Friday, 2 December 2011

Inheritance - Christopher Paolini (2011)

I pre-ordered this book months ago. There may or may not have been tears of joy when it was revealed at the end of the third book that there was going to be a fourth. I've heard people say that his writing style is pompous, or that he is the worst of J.K Rowling and J.R.R Tolkien combined and that they couldn't bring themselves to read it because the movie was so bad. Or even that the movie is better than the book.. which is a travesty. Personally, I love the way he writes and the dedication he puts into the world he creates. Not to mention he was only 15 when he wrote the first book - Eragon. 

Read it! I love it more than Harry Potter, and I really love Harry Potter. It is admittedly hard to get into initially but within a hundred pages, you'll be making excuses as to why you're skipping meals. Easily one of my favourite books.
The Varden and their allies are making their way to Uru'baen to defeat Galbatorix wEragon and Saphira realise how ill-equipped they are to fight him, and turn to advice given to them by the werecats. They fly to Vroengard and find their true names, and unlock the Rock of Kuthian into the Vault of Souls. Inside are hundreds of Eldunari that Galbatorix believe dead, and hundreds of dragon eggs. The Varden, with much help from Roran, attack Uru'baen. Eragon, Saphira, Arya and Elva seek Galbatorix at the heart of his city surrounded by his stolen dragon eggs, using Elva to detect the various death traps set by Galbatorix. When Eragon finally confronts Galbatorix, he realises he cannot defeat him, Galbatorix uses the name of the ancient language to manipulate magic. Eragon casts a spell with the help of the Eldunari that makes Galbatorix understand how his subjects have been suffering. This understanding kills Galbatorix.

The Varden is victorious and Nasuada becomes Queen of Alagaesia. Arya leaves immediately, to Eragon's despair. Saphira and Eragon search Alagaesia to find a place to raise the dragons and train the Riders. Eragon also alters the Rider's enchantment to imbue Urgals and dwarves alongside elves and humans with the potential to become Riders. He meets up with Arya, who is now a rider as one of Galbatorix's eggs hatched for her. He is called Firnen and he and Saphira start courting immediately. Arya confesses she is now the elven Queen and Eragon asks her to renounce her crown as he has found that the only place the dragons can be raised is outside Alagaesia. She cannot and the pair realise that Angela's prophecy is going to be fulfilled, Eragon will leave Alagaesia, never to return.

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