book ends a good seven times. And I feel for anyone who had to suffer as I did through it. Thumbs up to you critics who bulldozed your way to the th page, and didn't cringe too badly at the ending so obvioulsy stolen from The Lord of the Rings!
I take my hat off to you! View all 67 comments. View all 8 comments. Nov 10, Swankivy rated it did not like it. Read the really long version here. So let's break format and start with what I liked. This was my favorite of the Inheritance series. It was enough less of a chore to read than Brisingr that I very nearly considered rating this two stars out of five.
But then I realized I was thinking that way based on hating it less rather than liking it more, and figured that objectively I'm afraid it still deserves a bottom-of-the-barrel rating. Sorry, fans. First off, Paolini corrected a number of things that he's had trouble with in previous volumes. He introduced horses that actually get tired. He introduced characters who dislike the protagonists and don't automatically get written as evil or get punished for it.
He acknowledged that the elf Arya would be a better fighter than plucky farm boy Eragon owing to over a century of practice. He wrote a couple of conversations that felt like conversations.
There was no Super Special explanation for why Cousin Roran was such a badass. Nobody got brought back to life in a cheesy touching resurrection. I felt less like I was being fed lines and more like what the characters experienced was actually born from their situations combined with their mindsets. There was some decent human emotion describing Eragon's self-doubt, inner conflicts, sorrow, and crushing fear under his great responsibility. Roran's protectiveness and savagery as a man of war worked for me too when it wasn't weird or over the top.
Paolini regularly tried way too hard and forced the emotions until they turned into cloying thesaurus poop, but sometimes he did okay.
There were also certain bits that I realized I felt the way I did because of my personal experiences; in other words, at times I brought my own emotions to the table instead of actually being affected by the words, much like a fanboy loves a dragon no matter how poorly it's written.
I'm a sucker for that, because I'm a huge nostalgic hippie. Eragon's philosophizing moments and contradictory feelings were sometimes organic and they worked. It mostly just made me sad that this happened so rarely in the book.
This kinda made it seem like he has the capability to. The thing he really needs to learn is how and when to back off. Emotional evocation is easy. Humans do it eagerly when they read.
Just get out of the way, Paolini. Get out of the way of yourself. But let's get on to why you guys actually want to read my essays. All the stuff I hate! The biggest problem is still the obnoxious decoration. Sentences aren't Christmas trees. Stop decorating them. Even at this late stage, Paolini hasn't improved his tone-deaf prose or his tendency to decorate awkward sentences instead of pruning them. We still constantly encounter overdescription--and not just of weapons and clothes and faces and courtyards, but unneeded comparisons of perfectly good images to other things in a ham-fisted attempt to enhance them.
We can picture post-battle smoke as viewed from the sky just fine without being told that it "hung over Belatona like a blanket of hurt, anger, and sorrow," and it would actually be more poignant if he would stop forcing these associations onto every image. Let us feel it ourselves. Stop telling us what every cloud of smoke "means. A little of this is okay. Having no natural understanding of voice and tone and no knack for writing character cannot be amended or hidden through excessive adjective insertion.
Whenever I read a Paolini book, I feel like I was promised a comfortable shirt and was given an ill-fitting, scratchy garment whose tailor elected to "fix" its flaws with a frigging Bedazzler. Some particularly egregious examples: It consistently interrupts the action, resulting in situations like having a man running toward Eragon urgently, only to pause for two paragraphs while the man, his family, their history, and philosophy surrounding these folks is imparted to us in indulgent narration.
There's also an annoying pattern Paolini had in just under half the chapters: Some sort of action opens the chapter, and then we get at least a paragraph of description of the surroundings. If that didn't happen, more often than not we got a flashback that led up to whatever the current situation was.
It got very repetitive. And speaking of repetitive, Paolini has been doing this thing where he latches onto a certain phrase and keeps using it. For example: Add that to all the metaphors of leaves getting swept away in a storm of some sort, and this book just starts getting silly to read.
Other overused words include "crimson" nearly 50 times and "growled" regularly overused as a speech tag. At one point Eragon says "How is it you keep besting me? He's growling. And far from pleased.
Because Arya is beating him at sword-fighting. And just in case you were wondering, we get a paragraph of detail on Eragon's thumbs. Is your life complete now? Narrating the sacred Paolini spends far too long on an irrelevant scene in which Saphira flies them through a storm for no real good reason, and we're treated to several "poetic" pages full of descriptions of the beautiful post-storm night sky. The serenity and power of his observations is yanked away immediately as Paolini begins to narrate to us what exactly this is supposed to "mean" to Eragon.
