I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
Seriously! after reading the reviews of this last book I almost decided not to read it. It was just as good as the previous three.
However, I do believe I understand now why everyone seem to slam it with a disappointing review.
Here is why:
I am sure you all have read many books in the past, and when you finally finish the series you start to imagine what would happen afterwards. Well in this last book it has that information. The book actually ended (In my opinion) about 3 quarters (or more) of the way through the book. In this audio version... at what I would have called the end of the book there is an addition 4.5 hours left, all of it about what happens afterwards.
Simply put about one (or two) chapters after the war with Galbatorix is over that is what I would call "The End:". The rest of it should have been called something else. The intensity of everything that had just happened can not be matched with the piddly administrative stuff that happens afterwards. It was interesting, and I enjoyed reading it. However if the book would have ended where I think it should have, they my last impressions of the book would have been "OMG! Wowness! Group Hug!". But if you are like so many others who have left those comments that are less then amazing, it is because they are judging their whole experience on the way the feel at the end of the book. Which like I said tapers off to Not so Amazing. In fact it went from "Group Hug" to just "ug"... :(
But I didn't let that ruin it for me. Because like I said the bug ended for me with "OMG! Wowness! Group Hug!" the rest was just the administrative stuff that happened afterwards.
Advice read until you find what you feel was the end, then close the book and say "OMG! Wowness!" Gloat on it a bit then when you ready to read about the administrative stuff afterwards open it up again and finish it.
I hope this helps. Group Hug!
After rushing through the first 3 books I could hardly wait to see how this story ended. As with most of the other reviews that I now see (I didn't look ahead of time in case of spoilers) I was extremely disappointed. I took the first books as they were, written by someone young and overlooked the fact that some of it was predictable, and slightly juvenile in parts (I often wanted to smack eragon) but the overall story was still good and I liked it well enough. This last book though, DRAGS ON. The vault of souls was so predictable... and then the final battle is so trivial compared to the story as a whole, there's just no impact when it happens. And then the aftermath, which I found interesting, but confusing in the story. And the ending... oh god. It feels like it got chopped off. Drag out the whole thing for an hour and then BAM done and leaving everything all open ended and dissatisfying. Kind of sad that the first books were better than the last two. I feel like he lost his sense of creativity in the whole process...
I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.
Nice ending but Christopher still is learning. He is a great young writer and I hope to see many more novels and especially series from him. He may even consider a future version of this series but I wont hold my breath. I enjoyed the books but the movie sucked and ruined the story.
Great ideas and good follow through but I dot see a huge future. I see a one series wonder.
After waiting years for this conclusion to be published, it was a major disappointment. The only good thing to say about it was that the narrator did an outstanding job.
The story was horribly overblown. Paolini never missed a chance to use 100 words where 10 would have sufficed. But, the worst part was the incredibly disappointing ending. It is obvious that the author is young. He resorted to the prosaic comic book super hero ending where the super hero must sacrifice his own happiness for the good of all and give up any chance for love, family, friendship and a normal life.
As has been stated in other reviews, the ending also left a multitude of story threads dangling with no resolution. If this was merely a ploy to garner support for an outcry for a followup to resolve all these issues, he has lost me.
This was a weak and unnecessary ending to what could have been a powerful series.
Well, the big battle scene with Roran was pretty good and the struggle against Galbatorix was okay. I was actually pretty excited for some good closure with this series given the fact that the book finds climax about 3/4 of the way through. Unfortunately, the story completely fell apart after that. What was Paolini thinking? Was it his goal for everybody to hate the ending? The last few hours of the audio book left me bewildered, angry, and yawning. Nothing happened in over 3 hours of audio. There is little chance I'll ever read a Christopher Paolini book again. If you read or listened to book 1 and book 2 you might as well finish but do not set your hopes very high or you will be also be disappointed.
