Review of Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Overview from www.goodreads.com: 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.
I finally, finally finished the Eragon trilogy and it was everything that I hoped it would be and more. It was also the longest by far which was great because I could really make my enjoyment last. I would have felt let down if it had been over too soon.
The reader is dropped into a battle that Eragon is in the midst of fighting though I am ashamed to admit that I don’t remember which one it was. Soon after however Eragon must prepare first for the invasion of Dras-Leona and then finally Uru’bean, the stronghold of Galbatorix.
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers so I will try to be brief and thus avoid giving away too much of the plot.
In Dras-Leona, Eragon and Saphira manage to chase Thorn and Murtagh out of the city only to be told that the city is not important to Galbatorix. Still Eragon is able to get revenge on the priests of the city even as he discovers the true nature of their bizarre religion.
Meanwhile Roran proves himself just as remarkable as his cousin when he takes the city of Aroughs when the previous commander has failed. His willingness to try something crazy nearly gets him killed. It is also the very thing that wins him the battle though at great cost.
Even after the siege of Dras-Leona is successful, Eragon finds he is still unprepared to fight Galbatorix. He couldn’t even defeat Murtagh last time they fought and Galbatorix is even more powerful. How can he even hope to get close to the king, let alone defeat him? He is determined to find the answer.
The werecat Solembaum provides a clue to answer but it will cost him the one thing he doesn’t have—time. Still he knows that he can’t let the Varden down so he makes a side trip to discover the answer. Even that proves difficult however since he must discover his true name to get the answers he needs.
As Eragon tries to discover who he really is, warts and all, the Varden are pushed to the breaking point. Can they defeat Galbatorix or will he enslave and kill them instead?
The story here is wrapped up completely in this volume though not in a neat little package the way it seems to be in so many novels. Nearly all of the characters are forced to make big sacrifices for the right to live as free people. The maintaining of peace requires a delicate balance.
The conclusion is long but well worth the reader’s time. I think most of us who have gotten this far will find it satisfying, especially when we have invested so much time in this series and these characters.
In fact, I can only think of one thing that I didn’t like about it. In spite of Elva’s role in this book she continues to be referred to as “the witch child.” Even at the very end. This seemed totally unfair as she has also sacrificed much to help the Varden. It doesn’t seem fair to call her a witch, even in jest. Fortunately, this is just a small part of the story.
Contains: fantasy violence