27 November 2011

Book Review: Inheritance (Inheritance #4)

Inheritance (Inheritance #4) by Christopher Paolini

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday/Random House
Published: 8th November 2011
Pages: 860
Main Characters: Eragon, Saphira, Roran, Arya, Nasuada, Murtagh
Date Started: 12 November 2011
Date Finished: 27th November 2011
Rating Given: ***

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.

It has been quite a few years since we last heard from Eragon and Saphira and finally we got the fourth and the last of the series and I was so excited about it and just couldn't wait to get my hands on it but I was a little bit disappointed.

First of all this book is far too long at 860 pages it was a bit too much for me especially when some of the story dragged a bit. The bits that dragged was really bad and felt like giving the story 1 star but then there was a lot of parts that was so entertaining that I wanted to give it 5 stars which was why I went halfway with 3.

I liked that before we even got into the story there was a brief history of what has happened in previous book, however I didn't think that it was enough as I found myself wondering what they was on about in certain places and even who some of the characters was. I don't think it's a series I could have re-read before reading this one as like this book there is a lot of pages to read.

I also liked that at the end of the book we got a pronunciation guide which we have had in all the books which really does help with some of the really difficult and words that we have also not heard of before. I do wish we got it at the front because by the time you get to the guide it is a little bit too late at least by this book we know where it is so we can go straight to the back before we start so we know how to pronounce the words.

I found the battle scene's was done really well and the last battle was brilliantly done and I was always on the edge of my seat just wondering who was going to survive or what was going to happen with the injured. One of the death's in the last battle was actually surprising I wasn't expecting that person to die.

I loved the way Eragon had grown as a person in this and the other books I would loved to have seen him grow in the future. I also love his relationship with him and Saphira it was beautiful to watch them bond even more. I found myself feeling sorry for both of these characters by the end of the book but I won't spoil it for anyone else plus this could just be me.

Overall I would have loved more to the ending where we went more into the future of their lives and less in some other places. What would have been even better was if it was split into two books as it would have been easier to read. I loved parts and hated parts but all in all it was a descent end to the series.