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Eragon / Eldest / Brisingr / Inheritance (2014)

by Christopher Paolini

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Series: The Inheritance Cycle (1-4)

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my best friend and boyfriend highly suggested that I read it. It was one of his favorite series and he desperately wanted someone to talk about it with. Plus, his favorite animal is dragon. He does not know this, but ... I watched the movie when he was at work one day (Sorry Babe!). I was about a quarter of the way through the book and I got curious. All I got to say is "What a horrible book to movie adaptation! It left out so many key details and put some characters in the wrong places and didn't even have the characters look like the description from the book!"

I can't believe I'm saying this but, DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! Do not waste 104 minutes of your life. IMDB gives the move a 5/10 while Rotten Tomatoes give it a 16%...

The book is better, despite the fact that they were written by a teenage boy. It was entertaining except for whenever the dwarfs met and had to talk politics. That just dragged on and on and on and on and on ..... and on. Dwarfs are very old and ancient race sticking to their beliefs and their customs, always staying patient.

I enjoyed witnessing the relationship and bond Eragon and Saphira develop as the story progresses. It's such a deep emotional attachment to the point where they would not know what to do if anything happens to the other - which I found to be quite beautiful. I also like how the story trades off point of view from Eragon to his cousin Roran, whom is dragged into the mess that Eragon has created. Both of these characters go through different obstacles and character development and still windup teaming up together.

The books took me awhile to read, mostly because I had other things I needed to do and other things I wanted to do. Reading these were not particularly high on my list of things to do, but it was enjoyable. I was fascinated with the Elf city and the ancient language. This is a good book to read for pre-teens to young adults since, at it's core, it's a coming of age story. Both Roran and Eragon went from being teenagers to being men. Strong, resilient, driven, goal-oriented men.

For the girls, there's Saphira - a strong, beautiful, and wise dragon. She develops and grows with Eragon in every way. The battle together, eat together, tried to get a mate around the same time. They also communicate telepathically to each other. Everyone would want this ability with their best friend. There's Arya, the pretty Elf ambassador whom is very skilled in fighting. Reading about Eragon's relationship with her was one of my favorite parts because their relationship changes so often.

Overall, I'd recommend this book to people who like Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, and The Chronicles of Narnia. The one problem I had with this book is not knowing how to pronounce things in the dwarf/elfish language. That bothered me because there was no pronunciation guide.

Aside from not knowing how to properly pronounce the words in the other languages, and the chapters about the dwarf politics, it was entertaining. I was crestfallen at the very end. I wanted another book to be written due to the ending being so abrupt and final. I wanted to read more and to know what happens, but the author will not be writing another book for the cycle, sadly. I was so frustrated at the ending that I called my best friend and yelled at him. He replied with "Muhahaha! I had to share that ending with someone." I was furious. I wanted to write a letter to the author and demand his reasoning for not wanting to write another book and for ending it so abruptly. I decided against that since the odds of authors actually responding back to fan-mail is low.

This is just my opinion. Honest and true.

****Note: In the books there is a dictionary and pronunciation guide in the very back. I read the books on my kindle and found it frustrating to be going from one page to another just to figure out how to pronounce a word properly. The author should have just put it in the book while Eragon was learning the language as well. Take a note from J.K. Rowling and have a character pronounce it for us like Viktor Krum did for Hermione's name. ( )
  ashleydavida | Dec 21, 2018 |
I read this entire series because of the recommendation of a friend. Yikes. Can I have those hours back? Honestly, there is so much left to be desired in this series that I have to take it by section.

The Characters

In the first book, the main character was essentially the cliché but still loveable naïve farmboy. Actually, scratch that, it was difficult to love him and/or root for him, since his main reaction to almost everything outside his control was anger and blind action. Still, I could sense potential and decided to follow him into the next book. His main *spoiler* love interest, the elven woman, seemed a bit cold and slightly condescending, but capable of change nonetheless. The mentor character was honestly my favorite, because he had a more realistic, 'Dumbledore-ish" feel to him. What I mean is, he wasn't a perfect mentor character. He still had his own shortcomings, faults, and more than a few secrets.

Skip to the second, third, and fourth books, and the mentor has perished (big surprise), and the farmboy has suddenly evolved into a stiff, cold, humorless carbon copy of the female elvish character mentioned earlier. Literally the only thing he does is give increasingly tangled and demanding pledges of loyalty to various races and tribes of people across the land. Though I understand that some series are more serious than others, every series, in my opinion, needs some humor to give it warmth. Without a witty remark or even simple gag to mix things up, a book can become incredibly droll to read through, never mind a series.

Nausuda, however, was amazing. I loved her character and was more concerned about her than the farmboy.

The Magic System
Firstly, I do appreciate the author putting in the effort to create such a complex and detailed system. I would have appreciated it even more if Paolini had placed a few more limits and restrictions on the system. I understand that there's a whole rule system in place that restricts the amount of magic an individual can use at one time without killing themselves, but since magic users can still draw power from living things besides themselves, it's really no wonder the villain has stayed in power so long. He is willing to suck out the life force of ants to rule the world.

But I'm not really talking about power, I'm talking more about scope and reach. At some point during the second or third book, farmboy decides to send a rather reluctant character to the land of the elves so that he won't die but also won't cause any trouble. To make sure the character gets there, farmboy places a magical spell/something on the character so that he will be forced to walk all the way to the elf land, will be able to find food and water, won't get lost, won't get attacked by enemies, won't get attacked by bears...you see where I'm going with this. My point is, magic can be a useful and interesting tool in a story, but when its used as a sort of save-all for situations like this, it becomes an all-powerful deus ex machina that leaves no room for characters to face defeat and grow from those experiences.

The Villain

Quick question: if the villain knows *spoiler* a secret word that can supposedly control all magic and make any magic users' efforts pointless, why are the heroes even trying? Every villain has a weakness, even if it's small, that is their downfall. Lacking in some talents also makes villains interesting, but king what's-his-name just comes out bland in that area. He's a dragon rider, he's a master swordfighter, he has a loyal army guarding his castle, he has certain safeguards that make him more powerful than any other magic user EVER, and forget that last one, because he has the key to bending all magic to his will anyway. A good villain appears good at everything, but not even the greatest villain is completely, utterly, totally unstoppable. I mean c'mon, even Thanos can bleed. ( )
  LivieTBS | Sep 4, 2018 |
Loved it. Felt the ending was just thrown together though. Sorely miss spending time with these characters ( )
  phenske | May 31, 2017 |
I love this series one of the best dragon rider series ever love the characters and love the close up and personal details. ( )
  Joshmc9477 | Jul 26, 2013 |
I decided to read Eragon after watching it on TV one night and I really enjoyed it (the book I mean) and quickly moved on to the other 3 books. I was very frustrated when I found out that I had to wait a whole year until I could read the last book. Towards the end of the series it gets quite violent and gory. As a whole, it's DEFINITELY a worthwhile read! ( )
  Lani-Rose | Mar 24, 2013 |
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