It Has Arrived! INHERITANCE is Here!

Eight years of waiting. Thirteen years of writing. INHERITANCE, the fourth and final book in the Inheritance Cycle, has officially hit stores! If you don’t have your copy: go get it! We can say without fail that Inheritance is the best book in the series yet — your brain is in for a roller coaster ride of emotions and excitement.

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We will have much more to say about Book 4, as there is an incredible amount to discuss, theorize about, and more… but it will have to wait! If any of you are joining Christopher Paolini for the launch of his book tour at B&N in NYC this evening, be on the look out for Mike Macauley and Robert Cox!

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  • Saphira

    surprisingly predictable….arya being the queen and the rider as well..if the elves are so great why can’t they find other elf that can replace the queen? why does it have to be arya? and why on earth she had 2 accept that offer? just because she is the daughter of the queen? and with all the talks on how powerful galbatorix is that it seemed to be almost impossible for eragon to defeat him, the fight just ended with an explosion? with angela…murtagh-nasuada…roran…arya-eragon..the riders…eldunari…elves..urgal..dwarf..human..these are still incomplete and leave the readers with more questions..not answers! 

    i don’t know….with all the pages and the time it took for me to finish reading it…seemed so pointless! and even if there would be the 5th book published, i’m not sure i’d want to buy it anymore..and suffer the same suffering and depression that i had while reading this suppose-to-be the final one..urrghh

  • Eragon and Arya

    Alright, I thought that since Brom mentioned in Book 1 that bringing
    someone back to life had never worked, and like 3 pages was spent on
    that, that someone would die and Eragon would use Galbatorix’s vast
    energy to resurrect them. Or at least that it would take more than like 7
    sentences to make him decide not to resurrect Brom.

    Also, I
    think that it is totally out of Arya’s character to just say yes to
    being queen. Also, if the riders need to be impartial, WHY THE **** IS A
    RIDER THE QUEEN OF THE ELVES???? Didn’t Alagaesia figure that one out
    with Galbatorix? and if a Rider IS the queen of the elves, Why then not
    raise the dragons either in Du Weldenvarden with the Queen, or somewhere
    that makes ANOTHER race feel more included.

    Also, Angela DID
    say in Tierm that there would be a love in Eragon’s life (or something
    like that), and that is never explained, so why not just leave Eragon’s
    leaving for a later reference in a later book?

    And with the
    Immense power of the Eldunari, couldn’t he either clear the radiation
    off of Vroengard or like make Bierland (which never came into play, like
    ever) the new Rider city? Or even make the Haderac more inhabitable
    (and like, make a giant moat or something)? And you know that place
    north of Palancar? Where all there is is mountains from the Spine? WHY
    NOT THERE????? He would be relatively close to both Roran and Arya, and
    he would be far enough away that any livestock from there would be like a
    day’s flight away, whereas the wildlife would be all around them.

    Don’t
    get me wrong, I loved the books, especially the last one, except for
    the last epilogue section. That could be the beginning of a new series.
    Like how he ended the first book with a preview to the second? He could end the first series with a preview
    to the second. Like end with the establishing of Surda, Tierm and the
    new, unnamed Human Empire, then have the first chapter of the next
    series, where it begins with aftermath or something.

    And the
    only, ONLY THING I didn’t like about the Galbatorix fight was that it
    said in the second book that if you knew the name of the ancient
    language you would consequently be able to control everyone as if you
    knew their true name? Herp derp, Galbatorix.

    I like some of the
    loose ends, like the Ra’zac eggs and such, but others, such as Angela
    and the Menoa Tree and the hooded figures who didn’t do anything were
    lame. In Eragon’s first vision, or maybe it was his last, he saw a group
    of hooded figures and two dragons high in the sky. When did that
    happen?

    *Side note: Angela said that time is just movement,
    movement is just heat and heat is just energy. By the substitution
    property of reason, time is energy. and if you can change energy, why
    can’t you change time, for example from “never to return” into “return
    again the next day,” especially if you were to use the Word.

    Also,
    even if it had not seemed a bit rushed, which until further reflection
    it didn’t, the Arya ending made me almost cry. she said they would have a
    bit of time, but not even a kiss? not even a friendly hug? just linking
    arms and saying each other’s names? I know they were important names,
    but still.

    Now, remember, I LOVED the entire series. It has
    changed me since 5th grade, and I have been a huge fan ever since I
    stayed up until like 4 in the morning on a school night to finish
    Book 1. (I don’t mean to rag on the book this much, but considering it
    was 800 pages this really isn’t too much criticism.) However, the last
    100 pages, heck, the last 20 pages made me want to run to the corner of
    the room and cry.

  • Guest

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  • Robin

    Great job with the final book. I just finished today! To tell you the truth, I was a little dissapointed with the ending. I want to find out more 🙁

  • The first 3 books were great and so was Inheritance…. until the end. Christopher teased us with romantic possibilities until the bitter end. Ugh… I don’t know what to say. Couldn’t we have had a little hope … or at the very least hope for Nasuada and Murtagh?
    I understand the value of tragedy and a broken heart in a book, but with this series? Unacceptable. Now I don’t want to read through it again. Ever. Oh well, hopefully The Wheel Of Time will be better. 🙁

  • Kaitlyn

    I’ve been following this series from the beginning and I have always LOVED it. As someone who has been waiting for this for years, I can honestly say I’m actually a bit disappointed. I’ve always admired CP’s attention to detail as a writer and I expected all of those little loose ends (Tenga, the spirits, the 7 words, the two women, the Menoa tree thing) to be at least discussed, if not explained, in Inheritance. I felt like the book dragged on during the first half and then rushed by FAR too fast the second half. I always expected the green rider to be Arya, but I also expected the green dragon to play a much bigger role. Instead, he does nothing, is present for less than 100 pages, and then is left behind in Alagaesia, probably never to be seen again. I was never a fan of Arya or the romance between her and Eragon so I wasn’t that upset by the resolution (or lack thereof), but really CP, not even a kiss? No? Ok. That being said, the development of Murtagh’s character and his relationship with Nasuada was by far my favorite part, and I was so happy to learn more about him, he’s always been my favorite. Those chapters were the best, but I’ve yet to decide if they made the whole thing worthwhile. It’s just that I expected the web of mystery that CP slowly weaved to be unraveled to some degree. I wasn’t looking for the perfect, tied-off ending, but I was looking for a little more closure. It was still a great book and a riveting read, but unfortunately it did fall a bit short of my expectations. 

  • BrentonVD

    Disclaimer: This was written quickly and may contain errors.

    I found Inheritance to be a somewhat disappointment on some regards,
    considerably the cliche manner for displaying certain things.

    Regardless of that, Inheritance was generally a good read, it was
    entertaining and fast paced. I found it hard to put down the book which
    led to many late nights for the short time the book lasted. What truly
    held me to the Eragon series was the simple fact that magic did not
    exist as we define it. Magic was false in Eragon for it had logical explanations (to a degree)

    I am sad to see Eragon go, and I hope that CP decides to write a fifth
    book describing the rise of the riders, it may be challenging to make it
    interesting and gripping but I truly believe that it is possible.

    Inheritance should not be the end for we still do not know many things.
    For one I was hoping to find out who Angela was and how she knew the
    things she did.

    I was hoping to find out more about the hermit who lived in the tower
    (the seemingly mad hermit that Eragon met in I think in Brisingr)

    I disliked how Shruikan’s demise came about, I hated how Galbatorix died
    (Like a death star exploding, all cliche endings need fireworks I
    guess?) although I loved the means by which he died. The demise of a
    psychopath is to give him a moral conscience as i see it.

    The final fight did not have enough twists, and was overall predictable.
    Maybe if Nasuada swore fealty to Galbatorix things may of become very
    interesting, but the obvious happened.

    There are many things I could pick at that I did not like, however in
    the end I enjoyed the book and that is what matters. The technique put
    into writing Inheritance is indeed of  high quality, the vocabulary used
    is impressive. Younger readers may wish to have a dictionary at hand
    whilst reading this book.

    I also suggest one should refrain from power reading this book, it is
    best read slowly to enjoy every detail within. Savor the flavour within
    Inheritence as once you have consumed all, you will be left hungry
    again. I cannot read this book again as the secrets held within are
    already disclosed, be wary when reading this book and enjoy it, embrace
    the details. That is all I have to suggest to you.

  • Proudsktrdad

    I have not gone through and read all the comments but i read quite a few. This is in the top 3 of most favorite series’!!! I was of course upset that Eragon and Arya did not get together and i really do hope that CP does make a book 5 that goes over the main characters… What becomes or Roran and his family does he get a son. I think it would be fitting to have one become a rider as well!! What of Horst and the rest of Carvahall. Does Murtagh and Thorn return. What of the Ra’zac eggs??? Are there actually going to be Dwarf and Urgal Riders. Did the Rider swords get back to Ellesmera and the care of Rhunon…Just a few Questions i wish to get answered!!!! On a side note i thing that Angel was the Soothsayer that disappeared, thats how she knew so much that she shouldnt know. It makes sense to me anyway. All and all still very enjoyable and even though i couldnt put i down i certainly didnt want it to end!!! Thank you Chris for a look at how hard the right choice can be and what you have to give up sometimes!!!!

  • PilandMoss

    Loved the book! I’m disapointed by Carn’s fate though. I know he was a minor character but I grew an attachment for him. I’m mad at Roran for asking him to come- Carn was a weak magician for goodness sake! The end of the book nearly made me cry….

  • Ehakabbd

    Although the Roran scenes were dragged on way too much it was enjoyable up to the last ~50 pages when everything became incredibly rushed. Also, for all the people talking about Eragon eating meat, in Brisingr remember he switched back to meat because he would not be able to function on just fruit and cheese.

  • Seth

    Reading through this book was quite an ironic feeling. Just as Eragon didn’t wish to leave the land of Alagaesia behind, so did i feel reluctant to even approach the end of the book. One thing i felt compelled to say, whether Christopher Paolini reads this or not, was that this series really did change my life. After reading Brisingr, and seeing how only a book can alter so much about what i feel, i decided i want to become an author. I legitimately felt sorrow at having to finish Inheritance, and knowing that you may revisit Alagaesia once more gives me hope. Continue to do what you do Christopher Paolini. You are inspiring to us all. 

  • For some reason this book reminded me of one of my favourite trilogies, no not lord of the rings but “His dark Materials” by Phil Pullman. The ending of both books had a vivid affect on me in the sense it was a happy ending with strings attached. Its the type of ending you love to hate that is synonymous with a tragedy. All in all there are issues that could have been further addressed by CP but ultimately the inheritance cycle was one for the ages and one I will remember for as one of my favourites.

  • Tim

    I personally thought the way Galbatorix died was fitting.it is kinda similar to the ending of the sword of shannara though. but yeah, i thought it was a good way for galbatorix to die. eragon has never killed people if he has the option not to. its always mercy first. like when he didn’t kill those urgals on the way to dras leona and brom got mad at him for it. eragon isn’t a killer so its fitting that he doesn’t “kill” galbatorix. he shows galbatorix how much he has hurt others.

    at the same time, i thought it was awful how eragon and arya end up. I’ve tried to convince myself that they’ll be together in the end because i don’t see how eragon could never return to alagaesia. the prophecy doesn’t have to be final like eragon interprets it. also, in eragon’s guide to alagaesia he says he’s away so he isn’t there to greet the new riders. he could possibly be in alagaesia doing something important there? not positive, but i think eragon and arya will end up together

  • Joecappella

    Payoff…there was very little of one. And things weren’t consistent with earlier issues. How could Murty just be allowed to walk away (and none of the dwarves question what became of him)? A more consistent ending would have had more consequences for Murty and his actions (like the scene with Birgit and Roran, which was a nice consistent move on CP’s part).

    And Arya? What ev’s man. I invested many years (and a few bucks) in anticipation of some kind of payoff in which CP said, “Hey reader, I’m not gonna give you everything you want but there are some very important things that I will give you (like Arya’s and Eragon’s love un-affair will finally change for what you’d hoped for). And thanks for reading.”

    No, after all the build up I’m not only disappointed, but I’m annoyed at having gotten my hopes up for a decent payoff.

  • Jonwh18

    I Don’t know what anyone else thinks, but as time went one i came to the conclusion tat angela was one of the grey folk….

    • Harm Kramer

      I think she’s an elve. She’s over a hundred years old, because she came to Ellesmera once.

      • Bel45era

        she’s definitely not an elf, judging by her appearance..i think she’s a human..but with extraordinary capabilities that even elves respect her

  • Gypsee4258

    I read it and loved it, of course there are still questions that were left dangling. In my heart of hearts I fell  that as time passes Eragon and Arya will be together, she hinted rather strongly at it,
    The seven words that Broom said to Eragon, I have looked and looked for them and have not found them as of yet? Maybe CP will tell us now !! He stated he would answer questions once the book was released.

    It was for me well worth the wait !!

  • Sporesbane

    There’s obviously going to be another series what with the random introduction of the scarred woman that angela gave fortunes to. all i can say is that Eragon and Arya had better bloody Get. It. On!

  • Anonymous

    It needed an epilogue. It should have said something like, five years later when everything died down, Murtagh and Thorn returned to the Empire, and Murtagh married Nasuada. I thought that they would get together since the first book. I really loved how his story ended, with him being good and everything, but he needs to return to Nasuada. And I have always thought that Eragon and Arya belong together. It makes sense, of course, that she would choose to remain and be queen, but since she’s a rider, it only makes sense that she would go with Eragon. And in the previous books her affection for Eragon has obviously been growing, and she does say that. But maybe she still needs time to get over Faolin’s death. In an epilogue it could’ve said that they got together eventually. I feel bad for Saphira; she just found a mate and then she had to go away. Arya had better visit them a lot.
    I thought that the scarred woman and her daughter would be of more importance in Inheritance, but they were just in one paragraph pretty much.
    Thank goodness that at the end he wrote that he would probably write more later. In a new book all of these things could be addressed.

    • PilgrimandMoss

      Murtagh is a Dragon Rider though and will outlive Nasuada…

      • Harm Kramer

        Not if Nasuada becomes a rider with one of the new eggs!
        *sniff* *sniff* I think I smell a discussion!

        • Zach

          I always thought galby would die, shruikan would eventually get over his grief and bond with nasuada

  • Kirwan

    I thoroughly enjoyed Inheritance, but after staying up to 2:30 in the morning reading, I still had to lie in bed for another half hour feeling depressed when I finished it. The Inheritance cycle is my favourite series of books and when I read that final “The End” I almost cried. The eggs in the Vault of Souls was a great twist. I loved the characters in Inheritance, especially how C.P. developed Murtagh and his interactions with Nasuada – those were some of my favourite chapters. I was especially glad that there was a Saphira POV chapter as she is my favourite character and I love the way she views the world. The only disappointment, however, was the fact that Arya and Eragon didn’t get together at the end; it had building up to it throughout the whole series and book and then she samshed all my and Eragon’s hopes with her pointless “I cannot”. Dathedr could easily had become the king of the Elves, and Arya and Firnen (of course, I knew she would be his rider right from the beginning) could have gone with him to help him raise the new dragons and Riders. Surely they need more than just one Rider to teach them all? I already sort of knew that Eragon would leave Alagaesia never to return, so I was happy with his and Roran’s and Nasuada’s endings. In fact all the endings except for Arya’s.
    But I don’t really mind about the happy/sad ending, because now I know it for a fact. ANGELA IS A TIME LORD. There is no other explanation. I’m sorry, but “Raxacori-“? Definitely a refence to Raxacoricofallpatorius. And her comment on rooms being bigger on the inside than the outside. And her ability to seemingly be in places where things are happening without spending time on travelling. And the fact that she’s much older than she looks. IT IS THE ONLY WAY.
    Also, Saphira and Firnen are the cutest thing in the whole of Alagaesia. It’s so sad that they didn’t have much time together.
    If – sorry, *when* C.P. revisits Alagaesia, I don’t want it to be through a book 5, but possibly with the woman and teenage girl and boy. However, Angela had better have a part in it, and he should mention something like that Arya abdicated after a hundred years and went to join Eragon. And possibly explore Tenga some more. But I’m glad he left some loose ends; it would be unrealistic if we knew everything we wanted to know about Angela and Vroengard and the like.
    So all in all in really enjoyed it but there was a twinge of pain at the end that I hope will be remedied by allusions in further books.

    • I started the book last Friday. Read through out my classes. Got home at 2:30, and read till 3:00AM Saturday. Sat in bed feeling like shit. What a douche. He needs to write another book. Personally I would have had Eragon and Ayra make a baby. Adds a nice twist, and the story can be re-opened. I’m not a great author or anything. But Angela says that no matter what he does, he can’t come back to Alagaesia. That means even if he changes his true name he can’t come back. Maybe alagaesia will change it’s true name eh? God knows. One book needs to tie up the loose ends. Maybe as Tenga telling his story, and Eragon’s story. Maybe Tenga read all Eragon’s memories without him knowing. And another book needs to continue Eragon’s story. Another book needs to continue with Brom’s last seven words.

      The only thing I dislike about all the books is that Christopher gave magic too much illogical power in the land. Even for fiction magic gave the user too much power. Being able to take energy from other plants and humans. Common! He could have channeled the sun’s energy, plants around him, atoms even! Yet in the story Eragon is a little pussy who sits and cries by the butcher while he fills up his belt crystals crap with dying chickens energy. WTF?!?!?! Sucking other power without a limit makes the story look like crap. Breaking into city gates is crap as well. Ever heard of using magic to make a 40 foot wide stair to the top of the city wall? It puts them at a disadvantage you say? Archers can shoot them from the top? Fine make the damn stairs a hill so they can go up, and attack from the top. Anyways with all that dying chicken energy it wouldn’t have taken much to build those steps….
      And talking about too much power. The name of names? WTF. The king could have had power over everything and everyone. Why would he need assistance from people such as Eragon? Why would he tell Murtagh the word. Are you kidding me? The name of names is the illogical reason why Eragon didn’t have to leave 
      Alagaësia.Common

  • Sincerely bummed

    I have to say that, up until like the last 50 pages or so, I absolutely LOVED the book. Yes, Roran parts especially were too long, but beyond that I was extremely pleased. However, I was expecting some more Arya/Eragon interaction towards the end there, and up until that final page I was hoping she would change her mind and go with him. But that ending…I’m still freakin’ depressed about it! Eragon accomplishes what he set out to do and then has to abandon everything and everyone he loves besides Saphira? Ok, I get that he needs to leave to raise the dragons — totally makes sense. But to never return? WTF? Why? There is absolutely no adequate reason why he shouldn’t be able to return. If a book 5 was in the works, then I’d be fine with the ending. But as the end to a series — just no. If C.P. doesn’t choose to continue the series or start a new book or series with the same characters, that ending will forever taint the series for me. I’m not sure I’ll be able to read the books at all anymore…just knowing that crap at the end awaits me just ruins it… and I truly hate that! PLEASE give us another with a little bit about the rise of the new generation of Riders or something… 🙁

    • Tim

      i could not agree with you any more than i do

    • Equally depressed

      You dunno what happens to him after he goes off exploring east of the hadarac… Something might happen and he might never have the chance to return, though he wouldn’t die cuz Angela predicted long life or infinite for him.

    • Jtchudy

      Totally agree with this……..if there isn’t any further content involving Arya, Eragon, Nasuada, Murtagh and the others….then ugh! so many years of anticipation gone

  • D.321

    I finished the book in only a couple of days, so I have to read it again for I might have missed a few things, but……

    One, I do wish Angela’s history was more clear and developed in this conclusion; but I guess there is a point to leaving it a mystery.

    Two, I don’t like that Arya becomes queen, it is kind of a distasteful conclusion to her story.
    Also, I wish the Menoa Tree had a different conclusion, but to me, it really isn’t that important.  However, it was a loose end that seemed to be disregarded and could of been made interesting with just a short paragraph of something it wanted and Eragon had to sacrifice.  I don’t know exactly, I will have to re-read the story about the history of the tree.

