Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle, Book 4)

Christopher Paolini
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 further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.Sneak Peek at Chapter Titles from InheritanceMooneaterTo Feed a GodBlack-Shrike-Thorn-CaveA Crown of Ice and SnowA Cradle SongDancing with SwordsA Sea of NettlesNo Honor, No Glory, Only Blisters in Unfortunate PlacesThe Hall of the SoothsayerBurrow Grubs


Reviewed: 2020-03-26

Book 1 and 2 are amazing, it was obvious he was inspired by Lord of the Rings but most modern fantasy is and he wrote the first book as a kid. It's justifiable. In Book 3 we see he has grown as a writer but his overconfidence with this fact becomes his downfall. He overwrites, trying to show off his growth by bouncing between different perspectives despite it being unnecessary (and frankly many times unwanted). Still it was decent addition. Here in book 4 he went off the deep end and all the issues with book 3 become amplified.

Not only is it drastically overwritten like book 3, he leaves too many loose ends (which he claims was "on purpose") for a final book in a series. Apparently he is also claiming he will one day write a book 5 to tie up these loose ends but it will not be for a very long time. I do not believe "The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm" is meant to be this book 5. The climax involving the big bad felt rushed and more went on outside the scene than in it. Moving to the ending, it is probably the worst of any book or series I've ever read. Three of the most prominent characters go against the natures he has just spent the entire series setting up, and everything is left on a very sad forlorn note. While I will defend his inspiration from Lord of the Rings in his earlier works, what he did here is inexcusable. The end is almost a carbon copy of the ending to the Lord of the Rings series.

I genuinely feel like Paolini said "Screw it" toward the end and did a great disservice to fans. In my honest opinion, this was the worst book in the series and the ending is unjustifiable and frankly lazy. I will likely never buy any of his works going forward.

Reviewed: 2019-11-30
Alfred A. Knopf
Reviewed: 2018-10-06
Reviewed: 2018-07-18
A good ending to a great series, but I really, really wanted Eragon and Arya to end up together :/
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