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Feb 02 2012

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

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The Inheritance Cycle: Book Four. Doubleday, 2011. ISBN 9780385616492.
(Suited for: 16+) Recommended. Not long ago, Eragon was just a poor farm boy, unaware of the importance that his future held. Now with the help of the elves, dwarves and his dragon, Saphira, Eragon is preparing for the war against Galbatorix. The resistance against the cruel Galbatorix is building with the Varden's army growing in size and strength every day. As the war approaches it seems that the deciding factor will not be won by the armies on the battlefield but in the fight against his half-brother Murtagh, and his dragon Thor. And if he is unable to conquer Murtagh, what hope do he and the people of Alagaesia hope of winning the fight for justice against Galbatorix.
The book opens with Paolini giving a brief overview of the previous books in the series. It is used to broaden the audience for the book to not just those who have read the series but to newcomers. It does little to achieve this goal and first-timers to the series will find themselves somewhat bored by the opening. The opening chapters encompass Paolini's style of writing as the fast-paced story telling that brought him so much praise for the Inheritance Cycle.
While newcomers to the series will struggle to find themselves engaged by the story and style of writing, fans of the series will find it to be a fitting end to the saga. With this as the final book of the Inheritance Cycle, Paolini will continue to win praise for the series.
I recommend this book.
Michael Adams

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