Inheritance Cycle #4
by Christopher Paolini
Ebook, 769 Pages
My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Review to come later this week when I have more time. But I can tell you, it won’t be nice…


Ok. This book was several hundred pages too long. I enjoyed the ending, and the final battle was pretty good, but everything leading up to it was horrifically detailed so as to bore me out of my mind.

Paolini’s writing has not changed from when he wrote Eragon. His youth saved him from many scathing comments from me. But now, he is a published author with 3 huge books under his belt, and Inheritance felt as poorly written as Eragon was.

There is NO excuse for this. He is no longer a 15 year old ripping off Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. He is a twenty something who SHOULD have matured, but this book does not reflect that in any way that I could tell.

Long winded descriptions that go on for pages. Awkward emotional scenes that just didn’t really seem real. Characters who are still as 2D as they were in the first books.

This took me over a month to finish. Not because of it’s size, but because I simply lost interest in the labyrinth of Paolini’s love of his own words.

IF he does publish any more books, I know he is now on my Do Not Waste Time Reading list.


Inheritance Cycle #3
Christopher Paolini
3 Stars
Epub, Partial Re-read

The first couple of chapters felt REALLY familiar. I figured I had read a couple of chapters right after reading “Eldest” and then put it down. By around the 300+ mark I knew something was up. Nothing was new, I kept remembering what was happening.

So I checked my book blog and sure enough, I had read this back in December of ’09.


Inheritence Cycle #3
Christopher Paolini
YA Fantasy
3 Stars
748 pages, hardcover

Eragon fights off Murtagh again, learns the source of Galbatorix’s power, gets a new sword. Oromis and his dragon die. Roran learns lessons about politics and leadership.

And we all find out that there is to be one more book. For some reason I didn’t enjoy this as much as Eldest, but I have to admit, I think the story was better.