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(The Inheritance Cycle #4)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  188,114 ratings  ·  9,574 reviews
It began with Eragon... It ends with Inheritance.

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 heartbreaki
Hardcover, First Edition, 849 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Vampka Sure, it is! I heard that people don't like the ending so I read it with curiousity just to understand their opinion and I was surprised because I…moreSure, it is! I heard that people don't like the ending so I read it with curiousity just to understand their opinion and I was surprised because I loved it. Yes, it's full of cliffhangers. Yes, there are many questions left. But the story of Eragon ended, from the moment he left Alagaesia, a new story began. I can say that I'm fully satisfied with the closing. Altough I would love to read more of Nausada, Orik, Elva, the urgals in their new role, Roran's daughter, Murtagh's future or Angela's past, I feel like these characters - and many others - surely deserve their own book. I can only hope that Paolini is going to write them (especially about Murtagh and Angela), even if these stories will be only short novels in an other book, or even if I have to wait a decade to meet these characters again.(less)
Roni Of course it's worth reading. I mean, IF you've read the first two books then yes. But if you just started reading Brisingr without reading the first…moreOf course it's worth reading. I mean, IF you've read the first two books then yes. But if you just started reading Brisingr without reading the first 2 books then no, read the first two and then the next two. It'll make more sense when you actually know whats going on. IF you've already read the first two then you should continue reading book 3 and 4. It'll spice up a bit if you read further. (less)

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Before I begin this, I'd like to say that it's a rant. For those of you who don't like ranting- Don't read it. I actually happened to love this book, but I'm just a tad mad at the ending at the moment.

Dear Christopher Paolini,

How. Could. You.

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Miranda Reads
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

Why does everything have to be so hard? [Eragon] wondered.

Because, said Saphira, everyone wants to eat, but no one wants to be eaten.
This book makes my heart happy.

Eragon has graduated from isolated farmboy to savior of the kingdom. Along the way, he's faced trials, tribulations and terror.

He's fought the shade, the Ra'zac, Murtagh and more. All that's left is to defeat King Galbatorix. Easier said than done.

The king has held his long reign through more than sheer luck. He's stockpiled unima
Eric Allen
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Book 4 of the Inheritance Cycle
By Christopher Paolini

A Review by Eric Allen

After his early success, Christopher Paolini set to the final book of his trilogy. Unfortunately, for everyone involved, the outline he'd written for the third book wasn't going to fit in a single volume. He decided to split it in two. I have to question why, but I'll get into that later in the review. Now we've finally come to the end with the fourth and final book of the series. Was it a good ending? Well, to
Lauren Elena
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Before Reading:

I can't wait for this book to come out, but a tiny, miniscule part of me doesn't want it to come out because if it is not absolutly flipping fantastic, then I may have to kill myself. This final book needs to be better than the previous books, which is not an easy feat. Plus all the lose ends need to be tied up. I for one, am interested to see how Christopher Paolini pulls it all together.

Two things I am hoping for in Inheritance:
1. We will see some action from Galbatorix. And
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I am desperately trying to think of one concise word which sums up the sheer misery of the last five and a half days, in which I had to slog my painful way through this 849-page monstrosity. The horrors of Inheritance are so vast and so many that I am unable to; instead, I find my mind reliving the pain, the awefulness, and the absolute boredom of this book. So maybe I should give up trying to express my feelings in one word - since it apparently cannot effectively be done - and just relate to y ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is my ABRIDGED VERSION of my essay/review about Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. Read the really long version here.

So let's break format and start with what I liked.

This was my favorite of the Inheritance series. It was enough less of a chore to read than Brisingr that I very nearly considered rating this two stars out of five. But then I realized I was thinking that way based on hating it less rather than liking it more, and figured that objectively I'm afraid it still deserves a bottom
Charlotte May
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I must admit this has been a tough series for me. I had to really push myself through them when I started out. But I am so glad I did as this final instalment was incredible! Paolini creates a deeply intricate fantasy world filled with its own politics, magic and villainy. I loved the deeper focus on all the separate characters rather than just Eragon and to see the way in which the war against tyranny affected so many others. I actually felt melancholy when I reached the end. I loved this world ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
I REALLY enjoyed how the finale came about, and how everything led up to this. Everything felt well deserved, and there was plenty of closure. The climax came about in a unique and fascinating way. BUT, the first half of this book dragged on longer than it needed to in my opinion.

