Excellent Tetralogy! This is an addictive, totally engulfing series, which gripped me from the beginning & wouldn't let me go. Only the Harry Potter Septology exceeds it as a modern Escapism series! However none other compare. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, Christopher Paolini stayed true to the story line, He prepared us for ending with the Herbalist Angela's premonition of Eragon's future early in the series. Just remember, some endings aren't just an end, they are also a new beginning full of wonders & possibilities! He did a great job of wrapping up the story of Eragon & Saphira.
I can't wait for his future work & I would suggest he offer us a prequel entailing the rise & fall of the riders using Eragon or the Eldunarí as narrators to the young rider & Who is Angela The Herbalist & why is she so well respected, as well as other story lines I can't mention w/out giving away the last volume.
I have waited like most to see the conclusion of this story however; after completing book four I was left unsatisfied. Saying this does not mean book four was not a great book, and a brilliant, catching story line. I am completely satisfied with how the characters have grown and have taken on their distinct roles throughout the story; and how the author tied up all the loose ends in all the different relationships throughout the story. I must say, the story line has been good throughout all four books, but for all my anticipation in waiting for the fourth book, I would never have guessed this very unexpected sad ending. The one thing I hoped for doesn't happen and it sorta makes me feel everything was sorta vain. I just wished the last chapter went something along the lines, "and they lived happily ever after" But, great, great, excellent story. Gerald is the perfect narrator.
This book is huge. Not a bad thing. But the storyline structure and character continuity throughout the book was lacking in many respects. I was disappointed. I expected more from this book and from it's author. The story was unfocused, fragmented, and strained. He has moments of great writing and then he slips quickly into the tedious minutia and lack luster details. They could have cut a quarter of the book out and no one would have noticed. I am not sure what he was aiming for but he missed. I think if he would have put more effort into this book it could have been great. Now I am left to think what could have been. His editor needs to be taken aside and re-educated as to how to edit a novel and how to keep a writer focused. Me thinks he envisioned himself a modern day Tolkien in his efforts. In this he is wrong.
Gerard Doyle is Brilliant, the voice is easy to listen too, and the characters have a unique unchanging voice.
The story is great, and it stays true to who the characters are. Some of the scenes are breathtaking.
Finishing the cycle has made me feel sad that I won't see the characters again. Always a sign of a great book.
The last book pretty much ruined it for me. It felt like he was trying too hard to tie things up and didn't do the story justice.
I am a lover of stories, particularly stories that let your imagination run wild. Just because something doesn't exist is no reason for it to hamper an excellent story from being told. If I can do my work while listening to an excellent story, then I am one happy guy
The Eragon series was by no means a great work of literature, but it was certainly a good story that I enjoyed from beginning to finish. This book did not have the same narrative drive that I felt from Eragon or Eldest but it did a fantastic job of concluding the series.
After scrolling through the reviews left already I was surprised at the number of negative reactions to the conclusion. What were people expecting? Did they think that Paolini would describe every single mystery in the world? No, I thought Paolini did a great job tying up ends. If he had done anymore he would have had to write a whole new book, maybe a whole new series. The last 4 or 5 hours of the audiobook were devoted to resolving stories.
I think that the story ended nicely, and while Eragon's story is the epitome of the hero archetype, Paolini managed to tell this final chapter without using many obvious narrative cliches that people seem to have been expecting.
It was fun to listen to, and I will revisit it in the future.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
Since reading the first of this series, Eragon, I found myself checking often to see when the next book was due out and then marking the date of its release so I can be one of the first to read/listen. This last book was the hardest to wait for, but so very worth it. I recommend readers have a box of tissue handy for the last few chapters.
Christopher Paolini is amazing in the way he wove the story throughout the series, leaving clues that cumulate in this final novel.
Gerald Doyle is a master narrator. I keep forgetting that he is one person as he brings each character to life giving them their own voice, tone, and attitude.
While the end is bittersweet it is an epic ending for an even more epic series. I could not have imagine a better ending.
This book was great. Christopher thoughtfully drew the strings of all the story lines together. It was so nice to see that. I have to say that I did have tears by the end. I would love to see some future short stories on these characters. No matter what Christopher Paolini has given us a great epic adventure and Gerard Doyle's narration of all four books has been great.