Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

10979800

Format: Paperback

It began with Eragon…

It ends with Inheritance.

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 out of 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 chance.

The Rider and his dragon have come father than anyone dared to imagine. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

 

Last night with a sense of finality I closed the book that ended the Eragon trilogy that ended up being a cycle.

It’s a little odd to think that there won’t be any more books in this series. The ending could be continued. I think if Christopher wanted to he would be able to have another book after this one, such was the ending.

The ending wasn’t really what I expected. I mean, I don’t know what exactly I did expect but it wasn’t that.

After many battles, with Roran leading some of them, Eragon, Arya, Saphira and Elva finally confront Galbatorix. The ending for Galbatorix was as expected. The book wouldn’t have been right if he had continued to live. That’s what this series was all about.

There were many surprises in this book, almost all of them were good, which really added to the final story.

Quite often I would find myself reading about Alagaësia and thinking that it is a far off magical land that is nothing like anywhere on Earth or any time on Earth. And then Paolini chucks in something so ordinary, like the mention of sheep, and I’m reminded that it’s not so different after all, that the basis of Alagaësia was probably taken from Earth.

It’s been interesting, following Eragon, Saphira, Arya, Roran, Nasuada, Murtagh and Thorn as they have all grown and all suffered at the hands of Galbatorix. All of them have developed and for the better rather than for the worse.

As Roran has become a more prominent character in the books he has shown great skills that have been very valuable to the Varden and their struggle to claim the Empire.

Nasuada has shown great leadership, even so soon after a great loss in her life. She has put everyone else before her grief and been able to work through it and make her father proud.

In this last book we were able to see another, more compassionate, side to Murtagh, even while he was within the evil clutches of Galbatorix. His experiences with Galbatorix have changed him, but, it seems, with he would be able to be more like the Murtagh we originally met, who saved Eragon’s life and who was trying to save Brom.

I think that Arya has changed the least. She was a great warrior to start with and incredibly loyal. By the end of the book she has taken on greater responsibility but it wasn’t much of a surprise.

Eragon has had to change the most. With the arrival of Saphira, the death of Brom, the fighting in the Varden, the meeting with Oromis and Galedr, everything has been a whirlwind of action for Eragon ever since he left Carvahall with Brom and from everything that has happened he has become a better person, someone that is always willing to sacrifice his life for others, who is capable of staying level-headed, someone who isn’t going to turn on one race as he has friends in all the races and is loyal to all of them.

All I wish to do now is leave you with a quote. One that describes a feeling everyone is looking for:

To know that you were with one who cared for you, and who understood every fibre of your being, and who would not abandon you in even the most desperate circumstances, that was the most precious relationship a person could have, and both Eragon and Saphira cherished it.

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