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Inheritance (The Inheritance cycle) [Hardcover]

Christopher Paolini
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8 Nov 2011 The Inheritance cycle (Book 4)

It began with Eragon . . . It ends with 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 farther than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

Featuring spectacular artwork by cult artist John Jude Palencar, this stunning book brings the bestselling Inheritance cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.

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  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens; First Edition edition (8 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038561649X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385616492
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 5.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Paolini was educated at home by his parents. His abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen. He became a New York Times bestselling author at nineteen. Christopher lives in Montana, USA, where the dramatic landscape fed his vision of Alagaesia.

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"This is just as brilliant as all the other books in the series and ends spectacularly, but not in the way I expected . . ." (Guardian)

"The popularity of fantasy books shows no sign of waning. Kids are catered for with Inheritance by Christopher Paolini" (The People)

"Featuring spectacular artwork by John Jude Palencar, this book brings the bestselling Inheritance cycle to a breathtaking conclusion" (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

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The final stunning book in the Inheritance cycle featuring Eragon and his dragon Saphira.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to give it 5 stars! 15 Nov 2011
By Natalie
After the long wait it's finally over!

This book carries straight on from the last and has everything you'd come to expect from the other books in the series. I found myself getting a little bored at times with the constant battle scenes and enjoyed it when the book broke away from them at times. However having said that I still found it really enjoyable and couldn't put it down!

There are a few unexpected twists and turns that I really enjoyed and was pleased he'd included. He also throws in a few really good chapters towards the end where we see a different side to one character in particular. Personally I loved this part of the book and enjoyed finding more about them.

There has been quite a bit of disappointment with the ending so I didn't have great expectations for it, but when I actually read it I enjoyed it. I think he rounded off the story pretty well. How it's left (without giving away anything!) to me seems to end this particular chapter for Alagaesia but leaves a lot of room to pick the story back up or link it in with more stories from this world at a later time. I found some parts of it a bit frustrating, but I hope that it's so he can pick back up on it at some point as there's still a few questions that need answering and I'd love to learn more about certain characters such as Angela!

Overall I really wanted to give it 5 stars but I think it was slightly let down in parts. However it definitely deserves 4 stars and is worth a read! It's also worth sticking with it if you find your concentration wondering at parts, especially if you've enjoyed the others!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By leora
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all.. NO SPOILERS!!!


1) Christopher Paolini has a certain style of writing which is unique.. it is well detailed, enrapturing and flowing.

2)In general I felt this book lived up to standards of the previous books in the series.. better infact. A lot of books do not always tie up all the loose ends. The fact that this book did pleasantly surprised me. A few examples - Sloan in Du Weldenvarden(does he recieve his eyesight?), The Menoa tree (Eragon owed the Menoa tree for taking the brightsteel for his sword Brisingr), Birgit (Roran caused the death of her husband in book one and she wanted revenge - I forgot about this!). This is one of the single most reasons why I am satisfied with the book. You may or may not like the ending but at least it addresses all of the unfinished business.

3) Another satisfactory point addressed in this book is that in general, books tend to end with or shortly after 'the final battle'(whatever the outcome may be). In Inheritance the final battle ends and there are a good few chapters of the aftermath.. what happens, unrest, happiness, businesses etc.

4) I am thoroughly happy with what Eragon and Saphira found in Vroenguard in the Vault of souls (was not expecting that!!! Readers you will know what I am talking about). Also the Eldunari make things more realistic in terms of power to the Varden.

5) The 'final battle' was appropriate.. Galbatorix afterall has serious power for a reason. The way in which Eragon fights back is fitting.


1) It can be frustrating when a particular exciting chapter in Eragons life is left dangling with anticipation and is then followed by a chapter in Roran's life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed!! 21 Nov 2011
By Bamba

I first read Eragon just before the movie was released & being an older reader & quite sceptical, was delighted that I was so impressed by the superb world that the brillant Christopher Paolini gave us. I adored Eragon & thought Eldest was equal to it, if not in places slightly better!!

Brisingr I was slightly disappointed with especially when I got to the end & found the Inheritance Trilogy had become the Inheritance Cycle & we had to wait again to find out the ending.

Now here we finally have Inheritance & what can I say? The ending was not worth the wait & I am so disappointed that I would go so far as to say I kind of wish I had never read Eragon & feel that it has spoilt those two books that I love so much to some extent!!

Christopher Paolini is a gifted writer, this cannot be denied & at times you really see this in this book but he pads it out too much - I think it is maybe his reluctance to let go of this world that makes the book fail.

Roran is a great character, but do we really need useless Chapter after Chapter of him fighting battles (that we have already correctly guessed who had won them!) & although the solutions that Roran has come up with are intriguing at times, basically these chapters are just filler & you do not need this in a final book!

The book could easily have been 200 plus pages shorter & none the worse for it!

However it was the ending that was the worst part of this book. Really? I am gobsmacked that Christopher Paolini thought that was the ending his loyal fans deserved. Does the romance we have waited 4 books for happen?
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5.0 out of 5 stars but a great book nonetheless
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Enjoyed every moment of it. There seems to be scope for more so yes please. The narrative transports you Bravo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great end to a brilliant series
excellent ending to a very good story. all loose ends tied up.brilliant. 2nd time I've read it and still made me cry.
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a very emotional end to an incredible story. the battles scenes got a little old in the end but I understand their importance to the story
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these books are amazing i would say read the books they are best. written really well wish there were more books maybe stories about the other characters. Read more
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