    It makes sense that Eragon had to leave, for it was foretold; but I wish the ending didn’t seem so hurried.  I may have missed something, but I thought the true names of Eragon and Saphira were supposed to be revealed.  I don’t remember reading their actual true names, only that they figured them out due to their vices and virtues.  This is one aspect, unless I missed it, that I am truly irritated about. 

    All in all, I really enjoyed reading the book and the battles; the viewpoints and trials of Nasuada and Roran, and many other details.  However, so many details and loose ends really left me frustrated.  Since it has been vividly illustrated that this is the last book of the inheritance cycle (although C.P. did say he might go back and write other stories of alagaesia), I would think that C.P. would of closed up all ends so that when we put the book down closing the final chapter of this adventure; it would give his readers a sense of closure – instead of more questions. 

    Fine, Eragon has left the land, but never to return (almost like being banished)….only to talk to his friends and family through various magical mirrors.:-(

    The Queen of the elves dying (sorry, can’t spell her name from memory), was this the character C.P was almost brought to tears?  The seven words from Brom?  Tenga, and the 2 in which Angela read the fortune for.  Also, like I said before, I have to reread some parts for I hastily read the final book; but who was it that saved Roran in the final battle (woman and child) – was it Angela and Solobrum(?)

    There are some parts I enjoyed, some content with, and others left me without the satisfaction that a FINAL book should leave, closure to all the the storylines. 

    • Jcrossley86

      the people that save roran were the 2 that angela did the foretelling for, no names used but it was mentioned that the woman had scars on her wrists. just like the woman who spoke with angela and eragon 

    • Soadfanforever

       I agree. I was looking forward through the whole series to find out what Brom’s seven words are

    • Anonymous

      CP said from the very beginning that he will never actually reveal any true names of any of the characters.

  • Zach G

    My biggest issues with the book by far was the lack of development of a new rider. The dragon on the cover of each book was always of such significance; CP, what were you thinking when you decided to cover over 90% of the book before introducing the new dragon and rider? I was so excited about watching the new dragon and rider develop in this book; and then, you give me nothing. You should have invented another awesome egg stealing adventure and had this book be about Arya raising Firnen, and then had another concluding book. And I respect the way in which CP killed Galby, I just had hoped for a more interesting delivery than what we received. But I could live with it. Also, I knew and had accepted that Eragon was to leave forever. Fine. But, why the hell could CP not come up with a valid way to explain that? If riders are still to be involved in Alagaesia, why the hell would Eragon never be able to return again? Despite this, I enjoyed the majority of the book, and although I kind of knew what was in the Vault of Souls, the eggs were a great twist. And of course, there are NUMEROUS loose ends that Paolini could do anything with. CP, I really do like the message you delivered by having Eragon leave and never be able to come back, but you did a poor job creating valid reasoning for Eragon never returning. A good, but not great (my least favorite of the entire series) book. 6.5/10.

  • Jamie V

    Despite what most people say about the ending, i agree with the people that say he left it open to come back if he wants to. I loved the book and was sad when i finished it. i also loved that there was more Murtagh since he has been my favorite since the beginning

  • Guest

    I wish they didn’t have to leave or arya could’ve gone with them, or in like 20 years she and firnen would go with eragon but the book was great

  • The book overall was good…. I have my complaints just like the rest of you guys.  I think that CP left alot of loose ends on purpose.  CP is probably thinking of revisiting and making another novel involving the same characters in the future. 

  • Bryceyoung

    What in the world possessed CP to write the 4th book as he did. He certainly had enough time to write a great 4th book. We had all this build up to a awesome battle with Galbatorix but they did not even really fight half the time they just talked and then eargon cast a spell without words on Galbatorix and poof it is over.

    The next thing I hated was where in the world did Broms’s 7 words go it seems he just forgot all about it. Another thing is why in the world would you make the cover of the book a green dragon when the green dragon did not even appear until the very end and placed no role in the story  what so ever. Anothing thing what about menoa tree it just seems CP forgot about it then at the end he said oh I forgot that so let me just put to lines in there and be done with it.

    The thing that really got to me was Eargon and Arya story they had all this build up and hints that Arya liked Eargon and at the very end it was just dumb. Though the book was way to long they had parts in the book that was not needed there was like 50 pages on talking about that baby with a cleft lip what was that all about? It gave nothing to the story just a waste of my time to read.

    CP is a great writer but this whole book needs to be redone and if not I think I wont ever read another one of his books if this is the type of quilty we can expect for the ending of the story.

    He had and entire decade to come up with the ending and this is the best he could come up with?

    • Bazza14293

      to right mate, he should have come up with something much better. PLANE RUBBISH

  • Cho

    You know, despite what everyone is saying – I absolutely LOVED Inheritance.

    I loved the ending, It wasn’t the happiest of endings, but overall it was still a happy ending. I think it was the probably the best ending that could have been chosen, it was realistic and not ‘And they all lived happily ever after…’ How would have Murtagh stayed? He couldn’t have. Not after everything he did and was forced to do. He couldn’t have been with Nasuada for those same reasons, at least not right away. I’m tired of hearing everyone complaining about Arya and Eragon not being together – Just because you want it to happen doesn’t mean it would have been best for the series. One of themes, to me, in this series was not necessarily doing what you want, but doing what’s right. I think that Eragon made the right choice in leaving – After defeating Galbatorix, how could he not be considered supreme over all the other Kings/Queens? How could he do what he was needed to do – Train the Riders and help raise the dragons?

    The Vault of Souls – Really, people, how could it have been anything -but- a vault of Eldunari? What would have been able to help Eragon defeat Galbatorix? Practically nothing. And there was also a surprise – The dragon eggs, I liked that the dragons weren’t doomed to extinction – I was frequently saddened by the prospect throughout the books.  Also to those who wanted Saphira to be the mother of the race and bring them back from the edge of extinction etc etc – Saphira and Firnen could -not- have brought the race back from extinction themselves – Have you no concept of inbreeding? The genetic problems the subsequent generations of Saphira’s and Firnen’s children would probably be screw up the dragons anyways.

    And yes, there were still a few Loose-ends, such as who the people on Vroengard were and Tenga, but there -are always- loose ends. And Christopher Paolini said himself that all the mysteries of Angela wouldn’t be addressed.

    Anyways, I’m tired of all the complaining and I’m sure Christopher Paolini is as well (Although I’m not trying to put words in his mouth). I really did truly enjoy this book, and I don’t think I would change anything.  Christopher Paolini: Thank you thank you thank you for such a wonderful story, it takes something special to write like you wrote, and I look forward to future works of yours c: Also, why aren’t you coming to Colorado on your tour?! *Lament*

    • Sean

      Exactly! 
      So many people are complaining, only because it didn’t end the way they thought it would/ wanted it to. 
      I personally found this book to be the most enjoyable, and even though the vault of souls was obviously going to contain eldunari, the eggs were a nice twist that i loved. 

      I didnt like that arya stayed behind/became queen, and roran didnt become king though haha (mind you, as a character i dont think he would like that, considering he wasnt happy about becoming a captain, he was better of how CP left him )

      • Skyzza

        i agree with you both, it was a GREAT book, i was really sad about how it was left between arya and eragon and i think it would have come to a bit better conclusion if dathedr had become king and arya left to persue whatever she wanted…

        • D.321

          I completely agree with you that Dathedr should of become king of the elves instead of Arya.  For some reason, it does not fit well with the story that a dragon rider becomes queen of the elves.  It makes sense that Arya becomes a dragon rider, especially green (I assumed before I was 1/4 way through book), but not queen.

          D.

        • Anonymous

            Dathedr should’ve become king not just because it would’ve given Arya the freedom to do wha she wished, but because he just would’ve been better with the politics and his personality was better suited to such a rigid job.

        • The thing about Arya is that she is pledged to her people. She would never have left the elves, even if she could have. As queen, she made the ultimate choice to live for her people completely. She is also well-equipped for the job. CP kept all his characters true in the end. Sure, he could have tied up those loose ends, but he left the rest up to our imagination. Eragon will live on for a long time; this story could go on for just as long. I think the book was spectacular, and had twists all around. Some was expected, but I loved it nonetheless. I do hope he writes more though. I feel empty without this series…

      • gg2ez

        The main problem is that there were so many loose ends not tied up, and will never be tied up because the acknowledgements section said that he wouldn’t write about Eragon, Arya, Roran, Nasuada, and a couple more characters anymore.

  • I finished the book last night.  I’ll most likely need to read it again in a couple of weeks.  Angela, not really answered, but, given her nature, can anyone truly answer “who is Angela”.  Christopher could most likely right a rather sizeable tome just on Angela, and still not adequately explain her nature.  I have a feeling she’s older than the Elves.  If this is an ending, not happy, but, I’m assuming this is only a beginning on the time Christopher will allow us to spend in Alageasia. 

    • Skyzza

      i actually think she is either a) a half elf/half human or b) (more likely) a grey one or whatever it was who binded the ancient language to magic, along with tenga, i also think he is one too

    • Hassan

      i was thinking angela was one of the grey folk
      just a guess

    • PilandMoss

      She’s a Time Lady!

  • Kathrynmxpx

    i’m slightly confused…it seems like a lot of people don’t feel angela was explained…but i thought she was explained well.

    remember when nasuada was in the soothsayer’s room in galbatorix’s castle….and galby told her the story about the crevice where if you slept near it you could know the future and that that is what the oracle did (the oracle being a ‘she’)? 

    well even AS i was reading his explanation of the room, i just knew he was speaking of angela (as her being the oracle). 

    didn’t anyone else feel that way?

    • Lil Uhura

      I did.  I thought that it was cool that we (maybe) got that little glimpse into her history.

    • nate2468

      And imagine the story behind tenga, hes her teacher, even older, wiser and most likely more powerful then her.

  • Kesav

    The book is great!!! but since he delayed it so much, all most all theories were discussed and there was no much of a surprise…and CP should have explainedabout  what menoa tree took and reason for tenga in the 3rd book…ending was good…. Congratulations Christopher Paolini : it was a good book over all.

    • Flugel9130

      The menoa tree took nothing.  It just wanted him to go, and told him so in both Brisingr and Inheritence.

  • Springs

    I don’t understand why everyone is complaing so much about the ending. Yeah it clearly left things open, but he closed off everyone thing that the inheritance cycle needed closed off. Galbatorix was dead, murtagh turned, the green egg found, and the dragons have a future. Christopher closed off the story but still left it open for him to come back later. If it isn’t obvious the characters arnt done. We will see them again when chris is ready. If he had closed everything off completly then there would be nothing to go back to because the alagasian world would be perfect and safe. My second complaint of everyones complaining is what y’all thought was wrong with the fight with Galbatorix. Its been obvious since the beggining that galby wass all powerful and arrogant. He would have never faced eragon in open battle because he was to powerful for him. He had to say but a word and eragon would be dead, the only reason eragon lived at all in the series is because galby wanted him alive. Eragon could never have found the power to beat him without some sort of surprise and help from allies, which he has always had in fighting and had in the end. Shruikan would have swallowed them all whole if he had taken to the air. I thought the fight with galby was true to the nature of the story and there was no way eragon could have one without winning the way he did. My only problem with the story was the found dragon eggs, CP built us up the whole time on how saphira was going to be the mother of the dragons and the green dragon was of all importance so that that process could begin. But then its like the green dragon is jus swept aside and set up as a pretty toy to write about. Not only does he not help in the battle but he dosnt even get to serve as the father to the rebirth of dragons because hey we just randomly foun 200 eggs. It was kind of ani climatical.

  • There was one certain event missing from this book….

    • elle

      Let me guess…a mountain falling on Nasuada’s head?

  • Rharman

    CP’s email someone Please

  • Charlesmahaffey95

    Seriously whats up with the green dragon even being on the cover? He was only in the last like 50 pages. CP let me down. Read Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan instead.

  • Rharman

    does anyone have Christopher Paolini’s email. Please any one with connections maybe. lets all persuade him to write another book concluding the fourth 

    • Kathrynmxpx

      yea i just WISH i could talk with him for even just 5 minutes.  i want to understand why he did what he did. 

  • Rharman

    who would like Christopher Paolini to amend his work and conclude all that he he missed and newly added in a last and final Book FIVE. ComeOn PLEASE CHRISTOPHER, I THINK I SPEAK FOR MOST OF YOUR FANS WHEN I SAY THAT A FIFTH BOOK IS GREATLY NEEDED TO FILL IN THE GAPS YOU LEFT IN BOOK FOUR. PLEASE PLEAE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE    CHRISTOPHER WE BEEEEG YOOOOUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chris_wd

    Overall, i was dissapointed…
    Nothing that seemed like it would be of significance after brisingr really had an effect here.
    Brom’s seven words had no role in the book whatsoever… neither did the characters Tenga and Eragon 1. The fact that Arya became a rider affected little as well since it  happened well after the climax. lastly, where was the character death that brought CP to tears, perhaps islandzi but come on, i expected the death of a truly major character… i also wanted something different than the eldunari in the vault of souls…like the entire book, that was too predictable, i feel like i could have said the exact plot of the book from the start… such a shame

  • AI

    Well, like most everyone, I was incredibly disappointed with the ending. Especially since I ruined it for myself before I even read the book, and was dreading it the whole time I read. But I have to say – the highlight of the book for me was the ending with Angela knitting “Raxacori-” on that hat. That gave me the biggest grin (Raxacoricofallapatorian), as I am a huge Dr. Who fan. As well as the comment on rooms that are bigger on the inside. I just had to get that out, for it was really the best part of the book for me, which is pretty sad, all in all.

  • jkos123

    I liked the book, too much Angela in my opinion though.  I didn’t like the fact that egg hatched afterwards but it makes sense. I would have to say it is my second favorite book in the cycle. 

    • guest

      damn shouldnt have read ur post… not 1% of the book is spoiled or me

  • mjensen333

    I also disliked how a lot of the items that were hinted would appear never did, such as the seven words Brom whispered to Eragon. It was just kind of disappointing, that even though inheritance did alleviate some of the loose ends, there were key parts that were left missing. The ending also left a lot to be desired. I liked the book, but would have liked more.

  • Beverley Hardwick

    Firstly, I loved the fact we got to see more of Murtagh in this book!! He’s been my favourite character throughout and I always hoped we would be able to see some of him whilst he was in Uru’baen. I just think his entire character is fascinating as you see two completely different sides to him which seem impossible to reconcile, his hatred and anger, and his vulnerablity which comes to light when he helps Nasuada. For me, one of the many redeeming qualities about Inheritance was the way in which Murtagh’s character was developed, and i dont think that Christopher Paolini could have done any better.
    And secondly, when i first read the ending (I admit i did skip to the end before i started reading the beginning) i hated it, i thought it just didn’t give the sense of closure or triumph that i was looking for, with it being the final book.
    However, after reading it properly and despite the huge disappointment of the Menoa Tree and Eragon and Arya’s relationship not ending with them falling in love and living happily ever after,  I realised i actually quite liked the ending, simply because it made sense that after killing the king, people would treat him differently and he would never escape that. Also he would have constantly been doing errands for Nasuada and wouldn’t have the time to raise the dragons properly. In short, he did what was best for the dragon eggs instead of doing what was best for himself, which is what a rider should do.

    However, i think Murtagh and Arya (instead of being queen) should have gone with him.

    • Nini

      you make a good point i kind of feel better about the ending now but i still would like a fifth book just because there are so many things that were left out. 800 pages just isn’t enough still, I love the series  hope to see more of Alagasia

      • Beverley Hardwick

        I agree I would definately love a fifth book too, simply because i would love to see all the characters again but outside of the inheritance series which was dominated by killing galbatorix (not that thats a bad thing, i would just love to see it all developed further than that now glabatorix has gone!) To be honest i was quite nervous about reading the book because after waiting for years to find out what happens, i was worried it wouldnt live up to my expectations, but im happy to say i loved it!

    • Jamie V

      i actually thought Murtagh was going to go with eragon for a moment

  • Annie70951

    the thing that annoyed me most were all the people/things that had been hinted at earlier thtat were never even mentioned in this book such as: Tenga and because of that we still know next to nothing about angela whom becomes a main character. the original eragon who was the first rider and eragons name sake eragon (ours) seems to just forget that he exists. i think ,any of us were hoping brom in some way or another would play a part (so much for that). also the relathionships between eragon and arya and mutagh and nasuada just dissapeared. And the 2 ladies whom fortunes angela read?, also eragons reson for leaving alagasia didnt seem very thorough (still dont get what was wrong with vroengard). overall this book was VERY predictable and comparede to the others horrible. we can only help that all those characters and issues are adressed in a fifth book

    • Chris_wd

      i completely agree… expected a lot more

  • Prasetyanto

    PLEASEEE CP ONE MORE BOOK TO ANSWER ANYTHING LEFT IN INHERITANCE!!!!!!!!

  • Skinny3

    The book was great, until the end. The idea was okay, but it wasnt exactly well written…

  • Anonymous

    I actually really enjoyed this book. Despite what many others are saying, it was great. I can see where everyone was and is coming from, but, hey, when you have someone as quirky as Angela in the book, that makes amends for those small things. 😉 ‘Loyal Angela fan here’

    • Dusk

      The ending just ruined it for me

  • Dusk

    The fourth book……..sort CP I know you want to move on but this cycle needs another maybe if you had thought of the fourth better then well you could move on but the ending the unfinished plots I was depressed over the end for the rest of the day you’re wondering what can I continue well this is
    My personal opinion is the ergon and arya love the belt Angela the teaching of the new riders the new beasts in the new land him finding an alternative to living on the new plains for alagasia I’d like to see more on the people in vonegrad I just hope you will consider this really seriously as inheritance was a wash over it didn’t give what the people want at the end and needs to have a new book

  • nate2468

    The series was great until the ending, the 4th book was my favorite until the ending. The ending was so bad that completely demolished the series and outweighed all the positives of the series. It was completely and utterly unacceptable to me and to MANY of your fans. I will not spoil it for everyone else, although it might save you the trouble of spending your time reading it just to get completely slapped in the face. I have NEVER hated an ending as much as this. The manga Death Note is my 2nd most hated ending of all time, and yet that still cant even compare to the pure horridness that is the ending of Inheritance, mixing the worst possible cases of almost everything and blending them together into something that will certianly stop me from spending any more money on books from CP unless he fixes this with a book 5 or something that will bring peace to this utterly non-logical, rubbish, 180 degree turn, slap-in-the face ending.

    • Dukelord

      well spoken but i dont think he will make book 5 about eragon at all it will be about bladeslinger i am sure which doesn’t interest me.
       

      • Dukelord

        not about eragon sorry

        • =(

          Yea it seems unlikely there will be a book 5, but personally I don’t even think a book 5 would salvage this series due to the fact that some plot holes were covered in book 4 but not all and there simply isn’t enough material for a book 5. Furthermore, the main drive towards confronting Galbatorix is over… No, the only way to truly “fix” this series would be to write a whole new book 4 or at least make some drastic changes to the last 200 or so pages of Inheritance — the probability of either event occurring is again doubtful.

          • Dukelord

            agreed there is not enough meat left on the plate to make a meal. He kinda rushed some of the conclusions at the end I truly like the book but the end just did not come to a complete end i feel like. I feel like the cycle is incomplete. And any other book would probably be about parallel story nothing more i think.  

          • Quest

            I feel like i read 800 pages only to get punched in the stomach, still i feel some of the nasuada and roran points of view could have shorter or even left out i feel many of them were unimportant overall this book lacked the epicness the last 3 had and i hope we get answers soon as to why so many of the confirmed facts were left out like the chapter brains never appeared and so many other things were they edited out? if so why? so many questions………..

  • BlackMorningGlory314

    Did anyone else catch Angela’s Doctor Who reference in the chapter “Blood Price”?  If I got the reference right, that would have finished as Raxacoricofallapatorius.

  • Jelpesdaturtle

    Ok, why won’t Eragon ever return to Alagaesia? He could if he wanted to. I mean, he has a dragon! And wouldn’t he want to visit Arya and Roran? The biggest thing that got me at the end was that it seemed as if Eragon just wasn’t going to try to see anyone again or come back again.

    • Dukelord

      me two i just dont get it he has to train the new riders and protect the land not leave it seemingly on the brink of chaos. your right he seems to resign himself to Angela’s predictions there not that many dragons and most will be wild how long will it take for them to be independent 6 months is about the time they breath fire and become sexually mature. Thats what i gather at the end of the book with fering or however you spell his name mates with saphira. 
         