He babbles on for a while and then hands down a trite little revelation about how people probably wouldn't fight each other anymore if they could see what he's seen. It cheapens it so much. You know what would have driven home the majesty and beauty he was going for? Some freakin' silence. Don't narrate the sacred, okay? Just invoking an image and then leaving us to marinate in that would have actually been good storytelling--a good character-building lesson in perspective for Eragon.
Instead, we get a litany of hollow platitudes yammered into our ears, rambling about how small he'd once thought the world was and how big it seemed now, and specific ways in which he "was once an ant is now an eagle" or some crap, and on and on about how he's reorienting his life because of this perspective shift.
Bad Dialogue: Werecats have always been noted for their secrecy and their solitude, and for remaining apart from the conflicts of the age, especially since the fall of the Riders. One might even say that your kind has become more myth than fact over the past century. Why, then, do you now choose to reveal yourselves?
There's this thing called "As you know, Bob. It is so written that it's insulting. Silly dialogue is also frequently praised by other characters, proving once again that even Paolini's characters love Paolini.
Here are a few lines of dialogue I thought were ridiculous: Lord of the Rings , of course: Elves are said to have come from across the silver sea. There is a line of Gollum dialogue. I still think Elva is inspired by Alia. But the jig was up on Paolini cribbing from Herbert when he named a dragon "Bid'Daum.
Monty Python: Seriously, the insults still sound like the French Taunter. Predictable nonsense: The red herrings were painful. It's glossed over, then denied outright, and then finally it of course turns out to be exactly what it seemed. It was also obvious, as soon as we found out that oaths can be broken if a true name changes, that Murtagh was going to escape Galbatorix's control by doing so. Even better: Brace yourselves. During a cheeky "history" ramble at the beginning, Paolini retells the events of his previous three books and promptly makes several misleading explanations which suggest he hasn't read his own books.
Katrina's pregnant at the start of the book and was already showing in the previous book. The baby isn't born until well after a huge denouement, before which occurred the planning, attack, and defeat of the dark lord, followed by rebuilding and a few uprisings.
Apparently all this happened in seven months. A newborn baby "smiles" at Eragon. Sorry, dude. Babies that young can't smile. That was gas. Healing a baby's face takes longer than view spoiler [killing Galbatorix hide spoiler ].
Post-baby-face-healing, the elves praise Eragon and say that his amazing feat in doing so was far beyond anything any of their spellcasters could have achieved. Eragon starts eating meat again, displaying no recognition that he decided earlier that eating meat was excusable only if other food sources were unavailable or if he thought it'd be too rude to refuse.
Paolini has stated in interviews as well as in his ancient language rules that the suffix "ya" makes stuff plural. He proceeds to break that rule about times in this book. Elva gets shamed and manipulated by Eragon in a horribly offensive way. She refuses to come on a mission. Someone dies. Eragon blames her, threatens her, makes her cry, forces her to apologize, and shames her into helping him next time. When confronting Galbatorix, he points out how weak it is to bring a child in, and he claims she came of her own free will.
He then proceeds to relent and let Eragon have a fair fight albeit with Murtagh. This "distraction" leads to a revelation that allows Eragon to mess with Galbatorix's head and he ends up destroying himself.
They leave out the werecats, even though werecats showed up as one of the forces to be reckoned with as a race in this book. Eragon can control reality at the end of the book because he knows the name of the ancient language. He then proceeds to act as though he is powerless to change some things about his life and others' lives that really suck: Some aspects of Elva's situation he can't leave her with power but still take her pain? Oh please. Lots of this too. A special spear that was thought lost to the ages is recovered in the first chapter when someone tries to kill Saphira with it.
It's a lance designed specifically to kill dragons. And then, despite having struck home on both Saphira and Thorn, it doesn't actually kill any dragons until view spoiler [they try to use it on Galbatorix's dragon.
Then it works fine! It depended on such dumb chance events that I couldn't swallow it. Especially when an enemy soldier who's suspicious of Roran is totally willing to just take a sip of his alcoholic beverage. Sounds totally like what military dudes would do before retreating! Sometimes, using the ancient language makes something become true like saying "fire" and suddenly there is fire. Other times, it's suggested you can't possibly say something in the ancient language unless it already is true, so it's a litmus test for lies.
