There is no frigate like a book ~ E. Dickinson
It makes me very sad to say so, but frankly this series just sputtered and died for me. I liked Paolini's 1st and 3rd books, and I thought the 2nd wasn't bad either. Book 4 was a huge.... huge... disappointment. And I was really looking forward to it! [FYI, this is coming from the girl who thought the scene where they pick Hrothgar for king was fascinating, lol!]
There are some high points. Like one... or maybe two. But lets put it this way: 8 hours of Eragon killing 5 thousand helpless soldiers with sorrow in his heart ...OR... Roran mooning about Katrina while slicing and dicing humans into convenient cubes. Then ohmygranniespanties the middle of the book happens (and it has trouble rivaling said item of riveting attire). Then 9 hours are spent tying up loose ends (un-imaginativly, incompletely, and unsatisfactorily). Then the end music plays... and I, at least, was left with the feeling you get on 4th of July when it rains. No fireworks this time around, folks!
I think this series had a lot of potential. Shame Paolini wrote a bit better at 14 than at 27.
Recommendations? Suzzane Collins' 'The Hunger Games', Rafael Sabatini's 'Captain Blood' or 'Scaramouche', Jonathan Stroud's 'Bartimaeus' Series. For more, see my reviews.
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!!
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 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.