  • Angelwings

    Hey where are all the interviews with CP. Didnt he give a interview on 11/8? Or a press conference? Something?

  • Dukelord

    Well people give alot of good points on both sides of the pros and cons, however it did not satisfy me like i had hoped. To many loss ends and when finished i was think on there is got to be a fifth book and not on bladesinger but on eragon and the dragons. trouble looks like its right around the corner for alagaesie war and a lone rider who answers to no one well in a sense they all dont to much god power murtag eragon and arya.here is one big question and theory in one he left because no room for the dragons apparently, but why not fix up vroengard  of the poison like they did in galbys castle after his explosive end,then what if Angela is the true ultimate evil to implant the idea that eragon had to leave the immense knowledge she has of seemingly everything and weapons that have truly unknown power. but i agree with most the end was half ass at best. one person said that it was cp story so he had the right to end that way. but it is made for us so why not be a crowd pleaser instead of a crowd teaser. all and all feels to me totally not finished.perhaps eragons inheritance has come and past now to build his legacy it seems. Last point arya is untrained as a rider and needs to learn about the secrets of the riders and eragon is the only one with that knowledge now and he cant go really to far away for how will he train the new riders if a million miles away,and arya cant teach she knows nothing one how to be a rider.

    thanks all please comment would like to hear what you all think.
     

    • Angelwings

      first she has knowledge in magic as well as the fact that she kept 2 eldinari.

      • Dukelord

        true to both statements but thats still not enough for everything

    • Caitlyn492112

      well, i think what arya just needs to do is to learn how to fly on a dragon(basically dragon stuff) since she’s the AL is her native tongue and she’s already great in combat and magic so i guess it was okay for eragon to leave

  • ckmc

    Yeah, that’s great to hear.

    Too bad my copy still hasn’t arrived. For some reason B&N decided to ship my copy from across the country.

    Was that really the closest shipping center? I don’t think so.

    Anyway, I look forward to getting my hands on the copy, possibly on Monday! 😀

    *Trying to force some enthusiasm here*

  • Rvijayadivya123

    Okay people, the ending was good. It was always meant to be. Eragon was supposed to leave Alagesia forever and he and Arya were never meant to be. This we know. The ending was perfect. But the way the ending was approached left a lot to be desired.
    Instead of pages and pages of Eragon visiting every character and saying goodbye, we could have had more of his relationships with Roran, Arya, Nasuada, Orik after battle.
    We were never concenred much about the peace within ALagesia. But that was the main topic of the last 100 pages. If the peace had been stressed foremost in past 3 books, then we wouldnt have felt disappointed. We didnt care about the peace. 
    The binding of all races to dragons were deeply significant, there just wasnt enough of it to appease us. 
    And Murtagh and Thorn’s leaving though it is understood, it should never have been that sudden. Murtagh and Eragon’s relationship was one that captured us in first 2 parts, but to leave them like this open just wasnt right.

    In conclusion, we saw the endings of characters we least cared about and failed to see the relationships among characters we very much loved and the reason why we stuck through.

    But this I got to say, I did love the way Eragon overpowered Galbotrix but hated the way that one spell destroyed him. His death as the most powerful ever was most un-epic. He was bad yes, but powerful, he needed a better death.

    I loved the ending. But I wish with all my heart that CP rewrite few parts that had great potential to be EPIC but failed. 

    • Kathrynmxpx

      you said this: “Eragon was supposed to leave Alagesia forever and he and Arya were never meant to be.’

      this isn’t true.  CP said not all prophecies necessarily come true.  also, in the procphecy about arya & eragon angela said that she wasn’t sure how it’d end.

      it was a horrible ending and i’m depressed.  every frickin character we grew to love is sad at the end of the book.

      • Seemed to more likely that he just got tired of writing at the end and rushed it just to get it over with. It was obvious from his interviews he was tired of writing it.

    • Bjartsverd

      agreed, the ending needed more work on the relationships of the charectors and there definetly needed to be more about the rider spell..

    • Guest

      THIS IS SO TRUE. My problem wasn’t that the ending left too many loose ends untied; it was that it was sooooo long. The climax happened with 100 pages left in the book! And then we were left with pages and pages of politics and decisions and boringness. I for one didn’t mind that Arya and Eragon didn’t end up together. It would have been unrealistic otherwise; Arya had been hinting that he was too young, and that she loved Faolin, and to have all that suddenly change with Eragon killing Galbatorix (as monumental of an event that was) would have been strange. But the parts with Nasuada and Murtagh were by far, in my opinion, the best parts of the book.

  • Maja

    hello, In Poland, was issued only the first part of that ends in when Eragon and Saphira go on a journey to Vroengard. Could you tell me what happened later? I’m dying of curiosity.A second part will be released in January.

    • Cjmsport

      don’t read it DONT. It will ruin everything you loved about the series

      • Maja

        Why you think that? What you loved in this series?

  • Arya<3

    ok I’m a little let down about the Arya and Eragn thing, but Arya did kiss him on the brow, which is as much as we can expect from her!

  • What about the Ancient Words Brom told to Eragon?

    • Guest

      Seriously, this is so overhyped.  He told him seven words in the Ancient Language.  Big deal.  Oromis told him plenty more than that.  At one point I also thought they had some significance, but after reading Inheritance I realized that they obviously don’t.

      • Guest

        but brom said something like “use them only in great need”, and then the twins wanted to steal it … you can’t deny it was a hook, and we never even found out what they were

        • Yea he played it up even when talking about it in interviews.

    • Davesam1312

      They never actually go flat out and state it but I think when Eragon says, “Thanks for everything that you taught me,” I think that is referring to what Brom said. It makes sense to because Eragon is just about to leave Brom’s tomb when he says that

  • For those who say Angela is unresolved its a pretty safe bet she was the Oracle.

    • Eragon

      Yeah i was thinking that too…. 😉

  • Kerusso

    It was a very bittersweet ending. I loved the book but it is making me literally die for a fifth book!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t really care what happens with Bladesinger/Wolfeyes, Tenga or the mysterious people like that. What I want in a book five is: What happened to The Belt Of Beloth The Wise? Angela to join Eragon in the new land, possibly Murtagh marry Nasuada but decline being king, I also really want to know what happens in the new land, how Eragon and Saphira do as teachers, If Saphira has an egg from Firnen, etc….. I almost cried when I finished book four, but all in all it was amazing and the best book of the series!

    • TorpeAlex

      Someone literally has no idea what the word ‘literally’ means.

      • Once Kerusso now dead person

        I was typing quickly and for lack of a better word I accidentally put literally…. lol, but I am still dying…. ok i’m dead….

  • Vilya

       First of all, in the interest of being fair, there were parts of this book that I did like. I was happy, or should I say terrified that the Priests of Helgrind made a reappearance. They were horrifying in the extreme, and they were revolting, just as I remembered and worse. That to me was the most dire circumstances in the book. I was more afraid for Eragon in that moment than I was when he was before Galbatorix. I have to admit that I shed a tear when they saw the eggs in the Vault of Souls. I liked all the character driven parts between Nasuada and Murtagh. And those were pretty much the highlights of the book for me.Now for what I didn’t like. I have taken a long time to think about this and let things marinate, and here is what I found. In a general sense it was a lack of conflict. Things just seemed to come too easily. After the last book CP left us with enough problems to keep us on our toes and guessing, but most of that beautiful conflict was just washed away. For example, the Dauthbaert coming from nowhere, Elva and her hatred for him being mellowed to the point where she would follow him to Urubaen. I thought that she would be a game changer, thought that in the battle between Galbatorix and Eragon she would be significant. The Menoa Tree, this mighty force of nature that she has been made out to be, simply tells Eragon to go. Whatever it was she could have asked from him, and really it could have been anything, could have complicated things and made them more interesting. But it was just let go. He never even talks about getting the egg out of Urubaen, let alone attempt it, or struggles with trying to find a spell that would let him transport it. He never really has to fight Murtagh, though I guess the sparring in Galbatroix’s chamber could count a little for that, but no one was going to die. What were the stakes? There weren’t any at that point, but to prove himself. He knew that Galbatoix was looking for the name of the ancient language, why wasn’t he? Unfortunately it seems to me that up until he finally remembered the Vault of Souls, he just sat around stagnant, and didn’t actively try to solve the problem in front of him, how to beat Galbatorix. His job was a way to figure out how to outsmart him. Find the whole’s in the logic of a crazy man. He never did. All this lead up to who the next rider would be and it happens, not only after we know that they won’t really be the last rider, but after the battle. And after Arya took that egg back with her to the elves did anyone really not know that it would be her? And what about the “epic” romance that Eragon was supposed to have. There was no real romance, they never got past the stage of flirting, and I am not even that sure that Arya was interested in him in this last book. He should have at least built it up to where we might think that she would go with him. But he didn’t, their romance didn’t even smolder, no sexual tension between them at all. He had a whole book to build it up to something, and then have it crashing down, but he didn’t. And so when she left him I didn’t care that much And she must not have either. She didn’t even kiss him goodbye.And then there was the ending- all one hundred pages, of him revisiting every place that he had ever been. Need I say more about that. And so we leave Alagaesia with Nasuada, manipulated by Galbatorix’s words, trying to effectively neuter all the spell casters. Eragon couldn’t see that something is wrong with her, and that? She is unfit to rule, in my opinion, and maybe if she had been forced to find her true name, she would have had to confront all of the ugliness inside of her. Instead she thinks that she is justified, and a tyrant in the making. And we leaves the elves, with a massive unbalance of power that the riders of old would have frowned upon. Arya is Queen and Rider, which is pretty much forbidden. What’s worse is the excuse that she can do that because Eragon is sworn to Nasuada and Orik. Did Arya not just hear that he is leaving forever? Aren’t we to believe the prophesy, that he will never come back. He never said that he would come back to help, and so we are left to believe that he wouldn’t. And then there is Thorn and Murtagh, Murtagh who would have killed Eragorn if given the chance in Urubaen, and is probably half mad with all the things he has been forced to do and have been done to him. We leave him with the greatest single piece of knowledge in the world, the true name, and we leave him unchecked. He doesn’t even tell Eragon goodbye when he leaves because no one even bothers to tell him that he is going. Eragon doesn’t trust him enough to tell him where the eggs are, but he leaves him with all that power and anger to do what he wants. That doesn’t sound smart to me.All I can think, because I know CP is a better writer than this, is that he was either so caught up in all the hype that he wanted to do something that no one would expect, or that he had made so many rules and made Galbatorix so strong that he had painted himself into a corner. I went into this book knowing that nothing, after all the years of speculation and waiting and wondering, was probably going to be good enough. I had just built it up too much in my mind. But this was just so much worse than that. I like a good tragedy as much as the next person, but the book didn’t even make me sad. It made me feel cheated, that I had wasted so much of my time and energy on it, and the previous three.
    First of all, in the interest of being fair, there were parts of this book that I did like. I was happy, or should I say terrified that the Priests of Helgrind made a reappearance. They were horrifying in the extreme, and they were revolting, just as I remembered and worse. That to me was the most dire circumstances in the book. I was more afraid for Eragon in that moment than I was when he was before Galbatorix. I have to admit that I shed a tear when they saw the eggs in the Vault of Souls. I liked all the character driven parts between Nasuada and Murtagh. And those were pretty much the highlights of the book for me.
    Now for what I didn’t like. I have taken a long time to think about this and let things marinate, and here is what I found. In a general sense it was a lack of conflict. Things just seemed to come too easily. After the last book CP left us with enough problems to keep us on our toes and guessing, but most of that beautiful conflict was just washed away. For example, the Dauthbaert coming from nowhere, Elva and her hatred for him being mellowed to the point where she would follow him to Urubaen. I thought that she would be a game changer, thought that in the battle between Galbatorix and Eragon she would be significant. The Menoa Tree, this mighty force of nature that she has been made out to be, simply tells Eragon to go. Whatever it was she could have asked from him, and really it could have been anything, could have complicated things and made them more interesting. But it was just let go. He never even talks about getting the egg out of Urubaen, let alone attempt it, or struggles with trying to find a spell that would let him transport it. He never really has to fight Murtagh, though I guess the sparring in Galbatroix’s chamber could count a little for that, but no one was going to die. What were the stakes? There weren’t any at that point, but to prove himself. He knew that Galbatoix was looking for the name of the ancient language, why wasn’t he? Unfortunately it seems to me that up until he finally remembered the Vault of Souls, he just sat around stagnant, and didn’t actively try to solve the problem in front of him, how to beat Galbatorix. His job was a way to figure out how to outsmart him. Find the whole’s in the logic of a crazy man. He never did. All this lead up to who the next rider would be and it happens, not only after we know that they won’t really be the last rider, but after the battle. And after Arya took that egg back with her to the elves did anyone really not know that it would be her? And what about the “epic” romance that Eragon was supposed to have. There was no real romance, they never got past the stage of flirting, and I am not even that sure that Arya was interested in him in this last book. He should have at least built it up to where we might think that she would go with him. But he didn’t, their romance didn’t even smolder, no sexual tension between them at all. He had a whole book to build it up to something, and then have it crashing down, but he didn’t. And so when she left him I didn’t care that much And she must not have either. She didn’t even kiss him goodbye.
    And then there was the ending- all one hundred pages, of him revisiting every place that he had ever been. Need I say more about that.
    And so we leave Alagaesia with Nasuada, manipulated by Galbatorix’s words, trying to effectively neuter all the spell casters. Eragon couldn’t see that something is wrong with her, and that? She is unfit to rule, in my opinion, and maybe if she had been forced to find her true name, she would have had to confront all of the ugliness inside of her. Instead she thinks that she is justified, and a tyrant in the making. And we leaves the elves, with a massive unbalance of power that the riders of old would have frowned upon. Arya is Queen and Rider, which is pretty much forbidden. What’s worse is the excuse that she can do that because Eragon is sworn to Nasuada and Orik. Did Arya not just hear that he is leaving forever? Aren’t we to believe the prophesy, that he will never come back. He never said that he would come back to help, and so we are left to believe that he wouldn’t. And then there is Thorn and Murtagh, Murtagh who would have killed Eragorn if given the chance in Urubaen, and is probably half mad with all the things he has been forced to do and have been done to him. We leave him with the greatest single piece of knowledge in the world, the true name, and we leave him unchecked. He doesn’t even tell Eragon goodbye when he leaves because no one even bothers to tell him that he is going. Eragon doesn’t trust him enough to tell him where the eggs are, but he leaves him with all that power and anger to do what he wants. That doesn’t sound smart to me.
    All I can think, because I know CP is a better writer than this, is that he was either so caught up in all the hype that he wanted to do something that no one would expect, or that he had made so many rules and made Galbatorix so strong that he had painted himself into a corner. I went into this book knowing that nothing, after all the years of speculation and waiting and wondering, was probably going to be good enough. I had just built it up too much in my mind. But this was just so much worse than that. I like a good tragedy as much as the next person, but the book didn’t even make me sad. It made me feel cheated, that I had wasted so much of my time and energy on it, and the previous three.

    • Vilya

      Not sure why it did, but this is a double post…sorry.  And glad that I am not really that long winded.

  • Guest

    After I finished reading Inheritance I was disappointed with the ending.  I thought Arya should have declined to become queen and that she should have accompanied Eragon.  However, the more that I think about it, the more that I realize that this is not the case.  Arya spent her whole life doing what was best for her people, so she can’t be expected to change in the last 50 pages once Firnen hatches and suddenly leave with Eragon.

    A lot of people are talking about how the characters change in Inheritance, but I disagree.  I don’t think Nasuada became power-hungry at all, she was simply trying to do what was best for the people of Alagesia.  King Orrin’s drinking problem wasn’t mentioned in previous books, but I don’t think that–given the circumstances in Inheritance–it was completely random and out of character.  Some people have said that Roran changed because he didn’t feel any qualms about killing like he did in the previous books, but again I think it was the circumstances.  He still didn’t enjoy it, but as he fought in more and more battles he became more used to it.  One thing I don’t understand is Eragon’s willingness to eat meat, but this is the only real character change that I see.  Arya’s character didn’t change in the end, it stayed the same as it has always been.  I understand that many people, including myself, were disappointed with the ending, but it’s actually the best overall ending that could have happened.

    I still think many things were left unsettled, like what the Menoa Tree took from Eragon, and I don’t particularly like Nasuada’s idea to control the magicians, but those were the only major flaws I see in the ending.  As someone mentioned below, I would have liked to see more dragon combat, but I don’t think it would have been realistic considering the size and power of Shruikan.  Some people are complaining about the confirmed facts that didn’t appear in Inheritance.  The only thing I have to say is that with a book the size of Inheritance scenes are bound to be edited out, leaving us with some confirmed facts that just don’t make it into the published book.

    I’m rereading Inheritance right now, and as I read farther and think more about it I realize that my initial negative impressions of the book were unwarranted and that the book is actually very good.

    • E.

      Well, the Menoa tree didnt take anything from him I dont think. She just told him to “go…” I think because she was impressed that he was willing to honor his promise.

      • Guest

        I considered this possibility as well.  Either way, you would think CP could do a little more to clarify things, just so we’re not left wondering…

  • thoroughly impressed p.2

    Sorry for the long comment, but I believe CP deserves a lot of credit. Yes there were flaws, but overall I was really impressed, gripped, and left thinking (Galbatorix’s monologues were VERY interesting).
    Cjmsport I think you’re being unfair. You’re right in many respects – Sloan, the tree (whom I believed would banish Eragon from Alagaesia), Angela (hopefully will come in a later book, she was my favourite character with Murtagh and Nasuada), the two women who saved Roran, Brom’s 7 words – loose ends left blatantly untied, and left me thinking “umm aren’t you forgetting things”. Orik’s and Islandzadi’s cameos I can understand, they’re NOT major players – monarchs, but not like Eragon, Roran or Nasuada. I also agree with the ending – it was kinda unsporting and seriously disappointing given how much Eragon had gone through. I think he SHOULD have stayed – CP kinda backed himself into a wall on that one. I think there could have been ways to resurrect that “fate” (a million ways, as you say). I also agree that his character transformation should make him able to have a different fate (and that CP could have subverted his idea of “dominance of fate” slightly). Yeah, the Eragon-Arya thing was kind of a let-down – I felt the build-up was great, tense, original and unpredictable at times, but they could have at least kissed, and possibly had an ending together – BUT I think CP was stressing that the “true name exchange”, their mental partnership and friendship was more important and profound than physical love, so it wasn’t misguided. BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE STAYED TOGETHER. If it wasn’t for the fact that I liked neither character that much (get a sense of humour! You’re not that wise and above everyone else!), I would have been depressed for the ensuing few days. Hahaha yeah the dragon orgy raised my eyebrows, not exactly what I expected.  I think the reality was that there were too many loose ends, whilst too much still needing to happen (three battles leading to the final epic one, the Vault of Souls, Eragon’s training, and Nasuada’s capture etc – he bit off more than he could chew, but with fantasy to this scale i can understand). Be thankful he decided to have 4 instead of 3 books!But with Murtagh’s ride off into the wilderness, what would you prefer? “Oh i’ve suddenly found myself now after being lost my entire life, enslaved and forced to do brutal things for the last few years, let’s all be happy”? No – he and Thorn were far too damaged to surface that easily, and there’s only so many pages CP can have. I loved their characters, torn, ambivalent and powerful. Also I found his character change a little TOO quick, but I liked it – it was going to happen, and it was subtle enough to keep him “Murtagh” (if that makes sense), whilst freeing him of Galbatorix’s oaths. The Murtagh-Nasuada thing was brewing since they first met in book 1 btw people (even Eragon noticed it), so don’t say it was unexpected!!!I loved the Galbatorix confrontation – as if Eragon was going to stand a chance fighting him directly, he was comparatively helpless mentally and magically, and brute strength counts for nothing in Rider battles. Murtagh was far more of a match, and Eragon needed to be smart and creative, which he was – like Umaroth (or however you spell it) said, not many could have thought of that way to kill Galbatorix, and it was probably the only way – it was unexpected (for me at least), it made sense and was powerful as a concept. What were you wanting? An unrealistic mental subjugation of the twisted, most powerful magician ever? Come on – I admit before it came out I couldn’t think of any other type of meeting, but this works WAY better in my opinion. Still, could have used a dragon rider fight (as in, aerial acrobatics and sword slashes) – we got plenty of that with Thorn and Saphira I suppose in Dras-Leona and somewhat when stealing Nasuada, so i’m not really that disappointed, and THAT was excellent, I thought.Gladr doesn’t teach him anything? Oh yeah, except how to defeat your enemy in combat using your brain (which enables him to overcome Murtagh and change his and Thorn’s true names by teaching them matyrdom – defeating Galbatorix), except how to defend yourself mentally (and avoid being obliterated by hundreds of maddened eldunari and the 24 priests in Dras-Leona), to connect with the cached eldunari, to get through that monster storm … seriously? And that was only in a third of the book. Give the grief-stricken guy some credit!Come on, you could see Orrin heading that way – he seemed too comfortable/pampered, self-deceiving and having a high opinion of himself (“I’m king of Surda, bow!”). Remove the luxuries, the distance from Uru’baen and i was not surprised at his behaviour – Nasuada was right, he was not strong enough to stay noble amidst great hardship. As for Elva, I think CP characterised her too extreme in the 2nd/3rd book, in that she seemed too … stewie griffin (not enough redeeming qualities), and then here she suddenly had a conscience. But importantly she wasn’t the deal breaker (muteness), only helping with the traps, and I don’t mind the new Elva. Eragon DID say the right things to convince her to see her obligation to help out.I dunno – you’re right, there’s a lot still unanswered, a few holes, and a hollow last 20 pages (I’ve waited since 2004, so I know what you mean with the disappointment), but I loved the book – twice i picked it up at 6pm and didn’t sleep until 2am (bad moves on my part), and as I said in the comment below, there were moments I was restless and gripped; Barst, the Murtagh sword fight, Galbatorix’s demise (can’t stand “galby”, sorry). I loved Roran’s parts (as an ordinary human i can actually empathise with and appreciate his exploits and bold imaginative plans), the battles, Eragon’s training, Nasuada’s imprisonment (probably my favourite scenes), the Thorn-Saphira dogfights, Angela’s quirks (“We must proceed with caution.” “How else were you  planning to proceed? With blaring trumpets and shouting heralds? Really.” I was laughing for a minute). There’s a lot everyone has overlooked. SOLUTION: sounds tacky, but invent your own ending and appreciate that Inheritance has a lot of excellent parts to it (as you said, it was only 20 pages or so, not much to reinvent – does anyone get ‘Inheritance’ btw? It seemed only a minor theme from my perspective).Otherwise the best book in an overall great fantasy series. I’ll be re-reading it several times at least over the next few years. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, you pretty much summed it all up. Love Angela.
      “What are you doing out here?”
      “Knitting a hat.”