That doesn't make sense. A cartoon villain scene occurs when Eragon and Arya are left chained up while a monster hatches from an egg. Once it hatches, it will eat them. Oh no! But of course, the culprits from a gore-obsessed religion don't stay to watch them get eaten alive. They stick around long enough to laugh at their plight, then leave the room. Which of course leads to them being able to escape in time.
Why is the video game boss so surprised when they emerge alive? It knows it signed up to be a Bond villain. When Eragon is directionless and doesn't know how to lead the Varden to victory, a prophecy is invoked, which leads him directly to a giant deus ex machina.
He goes on the prophesied quest, finds exactly what he needs, and also finds out that view spoiler [deceased dragons have been watching over him since before he became a Rider.
It was they who manipulated reality and his life to make everything improbable happen all along. Yes, Dragon Guardian Angels. Explains everything! Plus they find secret dragon eggs and therefore the dragons won't go extinct after all! When people keep asking him why he has to go and "never return," he invokes a prophecy Angela made. Angela also prophesied that he would have an epic romance. That said, even though he and Arya do not have sex or even kiss , they exchange true names, which is much more intimate and suggests handing over ultimate control of each other.
It's suggested strongly that they decide not to get together because of conflicting circumstances, not because of lack of feeling. Eragon clearly won the girl over by the end, even if it didn't pan out for him. His dragon got laid, though!
Saphira lost her virginity to Arya's dragon! Paolini's how-to on removing suspense from your novels: Eragon's cousin Roran and several other members of the Varden get crushed under a crumbling wall. Roran is the only one who survives because he happened to be underneath some kind of support thing when it fell.
It doesn't fool us into thinking your main characters are actually in mortal danger. A character like Roran could only die in self-sacrifice because there was no other way, or in a prophesied scenario, or, I don't know, saving a disabled child who's holding a puppy or something.
Paolini doesn't trust his audience. He thinks we're kinda thick. And I guess we are, if we're still reading these books expecting to get some kind of pleasure out of the experience.
I've noticed it's very common for him to say something that we can completely understand, but then just in case we're extraordinarily thick, he'll have an ignorant character show up and ask questions so he can explain stuff to us that was usually pretty obvious. Roran acts sexist, especially when he's doing so while pretending to give the finger to gender roles.
And Chris still hasn't figured out the difference between writing a strong hero and writing an antisocial bastard. Paolini's narration also suggests disabled people would be better off born dead, repeatedly compares people bending over to "like a cripple" or "like an old man with rheumatism," and advocates animal cruelty by having no one object to the werecats compelling regular cats to kill themselves in battle.
There is too much torture--with details that involve the famous geological comparisons--and sometimes he includes so many details that it sounds like he's trying to prove he did the research this time. And finally. Are you sure Eragon isn't you, Paolini? Wherever he looked, he saw an overwhelming amount of detail, but he was convinced there was even more that he was not perceptive enough to notice. I found this sentence kind of ironic. However, very much like his author, Eragon doesn't understand that detail is NOT what you need in order to fully and properly understand something.
I'd like Paolini to stop fixating on details and understand essence. View all 45 comments. Apr 26, Charlotte May rated it it was amazing Shelves: I must admit this has been a tough series for me.
I had to really push myself through them when I started out. But I am so glad I did as this final instalment was incredible! Paolini creates a deeply intricate fantasy world filled with its own politics, magic and villainy.
I loved the deeper focus on all the separate characters rather than just Eragon and to see the way in which the war against tyranny affected so many others. I actually felt melancholy when I reached the end. I loved this world I must admit this has been a tough series for me. I loved this world and everything in it - from the majestic dragons, mysterious elves, aggressive Urgals and tough dwarves.
Also Nasuada is my favourite! There were views from the different tribes that I didn't understand and almost disliked but that just reinforced the idea that it is a broad world, like our own but also nothing like it.
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I will definitely be re reading them again at some point as some of the information was so dense that I may have missed it the first time round. Overall a beautiful, well constructed fantasy world that I am sad to leave behind. View all 17 comments. Jun 24, Trina Between Chapters rated it really liked it Shelves: Everything felt well deserved, and there was plenty of closure.
The climax came about in a unique and fascinating way. BUT, the first half of this book dragged on longer than it needed to in my opinion. This is a truly epic series. If you love heroic quests with amazing dragons, interesting magic systems, and little romance, this is definitely one to check out!
