The flow of this series has been very good until this book. I'm not sure what happened but it feels like the author lost inspiration. He tried to tie up story lines in a way that wasn't consistent with the world he had created. Other story lines he just left hanging. In my opinion an unfortunate ending to an otherwise enjoyable series.
I waited for this book for over 3 years. If I had known he would have done such a rushed job I could have waited another year or two! Not at all what I was expecting!!
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.
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.
The story line does not follow the logical outcomes. It goes from being a fantasy story to a tragedy. The ending gives a feeling of no hope to change the future. Since his future was foretold and he was cursed by enemies. Paolini goes out of his way to write the ending that way. In doing so , he basically says there are no rider secrets, that his training was a waste of time, since the next rider doesn't have to have the training, He leaves an untrained young dragon in the hands of a rider that has not received the secrets of the riders and will never have that training.
He never answered the question of who the woman and girl was who received his blessing that he made such a large point of in the earlier books. No idea who Angela really is. No knowledge who the high level spy's are.
He tries to make an argument there is no higher beings , yet he believes the future is unchangeable and it is predetermined. Yet without a there being a higher level being; who determines what that future is?
While the other books offered promise of hope and love , this one gives nothing but despair and emptiness with no hope of the future.
Paolini showed his lack of maturity with the ending of this book.
I'm curious to hear from other readers/listeners if they also feel like this isn't the end of the Inheritance series? Too many story lines were not completed, the woman with the scars (Eragon's mother???), Murtagh and Thorn (what happens to them???), Angela the herbalist (who is she and why does she know so much), who trains Arya with her new dragon, and many more.
I feel like Poalini left me hanging and unsatisfied. Or.. he plans another series of books to explain what he left unsaid. If that is indeed his plan it was poorly done. Overall I was engaged in the book until the last few chapters when everyone went off and cried.
From my understanding Book 4 was created becuase Paolini had Eargon saving Sloan and everything that happened afterwards in Book 3. With that being his justification, having read Book 4, I now wich the Razak had eaten him whole. Book 4 is too rushed, and it felt like he was trying to stretch it out to make it the biggest book he's written. The pace had an ackward timing to it, like this was his first time writing something this vast, and no I'm not talking about the series, just this one book. This was an upsetting end to the series, and even when it came to the last Dragon Egg, I found it to be predictable in certain ways, but all of the surprises were very upsetting and disappointing. Let me just say that the next Book/Series that Paolini writes, he Needs it either make it a Single book or Listen to what Fans want and try to throw off the predictable ways of giving them some of the wants. It seems like he didn't listen to anyone, had his own thoughts, cramed them into a book and then tosted in filler after filler to cover what was to happen in between hitting the points he wasnted to get across. If Duty were as high to Paolini, as he made it to Eargon, then he would have written a better conclusion.
Paolini really did follow up with a nice storyline for the majority of the book that felt much like his previous three works.
However, I just don't think I want to read/listen to any more of his books. This book truly broke my love for this entire series simply because he chose to provide a poor ending. I know it's not possibly to please everybody, but I think he truly chose the wrong path. With so much invested in the series, you expect so much more than he provided.
In the interview, Paolini says that he laid the groundwork for the another book with some of the characters from this series. I won't be purchasing it.
The story was very anticlimactic. The first three books kept you on the edge of your seat. This book lacked the great imagination of the first three what a downer.
I had such high hopes for this final book, and was sorely let down. The story climaxed to early in the book, and the rest left me bored and angry. To me the whole series was about the hope and fighting for a better future, and the whole thing ends in sadness. I spent years getting wrapped up in this story and all the charactors, but the let down in Paolini's ending of this series makes me think twice about picking up any future books he may write.