      Hahaha I thout that was a pretty good response from Angela.

  • Geeny

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    What truly bothers me is that CP didn`t
    understand that was supposed to deliver something different. I`ll go
    on a limb and say that he has potential as a writer. The Inheritence
    cycle was his first attemp at writing and – though it`s no small
    feat – he should have further secured his fanbase and readers, not
    to mention developing his writing skills before ..experimenting? Poor
    choice of words since it`s hardly an experiment, considering all the
    resemblances to LOTR. No, not experimenting, just disappointing the
    readers. He started writing the story when he was so young and most
    of us were somewhere around that age when he first published it or
    have been at some point during these past 8 years. At first, it was a
    delightful story, not very original plot-wise, but which appealed by
    other means; in many ways, it was different. It was and has been a
    fantasy story from the very start, not overstepping by any means the
    genre and we enjoyed it. Thus, we had certain expectations, or at
    least a few needs which he didn`t satisfy: more of dragons and their
    Riders, less of battles fought by Roran, “an epic romance” and
    maybe even some finality to the story. For most of those who
    supported him and ar fans of this sort of books, HE DID NOT DELIVER.
    What`s worse, he did not deliver what he had promised. Before
    establishing himself as a good, experimented writer, he should
    satiate at least a small part of what is expected of the characters
    and plot. Had he done this with the fourth book, I still doubt it
    would have been more predictable than it already was.

    Regarding the contents, there were
    things I really liked: the involvement of werecats, the scenes with
    Angela and with Murtagh, the trip to Dras Leona, the existence of
    more eggs and Eldunari and even Nasuada`s imprisonment. Even so, some
    new things he introduced rather hastily. The Dauthdart, Firnen are
    just two examples. When J. K. Rowling refered to Horcruxes for the
    first time, it was a big twist, potentially dangerous, but she
    managed to make her readers comfortable with them by the end of the
    book (and by this I`m not saying that HP is good or bad, better or
    worse, I`m just giving an example of a technique better applied
    somewhere else).

    The way the Eragon – Arya romance
    ended didn`t surprise me much. I stomached that one pretty well, drew
    what satisfaction I could from the fact that Arya is finally
    reciprocating his feelings – and for good reasons too, after how
    Eragon grows since in “Eldest”. Too romances ending similarly was
    a bit too much, though. But let`s just say fate isn`t that original.
    The pacing of the book was horrible, not to mention extremely tedious
    for Roran`s story. The parallel stories were better balanced out in
    “Eldest”. Sometimes, when shifting from one to the other, I
    understood the use of it, I think. I`d always think that the
    protagonist of what I`d just read was the bravest. It was a
    confrontation between magic and mere hands that made me question what
    Katrina had said about Roran being braver than any other man in
    Alagaesia, even Eragon.

    All in all, the book barely rewarded
    years of waiting. I liked it mostly out of loyalty towards the
    characters and what they represent to me. It would have been
    difficult to completely screw it up for me even if the author had
    tried to ruin in on purpose. It barely rewards years of waiting,
    though, and the only way I can cope with it is believing that it`s
    the last poor one, but not the last Inheritance book. All these loose
    endings must mean something. Make amends, Chrisopher Paolini!

     

  • thoroughly impressed

    are you serious? “not good enough”? i thought it was by far the best book of the series – and i stayed up all night to read eragon. the battles were SO tense, and engrossing (haven’t felt so sickened and restless in a while as i did reading barst’s slaughter of the elves), eragon’s soul searching was interesting whilst not too drawn out (and i do not even like him or arya that much as characters – murtagh, nasuada, elva, angela, nar garzhvog, galbatorix, roran, even orrin were all brilliant and far more interesting) and i was finding my convictions twisted by galbatorix’s rhetoric.
    i think i felt most of the emotions christopher paolini wanted from me – eragon’s defeatism, the hopelessness beneath dras-leona, the hope in the vault. i do agree though – the ending was disappointing, though not rushed, and i think eragon deserved better after all he’d done. still i was VERY impressed by the book, and it was beyond “good enough”.

  • Lord

    After Eragon losing all of his father figures and mentors, i thought that just maybe he would get to hold onto Arya. She was the only one he REALY cared about other than saphira, then i read the last 50 pages or so and felt like i got punched in the gut……truley dissapointed

  • chloe

    What bothered me the most was how detailed and long the parts about roran fighting the battles were, they went on for chapters when some of them weren’t even that relevant to the story that they required that much time. I like roran, but I feel like there was way too much of him fighting useless battles and not enough time spent on his child, or plotlines from other books about eragon that could have been resolved.
    I really was curious about eragon 1 and bid’daum, and they never come up, not even in the vault of souls. That really dissapointed me.
    In the vault of souls, didn’t the dragons tell eragon that their eldunari were only a small portion of what galbatorix had? If so, why was it so easy to defeat him? I disliked that scene as well.
    The ending I was really upset with, because he spends about 500 pages of the book talking about small details of battles and going into great depth about how roran smashed this person with his hammer and how his bones felt when he smashed them, but then it seems like christopher said’ “well, gotta wrap this up now” and scribbled an ending just telling us eragons going to leave as fast as he can so I can finish writing the book. Isn’t firnen a bit more importaint than the seige of arroughs? And what the hell is up with the menoa tree? Eragon didn’t feel like eragon those last few chapters. There was no iinner turmoil about leaving everything he knew, the woman he loved, or his cousin and newborn baby. It seemed strange he was so hell bent on leaving because someone said years ago he had to leave.
    In summery, too much roran fighting, not enough importaint information.

  • kibbe

    what i dont get is why every one hates the ending yes its sad but cp was probly writing the whole cycle as a tragety. let me explain all of eragons mentors die(brom and oromis) all of the leaders die. so if you read it as a tragety its not as bad of a book 

  • A reader

    Okay. I thought the book was a bit slow for the first 100 pages or so. Once I got past that however, I did not think it was a bad book. It had some definite flaws though. It was a bit of a let down that the green dragon I had been so excited about only appeared at the end, and then without a very significant role. And I was expecting a bit more of Murtagh after Paolini’s answer to the interview. But what annoyed me most about the book, and it is not only in this one that I have noticed it, is that you don’t care about most of the characters. They are all in the background. When the elf Wyrden died there was no sense of loss, because you had hardly heard him mentioned before. When the elves got taken in Uru’baen I was not very concerned as to whether they were going to make it. And the question I asked myself during the book was not “will they win?” but “how will they win?”.  There were also a few loose ends that had not been tied by the end, such as the Menoa tree, Angela, the belt of beloth the wise, etc. All in all, It was not a bad book, it was entertaining enough, but it was not in my opinion, a very good conclusion to the series. I would still be interested in another book and I hope that Paolini writes one.

  • someone with many questions

    Perhaps the epic romance was a bit of a romeo/Juliet sort of thing, wasn’t really meant to work out? it is a shame though, spending around 13 years of writing time and the climax is rushed and poorly written. Leaving an epic series that has gathered such a supportive and enthusiastic fanbase with a sad, depressing ending like that is just not done. CP has backed himself into a corner where he is almost forced to write a 5th book, to help conclude the immense amount of loose ends that he just left hanging. An epilogue is all that is needed to help tie up all the loose ends, but cannot reveal the 7 words brom said, more detail on Angela that we were basically promised, and a better relationship between Arya and Eragon. There should not have been a Green dragon on the front of the book at all, for the dragon was only introduced in the last 50 pages. Not good enough.

  • Cjmsport

    I’m glad I’ve found others who are so incredibly displeased. Yes, the loose ends bother me. Yes, Eragon and Arya relationship was destroyed. Yes, NO ONE, in the entire book feels good at the end. Not one character is left happy. How is that supposed to make the reader feel? Not only is everyone unhappy, um really? Murtagh just peaces out? Yeah I’m gonna leave and never come back. Good talking to you for 5 minutes brother. The book is more than 800 pages, took however many years to finish and yet, CP can’t come up with anything better than this? I’m disgusted. I hate to be so openly harsh, but really? really? I gotta leave because you guys would feel bad when some of your sheep got eaten?!?!?! seriously?! how about freaking the crags of telnair and those mountains the wild dragons used for breeding? The whole freaking forest is enchanted to prevent anyone from coming into it. The entire FREAKING elven race is there to protect it. It’s where the original wild dragons lived. THE ELVES DONT EAT ANIMALS. Um cha ching, no one gets hurt, Eragon is close to not only Arya, but also Roran, and Murtagh and he can leave when he wants. The whole concept of a happy ending does not have to occur, but can we at least get something that makes sense after years of waiting instead of a haphazard, thrown together mess of trying to tie up loose ends in 5 page increments? Really? Sloan? you can see them so you should be happy now. He’s going to be even sadder now that he can see them because he can’t do anything about it. What about Sloan changing his true name and becoming a better person? Oh, nope, Im going to feel bad and give you some eyes. Oh, I forgot about the tree, lets go there for half a page. Oh i forgot about Angela, lets put it not even in the book but say sorry for failing miserably. After YEARS. I could go on and on. Brom’s 7 words, the Belt of the wise people, the werecats just disappear? Could this be any more like LTR? oh yeah, if the ending was better maybe. and really? Galby? he doesn’t fight him at all? he doesn’t fight another rider except a sword fight with Murtagh that we’ve seen a hundred times. Gladier (spelling may be wrong) doesn’t teach him anything new or interesting. Izlandi is hardly mentioned and then killed by some random guy with one dragon heart(i don’t know how to spell out all the names)? what? what about the people who saved Roran? WHAT? why put them in the book at all if its just going to make everyone be like WTH? or how about the random people on the island? more random stuff that has no purpose. Or the fact that the only time we see Orik is when he’s making a disco ball and then at the end for 3 seconds. or the random character changes in Orrin, Murtagh, Elva(she’s going to change her mind because Eragon goes, bad girl?!?!?!), and most of all Ayra. Literally like 10 pages before she’s magically the queen, she says thats not what she wants. Oh, well i can’t think of anyone else to be that so we are just going to throw her in that. Oh, I completely forgot that the cover of this book has a green dragon on the cover, so lets try to fit that in in the last possible second and have Saphira fall in love with this dragon that JUST HATCHED who she’s known for a total of 5 seconds and then start having sex with for 20 pages. really?!?! and Eragon and Ayra just sit looking at their hands while their dragons are fornicating above them, and CP has the audacity to put, well that happened fast. hehe. OMG. you are destroying what you tried to create. After Ayra sees the faith the don’t kiss? they don’t have talk, they don’t do anything. i realize Eragon had to leave but i feel like that was a failed idea from the first. He was tied to it and he didn’t know what to do about it. He just abandons Roran, and everything he loves because “theres no other way”. There are a million other ways. Maybe think of something out of the box like the changing of his true name because he changed since he left Tierm where his fortune was read, changed the outcome of his life and he didn’t have to leave forever, or some clever alteration that wasn’t terribly written and a huge disappointment to all of his fans. This book was a huge disappointment. I feel like rewriting the book myself. I could do it probably 50 times in the time it took him to write this massive mess. Sorry for the extreme emotion but theres a lot of pent up disappointment of incredible proportions.

    • Rorychadwick366

      The women that saved roran were probably the women that had their fortunes read by Angela in book 3 i think.  Lord Barst was given the strength and speed of the elves, if not greater, and probably had the support of many more.  Eragon and Roran don’t particularly like Izlanzadi and she seems to be a bit overpretective of the daughter she shunned from birth.  Galby probably spent so much time perfecting magic that he doesn’t even try to learn proper sword handling.  Saphira was already destined to be with Fanir and the dragons don’t wait long periods of time if they already know that they are going to mate.  Murtagh and Thorn couldn’t wait one more night to attack, Eragon and Arya were probably going to do the dirty while drunk.  

  • Ryouzen

    While reading the post-Galby portion of the book, particularly when the new leader of Alagaesia was chosen, i kept thinking about how pissed off Chris Addison was going to be and laughed.  Was i the only one, or did you guys do that too?

  • Ryouzen

    While reading the post-Galby portion of the book, particularly when the new leader of Alagaesia was chosen, i kept thinking about how pissed off Chris Addison was going to be and laughed.  Was i the only one, or did you guys do that too?

    • Bekkah

      Lol!
      I was thinking that too
      I bet Chris was crushed when he realised Nasuada was alive and then again at the end when Roran didn’t become king.
      If they do a book 4 podcast I cant wait to hear them gloat that he was wrong.

    • sigh

  • Conski95

    After reading Inheritance, I am so disappointed. After a long time waiting for this book, I read it with much excitement and enthusiasm. It read well, but the Roran parts kind of bored me, as I am not his biggest fan. Galbatorix was killed and Nasuada became queen, that was sort of expected. But I think it wen to downhill from there.
    When Izlanzadi died, you assume that Arya might take the throne, but as a Dragon Rider as well? Too much. But what really disappointing me was that she didn’t go with Eragon to the new land and that their relationship didn’t go anywhere. I feel sorry for all the people who wrote the fanfiction about Eragon and Arya getting together, they must have put a lot of effort into them for nothing. CP has destroyed many people’s hope with her flying away from the ship. I spent the rest of the day in depression, I was so let down. While waiting for this book, I kept thinking about how they would get married and whatever, I know that sounds soppy and sad, but it was what nearly everyone was thinking. Ayra and Eragon were destined from the beginning to be a couple and with a few words, CP ensured that it may never happen. I too could deal with Eragon leaving if Arya went with him like in his vision/dream.
    I found the Angela parts clever, she has some awesome moments, especially fighting the High Priest, but I wish we found out more about her and her secrets, but it gives the aura of mystery I guess.
    Overall, it was a good read, like the Vault of Souls part, but it let itself down. It seemed rushed and forced at some points. I think it ended the Galbatorix saga well, but come on, the last few pages just ruined it. I almost hated them. It such a shame to end a great series like that. I think it will be a while before I can read the first book again. I don’t know what happened on the writing process, but I hope that, highly unlikely as it is, Inheritance is re-written or a least changed to end it on a high note.
    I think that it disappointed many fans, and I am sure people may disagree with me, but to each her own, but I have to say, I am so annoyed at it, it’s not funny. It was such a huge letdown.

  • Conski95

    After reading Inheritance, I am so disappointed. After a long time waiting for this book, I read it with much excitement and enthusiasm. It read well, but the Roran parts kind of bored me, as I am not his biggest fan. Galbatorix was killed and Nasuada became queen, that was sort of expected. But I think it wen to downhill from there.
    When Izlanzadi died, you assume that Arya might take the throne, but as a Dragon Rider as well? Too much. But what really disappointing me was that she didn’t go with Eragon to the new land and that their relationship didn’t go anywhere. I feel sorry for all the people who wrote the fanfiction about Eragon and Arya getting together, they must have put a lot of effort into them for nothing. CP has destroyed many people’s hope with her flying away from the ship. I spent the rest of the day in depression, I was so let down. While waiting for this book, I kept thinking about how they would get married and whatever, I know that sounds soppy and sad, but it was what nearly everyone was thinking. Ayra and Eragon were destined from the beginning to be a couple and with a few words, CP ensured that it may never happen. I too could deal with Eragon leaving if Arya went with him like in his vision/dream.
    I found the Angela parts clever, she has some awesome moments, especially fighting the High Priest, but I wish we found out more about her and her secrets, but it gives the aura of mystery I guess.
    Overall, it was a good read, like the Vault of Souls part, but it let itself down. It seemed rushed and forced at some points. I think it ended the Galbatorix saga well, but come on, the last few pages just ruined it. I almost hated them. It such a shame to end a great series like that. I think it will be a while before I can read the first book again. I don’t know what happened on the writing process, but I hope that, highly unlikely as it is, Inheritance is re-written or a least changed to end it on a high note.
    I think that it disappointed many fans, and I am sure people may disagree with me, but to each her own, but I have to say, I am so annoyed at it, it’s not funny. It was such a huge letdown.

  • book4sonlyfanapparently

    ok.. I liked the book. Think of all the great things that happened.. it was a little predictable but with enough twists. it had arya and eragon (even though they did not end up together i believe once the need of her has passed she will go to him and the other dragons. it was a good book. the only thing i am pissed about is WTF DID THE MENOA TREE TAKE?!?! come on! i liked this ending A MILLION BILLION ZILLION times better then the epilogue that shall not be named in HP7.. what a horrid thing to due and dash all your fans imagination.. at least this book left things open enough you can day dream about ayra flying after eragon or eragon coming back or whatever you want to happen. it was a good book i think and I am glad the wait is over.

  • book4sonlyfanapparently

    ok.. I liked the book. Think of all the great things that happened.. it was a little predictable but with enough twists. it had arya and eragon (even though they did not end up together i believe once the need of her has passed she will go to him and the other dragons. it was a good book. the only thing i am pissed about is WTF DID THE MENOA TREE TAKE?!?! come on! i liked this ending A MILLION BILLION ZILLION times better then the epilogue that shall not be named in HP7.. what a horrid thing to due and dash all your fans imagination.. at least this book left things open enough you can day dream about ayra flying after eragon or eragon coming back or whatever you want to happen. it was a good book i think and I am glad the wait is over.

    • Guest

      if you’d rather your imagination wander aimlessly it’s your opinion, and i congratulate you on the effort it would take you to ruminate about something even when you’ve finished the book. i mean who’s got the time? a large number of fans wanted an ending that was definite. 

