*SPOILER ALERT* DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ INHERITANCEInheritance: Inheritance Cycle, Book 4 (The Inheritance cycle)
When my sister first got me the Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr books for Christmas a couple of years ago, I wasn't too impressed, because I hadn't heard of the books before. HOWEVER I was very pleasntly surprised and I absoloutely loved the books, being my third favourite fantasy series (after Harry Potter and The Hunger Games). I could not wait for Inheritance to come out pre-ordered it at the first possible chance I got. Boy was that a big mistake.
There are great bits to this book hence the 1 star rating and I concur with many of the other reviewers here that it all seems to go wrong in the last 100 or so pages, after the demise of Galbatorix. The good parts are:
1. The chapter about the Vault of Souls was very good, as was the whole of the sequence on Vroengard.
2. I found the slight twist of a romance between Nasuada and Murtagh very interesting and also her torture scenes with Galbatorix i felt added a lot to her character.
3. I loved the way Galbatorix was killed, having to feel all of the pain he had caused everybody he had hurt in life. However I thought the sequence of events were slight rushed.
4. I loved th scene between Arya and Eragon, when they get drunk off of Wyrdens elf mead. Even though it should have been longer.
HOWEVER there were a lot more things that I didn't like, such as:
1. I felt the book was toooooo long, there was unnecessary detail about all of the battles fought and too much emphasis was put on POV's from Roran. I would have liked to have had a POV from Arya or Murtagh.
2. There was NO expansion on the story of Angela. Like many fans of the book, she is one of my facourite characters, she is so quirky and weird. I was really looking forward to reading more about her back story, but alas it was not revealed. This I feel is a big mistake by CP.
3. Eragon is way too self destructive in this book, he DID NOT have to leave Alagaesia, he is a dragon rider after all and he can fly to wherever he wants whenever he wants, he allowed the prophecy to dictate him too much and that proved the undoing of the book.
4. THE BIG MISTAKE is that of the conclusion of Eragon and Arya's "epic romance" or lack there of. Fair enough CP if you didn't want them to end up together then so be it, but he could have at least put in more of a romantic story or made at least something happen. A kiss at least, all they do is hold hands, that does not read as epic in my eyes. They should have ended up together, as why nudge at little hints the whole way through the cycle and then end it like that, such an abrupt way to finish things, which left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. She finally admitted that she may have feelings for him and he just leaves anyway, if he is supposed to love her as much as he says, then he would have stayed. Once again both of their duties prevail and he must go his way to train new dragon riders and her to her own as queen of the elves (another subplot that i thought was unnecessary and would have allowed Arya to accompany Eragon). A very bad ending to the book which destroyed all of the good thoughts I had about it.
There is soooo much more I can say about this e.g. Broms seven words, the seemless abrupt end to nasuada and murtaghs romance, solembums story etc. However i will stop here because I dont want to waffle on anymore than i already have.
I am completely and utterly saddened by this book and wish it had ended differently. CP I beg of you please try and correct your mistakes with this book and clear up all of the loose ends with either an extremely long epilogue or an entirely new book.
One thing i can say for sure is that if CP does not make a way to rectify his mistakes, than I will never ever read this cycle of books again. If you have not read the book yet, all I say is DONT BOTHER, YOU WILL BE WASTING YOUR TIME.