View 2 comments. Sep 03, Rowan rated it liked it. Is anyone else so freaking excited for this book?! Why does it take him so long to write though? It's torture. I have so many predictions about what's going to happen, I couldn't list them all here if I wanted to. But the main ones are: I don't really like her but it would be kinda weird if Christopher Paolini threw in a new girl he falls in love with, in the last book.
He's going to change his name and get free from Galbatorix Is anyone else so freaking excited for this book?! He's going to change his name and get free from Galbatorix and end up marrying Nasuada. You know it's going to happen. Then he dragon can mate with Saphira and Arya and Eragon can be together. View all 25 comments. May 20, Drakonflight rated it it was amazing Shelves: It took me forever to read this book it's over pages but I am finally done and ready to write a review. Obviously, this book is the end of the Inheritance cycle.
You have no idea how profoundly sad that makes me. I love this series, and some of my all-time favorite book moments occur during it.
I shall never forget you. Despite, how long it is, you don't really notice. Riordan paced the book perfectly, so it never feels like some new, completely unfeasible stretch is being made to end t It took me forever to read this book it's over pages but I am finally done and ready to write a review. Riordan paced the book perfectly, so it never feels like some new, completely unfeasible stretch is being made to end the series. Believe me, nothing outlandish like, oh, say, coming back to life after being hit by a death spell happens to force an end to the series.
The end comes naturally, and you can see it coming. Inheritance reminds me of another, lasting pillar in the fantasy community; The Return of the King from the Lord of the Rings. Somehow I wouldn't be surprised if thirty or so years from now, this cycle is held in the same sort of esteem. I believe this series shall endure for a long time. And don't forget, Paolini still has years of writing ahead of him, and in the acknowledgments he mentioned possibly returning to Alagaesia.
If he does, I doubt Eragon and Saphira shall play any role, but there are so many other characters he could turn to, Roran and Thorn especially. I feel their story is only beginning.
Of course, even if the characters we love are never mentioned, I would still eagerly embark on any new tale Paolini presents. With Inheritance, he has proved himself a truly amazing author, and concluded a riveting tale begun so many years ago. View all 21 comments. Nov 09, Saga rated it did not like it. The dreaded Green Brick's actually lurking out there now. And some incredibly masochistic part of myself desires to find out whether it's as horrible as the prequels.
Oh Paolini, why do you have to insist on being the Stephanie Meyer of "high fantasy"? Oct 21, Charlotte rated it it was ok Shelves: This review Let's just say, I might have been very, very tired when I wrote it, and write another review.
Perhaps a more cohesive, comprehensive one. This book was split into two because the author found he was writing too much to compress into one book. Dude, that's because there were too many battles and unnecessary bullshit going on here. They could have easily been one novel. I'm going to summarize Inheritance with one word: There is a whole chap Wow. There is a whole chapter about a dwarf rolling a ball of dirt together.
I shit you not. Another thing that was pretty crappy: Roran this, Roran that. Roran fighting battles and being badass, Roran smashing people to pieces with his hammer, Roran adding absolutely nothing to the plot and taking up probably around valuable pages of plot and character development.
No thanks. To elaborate on how much the ending sucked ass Well, it did. Paolini basically wrote himself into a corner with an invincible villain and had to undo it by having Galbatorix defeated by Some more things that bothered me I'll keep adding onto the review as I think of them: The badass green dragon, the one who you see on the cover of this novel, so he MUST be important, right??
The badass green dragon who shows up for the last 50 pages of the novel and does absolutely NOTHING except make sweet, sweet love to Saphira while Eragon and Arya watch uncomfortably, presumably experiencing every sweet second of it through their psychic epic mind connections. So, it's kind of as if Eragon and Arya did get together, right? Once I explain the technicalities to any fangirls who haven't already figured it out, I can picture a victory celebration held by victorious shippers.
On second thought, I better not explain anything. The series was no masterpiece but it was entertaining enough.
This book wasn't terrible, so far as the series' standards go. By normal standards it was pretty shitty, but one thing I can comment positively on was the character development. We can see very clearly that Eragon has turned from a year-old creepy hormonal small-town farmer and also a total loser into a regal dragon rider with far more control over every aspect of himself. That's a good thing, right? So I've fulfilled my obligations? I can go now? Okay, review over. View all 4 comments.