      • book4sonlyfanapparently

        its not so much as Id rather let my imagination wander “aimlessly” as you said but that i have an opionon of how everyone should have turned out that i am sure is different then any one elses and with this ending it is still plausible. Arya could get with eragon still and eragon and arya could never be too.. Nausuada could be overthrown with the whole magic thing and roran could still be king. orrin could usurp even… who knows! It really is how you want it to be. It’s like the end of The Giver. You never really know what happens and everyone has their own idea about it. CP finished up the main plots of this tale and said what he wanted said.. the rest is for us to imagine and think about.

  • Fishlegs

    I’ve been visiting this site daily to see other people’s comments. FInally, after gathering everyone’s opinions, I have to put in my two cents.

    I read Inheritance in 7 and a half hours. 10am the day it came out till 5:30pm. A lot of people are complaining about how rushed the book is, the random introduction of the dauthdart, new, unexpected character developments of Orrin being a drunk and Nasuada being power hungry, Murtagh and Galbatorix being underdeveloped. The main thing people gripe about is the ending. A few of these concerns have merit. Others are absurd. First, I must comment on what utterly destroyed the book: the final battle between Galbatorix and Eragon. I repeat, this was the most disappointing fight I’ve ever seen. The build up to this battle is enormous and I don’t know how Paolini could have screwed it up. What excited us about the series since 2003? DRAGON RIDERS. Wild midair combat riding on dragons, epic sword fighting, and fancy spells. What the hell was the final battle? Barely any sword fighting, Shruikan gets owned with one stab of the Dauthdart, and there are no epic spells. It’s an indoor battle with 3 Dragon riders and 3 dragons. Indoors. What the hell? The final battle enrages me to this day, because I don’t know what was going through Paolini’s head. Does he truly believe it is exciting? Does he truly think it’s the most epic battle in the world? He knows he did a half ass job and it pisses everyone off. It tested NOTHING about what Eragon learned. The only thing he did was cast a spell to make Galbatorix regret everything. Woohoo. Murtagh and Galbatorix. Wow. How did he eff this up. We don’t know anything about Murtagh’s training or Thorn’s personality. How did Thorn hatch? How did they endure through learning all this forbidden magic and training to become ridiculously powerful? Shed some light on that, geez. Show us the full extent of Murtagh’s powers—we’ve only gotten a glimpse. Pretty much the first time we see Murtagh in the castle, we know he’s a good guy. Ends the suspense immediately. Nasuada liking Murtagh is totally random, this I will agree on. Everyone complains about the ending and the Arya/Eragon romance. This I actually disagree with. People are too blinded by the fact that they want Arya and Eragon to be together—read the comments, you’ll realize this is what people WANT. Sure, Angela prophesizes he’s supposed to have an epic romance, and Paolini had a lot of flirting scenes in this one, but in the end, he still leaves it murky. Arya chooses the same way she chooses in the past 3 books, and she declines Eragon. Stop griping that they HAVE to be together, as justified by the prophecy. I understand how the ending pisses people off. When I closed the book I felt that although he had set up the fact that Eragon was preparing to leave in the last 50 or so pages, the way it ended was so…weird. We know he’s gonna leave, based on his final preparations and people he meets and etc. The final sentence merely tells us, once again, that he is leaving. Doesn’t really fill the gap. HOWEVER, I agree with his reasons for leaving. He wants to live in a new land and start over and train the Dragon Riders in peace. He wants a clean slate—I think of it as a vacation after a long, tiring journey. Lastly, I must address, why the hell is everyone praising Brisingr as a good book? Brisingr was one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Years of waiting to get endless pages of useless information (yeah yeah, we learn about Eldunari and stuff, but the important stuff lasts no more than 200 pages). Let’s be honest, Brisingr was a TERRIBLE book. I haven’t read Brisingr since it came out and Inheritance flows as though it happens right after Eldest. All the dwarf politics, his 7 promises, places Eragon traveled, conversations, etc, none of it matters in Inheritance.Mike, I’ve read some of your comments. Please stop sucking up to Paolini. Yes, you’re in the acknowledgements, and by Paolini’s standards it was a glowing review of you. You’re famous now, good job. Look at me, I’m not even a registered user here, but by reading just a few of your comments over the last few days, and that’s all I know of you, I can already tell you’re really sucking up. I’m giving you an honest viewpoint, from a guy who’s just looking in on the outside. That’s important because it shows yeah, it’s really damn obvious. The solution for you on how to proceed onwards? If you truly like Inheritance, you will realize a book has its flaws and its strengths. There are moments you hated and moments you liked. Address those and people will respect you more.

    A few of these concerns have merit. Others are absurd. First, I must comment on what utterly destroyed the book: the final battle between Galbatorix and Eragon. I repeat, this was the most disappointing fight I’ve ever seen. The build up to this battle is enormous and I don’t know how Paolini could have screwed it up. What excited us about the series since 2003? DRAGON RIDERS. Wild midair combat riding on dragons, epic sword fighting, and fancy spells. What the hell was the final battle? Barely any sword fighting, Shruikan gets owned with one stab of the Dauthdart, and there are no epic spells. It’s an indoor battle with 3 Dragon riders and 3 dragons. Indoors. What the hell? The final battle enrages me to this day, because I don’t know what was going through Paolini’s head. Does he truly believe it is exciting? Does he truly think it’s the most epic battle in the world? He knows he did a half ass job and it pisses everyone off. It tested NOTHING about what Eragon learned. The only thing he did was cast a spell to make Galbatorix regret everything. Woohoo.

    Murtagh and Galbatorix. Wow. How did he eff this up. We don’t know anything about Murtagh’s training or Thorn’s personality. How did Thorn hatch? How did they endure through learning all this forbidden magic and training to become ridiculously powerful? Shed some light on that, geez. Show us the full extent of Murtagh’s powers—we’ve only gotten a glimpse. Pretty much the first time we see Murtagh in the castle, we know he’s a good guy. Ends the suspense immediately. Nasuada liking Murtagh is totally random, this I will agree on.

    Everyone complains about the ending and the Arya/Eragon romance. This I actually disagree with. People are too blinded by the fact that they want Arya and Eragon to be together—read the comments, you’ll realize this is what people WANT. Sure, Angela prophesizes he’s supposed to have an epic romance, and Paolini had a lot of flirting scenes in this one, but in the end, he still leaves it murky. Arya chooses the same way she chooses in the past 3 books, and she declines Eragon. Stop griping that they HAVE to be together, as justified by the prophecy. I understand how the ending pisses people off. When I closed the book I felt that although he had set up the fact that Eragon was preparing to leave in the last 50 or so pages, the way it ended was so…weird. We know he’s gonna leave, based on his final preparations and people he meets and etc. The final sentence merely tells us, once again, that he is leaving. Doesn’t really fill the gap. HOWEVER, I agree with his reasons for leaving. He wants to live in a new land and start over and train the Dragon Riders in peace. He wants a clean slate—I think of it as a vacation after a long, tiring journey.

    Lastly, I must address, why the hell is everyone praising Brisingr as a good book? Brisingr was one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Years of waiting to get endless pages of useless information (yeah yeah, we learn about Eldunari and stuff, but the important stuff lasts no more than 200 pages). Let’s be honest, Brisingr was a TERRIBLE book. I haven’t read Brisingr since it came out and Inheritance flows as though it happens right after Eldest. All the dwarf politics, his 7 promises, places Eragon traveled, conversations, etc, none of it matters in Inheritance.

    Mike, I’ve read some of your comments. Please stop sucking up to Paolini. Yes, you’re in the acknowledgements, and by Paolini’s standards it was a glowing review of you. You’re famous now, good job. Look at me, I’m not even a registered user here, but by reading just a few of your comments over the last few days, and that’s all I know of you, I can already tell you’re really sucking up. I’m giving you an honest viewpoint, from a guy who’s just looking in on the outside. That’s important because it shows yeah, it’s really damn obvious. The solution for you on how to proceed onwards? If you truly like Inheritance, you will realize a book has its flaws and its strengths. There are moments you hated and moments you liked. Address those and people will respect you more.

    • Fishlegs

      Okay I posted the same thing twice. Ignore the huge block of text and go to the first line after it.

    • D.123

      There is one concept that I must completely agree with you on, and that is the final battle.  Three dragons, 3 riders, no real battle.  It would be the downfall of Shurikan that the battle was inside  (no room for the massive dragon to move).  Before the book but after I saw CP’s comments before the release, I thought Murtagh and Thorn would of died by Galbo’s and the black Dragon – once they were released from his control due to their true names changing.  That would of finalized their story.  Then Eragon and Saphira, along with the elundari(can’t spell!)and what would be left of the main characters or escort; would kill the evil King in an epic battle.  No epic battle, blachh!  However, I do like the fact that the dwarves and Kull (race, whatever) can become riders at the end.

  • abstract5

    To everyone hating: Just because you didn’t like how the book ended doesn’t mean that book wasn’t good. And honestly, this isn’t your story, it’s CP’s story, and this is how he wanted to end the book, so get over it.

    • Guest

      he could have at least put his heart into writing it for God’s sake.

      • DragonsAreAwesome

        Who are you to say that he didn’t?

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree

  • Jbrowne1248

    Didn’t like the book? Some discussion going on at the following url, why you did and why you didn’t like the book 
    http://www.inheritanceforums.com/index.php?showtopic=71672&st=0

  • Jared

    I am pretty sure that most of the people that are hating on this book are people that are obsessed with AxE. They feel like just because their love wasn’t concluded the way they wanted it to be the rest of the book was trash. I thought this book was a nice conclusion to the series and also people have to realize that Christopher can’t answer every single question that has been brought up in this series. It would just make the book even longer and once you know everything the stuff that has been hidden isn’t that exciting. All together this book had some slow parts but for the most point it was good. 

    • weee

       I have a feeling the Eragon/Arya relationship was what drove a lot of people to buy Inheritance in the first place.  So of course they feel shafted by the ending.  All they got were few cute sword duels and a drinking scene.  The rest were pretty much sad and depressing.  But of course, it doesn’t matter, because CP already has their money. 

      • Guest

        no he doesn’t 😉

    • weee

       I have a feeling the Eragon/Arya relationship was what drove a lot of people to buy Inheritance in the first place.  So of course they feel shafted by the ending.  All they got were few cute sword duels and a drinking scene.  The rest were pretty much sad and depressing.  But of course, it doesn’t matter, because CP already has their money. 

    • Mrasiteren

      There was a load of meaingless unnecessary crap in the book he could have found the pages he needed in order to make sense of the charachters and  fill some gaps like  Menoa Tree

  • DillonP

    So heres my two cents about what i disliked about the last book. First off, and this is something that surprisingly nobody has touched on, FIRNEN DOESNT EVEN APPEAR UNTIL THE END OF THE BOOK, ever since the end of eldest i could not wait for eragon and sapphira, side by side with the green dragon and his rider, who i wanted more than anything not to be arya, to take murtagh and thorn head on and slay them, however i always knew this could not happen because thorn was necessary to help rebuild the dragons. When it was reveled that the vault of souls was indeed a cashe of eggs and eldunari my first thought was excitement, because now murtagh and thorn could be slain without concequence. Also there was not even a battle between eragon and galbatorix. The final book was seriously lacking in what should have been one of the main focuses, vicious battles between the dragons and riders of the opposing forces. I was also dissapointed that we did not get to see any battle scenes through the eyes of the dwarves or the elves, it would have been nice to see their take on combat through their eyes. All in all it seems that the final book was a bit to predictable and not as savage and intense as i would have liked. It seems that in attempting to please his fans CP paid to much attention to the theories that appeared throughot this website.

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      When else could Firnen appear.  The egg was with Galbatorix so they wouldn’t have been able to hatch that egg until they defeated him so should Galbatorix have been killed at the beginning just so that the dragon could be throughout the whole book?

    • elle

      I thought the way he made Galbatorix understand was really cool, I  woulden’t of thought of it.

      • Tim

        it is kinda similar to the ending of the sword of shannara though. but yeah, i thought it was a good way for galbatorix to die. eragon has never killed people if he has the choice not to. like when he didn’t kill those urgals on the way to dras leona and brom got mad at him for it. eragon isn’t a killer so i think it was a good way for the book to end

  • Tom

    lol shit guys i LIKED the ending, we all knew from the very beginning that Eragon was going to leave Alagaesia, dont act like your surprised lol and as soon as Arya became queen she couldn’t just leave her people, not when she devoted her entire life to them. (Yawe) If you think about it How could she go with eragon if she already accepted this? it could be considered a sad ending in many respects i guess bit i choose to see it as a happy one fore the dragons will thrive yet…besides i think that vision that valdr gave eragon shows how individual needs dont come before the whole. 

  • Still a fan

    Hey CP, I loved your three previous books, i read them no less than 30 times total. But this last book-and I speak for many of your fans-was a total and all out bummer… we are all hoping for a book five or even six where everything would flow to where everyones happy. I’m still a big fan and have to admit that it was pretty good in the beginning of book four so please-for the fans-write book five. Thanks

  • simonsays

    I feel like any second now CP is gonna say “just kidding guys, here’s the real book”. 

  • Kathrynmxpx

    it’s been over 24 hours since i’ve finished the book so i’ve thought about it a lot.  i was driving home from work today and just started crying.  everything we’ve all been waiting and hoping for was crushed. 

    i almost feel like the vision eragon had of the 2 of them walking onto the ship…well i feel that CP tricked us. 

    i’m so sad for saphira to finally experience what she’s wanted for so long and have it taken away.  she deserves her time with firnen to not have had it ended like it was.

    i just want to forget it; it makes me so sad.

  • Mrasiteren

    The ending was a complete crap. SORRY BUT IT’S THE TRUTH. He tried to make it like LOTR  but it didn’t go well with the story. Harry Potter’s ending was great. It was what we wanted. BUT what do we get instead? Eragon leaving RORAN MURTAGH and most of al ARYA leaving behind. And the upmost reason for it is the prophecy. Come ON! How is it that a man who doesn’t even believe in GODS can believe in A PROPHECY told to him by a witch? In the last book it didn’t seem like he cared for Arya much. I wish we didn’t have to read all that much about their relationship in Eldest and Brising. Then, it would have been reasonable. But we have. And the ending is all the way more crappy because of it. THE ENDİNG SUCKS AS MUCH AS LOST. JUST WRITE THE DAMN BOOK AGAIN.

  • To515

    The ending reminded me of the ending of Lord of the Rings Return of the King. I thought it was a terrible way to end the series and looked forward to the ending but was terribly disappointed. Way to take forever only to have an ending that didn’t even fit in my opinion.

  • STbetcher

    Don’t take me wrong i love Eragon but CP murdured his own book with the ending of the fourth one he dissapointed all of us with how he ended it, so CP YOU FUCKED UP BIG TIME!!. you screwed me and every Eragonx Arya supporter over way to repay your fans and customers with a horrible ending to this i say you’ve lost a fan CP just by the way you ended the book

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      Listen, can you at least refrain from using such language.  I’ve had to read at least five comments like this; if you have to be critical, fine, but go get a dictionary if you can’t think of less offensive words.

  • Stbetcher

    The ending was fucked up after 4 books Eragon doesn’t get with Arya that was the most horrible thing CP could do to us

  • Cameronwallace15

    that was kinda mean, maybe not forget the whole fourth book, there was still some awesome parts!

  • Cameronwallace15

    even if CP did write something else to change the ending to where eragon and arya were together it still wouldn’t be good. he crushed the initial awesome feeling of unknowing as to how they would come together already and can’t really fix it no matter what he re-writes. i can see how he wanted to be all original with the forbidden love thing buuuut that isn’t what anyone wanted, at all. lots of pointless pages and paragraphs in the book that seemed he could do without. and GAAAAA im just pissed, seriously trying to foret about the fourth book and make up my own ending just to be happy.

    • cameronwallace15

      but hey if you think about how incredibly awful the movie was, it makes the book seem pretty good…

  • AvaAnnaZ

    The ending was sad but beautiful and CP was very brave. I love the Inheritance Cycle, although I still feel really depressed. But haters can piss off because this is a fan website.

    • lars

      that makes no sense! i like the first books but i hate the last so now i can’t give my opinion?

      • AvaAnnaZ

        You can give your opinion, of course. I just think that everybody would prefer it if those who are full of hatred refrained from posting hateful comments. After all, the majority of people come here for appreciation or, if anything, discussion of the books. Not sheer criticism.

        • R.C

          Surely it is equally important to examine both the positive and negative aspects of the book. The people were just posting their reactions; in order that they might be discussed as you yourself stated as important.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            Nowhere in my argument am I denying that negative aspects, as they are variously perceived, should be discussed. Is not discussion in itself an appreciation of both positive and negative aspects? I’m sure that even the greatest fans can concede that there are always criticisms to be made. My purpose is not to restrain but I think that if this fansite continues to generate such a hateful atmosphere, then it may begin to spiral out of control. I think it may end up in a slightly sad situation, in that those who do see some positives, or are even entirely happy with the book, (although in all fairness, no one has yet appeared to portray such an opinion), have no suitable forum in which to discuss their opiniions. If people are really angry, there’s always Anti-Shurtugal…

          • R.C

            I agree with your concept of the negative spiral. However, I do believe that there is room for positive discussion, the only reason your comment was targeted was due to the fact that you attacked a certain group. But your argument is a valid one and it would be a shame if discussion were not allowed to occur as indeed there are positive aspects.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            Thank you. And apologies if people felt targeted – I perhaps need to be more cautious with my comments.

    • STbetcher

      we have the right to be pissed off CP screwed up big time i mean he even said that Eragon would have an epic romance. That means he lied to you me and everyone else, so think about that oh and FWI i am a fan or at least i was until i read the ending to Inheritance so CP i bid theey farewaell as you fucked up the ending of Eragons Journey so goodbye

      • Mrasiteren

        I’m never paying for anything he writes ever again !!

  • J.A.G

    I wish mike macauley would just stop defending this book. We’ve all got our opinions and I think we should all be entitled to them without being put down by a “supposed expert” after looking through this I am sad to see that people have had the same experiences with this book as I have we’ve all waited so long for it and I have to confess myself disappointed with the ending as    
    well as the storyline and the lack of what was promised. The thing that got me the most was that Eragon cannot return to alagaesia yet all of the dragon riders will be sent to him? Why couldnt he visit? why cant he be a diplomat between the races? WHY DOES HE HAVE TO LIVE AS A HERMIT WITH DRAGONS WHEN HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE LEADER OF THE RIDERS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ORDER AND PEACE IN ALAGAESIA? But look on the bright side, it could still be salvaged it with a fifth book….

  • J.A.G

    I wish mike macauley would just stop defending this book. We’ve all got our opinions and I think we should all be entitled to them without being put down by a “supposed expert” after looking through this I am sad to see that people have had the same experiences with this book as I have we’ve all waited so long for it and I have to confess myself disappointed with the ending as    
    well as the storyline and the lack of what was promised. The thing that got me the most was that Eragon cannot return to alagaesia yet all of the dragon riders will be sent to him? Why couldnt he visit? why cant he be a diplomat between the races? WHY DOES HE HAVE TO LIVE AS A HERMIT WITH DRAGONS WHEN HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE LEADER OF THE RIDERS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ORDER AND PEACE IN ALAGAESIA? But look on the bright side, it could still be salvaged it with a fifth book….

    • R.C

      This completely sums up my experience reading this book; it started so promisingly but in my opinion was an overall disappointing read.

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      SERIOUSLY, you people are being really hypocrytical.  Mike and every other fan has the right to defend the book just like you have the right to criticize.  In retrospect, maybe you (and I say this generally, meaning everyone) should stop putting down the people who like the book because we are all entitled to our opinion too.  If you want to keep criticising the book FINE and we’ll keep saying how good it was.  People can say what they want but you don’t have to get nasty just because it is not your opinion.  I loved the book and it is only naturel that people will defend books they like.  You say “we’ve all got our opinions” so let us keep ours.

