Review: Inheritance

InheritanceTitle: Inheritance
Author: Christopher Paolini
Published: November 8, 2011
Author’s Website: http://www.alagaesia.com/
Genre: Tween/Teen Fantasy

Review:  The fourth and final book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, Inheritance wraps up most of the loose ends while leaving some intentionally frazzled.  Galbatorix is toppled, Murtagh again flips back to the more-good-than-bad side, a cache of Eldunari and dragon eggs are discovered which Eragon takes under his protection, Arya returns to the elves, and the dwarves and Urgals return to their regions, as do the Surdans to their newly expanded territory.  As if there was any doubt, Angela is much more than an herbalist, but we don’t learn precisely what nor from whence she came.  Oh, and we welcome a new Dragon and rider.

Bottom Line:  The book wraps up all the ends that needed to be wrapped up for satisfactory closure of the story.  I wasn’t crazy about the final confrontation and demise of Galbatorix and Shruikan.  Lots of time was spent on Eragon and Arya practicing sword-fighting, more so than the final battle…it seemed that way anyway.  It just didn’t feel epic enough to serve as the climax to a four book series.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Inheritance

  1. atoasttodragons March 26, 2012 / 10:32

    I read the first book in the series, but never proceeded any farther. It wasn’t bad, it just never really hooked me.

    • lorwynd March 26, 2012 / 19:59

      There were certainly plenty of periods in the reading (over the course of the series) that it really dragged and there didn’t appear to be a point to what was going on except to provide some sort of character development. In itself, character development isn’t bad, but if it’s thrown in simply to give a character another dimension that doesn’t help more the plot along, at that point or in the future, it doesn’t need to be there.

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