Title: Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, book #4)
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Knopf Publishing
APC: 850 pages
Dragons: We've been over this
Am I sad the series is ending: 100%
I have finally arrived at the conclusion of my favourite series, and I was so excited to read it but so sad to be finished with the series. I remember when this book first came out, I immediately went out to buy it (I was like 11 I didn't know about pre-ordering yet). It then sat on my self for... 5 years, I believe, before I decided it was time to read it. Can you tell I have abandonment issues?
ANYWAYS, let's get to the review.
Inheritance is the fourth and final book of the Inheritance series. It follows Eragon and Saphira as they enter the final battle against King Galbatorix. For the full blurb, click here.
This was a very highly anticipated novel for me, and it did not disappoint. There were so many unexpected twists and turns that were absolutely vital to the story that I had to put the book down on multiple occasions to process what I had just read.
Let me tell you how anxious I was when it finally came the time for the ultimate showdown: Eragon vs. Galbatorix. It's hard for me to describe my feelings without spoiling the most anticipated scene in the series so all I'll say is that it was phenomenal and I had to take multiple tea breaks.
Eragon has grown so much between book one and four. Paolini did an excellent job in illustrating a young farmboy turn into a mature, powerful man. There are moments of clarity in the book that make you think back on everything that's happened so far to lead the pair where they are today, and it makes me feel proud of the characters I've fallen in love with.
The thing that gets me the most excited is that Paolini simultaneously closed the story and c reated so many opportunities for spinoffs or story continuations. There are so many possibilities for the future and I can't wait to see what comes after this. (to this degree, Paolini planned out this series and wrote the first book at 15 and finished it in his 30's).
The thing that gets me the most excited is that Paolini simultaneously closed the story and ceated so many opportunities for spinoffs or story continuations. There are so many possibilities for the future and I can't wait to see what comes after this.
*Sigh* there. It's over.... what now?
Weelllll... There's The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm! Paolini released this collection of short stories based on the Inheritance Cycle, placed a year after the last book. And if you're a fan of science fiction, he released To Sleep in a Sea of Stars this month, so definitely check those out.
B.O.O.K. Project Analysis
Writing Style - Paolini's writing style has significantly improved from the first book to this one. There's a maturity that has come from the years of working on this series. You can tell the difference in his tone between Eragon and Inheritance.
Plot Structure - Inheritance starts off full of action, which is condusive with a last book in a series. There wasn't need for an inciting incident, as we were feeding off of Brisingr. This book had the biggest climax and most calm and closured falling action/conclusion, which ended the series nicely.
Character Development - The growth of Eragon and Saphira through the beginning to the end of Inheritance, not to mention from the beginning of the series, is incredible. Paolini was able do demonstrate a real maturity through his characters, which came from himself.
Worldbuilding - We were able to learn a little bit about what's outside of Alagaesia. Paolini took the worldbuilding to another level by expanding outward from the world he kept the story in for the majority of the series. He also opened up opportunities for more growth in the future possible spinoffs or books written in the same world.
Theme/Message - Friendship/unity. Inheritance demonstrated a strong unity between the multitude of characters brought to life in this series. We witness every race work together to defeat the evil in the land. In the end, Eragon promises to stay connected and allied with those he fought alongside.
I reviewed the rest of the series! If you want to read those, click here:
Eragon → 🔵🐉
Stay tuned tomorrow for a review of The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, a small collection of stories based on the Inheritance Cycle.
Until then, read on.
~ Hayley's Reviews xo