Mar 27, Kasey rated it it was ok Shelves: It was by far TOO perfect and way too tidy. It was over complicated with wards, spells, ways to kill dragons, ways characters avoided death, perfect weapons, too perfect characters, anti-climatic battle with the king, and references to other bo Update: A blade that can slice through anything except the sheath it's kept in?!
The reference was Raxacoricofallapatorius You won't be disappointed with her parts in the book my opinion, some of the best parts , but Paolini dangles this mysterious character in our face for three books and gives us NOTHING concrete at the end.
There are some vague hints you can put together however you want, I just wish he would have gave us something definitive. In my opinion, the book was okay, but not great. That's my opinion. I would, however, recommend this series because while I didn't like the last book doesn't mean you won't like it. It's a matter of opinion; I think some people will love this book, others like me will think it's ok but that it could have been better, and others will absolutely hate it.
She is too perfect already and that being a dragon rider is the only thing Eragon is better than her at--admit it I think that the next dragon rider will be a character that was briefly mentioned in the past two books No more speculations, but all I have to say is that I can't wait for November!!!
View all 10 comments. Feb 18, Zenki the Hermit rated it it was ok. I love how nothing is black-and-white with Christopher Paolini. He touches every angle when it comes to narrating. Because of this, victory doesn't always mean rejoice, and defeat doesn't always mean despair. But there's a downside of him overthinking everything -- the dialogue became stilted, bland, and awkward, the elements bordered on being nonsensical, and I never thought there's such a thing as too much world-building up until The Inheritance Cycle.
I'm not really difficult to please, so it I love how nothing is black-and-white with Christopher Paolini. I'm not really difficult to please, so it's no surprise that I find myself deeply attached to some of the characters, Roran and Murtagh more than the others, but I also realize that this series could be much, much better had Christopher Paolini written the book with a different style and approach. If you read the book without stopping, merely being a spectator focused on the story and its events, you might not notice a lot of things are off, or maybe you'll notice them but you'll tolerate them.
Let's talk about the dragon Saphira's perspective: It's adorable and it is NOT a good thing! It isn't supposed to be amusing or adorable, it's supposed to be rrraaaaarrrrghhh. It's like how my dog would think if my dog had telepathic abilities. It's corny and out-of-place. The narration's also pretty straightforward and transparent, which isn't really good.
That's what you can do! Even if your oaths will allow only the smallest of rebellions, the smallest of rebellions might still prove to be his undoing.
Excuse me?! Is this a script? Show don't tell, damn it. I accepted Christopher Paolini's style amicably in the beginning, and my acceptance lasted for three books, but my tolerance can only do so much. It's like an academic writer attempting to write creatively. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but one has to understand there's a difference and if one uses an academic writing approach in fiction, there's also a limitation. If I was the editor, I would've cut dozens of paragraphs and chapters to spare the readers of boring text.
I know it's very difficult for a writer to throw away pages made with blood and sweat, but for the sake of art, it should be done sometimes. Even though slow-paced to a fault, Paolini's timing is commendable -- consistent and realistic. It's still a disease, though. It feels like he's too loyal with this consistency that he's willing to stay stuck in too-trivial details and whatnot, risking so much of the book's entertainment factor.
It withholds drama, suspense, and action. As if that isn't enough. A lot of the details are also out-of-place and out-of-balance. It's disappointing how Paolini left out in-depth narrations on important events e. Maybe it's an attempt of Paolini to cover up plot holes? It probably works sometimes, but it's not like it's a hundred percent effective. I can still mention stuff that don't make sense. I don't know about y'all great and mighty Eldunari, but if you want to defeat Galbatorix, then you'd do everything in your power to defeat Galbatorix right???
I understand the hiding part -- since the Eldunari that recused themselves from the fight were those that were too old and too young. But the dragon eggs? Come on! So many dragon eggs hidden and you relied on one stolen egg from the king himself when you could've been choosing riders to train and then begin building an army. From what you said, majority of those eggs aren't even bound to riders.
I understand it's difficult because it takes a huge amount of effort to focus on who or what you want to drain, but it could be practiced. What if Eragon learned how to drain Galbatorix's energy while fighting Galbatorix himself?
He wouldn't be so helpless then. Just a thought. Murtagh told her of the alterations he had made to the saddle Galbatorix had given him for Thorn--changes that Murtagh was justifiably proud of, as they allowed him to mount and dismount faster, as well as to draw his sword with less inconvenience.
