An old review from 2008. If you haven’t read the first two books than I recommend not reading further as it may contain spoilers.
Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors, Eragon and Saphira narrowly escaped with their lives. But more awaits the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by promises he may not be able to keep, including his oath to cousin Roran to help rescue his beloved Katrina. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes, Eragon must make choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.
Conflict, action, adventure and one devastating death await readers as Eragon battles on behalf of the Varden while Galbatorix ruthlessly attempts to crush and twist him to his own purposes. Can he become a leader who can unite the rebel forces and defeat the King?
It’s a long wait for fans in between books for The Inheritance Cycle, me being one of them, and I think it’s well worth it for the most recent one. Paolini has matured in his writing, but in the same instance has kept up a running consistency which gave a noticeable difference, but neither detracted or distracted throughout the story.
The story continues on nicely from Eldest, beginning not long after the final battle, albeit with a slightly different starting style compared to the first two books. And even though it was longer it didn’t drag and we learnt some new revelations about certain characters, more back story behind different species and cultures and also learnt more about the main characters. Not only that, but we learnt more of other characters that hadn’t gotten as much attention previously.
If you’re a fan of Eragon then I highly recommend it, but if you’re nonplussed about it then I still recommend it, especially if you enjoy young adult fantasy. The writer and story has matured, but it’s still an entertaining, but easy read with enough detail and imagery for a fantasy saga.
I also recommend it if you are interested in the journey the writer has had himself. Trying to write my first novel, it’s something I’m interested in; the writing style of other authors and watching their journey as they learn and mature in their writing. Paolini’s style still has a simplistic form, but it also has a more matured, detailed touch which I think adds to the innocence of the character that is Eragon. It’s an intertwined journey that is worth reading.
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