When I say fingernails on a blackboard, I'm not talking about the performance. That was fine. No I'm talking about the story. Like everyone else I waited for the conclusion to the epic saga, and....I wished I was still waiting. I will never again read any of the Eragon books again because of this dismal failure. If I hadn't NEEDED to know how it ended, I would have stopped listening long before the end.
It was a good book and enjoyable to listen to. Gerard Doyle gave his usual good performance though the book failed to tie up all of the loop holes and promises that had been set out in previous books. Overall a fair job at tying up the series.
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I was so disappointed about this book, so EPICALLY disappointed. I am a big fan of books in general and I am an even bigger fan of fantasy books. I love the George R. R. Martin (despite his sadistic way of killing off characters). Tolkien, Terry Goodkind, etc. and after reading book one and book two of the Eragon series despite seeing some gaps in his story I saw growth and I thought to myself "This guy really will be great...." but then.... the travesty of book 3 came and then to add fuel to the fire book 4 came which did not in any way shape or form redeem the book for me.
The narration wasn't bad and I actually gave him an extra star for keeping me engaged throughout the scope of this really long book. I almost was going to call it pointless as well but that would have been too harsh besides, I leave that particular description to the third book. He did his accents well and simply worked with what was handed to him to the best of his abilities. I tip my hat to this dude for doing such a good job.
Now the story.... *clenches jaw purposely* Here is my contention.... The main antagonist's death... for someone so incredibly evil.... his death was just downright anticlimactic if you ask me. And then the lead up to the death was just plain annoying. I still stand by the thought (even more so than ever) that the third book served no purpose whatsoever and if the author had combined the 3rd and 4th book (whilst cutting out the useless fodder) this series would not have been such a let down. In fact the main reason this book gets such a negative review from me is because the series on a whole had so much potential. The books went like this for me:
Book 1.... Good
Book 2.... Excellent
Book 3.... Ok... Completely Irrelevant
Book 4.... *Annoyed* I can't believe I invested time and energy in this series.
I have never been this dissatisfied with an antagonist's since I listened to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (I have yet to get the sour taste out of my mouth where that book is concerned). It didn't help that even after the story ended there was even more added fodder that don't get me wrong was great to know but was an OBVIOUS ploy to potentially add some more to this story in the future if the author so desires (I hope beyond hope he just lets this die unless he seriously improves his writing style). Oh by the way, I saw so many similarities to other things in other timeless fantasy works like Star Wars and LoTR that I found it a bit disturbing to be honest. I am however going to pretend that this was all a coincidence and not drop the rating down another star.
My ultimate belief is that this book should have been a trilogy and nothing more. The really wished and believed this book would have been great but in the word of another reviewer it was simply 'sizzle... sputter... *poof*'.
I have to agree with others that the ending was not to my liking. I do not want to kill the ending for those who have not read it yet so I will not get into what it is that upset me, but I will say that by the last page I felt not as if the good guys had won but lost. It was very disheartening to listen to the ending. If you are like me and you start the series then it will not matter what anyone says and you will want to finish with the last book. YOU SHOULD, just be ready to boo the writer in the end.
Very disappointed with the ending to this "cycle." It seemed as though the values of the people (Rider and Elves) changed for this book to have tragic ending.
I know it's popular to have unpredictabilty in a story, but it almost seemed as though it was forced that way and the decisions made would not be logical to the person that made them.
SPOILER ALERT!!! Really? Would Aria really have made he decision she did after the history of the Riders? The dragon she aquired needs formal training and so does Aria. Here's your dragon Aria, you can be the acception to rule that you need Rider training because you ae now the ruler of your people.
Aria finally cares for Eragon, but she will give that up as well to be the ruler of her people with an untrained dragon at her side.
I was really hoping that Glaida got Sephira pregnant during their last training session, which would have been logical being that they didn't remember about the remaining eggs. Okay, your race is about dead and you have the chance to increase the gene pool before you risk your life in battle, but you don't do it...why?
Anyway, no point to go on. Didn't make sense. I'm over it!