At last, young adult fantasy readers can rejoice! Christopher Paolini’s final book in the Inheritance Cycle has been released, and with a staggeringly creative name: Inheritance.
For those of us that have a college degree, we will only discuss Inheritance with those who have read the previous books, or we will cautiously read the e-book version or thumb through the pages of the 800+ page clunker after strategically removing the dust jacket (This is so all the cool people won’t see us reading a book with a dragon on the cover).
Inheritance is the followup to Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr (I still have no idea how to pronounce this word or about 50% of the names in the book- in fact I’ve found it difficult to talk to others about the players in the books, because we never seem to understand who the other is talking about).
Inheritance is the final showdown between Galbatorix, the evil King of Alagaesia and Eragon the Rider; along with his colorful cast of friends: Saphira, his dragon who suffers from spells of vanity, Arya, the smokin’ hot elf who is out of Eragon’s league, Roran, his totally awesome hammer wielding cousin and many, many, many more… seriously.
If you haven’t read the books and enjoy good fantasy stories that are an easy (but not necessarily quick) read- check out the Inheritance Cycle. A word of warning: Do not read these books if you are on the hunt for spectacular character development or spellbinding writing. In fact if you are looking for literature with such qualities… run far, far away from Paolini’s works.
BUT! If you want a great storyline, it doesn’t get much better. To me, its kind of like Star Wars. What an awesome story!
Just don’t pay any attention to the script.
In Paolini’s defense, he started writing the series when he was 15. So if you start reading Eragon, keep in mind that the very raw writing comes from the desk of a brilliant high school student. And you should also be encouraged that the books increase in quality and level of enjoyment with each new installment.
3.5 out of 5.
If anyone hasn’t embarked on the series and is going to start, or is rereading before starting the finale, count how many times in the series the phrase ‘waking dreams’ is used and let me know… it will get really, really, annoying.