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
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
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.
Inheritance Cycle #2
668 pages, paperbook
Paolini definitely matured between the writing of this book and Eragon. This is a lot more original but still keeps the solid foundation. Very enjoyable.
Eragon comes into his own as a rider, only to have to fight against Murtaugh, his brother, who has been turned by Galbatorix.
Inheritance Cycle #1
544 pages, paperbook
a young boy finds a dragon egg, one of the last 3 and bonds with it. Minions of the dark king come looking for him while he is away and end up razing the farm he lived at and killing his uncle. He hooks up with an old dragonrider and learns swordsmanship and dragonriding lore. Makes it to the main hideout of a group of rebels who are fighting against the evil king.
Oh my, I just realized this is Star Wars on dragons. And at the end? He scry’s an old man in blinding white who is going to protect him and further his training. Can you say Tolkien?
Not bad really, but nothing really wonderful. Good YA stuff to hook them.