Inheritance: Book Four

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The final stunning book in the Inheritance cycle featuring Eragon and his dragon Saphira.

Inheritance: Book Four, Christopher Paolini

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 if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

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

Featuring spectacular artwork by cult artist John Jude Palencar, this stunning book brings the bestselling Inheritance cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.

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  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780552560245
    Published: 01/06/2012
    Imprint: Corgi Childrens
    Extent: 880 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781448172429
    Published: 24/10/2012
    Imprint: RHCP Digital
    Extent: 880 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781446403143
    Published: 09/11/2011
    Imprint: RHCP Digital
    Extent: 880 pages
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"Inheritance is the final book of the wildly popular 'Inheritance Cycle' by wunderkind Christopher Paolini. In this thrilling conclusion, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, take the fate of their world into their own hands. The evil king, Galbatorix, must be defeated and justice returned to the realm, but can the young dragonrider handle the pressure? That remains to be seen." - The Christian Science Monitor

"Roran, Arya and Murtagh are three of the most interesting characters I've ever had the pleasure to read. This continued into Inheritance and in all but one aspect I was really pleased with how Paolini treated them and the conclusion to their stories.
The conclusion to this story - which Paolini addresses in his acknowledgements, is not actually the conclusion of his time with Alagaesia - is satisfying, mostly. The overarching story takes its end with maybe a hundred pages to go, which I actually always like. I like being able to see life after the 'big battle' is over.
Overall, yes, I enjoyed the book. Paolini has finally grown as a writer, but that should have happened a long time ago. Yes, I will read future books he publishes; I look forward to returning to Alagaesia and the characters therein. I wish however he hadn't telegraphed his return so obviously, and rushed through the ending leaving so many plot-holes dangling around the place." - Joshua S Hill,

"Much like Brisingr, Inheritance contains fantasy politics: squabbles between the Varden, Surda, the elves, and the Urgals, and diplomatic meetings between them are responsible for the first quarter of the book. Fortunately, these scenes strengthen the reality of Alagaesia- after all, politics happen everywhere- why not in fantasy? However, the politics can drag on a little, particularly when Eragon isn't involved.
Inheritance had a lot of expectation weighing upon it due to the length of time between the release of Brisingr and Inheritance. Unfortunately, due to this slow release there aren't that many surprises in the concluding novel. Many of the happenings in Inheritance were foreshadowed and predicted in previous books, so many of the details of the novel were already known. However, when considering its role in the series, Inheritance is less about unexpected twists and turns and more about the coming together of the Cycle as well as the cataclysmic battle between Eragon and Galbatorix. Additionally, Inheritance serves to uncover all the little secrets that Paolini has gifted us with throughout the previous three novels.
I attempted to read Inheritance without expectations that could influence my reaction to the text. Therefore, seeing everything from the Cycle finally together was immensely rewarding, and I think fans will get excited when the secrets of the Vault of Souls finally gets revealed and enjoy the aftermath of Eragon's inevitable vanquishing of Galbatorix. The novel takes several hundred pages to fully capture the reader's attention, but once it does you can't put it down. As for Galbatorix's character, he's excellent, and I was impressed with the way Paolini made me sympathise with his cause, if only slightly.
The Inheritance Cycle was the first series that truly got me into reading and introduced me to the fun of high fantasy, over five years ago now. The Cycle has changed over the years, but the central story has remained the same as Eragon in 2002: Inheritance is still the tale of a boy and his dragon." - Rhys,

Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini was educated at home by his parents. His abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen. He became a New York Times bestselling author at nineteen. Christopher lives in Montana, USA, where the dramatic landscape fed his vision of Alagaesia.