      • jordan

        Let me begin by saying that I too enjoyed the book. However, I do see where this comment is coming from. I do not think they are being hypocritical as they are only targetting mike due to the fact that he himself targetted specific comments and was deliberately trying to stifle a particular viewpoint-I agree with J.A.G in that respect. However, I do not agree with the criticism of the story, but that is just my opinion and unlike some I am respecting their view to their own.

  • lars

    Ok… just finished the book. I bought Eragon in ’03 so i had to wait a long time for this to come out. I have to admit i was pissed that in book three the story didn’t end as promised, so i had to wait again. And it wasn’t worth the wait. At times the book went to fast and at times the book went to slow. The battle scene between galbatorix and dragon was copied out of a horrible hollywood movie. Nasuada went from great aspiring leader into hitler. And then the ending… After the battle i counted how many pages there where left to read. And i thought awesome, finally a writer who’s going to wrap the story up in a good way. But it was all a load of crap. Things that aren’t of any interest at all where highlighted the romance that everybody was hoping for was non existent. You almost think CP had a bad breakup or something for not letting that happen. 

    this was by far one of the most disappointing books I ever read. and i just feel screwed over.

    • John2b

      I truly enjoyed the book but while I thought the ending was interesting, it was also extremely saddening and just plain cruel. I just can’t believe that he didn’t have them together. He is talking about writing a book set at some point in the future, however, and I can’t help but question if that could be it considering how only have of Angela’s prophecy really took place (he left alagaesia but there never seemed to be the “epic” relationship she described”. If he writes another book with that in the future, the book 4 will make sense. 

      • Ericst

        Why can’t he just change his true name and his future…I mean your true name is what u are and changing your true name changes your identity and with your identity changed u arent the same person anymore so he can Come back to alagaisia

  • Brom

    I loved his entire series, however, I think he could have given it a much more satisfying ending like ExA. I think he should write an epilogue to add into the deluxe edition to imprve the ending to the series. Other than that it is a great series.

  • If I could pass one piece of feedback to sum up my feelings, many of which have already been detailed here (by Nathan most especially), it would be this:

    I was not left with a smile on my face when I read the last words.

    This is CP’s story, and if this is how he wanted it to end, then so be it. I just wanted to share with Christopher that I, like many, waited a long time for that final, satisfied smile, and I didn’t get it.

  • Vinay Dargar

    NATHAN WROTE: I
    was extremely disappointed with Inheritance. It is by far the worst book in the
    series, and the writing and editing felt like it was rushed to completion to
    make for a nice holiday release. There were times when the main cast acted
    completely out of character, with almost all of them seeming like
    serial-killing sociopaths. I understand that they are in the middle of a war,
    but in the previous books Eragon and Roran would reflect on how killing is
    wrong. This time they acted like they loved it. As a mature reader, I
    appreciate descriptions of violence and carnage, but in this book such
    descriptions seemed to drag on forever, almost like Paolini was living out a
    murderous fantasy as he wrote the passages. Eragon willingly eats meat whenever
    he wants in this entry, without any qualms about it. I still don’t buy the
    romantic feelings Arya seems to have for Eragon starting in Brisingr; they are
    never explained and it seems so unreal since she was vehemently opposed to his
    advances all throughout Eldest.

    Inheritance was too long, there were whole sections where
    Eragon is literally doing nothing while the Varden army moves from place to
    place. These passages could have been cut out, but instead they make for
    dreadful pacing. Even the fight scenes seem to drag on unnecessarily. We don’t
    even meet Galbatorix (for the first time in the entire series) until halfway
    through the book. Come on, even George Lucas allowed us to see Emperor
    Palpatine in person during the beginning of Return of the Jedi.

    Paolini has stated that the original fates of Roran and
    Nasuada have been altered, and indeed they have, for the worse. I am sure he
    originally intended for Roran to become the next king of Alagaesia, which the
    previous books seemed to be setting up nicely, but in Inheritance, Roran is
    featured a lot in the beginning and then his character flits in and out of the
    rest of the story. Nasuada, however, gets herself captured halfway through the
    book and remains a prisoner until the end, where she then becomes Queen and sets
    out to subjugate all the magic users of the land, which to me seems to make her
    look no better than Galbatorix. It would’ve been better if Paolini had
    addressed the “problem” of magic users earlier in the series, but
    instead it was only ever Nasuada who voiced any concerns about it.

    On top of all these flaws is the climax of the book (and that
    of the entire series). It was such a letdown that I closed the book in rage and
    didn’t pick it up again for the rest of the day. Eragon doesn’t kill King
    Galbatorix. Instead, Galbatorix seems to kill himself with a spell, and the
    Death Star explodes. Cut to our heroes dancing around firelight with the Ewoks.
    Just kidding, but the story actually carries on for over 100 more pages of
    depressing material. Eragon leaves Alagaesia probably forever, he and Arya do
    not end up together, and even
    the romance between Murtagh and Nasuada goes nowhere and looks like it never
    will. My biggest disappointment is that no major character dies in this
    installment and because of that, there are really no big emotional scenes.
    Queen Islanzadi dies, and Arya jumps up to take her place as Queen of the Elves
    even though she’s spent her entire life up until that point desiring NOT to
    rule.

    There were some things I liked about Inheritance, however. I
    wasn’t expecting the Ra’zac and the priests of Helgrind to make a return, but I
    enjoyed it, and I did love the fact that Angela is now basically a reality
    traversing Time Lord, complete with Monty Python’s murderous White Rabbit and
    the Subtle Knife from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. Only the
    TARDIS was missing. I loved the scenes with Murtagh, although he could have
    been included more and written much better. My favorite part of the entire book
    were the passages that revealed events that took place during the fall of the
    Riders, such as when Glaedr told them the story of how he and Oromis escaped
    from the captivity of the Foresworn.

    I have loved each of Paolini’s previous books, but this one
    just doesn’t fit with the rest. I felt like I could have written a much more
    satisfying concluding volume to his Inheritance cycle; I certainly imagined a
    better version of it in my head as I waited for Inheritance to be released. I
    think Paolini should rewrite this entire book. As it is, it just doesn’t feel
    like an appropriate ending. The writing itself seems bland and rushed at times
    and the pacing is dreadful, worse than it was in Brisingr. I just expected a
    lot more from this book, and many plot points that Paolini mentioned and/or
    hinted at in interviews never appear in the book, creating even more
    disappointment from fans like myself. I feel that the inevitable
    Extended/Deluxe edition of Inheritance should just be either Paolini’s original
    version of the story or, even better, a completely rewritten version of
    Inheritance, one that can actually compete with its predecessors in maturity
    and interest.

     

     
    @8ebaea636d65bbd34961cebd12c3b090:disqus  Totally agree, with your likes and dislikes, exactly what i thought on reading the book, the last 20 pages messed up.(from arya’s first refusal). AND SPECIALLY i would like to highlight this snippet from a commenter above (Kathrynmxpx):
    ” then, in eragon’s dream/vision: “The figures
    slowly boarded the vessel; two of them, taller than the rest walked arm and arm. Their faces were obscured by cowls,
    but he 

    could tell that one was a woman.” I truly had believed
    that eragon and arya would be boarding the boat ‘for good’, not for 5 minutes.

         CP had mentioned that not all
    prophecies necessarily come true.  i could have lived with eragon not
    returning to alagaesia, but…only if arya went with him.  i think it was
    bad enough that he was leaving alagaesia (he thinks, possibly, for good)
    thinking/knowing he won’t see any of the people he’s cared about again. 
    (once again, what ‘could happen’ doesn’t matter because, with this being the
    final book, i expected more complete answers.) “I REALLY FEEL that CP had written the vision thinking that Arya and Eragon would be together, and later, for whatever reason, by the time he got to Inheritance, he didn’t want that to happen anymore, even thought in all the books he had been going closer to Eragon and Arya getting closer. But he had to make that scene take place and fulfill the vision’s setting that there would be two people arm in arm on the boat, so he put in that “stay with me till the first turn”. Come on, that totally ruined the book, I don’t know why he changed it, even Eragon would have thought that the vision meant the woman would be going with him, but he was totally misled, that scene was just when Arya was on the boat for a few minutes. It was really upsetting.Could we go on CP’s twitter page and try to get him to notice this? He’s replying to a few tweets about the story, that there may be an epilogue in the deluxe version, so we could try to ask/convince him to make that confirmed to write the epilogue). **CP thanked shurtugal.com in his acknowledgements, so i think he wouldn’t ignore this as a minor place and a minor opinion, looking at all the comments.. Everyone who was disappointed with the book, can we put a joint effort to ask CP about the epilogue and our concerns ? We have a chance, many were upset with the ending, we could do something about it, even if it is * just to make sure we’ll get an epilogue. * And soon too, within a few days, before this gets ignored.I don’t want to hurt anyone with my opinions, especially CP, he’s a great writer, the first 3 books were great, and most of this book was too, just I was upset with many parts, couldn’t get it out of my head the whole day. I love each of his books, but this one wasn’t up to the rest. The ending ruined my day, and I want a sense of closure, with an epilogue: Please, Eragon came back, the prophecy doesn’t have to be perfect. Or Arya really loved him and went back to Eragon when she realized it. What happened to Roran, the elves, the dwarves, the Urgals, were there any Urgal and Dwarf Riders, anything…!!CP said in his video that he tried to tell the best story, because it was all for his fans, and now we fans want a response. All the theories and speculations on this site, all the devotion to his series, all the in-depth thought, all the fun the fans had in thinking of just what CP would do in the 4th book, the pages of thoughts, some totally amazing, how he would bring it all together, all the Eragon-Arya conclusions, all the “confirmed facts”, please, CP, read it, and tell us, have we gotten that? I’m not saying he should have based the 4th book on the fan’s theories. But what he finally wrote just slammed all the die-hard fans in their faces.

    AN APPEAL TO ALL INHERITANCE FANS, WE CAN SECURE AN EPILOGUE AND PUT OUR MINDS AT REST. Don’t hesitate and shrug it off. For some, books and reading have a huge effect.Finally, I restate, nothing against CP or anyone, all my thoughts.

    • Vinay

      Ok, this is me again, I read Mike’s comments about Arya holding up for her duty, and he’s right, and also some of his other points, BUT WE CAN STILL ASK FOR AN EPILOGUE.

      • Josh Shadeslayer

        freak her duty she did her duty while being tortured in Gilead its time for her to change her true name and be with Eragon

  • Guest

    Did anyone else think it was a little rushed? Almost like he could have slowed it down a bit, making it better and in the process writing a fifth book? (hopefully with a better ending).

    Also, I would like to hear Mike’s reaction to the book.

    • Hunter

      Ok, well u can blame the other fans for that. Everyone kept complaining that he was going too slow..

  • Camille Leprettre

    Hurm. In the book, there are a relation between the green dragon and Saphira ??
    ( sorry I’m french and not so good in english )

    • Austin Littley

      Yep

  • torn_wings

    wait wait WAIT the book was really good but….Brom’s seven words????? I felt so sad at the end when Arya didn’t go with Eragon too…… bit ofa disappointing end. And the “confirmed facts?” weren’t much of themt here to be honest… 🙁 i hope he’ll write more of them beacause i’m not satisfied.

    • Josh Shadeslayer

      I didn’s see squat about Tenga or the Elf Children I thought the were suposed to play a n important role. I was so ticked off  when i read the end.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of people seem to dislike this book, but ultimately this is Christopher’s story. Perhaps not everything you wanted to happen did, but it’s impossible to create a perfect ending; there will always be those who are never satisfied with the way things turn out, no matter how hard an author tries. I’m sure Christopher was trying to please as many people as he could whilst staying true to his own vision.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of people seem to dislike this book, but ultimately this is Christopher’s story. Perhaps not everything you wanted to happen did, but it’s impossible to create a perfect ending; there will always be those who are never satisfied with the way things turn out, no matter how hard an author tries. I’m sure Christopher was trying to please as many people as he could whilst staying true to his own vision.

    • Guest

      do you know anything about literature in general?

      • Anonymous

        Yes

  • TorpeAlex

    Was I the only one disappointed by how easily Shruikan was killed? It was really barely a struggle, considering how intimidating and dangerous Paolini made him out to be.

  • AxE

    The most PATHETIC book I’ve ever read and believe me, I’ve read a lot of ’em. Okay, I agree some parts were alright. Like when Eragon kills Galbatorix and Arya becoming the green rider.
    Other than that, Honestly speaking; The book SUCKED. I read Eragon in 2004 and absolutely loved it. Eragon and Arya were my favorite. I loved both of them and sincerely hoped that they would become a couple by the end of the series. I am not gonna lie people; I waited six years for Eragon and Arya to end up together. I couldn’t care less about what happened to Galbatorix or the Varden. Paolini had built Eragon and Arya’s relationship to a degree in Brisingr where I thought that there pairing up was inevitable. I read hundreds of fan fictions; Some even better than Paolini’s work but for the OFFICIAL ending, I waited for this book. AND What i got was a slap in the face. Seriously, Not even a kiss or a hug. At least Arya hugs him at the end of Brisingr (I don’t care whether She was Grief-stricken or not) but in Inheritance, all they do is exchange true names which might very well change in the future. The ending was so crushing I felt like crying, I was so upset and I still am as a matter of fact. I am feeling as if someone ran me through with a sword. I sincerely hope and pray that Paolini writes another book and fixes things up by making Eragon and Arya end together.

    I don’t aim to hurt anyone through my words as this is just my opinion and how I feel.

    • Eragonxarya

      i agree with you 100%. it has been almost a decade since the first book came out and from what angela said in the prophecy, arya was the only person who would have bought him happiness. Also from the dream he had, everyone believed that he would leave alagaesia with a woman he loved, for almost a decade. In the end she does go with him, only to fly back half way to vrongard. It was such a let down. I 100% love the entire series except how CP ended it.   

    • Eragonxarya

      i agree with you 100%. it has been almost a decade since the first book came out and from what angela said in the prophecy, arya was the only person who would have bought him happiness. Also from the dream he had, everyone believed that he would leave alagaesia with a woman he loved, for almost a decade. In the end she does go with him, only to fly back half way to vrongard. It was such a let down. I 100% love the entire series except how CP ended it.   

      • BOTR

        I am beginning to think that CP never read fanfics and saw how many fans want EXA because by the looks of it there are many people who feel let down by how he ended eragon and arya. 

    • Josh Shadeslayer

      My thoughts exactlly

    • Aa

       Seriously!  He does all this work…and he doesn’t even get a kiss goodbye.

  • Is it released worldwide or I still have to wait until I can get it?

  • Guest

    Christopher is a writer without any organisation. A moneymaking scammer. All the “confirmed” facts, such as the chapter ‘Brains!’ that were missing from the book will naturally be in the deluxe edition to make people buy it. Totally disappointed! Asshole

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      You said that before.  We don’t need to hear it again.

  • Ecrilthir

    Where was Eragon’s epic romance?

    • Guest

      All a big scam

  • Mr-x

    But but but eragon 1 and Bid’daum…. nothing? not one thing at all? come on….. why Christopher why? also goddamnit i had my hopes for brom…. but still why can’t we learn how eragon 1 and Bid’daum died? overall The most magnificent book i have ever read and pretty sure best i will ever read. My respect for Blodgharm has only grown also i hope we get to know the true aliases of the robed men on Vroengard also tenga???? otherwise i think most of my desires were fulfilled in the book Most not all.

    • Mr-x

      Oh last thing Cuaroc by the gods i knew there was going to be a guardian over the VoS and in him i thought CP portrayed the perfect guardian although not sure i quite caught what he was he was an eludinari wrapped in a body of steel correct? or was he a former rider wrapped in steel?

  • HjRobertson

    did anyone manage to pick up Brom’s seven words?

    • Davesam1312

      They never flat out say them but I think when Eragon is at Brom’s tomb and he says, “Thanks for everything that you taught me.” I think he is saying what Brom had said to him except this time he is saying it in regular ol’ English. 

  • HailVrael

    Can anyone tell me what happens of Shruikan? How was he and stuff? Please, I don’t have the resources to get my hands on the book so early. Read the three books after Brisingr’s release when they were available in the libraries.

    • Austin Littley

      Arya stabs Shruikan in the head and he dies. Then Galby turns himself into a nuke

  • Emathiasen

    When will the translations be out?Or just when will the english edition hit the danish stores?

  • guest

    did it bother anyone else that throughout the series Arya is independant and has no interest in becoming queen and in the end all it takes is the elves to ask her a couple times for her to be persuaded. 

  • Thier91q

    yaay i red it yesterday in 5 hours 😛

  • hoke

    Chopped T——-!!!

  • Kathrynmxpx

    i appreciate that CP left certain things/events/people open so that they can be addressed in other, later books he may write about alagaesia (eg, bladesinger & wolfeyes). but i truly feel that since “inheritance” IS the end of the series that it was ended almost cruelly.  i’ll explain.

    eragon went to the menoa tree to fulfill his obligation of fulfilling its/her wish.  we got no answer to this.

    arya had stated that she had no interest at all in taking the crown earlier on in the series.  daethdr would seemingly have done well in position as king.  besides, she DID become a dragon rider…kind of a big event!!
        then, in eragon’s dream/vision: “The figures slowly boarded the vessel; two of them, taller than the
    rest walked arm and arm. Their faces were obscured by cowls, but he
    could tell that one was a woman.” I truly had believed that eragon and arya would be boarding the boat ‘for good’, not for 5 minutes. 
         CP had mentioned that not all prophecies necessarily come true.  i could have lived with eragon not returning to alagaesia, but…only if arya went with him.  i think it was bad enough that he was leaving alagaesia (he thinks, possibly, for good) thinking/knowing he won’t see any of the people he’s cared about again.  (once again, what ‘could happen’ doesn’t matter because, with this being the final book, i expected more complete answers.)

    saphira had been sad she’d never have a dragon to feel with as she finally felt with firnen.  having that taken away from her/us after they had SUCH a short time together was cruel and left me feeling sad/unfulfilled.  i know dragon’s don’t mate for life, but to have her first experience cut so short seemed…unnecessary. 

    something i’ve loved about the first 3 books is that CP, unlike so many other authors, wouldn’t just focus on the main plot/building tension etc…he spent many chapters in his books that were truly happy, positive, and even funny!  i loved it!  considering this, i was truly astounded by the last 5-10 pages of the book.

    i cried.  truly disappointed.

  • Kathrynmxpx

    i appreciate that CP left certain things/events/people open so that they can be addressed in other, later books he may write about alagaesia (eg, bladesinger & wolfeyes). but i truly feel that since “inheritance” IS the end of the series that it was ended almost cruelly.  i’ll explain.

    eragon went to the menoa tree to fulfill his obligation of fulfilling its/her wish.  we got no answer to this.

    arya had stated that she had no interest at all in taking the crown earlier on in the series.  daethdr would seemingly have done well in position as king.  besides, she DID become a dragon rider…kind of a big event!!
        then, in eragon’s dream/vision: “The figures slowly boarded the vessel; two of them, taller than the
    rest walked arm and arm. Their faces were obscured by cowls, but he
    could tell that one was a woman.” I truly had believed that eragon and arya would be boarding the boat ‘for good’, not for 5 minutes. 
         CP had mentioned that not all prophecies necessarily come true.  i could have lived with eragon not returning to alagaesia, but…only if arya went with him.  i think it was bad enough that he was leaving alagaesia (he thinks, possibly, for good) thinking/knowing he won’t see any of the people he’s cared about again.  (once again, what ‘could happen’ doesn’t matter because, with this being the final book, i expected more complete answers.)

    saphira had been sad she’d never have a dragon to feel with as she finally felt with firnen.  having that taken away from her/us after they had SUCH a short time together was cruel and left me feeling sad/unfulfilled.  i know dragon’s don’t mate for life, but to have her first experience cut so short seemed…unnecessary. 

    something i’ve loved about the first 3 books is that CP, unlike so many other authors, wouldn’t just focus on the main plot/building tension etc…he spent many chapters in his books that were truly happy, positive, and even funny!  i loved it!  considering this, i was truly astounded by the last 5-10 pages of the book.

    i cried.  truly disappointed.

    • Aleex

      i totally agree the book was awsome until like the last 20-30 everything was rushed and we didn’t really get to hear what eragon thought about anything…
      totally sucks ruined EVERYTHING

  • Umaroth

    I thought it was awesome, read 600 pages in a day( because it was so hard to stop reading). Has to say something. Did think one or more main characters would have died, but all the people you love live (It’s not the Song of Ice and Fire). Still a really awesome book.

