Thoughts on “Inheritance”

So, I finally finished reading Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance. All 849 pages of it. I’ve followed the journey of protagonist Eragon for five years now, ever since I heard about the books from a classmate who delivered a book review talk for English in Grade 8. The story piqued my interest back then, and I’ve become engrossed in the richly-imagined world created by Paolini ever since.

However, upon completing the fourth and final book of the Inheritance Cycle, I’m left with a bitter aftertaste. I won’t divulge any details (to avoid spoiling the story), but the last 100 or so pages just seemed to waffle, sputtering the story to a forced conclusion. It was quite obvious (and Paolini did mention it in the afterword) that there will be an inevitable return to the land of Alagäesia (and beyond…).

These characters’ stories have yet to conclude. Whilst I would’ve liked to have a proper, full conclusion, providing closure to the cycle, I am somewhat excited at the prospect, no matter how small it might be, that there will be a Book 5.

Overall, I do recommend Inheritance to all fans of the fantasy genre, and of the series.

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4 thoughts on “Thoughts on “Inheritance”

  1. Ha! I was referencing you when I wrote that bit in the post. After listening to your talk, I thought this would be a cool series to get into; it was. Did you read “Inheritance” yet?

  2. Hahaha yea I thought I did an Eragon book review in grade 8!! I just bought Inheritance recently and I have like 150 pages to go. Pretty stoked that you mentioned there’s going to be a 5th one. Cristopher Paolini is an absolute magician when it comes to writing! 🙂

  3. Yeah, I’m sure there’ll be more on Alagaesia. He’s a great writer, but I must say I was a bit disappointed with how this last one ended. Let me know what you think of the book when you finish it 🙂

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