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Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4 | [Christopher Paolini]

Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

©2011 Christopher Paolini (P)2011 Listening Library

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    Corey Miami, FL, United States 03-22-12
    Corey Miami, FL, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Mind numbing"
    What disappointed you about Inheritance?

    I can't believe that I am still listening to this series. I want it to end, but it just drones on and on and on..... Eragon, our


    Has Inheritance turned you off from other books in this genre?

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    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    His voice range makes the book bearable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inheritance?

    Every other word. Detail is great, but this book makes me think that the author just needed a certain word count without regard to a good story.


    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri A Karn 12-01-11
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    "Unpredictable is not always the answer..."

    Very disappointed with the ending to this "cycle." It seemed as though the values of the people (Rider and Elves) changed for this book to have tragic ending.

    I know it's popular to have unpredictabilty in a story, but it almost seemed as though it was forced that way and the decisions made would not be logical to the person that made them.

    SPOILER ALERT!!! Really? Would Aria really have made he decision she did after the history of the Riders? The dragon she aquired needs formal training and so does Aria. Here's your dragon Aria, you can be the acception to rule that you need Rider training because you ae now the ruler of your people.

    Aria finally cares for Eragon, but she will give that up as well to be the ruler of her people with an untrained dragon at her side.

    I was really hoping that Glaida got Sephira pregnant during their last training session, which would have been logical being that they didn't remember about the remaining eggs. Okay, your race is about dead and you have the chance to increase the gene pool before you risk your life in battle, but you don't do it...why?

    Anyway, no point to go on. Didn't make sense. I'm over it!

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Walker and April 11-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Long book, Forced ending"

    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.

    22 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    David Hudsonville, MI, United States 11-12-11
    David Hudsonville, MI, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Sad"

    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!!

    19 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "... Not working..."

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Jeffersonville, IN, United States 11-22-11
    Aaron Jeffersonville, IN, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, but the ending ruins the series"
    What did you love best about Inheritance?

    Paolini really did follow up with a nice storyline for the majority of the book that felt much like his previous three works.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Paolini? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11-11-11
    Michelle Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11-11-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Unsatisfying ending to this series"

    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.

    27 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Erwin Miami Gardens, FL, United States 11-14-11
    Erwin Miami Gardens, FL, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Ran out of steam."

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie West Valley, UT, United States 11-23-11
    Natalie West Valley, UT, United States 11-23-11
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    "So disappointing"

    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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 11-14-11
    Sean 11-14-11
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    "great and terrible"

    book 1 was stellar. book 2 and 3 seemed to go a bit wayward. granted book 1 was started when he was 15 and book 4 he is 27. all in all i miss the author from book 1.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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