    • David Dcruz

      🙂 i know, I started reading the book at 10 in the night after returning from office. (It got delivered at home while I was at office.) I did not stop reading, not so that i could sleep, not so that i could go to work the next day, never. In the end I had to stop for lunch, I was a bit hungry. I finished the book in the evening, feeling content and happy-sad.
      His best book by far. I must congratulate most of the fans cuz they got their predictions right. 🙂 
      I dont know why there are fans who are complaining so much. Have you read Rowling’s Harry Potter, the last book was sooo lame. Here is a well written book. Yes, at times it does feel like he is trying to tie up all the loose ends together but it is a very well written book. Please appreciate it for what it is.
      Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I loved the book, but I felt like ord Daethdr would’ve been a better candidate for leader of the Elves than Arya.  Not even to allow Arya to go with Eragon.  I just think it would’ve made more literary sense to give Lord Daethdr the throne.  But… I guess CP wanted Arya and Eragon to be apart for literary reasons and I have to respect that…

  • Nathan

    I was extremely disappointed with Inheritance. It is by far the worst book in the series, and the writing and editing felt like it was rushed to completion to make for a nice holiday release. There were times when the main cast acted completely out of character, with almost all of them seeming like serial-killing sociopaths. I understand that they are in the middle of a war, but in the previous books Eragon and Roran would reflect on how killing is wrong. This time they acted like they loved it. As a mature reader, I appreciate descriptions of violence and carnage, but in this book such descriptions seemed to drag on forever, almost like Paolini was living out a murderous fantasy as he wrote the passages. Eragon willingly eats meat whenever he wants in this entry, without any qualms about it. I still don’t buy the romantic feelings Arya seems to have for Eragon starting in Brisingr; they are never explained and it seems so unreal since she was vehemently opposed to his advances all throughout Eldest.

    Inheritance was too long, there were whole sections where Eragon is literally doing nothing while the Varden army moves from place to place. These passages could have been cut out, but instead they make for dreadful pacing. Even the fight scenes seem to drag on unnecessarily. We don’t even meet Galbatorix (for the first time in the entire series) until halfway through the book. Come on, even George Lucas allowed us to see Emperor Palpatine in person during the beginning of Return of the Jedi.

    Paolini has stated that the original fates of Roran and Nasuada have been altered, and indeed they have, for the worse. I am sure he originally intended for Roran to become the next king of Alagaesia, which the previous books seemed to be setting up nicely, but in Inheritance, Roran is featured a lot in the beginning and then his character flits in and out of the rest of the story. Nasuada, however, gets herself captured halfway through the book and remains a prisoner until the end, where she then becomes Queen and sets out to subjugate all the magic users of the land, which to me seems to make her look no better than Galbatorix. It would’ve been better if Paolini had addressed the “problem” of magic users earlier in the series, but instead it was only ever Nasuada who voiced any concerns about it.

    On top of all these flaws is the climax of the book (and that of the entire series). It was such a letdown that I closed the book in rage and didn’t pick it up again for the rest of the day. Eragon doesn’t kill King Galbatorix. Instead, Galbatorix seems to kill himself with a spell, and the Death Star explodes. Cut to our heroes dancing around firelight with the Ewoks. Just kidding, but the story actually carries on for over 100 more pages of depressing material. Eragon leaves Alagaesia probably forever, he and Arya do not end up together, and even the romance between Murtagh and Nasuada goes nowhere and looks like it never will. My biggest disappointment is that no major character dies in this installment and because of that, there are really no big emotional scenes. Queen Islanzadi dies, and Arya jumps up to take her place as Queen of the Elves even though she’s spent her entire life up until that point desiring NOT to rule.

    There were some things I liked about Inheritance, however. I wasn’t expecting the Ra’zac and the priests of Helgrind to make a return, but I enjoyed it, and I did love the fact that Angela is now basically a reality traversing Time Lord, complete with Monty Python’s murderous White Rabbit and the Subtle Knife from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. Only the TARDIS was missing. I loved the scenes with Murtagh, although he could have been included more and written much better. My favorite part of the entire book were the passages that revealed events that took place during the fall of the Riders, such as when Glaedr told them the story of how he and Oromis escaped from the captivity of the Foresworn.

    I have loved each of Paolini’s previous books, but this one just doesn’t fit with the rest. I felt like I could have written a much more satisfying concluding volume to his Inheritance cycle; I certainly imagined a better version of it in my head as I waited for Inheritance to be released. I think Paolini should rewrite this entire book. As it is, it just doesn’t feel like an appropriate ending. The writing itself seems bland and rushed at times and the pacing is dreadful, worse than it was in Brisingr. I just expected a lot more from this book, and many plot points that Paolini mentioned and/or hinted at in interviews never appear in the book, creating even more disappointment from fans like myself. I feel that the inevitable Extended/Deluxe edition of Inheritance should just be either Paolini’s original version of the story or, even better, a completely rewritten version of Inheritance, one that can actually compete with its predecessors in maturity and interest.

    • Wow, I doubt I could have said this better myself. I agree 100% with what you’ve said. It was a disappointment.

    • Arvind

      Too true!! 

    • Kithsahan

      Yea, why do the bad guys seem to kill themselves instead of someone actually killing them.
      The chapter about the snails was quite funny, I enjoyed that bit the most. Overall, it was a fricken disappointment and the relationship between Eragon and Arya was not given a chance to develop at all. At the end of the day, I guess only the Urgals and the Knurla are the happy ones.

       

    • mojo

      Your analysis was extremely accurate.  Disappointments abound…

    • Gooner!

      Completely agree!

      I felt the first half was good.. the parts where Nasuda was being tortured built up the tension really well.. 

      the climax got over even before it started.. I feel many pages were wasted to go on n on bout subtleties n yet Galbatorix was dead oh so quickly! The least he could’ve done was torture Eragon!
      From that point the book just went downhill.. All through the series fans have waited for something to happen between Arya n Eragon n I thought all the teasing (what with the two of them downing shots n getting drunk like a couple of teenagers) would lead somewhere.. 

      Pretty disappointing.. It does not do well as a conclusion to a wonderful story..

    • jimmy browne

      Hit the nail on the head sir, thank you

    • Aa

      I wanted a really good fight scene with Galbatorix.  I was hoping that Eragon would somehow use his mind to cleverly incapacitate Galby’s ability to use magic and they just duel it out with swords…that way Eragon proves he’s better mentally and physically. But nope…we get a desperate Super Spell instead…

      • Nathan

        I agree, an excellent fight scene between Eragon and Galbatorix would’ve been the best part of the book. Since characters in the books kept hinting that Galbatorix has flaws in his reasoning and is bound to have some sort of loophole in his wards, I was hoping that Eragon would teleport his sword Brisingr into Galbatorix’s body, thus killing him. It would have been fitting that the last spell that Oromis taught Eragon ended up killing the king.

  • Guest

    My initial thoughts of Inheritance:

    I thought the first 250 pages or so were rather uninteresting.  This could simply be due to the fact that I’m not a huge Roran fan and this part featured a lot of him, but I think it’s something more.  I also noticed CP using the expression “Oi” several times in this part (which I don’t believe he’s used before and I don’t believe he used after ~page 250).  For a while it almost sounded like a different author.

    The middle of the book I thought was excellent.  I thought from Eragon and Arya’s capture in Dras-Leona to when Eragon killed Galbatorix was really good, but some things could have been improved–but then again some things can always be improved.

    The end I thought was awful.  After Galbatorix died, the only things I thought went right were when Nasuada became the new queen and when Eragon gave Sloan back his eyesight.  I do think that it was a good idea politically to include Dwarves and Urgals into the bond with the Dragons, but I just can’t see it ever working.  I mean seriously, an Urgal rider??? I just can’t see it.

    I also don’t like the decisions Eragon, Nasuada, and Arya make at the end of the book.  Couldn’t Eragon have freed Vroengard from all the spells using the true name of the Ancient Language and made that the location to raise the new dragons?  And why did Arya become the new Elven queen?  She had expressed her disinterest in the prospect multiple times in the past, and I can’t believe the elves couldn’t find somebody else to fill the role.  The ending would have been a lot better if she had left with Eragon.  I also don’t like Nasuada’s idea to control magicians.  I agree that it’s necessary in some form, but there has to be a better way.

    Maybe I should stop ranting now.  Overall the book was actually pretty good, and I can’t imagine how hard it would be to even write a series like this.  I still think Christopher Paolini is a great author, and even though I think the ending could have been better, it was still a great book and probably my favorite one from the series so far.

    • Guest

      er…my favorite one of the series.  I’m not sure where the ‘so far’ part came from considering this was the last book…obviously I was just typing and not thinking.

    • TorpeAlex

      I’m curious as to how Urgal Riders will help ‘keep the peace’. They literally live for war. Isn’t bonding them to an ancient and powerful species just asking for another Galbatorix?

    • Aa

      I skipped the 80 pages in a row that Roran had….way too much in the beginning.

      • rider hendrik

        Me too

  • Guest

    Also a part left out was the burial of Gladr and Oromis as well as Naegling with all of that energy.

  • DDD

    see what I dont understand is, why cant Eragon return in like 10 years… he only is going there with the elves to care for the dragons. When all of the wild dragons hatch and mature enough which shouldnt take too long, Eragon should be free to go back to Alagaseia at his leisure. Saphira is what 3 years old and she is mature enough to live on her own if necessary so why is the same not true with the wild dragons. So I anticipate from the hint within Eragons Guide To Alagaesia that he will return because otherwise I dont get why he wouldnt be able to return, the elves could stay and watch over the other things while he is gone. Any ideas?

    • Patrick Ruehle

      He cant return cuz hes too BEAST. he said it so himself, page 806.

      p.s. when i went to look for what page he said that on, i opened right to it. THATS DESTINY B**CHES

      • Guest

        He could still come back to visit…

  • Me

    😀

  • Vroenguard

    This one was a bummer, Paolini didn’t sound like himself at the beginning and endish, also he had hinted at Roran becoming King but he didn’t. Also Eragon could have broken Rhunon’s oath with the word but he didn’t which is a bummer because he’ll never have the chance again.

    Then the excruciating ending,Paolini had made Arya and Eragon as a definite couple only to smash it at the end for no apparent reason. At least he could’ve brought someone else in for Eragon but don’t offer a dog a bone then snatch it away. All in all it might’ve been better if he ended the book as Eragon left Vroenguard: confident that he would overcome the king.

    • Vroenguard

      Plus Saphira finally found a mate only to be torn away within weeks

      • Kathrynmxpx

        yea, we knew how much it upset her (before finding the eggs) that she had no other dragons to be with.  even WITH the knowledge of the new eggs, she had found another dragon and she was truly happy and enjoying herself…something she had feared would never happen.  to have that taken away from her/us was…cruel.

    • Guest

      Eragon could have broken Rhunon’s oath, but since there’s no brightsteel left it would be rather pointless.  Besides, Arya knows the true name of the Ancient Language as well so she could do it.

      With that said, I didn’t like the ending either.  I don’t think that it should have ended with Eragon leaving Vroengard, but I would have had a different elf become king or queen so Arya and Vernin (is it Vernin? I can’t remember now) could accompany Eragon and Saphira.

      • TorpeAlex

        The brightsteel under the Menoa Tree was said to be enough to forge many new swords. It’s always possible for New Riders to forge their own swords similar to how Eragon did it. I could actually see it as a sort of ritual-
        -Wait, crap. I just realized- Will there be any more Riders in Alagaesia, or will Eragon keep them at his hidey-hole wherever he ends up? 

    • Me

      really, don’t go complaining about every single hint not happening. There had to be some ambiguity earlier. 

    • Kathrynmxpx

      i agree about eragon and arya being portrayed, as early as book 1, as a definite couple.  part of eragon’s dream/prophecy: “The figures slowly boarded the vessel; two of them, taller than the
      rest walked arm and arm. Their faces were obscured by cowls, but he
      could tell that one was a woman.”
      this made me truly believe that he’d be leaving with her.  the end absolutely crushed me.

      • Davesam1312

        See, I personally enjoyed the ending. I was thinking it was going to be WAY too predictable and Arya was going to suddenly change her mind and decide she wanted to go with Eragon. But by making the ending more sad and bittersweet, I applaud CP because it was really well done and took some bravery on his part. I’m sure he knows many people won’t like that ending but I commend him for not being overly predictable

  • I think I know what the seven words were. when Eragon visited broms tomb he said: “Thank you for everything you taught me.” Maybe CP just added that in there since he couldn’t think of anything else?

  • hoke

    i loved it. thank you mike for keeping me sane while waiting for it, and thank you christopher for the journey

  • Yezbick9

    I have to say, this one left me disappointed.  It read like fanfic, and I say that because the characters didn’t always act in character.  Not terribly off, but off.  Nasuada and Murtagh really read like fanfic.  They weren’t completely different than they were in previous books, but all the romance in such a short time really felt like an outside author.  King Orrin was another one.  His drinking problem came out of nowhere and felt a little contrived.  There was just no build-up to him being so opposed to the Varden’s leader.  The one scene from Brisingr where he was upset at Nasuada was warranted and fit with his position, but this stuff didn’t make any sense. 

    And the prolonged ending was fanfic-ish as well in that it was drawn out but left out parts we’d been expecting to see for quite some time–the Menoa tree comes to mind immediately.

    It just felt incomplete.  Combine that with passages that just seemed to go on forever (the long political discussions)

    • Yezbick9

      Wow, my post got cut off…

      Combine that with passages that just seemed to go on forever (the long political dicussions come to mind), and I didn’t have a hard time choosing sleep when it got late.

      Hopefully we’ll find out some of the stuff that got left out eventually.

      • Anonymous

        Also that Eragon willingly ate meat on several occasions baffled me.

        • Guest

          Nasuada and Murtagh liked each other from when Murtagh was a prisoner in Farthen Dur, so I don’t think it was too out of place.  And I wouldn’t say they were completely different either since we hadn’t seen much of Murtagh since Eragon.  King Orrin’s drinking problems and arguments with Roran and Nasuada were rather abrupt, though.

          I also don’t understand why Eragon is suddenly okay with eating meat.  In Eldest when he was in Ellesmera the thought appalled him, but gradually in Brisingr and Inheritance it suddenly became okay again.

        • TorpeAlex

          Paolini addressed this in the first few chapters. 
          Saphira: “Is it tasty? Is it scrumptious?”
          I think I lol’ed when I read that.

      • TorpeAlex

        ^This one.^
        I was extremely disappointed with the portrayal of Orrin, and of Murtagh as well. I understand that war changes people somewhat, but try to be at least a little subtle with your character development Christopher. 

        Orrin was undoubtedly one of my favorite new characters in Eldest, and Christopher portrayed him as a six-year-old with a sword from start to finish in Inheritance. I simply didn’t like it.

        Murtagh’s turnaround after Nasuada’s capture was plausible, but a little too blunt and unelegant compared to Christopher’s previously-decent storytelling. King Galbatorix never found out about Murtagh and Nasuada, really? Even Eragon, who literally  just walked into Galbatorix’s chambers and saw Murtagh standing there, could tell that there was something going on.

      • DragonsAreAwesome

        Orrin surprised me too but it actually isn’t that abrupt.  He was always blundering and getting angry in Brisingr when Nasuada failed to let him know major bits of information.  Now he is drinking because he is stressed.   Unexpected but seriously, CP doesn’t have the time to develop every minor plot thread.

  • Jbrowne1248

    “Confirmed Facts” that weren’t in the book source http://shurtugal.com/book-4/book-4-confirmed-facts/

    Book 4 will feature a chapter entitled “Brains”.
    Angela will be involved with a Shade in Book 4, though the circumstances remain unknown.
    Some history or knowledge pertaining to the original Eragon and his dragon, Bid’Duam, will appear in Book 4.
    The two elf children encountered in previous novels will play a role in Book 4.
    Tenga will make a reappearance in the final book.
    There will be more than one death in the final book, some of which have caused Christopher to “shed a few tears.” (Who would he cry over? No MAJOR players die)
    The meaning of the name of Brom’s sword will be revealed.
    We will discover more information about Eragon’s sword, Brisingr, and why it may set on fire when Eragon speaks its name.
    Brom’s seven words will appear in Book 4.
    Spirits will be revealed to have the ability to possess both humans and animals, opening the possibility for Shades of differing species.

    I could be wrong, and a few other facts felt like they were only brushed over in the book

    • Guest

      Were these all facts that CP confirmed??? Because I’m not sure how you can confirm these and then just leave them out…

      • Patrick Ruehle

        i guess his plans for the book changed between the time he talked about that and when he finished the book

        • Jbrowne1248

          He certainly changed his mind about a lot of things then. These were confirmed by shurtugal. I would have preferred ANY of these things rather than that whole section about Horst’s child.

        • Jbrowne1248

          He certainly changed his mind about a lot of things then. These were confirmed by shurtugal. I would have preferred ANY of these things rather than that whole section about Horst’s child.

          • TorpeAlex

            Could the red-eyed rabbit have been a Shade rabbit? That would knock a few things off of that list.

        • Jbrowne1248

          He certainly changed his mind about a lot of things then. These were confirmed by shurtugal. I would have preferred ANY of these things rather than that whole section about Horst’s child.

        • Jbrowne1248

          He certainly changed his mind about a lot of things then. These were confirmed by shurtugal. I would have preferred ANY of these things rather than that whole section about Horst’s child.

        • Jbrowne1248

          He certainly changed his mind about a lot of things then. These were confirmed by shurtugal. I would have preferred ANY of these things rather than that whole section about Horst’s child.

        • Kathrynmxpx

          then they shouldn’t have been ‘confirmed’ as facts yet.

    • TorpeAlex

      Major death = Islanzadi?

      • R.C

        Is she really a major character?

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      I would have liked to know all these things to but remember how long the book is already.  It would have taken too long to get into all these things.  They could be brought up in other books.  It ruins the mystery and excitement if you know everything.

  • Jbrowne1248

    Compare http://shurtugal.com/book-4/book-4-confirmed-facts/ with the book, how does it make you feel?

    • Guest

      Chris is a writer without any organisation. A moneymaking scammer. 

      • Abc

        i thot same dear wen book 3 didint finished the triology

      • Abc

        i thot same dear wen book 3 didint finished the triology

      • DragonsAreAwesome

        You are just asking to get on a lot of peoples’ nerves.  Like mine.  Seriously, if you want to be a hater, find a different website.  You can keep your opinion, I’m not telling you to change.  Just remember this is a fan website.

  • Bt3vod

    WOW I have to say, Christopher should go down in history as a writer capableof evoking emotion.  I personally would have consumated Eragon and Aryas little love affair at least with a kiss so that was kind of a let down. I REALLY felt sorry for Saphira.  Heres to hoping that theres a sequel that confirms it.  I also felt weird after Galbatorix died…I just felt out of place maybe.  Different I guess, perhaps because the driving force behind the series was gone and there were still 200pgs left but maybe when you have such a loved story you have to spend more time tying things up….besides those half complaints I just have to say that it was my favorite series ever.  bar NONE!  And for anyone who thinks this isnt an emotional story, I mean come on, you wouldnt be on here debating, argueing and posting if that weren’t the case.  

    • Jbrowne1248

      I dont think “capable” is the right word when referring to CP’s ability to create emotional situations, especially in this last book.

    • Mrasiteren

      The only emotion the last book created in me is DISAPPOINTMENT. There are other ways to create emotional scenes than to build up a romance for 3 books and have it all tear apart like none of those scenes ever existed. I’m so annoyed and disappointed  in the last book GRRR

  • T_starsiak18

    So disappointed that Arya and Eragon couldnt be together. I feel like cp left an opening though. Instead of making it set in stone about him returning to Alagaesia like angela did, cp changed words around in Inheritance. Eragon never said he was definitely not coming back. He said, “it wasnt likey.” also Arya, i believe will visit their new home at some point, because she is a Dragon Rider too. This isnt the end of their romance… I wish they would have kissed or something at the end!

