Characters are the integral elements of stories. They are the elements which make us fall in love with a story. As all bibliophiles will agree, while reading a book we readers form an intimate bond with the characters of a story who let us view a new world through their eyes. We laugh with them, cry with them, enjoy with them, and learn from them. Thus, when Inheritance came out I was eager to take a trip of Alagaësia with the characters I had so come to love.
Title: Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle- Book 4)
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Knopf Books
Publishing Date: 8th November, 2011
Genres: High Epic Fantasy, Young Adult
From Goodreads: It began with Eragon… It ends with Inheritance.
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 ifthey cannot, no one can. There will be no second chance.
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 spellbinding conclusion to Christopher Paolini’s worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.
My journey reading The Inheritance Cycle has been full of undulations. Eragon had enchanted my heart and made me love dragons even so more. Eldest had made me grimace with irritation, yawn with boredom, and robbed me of my passion for reading. Brisingr, a silver lining in the darkest cloud re-ignited my interest in The Inheritance Cycle. And Inheritance– it sure made me happy, but not content!
Inheritance is engaging to read. Though, this is a lengthy book, readers won’t have to read through pages and pages of boring descriptions, as a lot is going on in this book. There are lots of action sequences and lots of adventure, all of which are sure to delight readers. ‘United we stand and divided we fall’ is the mantra we see in every battle story and Paolini has applied this mantra in Inheritance as well. Here we see the humans, the elves, the dwarves, the werecats and the urgals putting aside their differences and joining forces to defeat the man who has ruled over Alagaësia unjustly for a century.
I liked the way Christopher Paolini has weaved the events leading to the final battle between Eragon and Galbatorix. The Vault of Souls and the Rock of Kuthian mentioned in the previous books present with some major surprises in this book. No great man is born until he explores his flaws, amends them, and becomes a better person from within; we see Eragon become a better person and a worthy dragon rider in this book. My favorite section of this book is- spoiler alert– when Murtagh captures Nasuada on Galbatorix’s command. While in captivity, we see a budding romance between Murtagh and Nasuada. I came to adore Murtagh during this part of the book. It is in this part of the story that readers understand that Murtagh is indeed a good person who was compelled into the evil world of Galbatorix. I felt the way Paolini has written the relationship between Murtagh and Nasuada is far more romantic and sentimental than anything we have ever seen between Eragon and Arya.
There is one major disappointment in Inheritance, which left me discontent. I was left dissatisfied with the portrayal of Galbatorix and the final battle between him and Eragon. Since the first book of the series, though Galbatorix never comes into picture, we have been told how powerful, mighty and evil he is. Given this impression of Galbatorix, I had expected to read a character that will send a shiver down my spine, but, the portrayal of Galbatorix didn’t produce that effect. Furthermore, given how many super powers Galbatorix is said to have, the final battle felt lack luster and wasn’t grand enough for me. This was a huge letdown.
Inheritance is a major step up from the previous two novels of The Inheritance Cycle. Paolini has tied up most loose ends in this book and we do get a sense of closure. After reading Inheritance I did feel happy, but, I would have felt much better if the most important battle of the series- the one between Eragon and Galbatorix- had been more fearsome, awe-inspiring, and formidable. Also, I couldn’t help but wonder about the fate of Eragon/ Arya and Murtagh/Nasuada, as Paolini has left the future of their relationships to the imagination of the readers. All in all, Inheritance did make me happy, but, left me dissatisfied.