This is a truly epic series. If you love heroic quests with amazing dragons, interesting magic systems, and little romance, this is definitely one to check out!
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Is anyone else so freaking excited for this book?! Why does it take him so long to write though? It's torture.

I have so many predictions about what's going to happen, I couldn't list them all here if I wanted to. But the main ones are:

- Eragon ends up with Arya... I don't really like her but it would be kinda weird if Christopher Paolini threw in a new girl he falls in love with, in the last book.

- Murtagh is going to end up being good! He's going to change his name and get free from Galbatorix
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It took me forever to read this book (it's over 800 pages) but I am finally done and ready to write a review.

Obviously, this book is the end of the Inheritance cycle. You have no idea how profoundly sad that makes me. I love this series, and some of my all-time favorite book moments occur during it. I shall never forget you . . .

Despite, how long it is, you don't really notice. Riordan paced the book perfectly, so it never feels like some new, completely unfeasible stretch is being made to end t
Nov 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ohgods. The dreaded Green Brick's actually lurking out there now. And some incredibly masochistic part of myself desires to find out whether it's as horrible as the prequels. Oh Paolini, why do you have to insist on being the Stephanie Meyer of "high fantasy"?
Wow. This review.......... . . . . .. . .
Let's just say, I might have been very, very tired when I wrote it, and write another review. Perhaps a more cohesive, comprehensive one. Onward!

This book was split into two because the author found he was writing too much to compress into one book. Dude, that's because there were too many battles and unnecessary bullshit going on here. They could have easily been one novel. I'm going to summarize Inheritance with one word: bloated. There is a whole chap
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya

If you would like a chapter-by-chapter commentary/sarcastic review of Eragon and Inheritance, check out "distinctvagueness" on youtube...he pretty hilarious :)


Well, I have to say I was extremely disappointed with this conclusion. It was by far TOO perfect and way too tidy. It was over complicated with wards, spells, ways to kill dragons, ways characters avoided death, perfect weapons, too perfect characters, anti-climatic battle with the king, and references to other bo
Zenki the Hermit
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love how nothing is black-and-white with Christopher Paolini. He touches every angle when it comes to narrating. Because of this, victory doesn't always mean rejoice, and defeat doesn't always mean despair. But there's a downside of him overthinking everything -- the dialogue became stilted, bland, and awkward, the elements bordered on being nonsensical, and I never thought there's such a thing as too much world-building up until The Inheritance Cycle. I'm not really difficult to please, so it ...more
May 14, 2010 marked it as to-read
Anyone else wondering why he hasn't finished the freaking book yet?
Hasham Rasool
'Inheritance' is the best book in 'Inheritance Cycle' series.

Overall, compare these four books, 'Eragon', 'Eldest', 'Brisingr' and Inheritance' in 'Inheritance Cycle' series the last two books were lot better than the first two books. 'Eragon' and 'Eldest' were weakness compare to 'Brisingr' and 'Inheritance'.
My feelings right now:

Coming to its end, this series was overall amazing and made me feel so cozy and at home that I won't ever be able to part with it.

I cannot begin to describe my love for the protagonist, Eragon, who is by far my favorite male lead character. Paolini created a character and managed to make us grasp Eragon's entity. He is not just a fictional character to me, he is more, he is real and if you try to contradict me I will hurt you. This series had so many aspects to the things
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Old review when the prospective title was Shur'tugal:
Title fail. Brisingr was hard enough, this is suicide. Only the hardcore fans (like me) will even bother to learn how to pronounce the title. "Empire" would have been a great title.

