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 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.
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 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!!
I read the first three books in hardback and reread them all before I got to this final addition. I thought that Paolini wrapped up all the loose ends nicely and pulled together elements from the previous books.
There may have been a few gaps or things overlooked but they were slight enough not to bother me. It was a journey worth experiencing.
I have the performance a 4/5 only because of my reading of the first 3 books and I didn't care for the interpretation of the dragons voices. I always imagined them having normal voices with a vast resonance, the way you might interpret a voice of a god, and not deep and rumbling as they are interpreted by the audio because they speak with their minds and not their mouths. If they did speak with their mouths it would have been perfect. That is no fault of the performer though.
I was definitely grasped and wanted to listen to the entire book once I got about one third of the way through. It does climax several hours before the ending but there were a lot of loose ends to wrap up and was worth the extra few hours.
The first time I read this book/finished the series I felt a little disappointed in how it ended but after thinking about it and re-reading it there was no other way to end it as good as it was.
Some say Chris ripped off this book and that book but in reality all books now days can show similarities. I do like how Chris writes and how the story plays out. It is very thought through that leaves enough that there can be other stories in the universe.
I loved the vast majority of the story. The detailed descriptions, and such. I wish however it had ended differently, not because it's wrong. I just wish it was different for selfish reasons.