Sunday, November 27, 2011

Inheritance (book 4) by Christopher Paolini

Whew! I’m done. I brought this book on a trip and at 850 pages it was like lugging around a barbell. Eragon’s quest has finally ended in the last of the Inheritance Cycle books. The story begins with the Varden, (rebels  comprised of dragons, Urgals, dwarves, werecats, humans and elves who want to overthrow the villian, Galbatorix), capturing cities on their way to Galbatorix’s headquarters in Urubaen. Belatona is the first city to fall followed by Roran leading a suicide mission in an attempt to capture the city, Aroughs. Galbatorix is a tyrant who destroyed the previous riders who ruled the land and whose purpose is to control everyone and everything that breaths in Alagaesia. He does not see himself as a dictator who leads by fear and tries to convince the Varden rebels to join his cause. Nasuada, current leader of the Varden,  is captured and tortured by Galbatorix and Eragon must lead the Varden into a desperate battle against Galbatorix. Assisted by Arya and the leaders of the Varden they battle their way to an exciting climax.

The detail the author put into creating Eragon’s world called, Alagaesia, is truly amazing. The author has created his own language and detailed the mountains, lakes, and cities so they come alive and it is easy imagining their colors and shapes by the reader. Most of the characters change in some way in this story. Eragon matures and is less rash and temperamental. I did think the beginning was slow mainly because I didn’t think Roran changed and I couldn’t get into his story as he fought the battle at Aroughs. Much of the dialogue is about strategy for overtaking the city and battle scenes. Others will like the details. Once Eragon gets in the story I couldn’t put the book down. The battle scenes and magical war between Eragon and Galbatorix is interesting. I liked at the end how Paolini mixed the magical traps Eragon was trying to get through with Roran fighting outside.

I didn’t particularly like the ending. It didn’t make sense nor was it necessary for Eragon to isolate himself to that extreme. It felt like Paolini was saying goodbye to Eragon rather staying true to the character. But it was still fun and I enjoyed the book immensely!

Reading Level Young Adult
:-) :-) :-) :-)  4 out of 5 Smileys

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