She told him about the market streets in Aberon, the capital of Surda, and how, as a child, she had often run away from her nurse Just say that two characters bonded by talking about not-so-trivial trivial stuff. I mean, I can't be the only one dissatisfied with how the war ended, right? After all this talk about how powerful Galbatorix is and how Eragon couldn't possibly hope to defeat him but oh well, let's just charge to the capital and die anyway, I imagined it would be more difficult to kill the man?
I don't think it even took 3 chapters! There was this fight between Murtagh and Eragon, and I don't know what it accomplished. And Galbatorix dies just like that? I guess he did since Eragon's memories of the eggs came back. So I guess that's it. How utterly underwhelming. I shouldn't have read the series. The regret aggravates me. This book drained my patience, that's for sure.
May 14, Melody marked it as to-read. Anyone else wondering why he hasn't finished the freaking book yet? View all 5 comments. Overall, compare these four books, 'Eragon', 'Eldest', 'Brisingr' and Inheritance' in 'Inheritance Cycle' series the last two books were lot better than the first two books. Jan 09, Laz rated it really liked it Shelves: My feelings right now: Coming to its end, this series was overall amazing and made me feel so cozy and at home that I won't ever be able to part with it.
I cannot begin to describe my love for the protagonist, Eragon, who is by far my favorite male lead character. Paolini created a character and managed to make us grasp Eragon's entity. He is not just a fictional character to me, he is more, he is real and if you try to contradict me I will hurt you. This series had so many aspects to the things My feelings right now: This series had so many aspects to the things and it may have sometimes grown boring but that doesn't make it any less perfect.
I got to know to many characters, I grew to love many characters and in each of them I find a little bit of myself and for that I'm grateful to Paolini. I am pretty happy with the way the series came to end and I full understand why the author chose to do it this way..
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What I'm not content with is the way Eragon and Arya parted. He loves her so much and I'm not sure he will ever be able to forget his feelings about her and I'm also sure that she is every bit in love with him as he is with her and I would have liked, at least, a kiss before they parted. Not words. Just a kiss in order to hold on to the thought that in some AU Arya joins Eragon in the unknown and have many babies.
I'm so helplessly cheesy, I know. Lastly, this book has wrecked me for life. This entire world. I love it. It's a part of me.
Jan 02, Cheyenne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Old review when the prospective title was Shur'tugal: Title fail. Brisingr was hard enough, this is suicide. Only the hardcore fans like me will even bother to learn how to pronounce the title. New review: First of all, it's a pronounceable, English word, and second, it will actually help us remember what the proper name of the series is! Looking forward to reading it: Hope we get to see more of the dragons! There is still a lot of story to be told!
Jun 10, Colleen Houck added it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The romantic in me was dying at the end of this. Still it was a very satisfying conclusion to the series and I feel so awed by what Chris Paolini has been able to accomplish.
The language alone for all the different cultures included in the book must have taken an incredible amount of work. My favorite parts of this book were the dragon eggs, the green dragon, the giant snail creatures, and Murtagh. I have a soft spot for him and hope he finds happiness. May 02, Kyriakos Sorokkou rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 24, Morgan F marked it as didnt-finish Shelves: What the hell is taking so long? Wasn't this gonna be part of the third book anyway?
All his die-hard 5th grade fans will have grown up and hate reading by the time this is released. View all 18 comments. View all 3 comments. Apr 28, Mith rated it really liked it Shelves: It was better than I expected and then some. The good stuff: An admirable end to the trilogy cycle, with a fair amount of action, intrigue, magic and dragons. The epic battle at Uru'baen was skillfully done and kept me at the edge of my seat.
Loved both Murtagh's and Nasuada's storyline. Paolini's writing has picked up immensely; there was never a dull moment in the book - everybody was always on the move. I'm glad the focus was more on Eragon and Saphira in the book. It was getting It was better than I expected and then some. It was getting too crowded. Angela Mooneater. The not-so-good stuff: The editing was shoddy at first. It was painful going through the recap at the beginning. The reveal of the final dragon was a bit of an anticlimax.I equate the first pages or so of this book to shining a laser pointer in front of a cat, or jingling keys over a baby.
They cautiously make their way to the throne room after progressing through a series of traps, during which the elven spellcasters assigned to protect Eragon are taken captive. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
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