Inheritance by Chris Paolini – Book Review [djinn24]


djinn24 once again returns to books reviews with the fourth and final book in the Eragon series of books: Inheritance by Chris Paolini released November 8th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

The fourth and final book of the highly anticipated Inheritance Cycle is finally here! ~ The Founding Field



Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was 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 chances. The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.
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I have been a fan of young adult fiction since I was a young adult myself. Even though I have now grown up I still enjoy the relaxed and light spirit that these books offer the reader.  Yearly I make it a point to read my favorites over again to ensure they stay with me. I started reading this series back in 2004 and have enjoyed each book as they came out, and have even reread the first books of the series a few time.  Paolini is not the best author out there, but was able to spin a good tale in the initial books, writing stuff that kept you wanting to continue to turn the pages. Originally this series was only going to be three books but was then expanded to a forth book because the end of the story could not be completed in only three volumes.  As an author you could see Paolini growing up and maturing as he continued to write which lead me as a reader to believe that he was going to kill it with this final book.
In this book Eragon and his dragon Saphira lead the Varden in an attempt to over throw the king of Alagaësia, the evil Galbatorix. I have to say this book was highly disappointing to me. Weighing in at 880 pages there was a large amount of room to wrap this series up in an epic fashion, which the book failed to do. I was thinking the book was going to have the most epic story and ending, boy was I wrong.  For a book with 880 pages you really only get about 250 pages of real story, the rest was filler that had little to nothing to do with the overall story plot.  I know some people will argue that the side stories added to the ending and led to how the book ultimately ended but hundreds of pages for minor additions really made for a slow moving story line that grew stagnant the more you read it.
To be truthful the only reason I finished horridly long book was the fact that I had read the first three and wanted to wrap up the series, hoping maybe I would be surprised by the ending in some way, but alas no, the entire plot line in the forth book was so easy to guess that nothing was a mystery, how you think it is going to end folks, is pretty much how it is going to.  They win.  Saved you from having to torture yourself by reading all of the filler.
I am going to have to give this book a 1/5, I did not feel as if this book was a fun or a good read.  It was easily predicted, it was way to easy to put it down, and honestly the book felt as if it was forced out of the author instead of flowing.  I honestly feel as if there was little to no editing done with this book.  There is just way to many little side stories that continue for too long that honestly do not add to the overall story and would have been better done if it was done as foreshadowing instead of a directly told story.  This was a book that could have had a lot done with it but failed.

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