Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book Review: 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 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

Inheritance ( Inheritance Circle #4 ) by Christoper Paolini
Hardback, 860 pages
Published November 2011

REVIEW (contains spoilers):
The Inheritance Circle is one of the first series i remember reading. Probably like the 4th i ever started. And since this the last book of the series, i would like to do more my post as a discussion like a clean review. So beware for many spoilers.

In general i can say i really like the series. I had problems from time to time with some characters or events but they were enjoyable reads. Still, after the 3rd book i was quite disappointed and the fact i had to wait about 2 years about this one didn't really help with my expectations.

The first 500 pages were amazing! Paolini really has outdone himself on that first part! His writing was better, his scenes were better, the characters were better...everything was exciting and interesting. There wasn't a boring moment or something to make you go "nahhh...". For me this certain part of the story, was the best thing he has ever write. Far more entertaining and a real page turner.

Then we have the 2nd part of the book where i started to have small problems. Not that it wasn't nice, but i felt like he was losing it a little or that he was trying to close the story too fast. And i really slowed with reading it.
>It started with the part, where Eragon travels away and he understands that the world is round like a ball. It was a really "wtf?" moment for me. Even though i could understand how Paolini wanted to show us, how little Eragon knows and more of his character...i felt it was unnecessary.
>Then we have the atomic bomb elf. Again, i understand what Paolini was doing and explaining. But really? An elf which turn to energy as atomic bomb? I still can't get it in mind. It just doesn't fit the story for me.
>Ignoring that, Eragon goes back and we are ready for the final battle. Eragon is strong enough and he actually has a chance against Galbatorix. So i'm like "yay". So they have a plan, and here is everyone in a room with Galbatorix. And what we see? That Galbatorix is stronger than Eragon, Saphira, Arya,Elva and Eragon's Eldunari all together....yes obviously Eragon wins but for me it was unfair. The way he wins, was not convincing enough and i really went "mehhh".
>Another thing, that i had problem with that while he spent 500 pages in battles..he only spent about 250 pages for the final battle, plans, the learning of his true name, the exploring and travelling Eragon did...And then another 200 pages after battle, which most of them weren't really needed. Not only that, at the end you have like more questions when the whole story started. Even if, next books are planned when you finish a saga you have to answer 95% of the questions you created.
>Lastly, i feel like there was unnecessary romance created. Half smiles for Arya and Eragon, so we can all hear they won't be together in the end. And an unexpected, love story between Murtagh and Nasuada (how that appeared i have no idea), which again turned to nothing. I don't mind nothing happened between them. But mostly that both did not have strong base to stand and felt empty.

So is the book good? YES! It was way better than i expected and enjoyed it a lot. An obvious ending cause of the prophecy but still it was good.

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