Eva Schwanenflugel Reply to on 30 March 2014
|The "Inheritance Cycle" (4 books in all,) is an extremely fulfulling fantasy on all counts ; the individual characters, the landscape/map, the various races and their cultures, etc. We have large battlescenes, but also longed for discovery within the land. And within our favorite persons. No mistake, this is a "getting of age" tale for all involved, especially for Eragon and his beloved dragon Saphira of course, but also Arya, the elf woman who was responsible for bringing Saphiras egg to Eragon in the first place, as well as the leader of the Varden, Nasuada, and Eragons cousin Roran.
In book 4, "Inheritance", Christopher Paolini really surprises with his tale-spinners ability.
Eragon is, as those of you who have followed him know, not quite unsimilar to the character of Frodo Baggins in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by Tolkien. He means well, but is often engulfed with remorse when he fails to accomplish what he deems right.
This quality, (or as some might think, lack of it), brings Eragon to doubt a lot of decisions he is making. This ethical element inside him is further hightened through a long stay in the elvish forest-capital of Du Weldenvarden where he is being trained during book 3.
In the final book, all must come to a conclusion; either the Varden will persist and conquor, or all Alagaësia will fall to ruin under the evil dragonslayer and self-proclaimed King Galbatorix and his mighty spells.
We are finally told a great secret which leads Eragon to discover the truth about how to eventually defeat Galbatorix. However, their strenghts still arent matched equally, and Eragon must further improve his mental and physical training to be up for anything like a challenge. After all, his brother Murtagh and dragon Thorn has been forced to swear allegience to the King, and though unwilling to really hurt Eragon, has not hesitated to kill others around him.
So that this review remains spoiler-proff, I will only add that Roran and Nasuada will get plenty of narration.
I will just add that I was awed by the final book. As much as I had tried in the previous 3, I was not able to fathom the secrets and events in the final one. You have great read ahead :-)