New review:
"Inheritance" is a GREAT title :) First of all, it's a pronounceable, English word, and second, it will actually help us remember what the proper name of the series is! lol And the cover is just Gorgeous! :)

Looking forward to reading it :)
Colleen Houck
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Kyriakos Sorokkou
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ποιος να το 'λεγε ότι θα έβαζα πεντάρι στον Έραγκον;
Δηλαδή τόσο αψεγάδιαστο ήταν; 
Όχι φυσικά, αλλά απόλαυσα τόσο πολύ την ιστορία, επιτέλους θα μάθαινα πώς τελειώνει μετά από δέκα χρόνια σχεδόν αναμονής, και έτσι τις ατέλειες σχεδόν δεν τις πρόσεχα.
Ατέλειες όπως;
Αρκετές φορές υπήρχαν από μηχανής θεοί που βοηθούσαν ούτως ώστε να προχωρήσει η ιστορία, οι ήρωες, και πολλές φορές έρχονταν out of the blue που λένε και στο χωριό μου, χωρίς πολλές φορές να δίνεται κάποια εξήγηση γι' αυτό.
Η αρχή (βασικά
Morgan F
Jun 24, 2010 marked it as didnt-finish
What the hell is taking so long? Wasn't this gonna be part of the third book anyway?

All his die-hard 5th grade fans will have grown up and hate reading by the time this is released.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ένα τέλος αντάξιο της τετραλογίας. Δεν περίμενα τίποτα λιγότερο και τίποτα περίσσότερο. Καταπληκτική σειρά.
It was better than I expected and then some.

The good stuff:
1. An admirable end to the trilogy cycle, with a fair amount of action, intrigue, magic and dragons.
2. The epic battle at Uru'baen was skillfully done and kept me at the edge of my seat.
3. Loved both Murtagh's and Nasuada's storyline.
4. Paolini's writing has picked up immensely; there was never a dull moment in the book - everybody was always on the move.
5. I'm glad the focus was more on Eragon and Saphira in the book. It was getting
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Final Review: I think out of all four books, I did like this one perhaps the most. It had less of Eragon moaning and complaining and more of him thinking for himself. I guess that shows he has matured? I will say that I really don't like reading about Roran. I think any plot line that contained Roran was wasted space. Sure, he is smart at war strategy, but we didn't need to read about it and it took up a large chunk in the last 3 books that really weren't necessary. And finally, (view spoiler) ...more
This book is an unholy mess of contradictions and swirling tide pools of unnecessary words.

So, there are one of two ways this review could go: 1) I think of every single criticism I can that bothered me while reading this book and I write them all down until the review balloons up to the size of a small baby elephant (which is a pretty big size for a review), also including the things I think it did right as well; or 2) I take the lazy way out (which may also be the more pleasant to read, depend
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jun 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saghe-fantasy
Il tetto perde acqua

La sgangheratissima conclusione della saga è, né più né meno, una vera e propria pietra tombale che polverizza definitivamente l'intera opera orchestrata da Paolini.
Esaurite completamente le idee - molte delle quali attinte da opere di ben altro calibro -, la risoluzione finale dei conflitti in Alagaësia è un delirante guazzabuglio di sconfortanti cliché, alcuni dei quali ampiamente prevedibili già da un paio di volumi addietro (Vroengard, tanto per dirne uno).
Troppo banale
Xime García
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reseñados
Reto 2015: terminar libros empezados hace mucho.

★★: Pérdida de tiempo/dinero.

Menos mal que me gusta el género, si no esto habría sido un suicidio.


Dejemos una premisa sentada:
Paolini, sos una mierda para las relaciones románticas literarias, así que si vas a ser tan mierda, directamente no pongás ni siquiera una insinuación de romance, ¿entendido? *aparecen todos los miembros de la mafia por detrás de mis hombros* ¿ENTENDIDO?*

Con eso dicho, prosigo:

Tiene figuras femeninas fuertes, lo
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After Inheritance

It was quite disappointing actually. IT played out exactly how everyone thought.After all the emphasis on no eldunaris, it was kinda annoying when it was all they could find to save themselves! I was hopping for something like a super kickass spell or an awesome sword that could shoot lightning through shields or...never mind, but in short I was hopping for something dramatic. Everyone knew Eragon would kill galbie. Great surprise! Eragon went along with exactly as Angela's pro
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Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains rise on one side of Paradise Valley. Snowcapped most of the year, they inspired the fantastic scenery in the Inheritance Cycle.

Christopher is grateful to all his readers. He is especiall

Other books in the series

The Inheritance Cycle (4 books)
  • Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
  • Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)
  • Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)
Why does everything have to be so hard? [Eragon] wondered.

Because, said Saphira, everyone wants to eat, but no one wants to be eaten.
“It's impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments.” 148 likes
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