Release Date ~ November 8, 2011
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.
I'm sure that other avid book readers have waited for years for a book in a series to come out. These books can be pretty risky business. Either they're terrible and too drawn out, or they're amazing. I will be the first to tell you that Inheritance by Christopher Paolini was the latter. I've been waiting for the fourth Eragon book to come out for a good couple of years. This book did not disappoint!
- Amazing Action Sequences
If any of you have read any of the Eragon books, you will be able to relate when I say that usually, it takes me a bit to get through them. They're a bit slow at first. With this book, within the first 50 pages, I was hooked. This book picks up right where the last one left off. You read about some awesome battle scenes, that are not too long but not too short either. I could picture exactly what was happenning during all of the scenes.
- Lively, deep characters
In this book, Paolini really helps to explain who the characters are and why they act the way they do. You learn a lot about Eragon, Saphira, and even Nasuada (who, by the way, is hands down my favourite character). He does some major character developement, which actually helped the characters become more real and relatable. We're shown some of their fears, dreams and what they really think iand feel internally. You learn A LOT about Nasuada, who's always seemed kind of distant in the books. I was pleased I got to be more involved in her story in this book.
- The Ending
The ending was brilliant because after the main storyline was over and done, it kept going for a bit. The whole last hundred pages or so is like one long epilogue. Some people may have found it unnecessary, but I found that it gave a nice sense of closure. Almost all of the loose ends were tied up neatly, and any of the ones that weren't annoying at all.
Review copy received from Random House Canada; no other compensation received.