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.
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.
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...