  • Vampireloverml

    SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Arya is the rider of the green dragon!!!! Nasuada and Murtagh are going to be lovers. that’s on like page 3oo and something and i just got the book yesrtday. and also Galby knows everthing that happens in the VAarden. the rock of Kuthian is on Vroengrd

  • Jshields1493

    OMFG it was here wen i got home 2 day, at page 100 in an hour 😀 going to finish it 2nite 

  • Zasekr

    I knew angela was a time lord her hat knitting only reaffirmed my belief in this, thankyou cp! On another note i enjyed the book over all but definately not as much death of characters led to believe as i was led to believe and i was furious with nasuada’s decision about magic…grrrr but otherwise a good finishing book.

  • qwerty

    The ending of “Inheritance” reminds me of the “His Dark Material” series ending apart from it was less satisfing and there is a way for Arya and everyone else to see Eragon again.

    • Jbrowne1248

      Completely agree, the ending in “His Dark Materials” left me torn, while this ending just left me mad

  • Steliosk3

    what about Greece guys?????? oh, please, i’m waiting here 8 years as you i can’t any more!!!

    • kronos

      to exoun feri magka.ta public prolavan k tous teliosan kiolas.

      sta agglika opos katalavenis

      • Thanos

        uparxei elliniki metafrasi? an oxi 3ereis pote 9a metafrastei ?

  • Restrained Freedom

    I was saddened… That is all I will say. It had some moments, but over all, little was resolved for me.

    • ItsEminem

      Why hello friend. I agree.

  • Oromis

    Nobody is saying that the book was a complete load of rubbish. However,
    there are many other authors like JK Rowling who spent 10 year on their
    series just like CP and they had the best possible endings. CP is still a good writer
    in my opinion but when you spend that amount of time on a book it has
    to be ended brilliantly. After I have read all the comments on here I am
    beginning to think that most fans on the inheritance cycle are
    dissappointed. I loved the book up until the ending myself. Everyone here waited for three years and
    some people even more than that. When I
    finished I felt so unsatisfied. I was planning on reading the entire series from the start again but now I have lost the will.

  • Cboyington3392

    Everytime I read galbatoricks’ lines I imagine john malkovichs voice. The movie was an utter failure in my opinion but I liked him for that part.

    • I didn’t like him as Galbatorix 🙁

      • The Green dragon

        hey do you know if we will ever figure out angela in later books possibly?

        • Nick

          Read the Acknowledgments… Chris explains it…

      • noko

        So Mike, if you had to find 10 actors to play these characters. who’d you pick:

        Brom-
        Angela-
        Galbatorix-
        Murtagh-
        Arya-
        Nasuada-
        Durza-
        Eragon-
        Ajihad-
        Islanzadi-

        • Kithsahan

          Brom – Sylvester Stallone
          Angela – Kim K
          Galbatorix – John Malkovich
          Arya – Paris Hilton
          Nasuada – J Lo
          Durza – J B
          Eragon – Charlie Sheen
          Ajihad – Will Smith
          Islanzadi – Your Mom 🙂

      • Cboyington3392

        I just like john malkovich. When I read a book, I try to determine a different voice for each character to make things more realistic and interesting. It describes his voice as authoritive and thats a trait that malkovich is well capable of.

    • tob2007

      “I suffer without my stone… Do NOT prolong my suffering!”

    • Have to make a comment here

      I kinda did too, but It seems better with the way he was described in the book; he seems more powerful than Malkovich somehow. have to say that I like Jeremy Irons more than CP’s description of Brom though 🙂 

  • Gee302

    SPOILERRRRR PSEOFRERSERPSPOILIER
    SPOILER
    SPOILER
    SPOLIER
    SPOILER
    SPOILER

    SPOILER

    (scroll past this fast.) =

    seriously im going to go through pretty much the entire book from here in the most epic of spoiler rants… whilst tryign to keep to a min, maybe a 2 or three paragraphs…

    reasons (prob a semi ish spoiler in its self(STOPBLOODYREADING)) :
    having just finished the book am left unbelievably unsatisfied and considerably depressed…

    few issues off the top of my messed up head.
    1.WHY NO U GIVE ANGELA DEPTH AND DETAIL AND BACKGROUND N EVERYTHING!(i know he cp say in the after word about the mysterious and undefined nature of her character and how he didnt want to ruin that blah blah blha. i mean seirously. put some effort in, make a new book, or make this one longer n give the fuckin character some reasonable depth and backstory

    2: why no shaderabbits? i mean that story to the Kull by the camp fire in the early half of the book was cool but seriously? i wanted fuckin  crazy messed up rabbits.

    3: galby. final battle. good but somehow didnt do justice. prob one of the lesser issues. could have been alil less anticlimactic and yeh.

    4: nausada n murtagh. i really wanted some more development here… the entire galby mur and nausada ongoings in the mid section of the book after dras leona (i think it is) while eragon is off to find the rock  was pretty awesome if u asked me. some decent character depth n emotion.

    5: murtagh himself. wtf. thats some serious loose end right there. “and so he went to the north” (not really quoting but thats the fuckin message cp pretty much gave) just not to par.

    6:vault of souls. thought this was pretty awesome. loved it. at the same time though.. thought it was a fuckin cope out… … it was just so expected n pointless.. the only thing that was decent about it was the method and idea behind concealment of them all n everything with the memory shit but even then thought this was sub par and just was not up to scratch. seemed like he was just grabbing at strands in hopes of making a rope and ended up with a bundle of strands that together held well but didnt weave and have the strength of a full blown bungee cord or rope -__-…

    7: the deaths. cp hyped this waaaaaaaay to much in my opinion. what would have made him all tearful n cut. carn i agree was pretty sad and wydren (?) was meh. there was , once again, to little relation in which the reader could actually create more than a shallow attachement for. and islazandi was also pretty woah. (he said we get to see elvish traditions…. if he ment the singing a tree from the body for wydren(?) then once again, sorely disappointed with his attempt at some form of “cultural”? racial? depth… the other books presented and demonstrated this waaaaaaay way better) but once again failed to inspire a massive emotional effect on me..

    8: everything in the book felt half accomplished. he started well in each endeavour n then just left it n let it die … just that lil more on each character or issue or mission or situation ( though it would turn into another book or at elast hit like 1500 pages)  would have just made this a beyond brilliant and worthy book to end the inheritance cycle.. as it stands i found the other books much muuuuuch higher quality and more deserving of praise ( probably brisngr the most, very cool, water liquid almost flow that melded and mesh into a nice cohhesive story)

    9: swordsman/ woman peeps that angela asked eragon to bless towards the end of brisingr (from what i remember, me thinks). wtf. that literal one scene cameo? i mean. u fuckin literally showed up for one goddamn thing. not even two pages out of all 870. and to think i even considered the younger girl to be the next dragon rider. goddamn.

    10. green dragon….  i mean honestly. wtf. hitting the last 100 or so pages im just like. ” so is this asshole EVER gna pop up?” i mean the book is green. i didnt see even the WORD green up until that shocking page. i am happy with the outcome of the rider though. fuckin brilliant. it couldnt have been any other way (well atleast not in the series of events that cp brought up. diff situations n storys could have worked with angela roran nausada variel or the two unknown swordsman chicks )

    11: arya. awesome. just awesome. the build up in the beginning of the book to about the halfway poin and the emotional and theoritcal attachment. brilliant. right up until the just after the post dras leona past. just drops dead. geez. absolutely NO flow of any kinda. story jsut felt haphazard and jumpy. in regards to her. picked up again in the final assualt section towards the end. AND THEN. the biggest cope out. her. queen. i understand the family and race before myself. but why. why why why why. some many better alternative that her character had n should have been made to persue. the first meeting after galby and reuniting n whatever was a pretty ecent build up as sad n and much as i hated the idea n direction. but what can u do. THIS character just made my life depressing for the next week.

    12: the ending and the entire fuckin unemotional and pretty much unattached and carefreeness of the entire thing. i mean. you have NO emotional bonds to this guy? why is no one crying or some sort of more imacpty scenes. nasuada i was DISAPPOINTED with in the regard ( and that fucks up the entire thing cause she was one of the characters i thought was displayed weellll throughout the book out of them all… ) . same with angela and elva and orik (hes your like foster brother. do something more brotherly like hug cry plead ignore or act hurt. not give him a chest of gold, say ill miss u n send the bastard on his way). needed some sort of significance. but no. cp just made them fleeting and fuckin stupid n pretty void encounters. .
    that being said katrina and roran were decent in this regard.
    ON THE OTHER HAND. arya . okay i wont lie. this was done well. i liked it for the effect and mood it set and the entire way cp went about it. it was a big fuckin punch to read. ….. as much as i wished for event to turn otherwise.

    13: (unlucky thirteen XD) pretty much the entire book. slow and unrelated and pretty much useless beginning ive seen in a book. in relation to previous title i guess though. after the first 100 or 2 pages i fuckin fell in love. just a brilliant story. very cp and inheritance ish. it took a dip with dras leona but he made it work i guess with the vault thereafter and even up to the ending was decent. but since that one cruical turningpoint (well in my eyes post dras leona was one if there ever was one) the books rythme just died out n though it was cohesive it just did not have the brilliance or flare that had me reading the previous titles (though mainly brisingr) had. and then post galbz. that was a mess. that felt like acomplete and total bullshit attempt to resolve some way to fix up some of the loose ends and premos and expectations in a dramatic fashion… dont get me wrong. it was a good mood setter for where eragon went with the story (once again i will delcare my utter hatred for that devastating and depressing ending TT.TT)
    but just everything seemed to drop. stop. pop up. and remake its self. nice ride but i might have thrown up and tripped at the same time having not known where the fuck i was going and being so disorientated in that dark.

    In the end. its inheritance. its fuckin amazing. i loved it and am probably going to read it another few times n maybe do a whole series sweep again. just alil disappointed and VERY depressed that the relationship side as well as the bond and emotional attachment side of the story was never completely realised or went quite the way i (and from the looks of a SHITLOAD of fans) wanted it

    ps. this was ment to be a few lil paragraphs thing. how did this essay happen. holy snap =|

    SPOILER END PEEPS
    SPOILER END
    SPOILER END
    SPOILER END

    <3

    • Zachary Whalen

      TLDR

    • Nick

      In regards to Point 9- I believe she appeared in the battle for Urubaen Page 652 – 653…

      • Gee302

        yeh yeh that. she came n like cut down a few soldiers detaining roran and literally just disappeared. . .
        if cp intro’d that character JUST for that. ill rage.
        he SHOULD have in that case dedicated a few more detials and depth to some of the remaining an lacking areas of the book. very very VERY disappointed with how that played out. in my eyes was totally unnecessary and useless.

        • elle

          She saved Rorans life, not useless is it?

    • Arvind

      ha ha!! i had the same views but i was lazy to type!!

  • Zachary Whalen

    Everyone is saying that they have a problem with the books ending. Look, this is a series about growing up and inheriting the burdens of our parents. As a child we all dream big, look for that fairy tale ending. But by the time we become adults those dreams have come into conflict with reality. Yes, we would of all have loved a happy ride off into the sunset ending. But i feel that it ended the way it should have. The sons and daughters have inherited the burdens of their parents and all of Alagaesia. 

    • ItsEminem

      I think you missed the whole point of fantasy mate. Though I don’t see the big deal about the separation they would prbably just hook up later.

    • ItsEminem

      Also a lot of things were never even mentioned. Half the characters just disappeared and we learned nothing about anyone. It was predictable. A good read though, some parts. Murtagh seemed forced to the dark side and Galby started off great but near the end it just sort of went I guess. Cp can’t keep coming back to this world he should have sorted everything and then moved onto bigger and better things.

    • JasonJG

      To me the book did end happily (slightly annoyed by that), basically no-one of consequence died, they all found their place (Inheritance), and it ended LOTR style (Okay with that).
      But i think there were so many things that he could have added/changed, that would have shocked people and made the story ten times better.
      ie. In the parts after the wall collapses, where Roran is acting weird, it could have developed that Roran was possessed by a spirit (become a shade), which adds an extra conflict.
      Much of the story seemed to be them traveling to the final conflict (which was disappointing (The true name of Ancient language, not quite as powerful as i would have expected)). A few extra conflicts and extra revelations about characters (Angela, Selena, Angela’s two friends, Tenga) would have been nice.
      and MURTAGH???…. his was the only part that really annoyed me.

  • Jessica Chisholm

    i cant believe i have to wait til the weekend before my copy of inheritance comes through the post!!! i hope arya isn’t the green rider although it is kind of obvious 🙁

  • Oromis

    CP should do what JK Rowling did. Release a website like Pottermore and in that website explain what happened to the characters. Hopefully there will be Eragon and Arya because i was gutted that they did not end up together. The ending to the series was not good. He screwed it up.

    • Vampireloverml

      not to be mean but he did, i paid $20 for my book and i couldn’t even get ENGAGED into it, even tho i have been fantisizing about wat could happen the whole while. plus i thought he said there was gonna be scenes in the mind of Murtagh, but i havnt found any  yet.

      • Me

        He said he wouldn’t

  • Deutschfan

    I live in Germany… does anyone know if an English version of the book is available here at the moment?

  • Nick

    Spoiler!

    Chris… Why did you screw us over with that ending?!? I wanted happily-ever-after with mini Aryas/Eragons 🙁

    • qwerty

      Not to sure on the mini Aryas/Eragons, possibly a bit too wierd, but the “Happy ever after bit” agreed

    • The Green dragon

      i think it was perfect. your trying to say that life is easy like that, but ut isnt.

      • ItsEminem

        Yes that is why it is called fantasy.

      • Nick

        I think it would be, with that huge number of Eldunarí at there disposal… And A bit of romance never hurt anyone :-S (in the fantasy world that is)

        • The Green dragon

          SPOILER! SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DONT LOOK IF YOU HAVENT READ

          yeah but he had to go as his duty as the only actual free rider, and arya was the queen so she was at least a little partial, and because Vroengaurd couldnt be lived in anymore there was no where else where he couldve gone because then the young riders/ wild dragons would stir up trouble and people would be trying to influence the riders. and i bet in a later book in Alagaesia they will hook up.

          • Nick

            I know + understand why he had to leave… I just wanted Arya and Fírnen to go with, as riders. Datherdur should have taken the throne, and Arya she have gone with Eragon… That is my view anyway – And would have made for a far more complete ending imo… but whats done is done… At least Galby didnt win, that would have made for a terrible ending :L

          • The Green dragon

            i know. but they probably will get together later on when there are more riders and stuff, and then she can go and join him and then marry, or just have a child in the elves fashion.

          • kithsahan

            Now that it was a big disappointment, i wish galby had won and the story went onto a fifth book

          • T_starsiak18

            Why couldnt Eragon, the Eldunari, and the elves pooled their magic together though and made Vroengard a safe place to live? afer all the magic they had done it would seem that would be almost even a simple thing to do.

          • elle

            In my imagination, they already have

    • kithsahan

      LOL i was waiting for a bang scene near the lake where they met, looks like it never happened 🙁

  • qwerty

    I read the book and I liked it, really liked it… until the ending; I’ve read quite a few books with similar endings and usually I feel satisfied, sad but satisfied, but this ending left me feeling a little empty; it’s not the ending I was expecting and, in truth, not an ending that I liked.
     As it is I hope there’s a sequel

  • The Green dragon

    i wonder what the seven words were. and i wished we learned more about Angela

  • Saerina

    I’m sorry to say, but this will be the last comment I will be writing for about 8-10 days. I don’t want to read any of the comments since I haven’t read the book yet.
    Until then!
    Good bye. (you barely know me so you won’t miss me 🙂

    • ItsEminem

      I’ll miss you, sob, sob.

  • Waited forever

    Not crazy about all the unanswered questions, Not very happy with the amount of time given to  Roran (way to much ) considering the ending, The book was okay until the showdown with Galbatorix began, then after that……………..splat.

  • Waited forever

    Not crazy about all the unanswered questions, Not very happy with the amount of time given to  Roran (way to much ) considering the ending, The book was okay until the showdown with Galbatorix began, then after that……………..splat.

  • Baconboy753

    Worst book of the series completely ruined the ending, plus i didn’t even enjoy reading it i just wanted my questions answered. Unlike the other books which i enjoyed, and the whole first bit of the book hes just screwing with your head of who he is/isn’t gonna kill off. Overall bigger disappointment then the Saskatchewan Rough Riders season this year.

  • anti-spoilerperson

    Can you people please stop posting spoilers, my gosh. I have had to cover the comments with my hands like 5 times already. 

    • Please stop reading comments if you don’t want to be spoiled. Fans are excited to discuss the book and we are not going to ask them to not discuss the book for the sake of those who do not want to see spoilers.

  • The Green dragon

    hm now i have nothing to live for

    • tob2007

      There’s always Nicholas Flamel!

  • ItsEminem

    SPOILER. MAYBE.

    I don’t see what everyones problem is with the ending separation. I found it rushed and somewhat confusing (just the ending not the separation), however it doesn’t get in the way of the eventual romance. She will abdicate the throne later (she sort of has to) and seeing how intimate they actually were (the name thing) then it is a fair bet to say that they can hook up later. I mean in Eragon’s guide to Alagaesia he returns and that is after this book. That doesn’t count as a spoiler does it?

    • JasonJG

      She sort of has to??? Why?… Elves have got the same, live long time thing, that Riders do, so it’s not the same as Galby ruling humans.

      • ItsEminem

        Because the elves would never accept the same ruler forever. Elven rulers abdicate when they want to quit with all the duty.

    • Aa

      Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia also implied that Islanzadi was still alive…

  • Horsegal4ever

    What’s with the Nicholas Flamel decor now, Mike? Moving on? lol

    • tob2007

      I was wondering the same thing!

    • The Green dragon

      its because the cost for the webite because of the traffic this month now costs more than mike’s rent does so its there to help pay for the site.

    • The Green dragon

      its because the cost for the webite because of the traffic this month now costs more than mike’s rent does so its there to help pay for the site.

    • They’re advertisements as part of a sponsorship. This month’s server costs are more than what I pay for rent, so we need some help to keep the servers alive. Check out the series though, it’s one of my favorites — and I’m not just saying that because there are ads on the site. I truly do love the books (use the search, I’ve reviewed them a few times on the site)

  • Travdeso2002
    • tob2007

      Don’t spoil it for yourself, buddy. You probably know who it is already, but you should still read the book to find out. It’s worth it, trust me!

    • tob2007

      Don’t spoil it for yourself, buddy. You probably know who it is already, but you should still read the book to find out. It’s worth it, trust me!

  • tob2007

    I think Mike is being a bit… over-enthusiastic. While it was a good book that I’ve waited for a long time to read, problems were present in it just like in the others. Don’t get me wrong- I loved it! I read it in five hours! The thing is, it has the same problems as the previous three, and that hurt the story a little bit. I think Mike needs to chill out a bit. I, too, thought the ending was a bit too… loose.
    I’d also like to know how Christopher would have ended the series if it had stayed as one book.

    • tob2007

      Also, I was wondering if Mike is going to write a new Inheritance Almanac with all the information gathered from Book 4. I think that’d be awesome, because the first one was brilliant!

    • tob2007

      Also, I was wondering if Mike is going to write a new Inheritance Almanac with all the information gathered from Book 4. I think that’d be awesome, because the first one was brilliant!

      • Mike needs a few days’ break when he gets home from NYC before deciding what the future holds.

        But I’m NOT done with Inheritance, that’s for sure!

    • If you’re entitled to your opinion, I’m entitled to mine. Please don’t tell me how to think or feel about a book I’ve been waiting eight years for. Thanks!

      • tob2007

        I’m not telling you to do anything! I really value your opinion! It is a good read, though. What was your favorite part?

        • Many! But my favorite part? Walking into the Vault of Souls… that was a game-changing moment for the series and in my eyes, the most iconic moment in the books. I cannot wait to share my thoughts in-depth through a series of editorials on the website. Expect these soon!

          • The Green dragon

            that was my favorite part as well. it gave me chills and goosebumps and made me want to sing because i knew the eldunari were there, but i did not know of the eggs, which was awesome.

          • haiku

            I don’t know why, but the scene with Eragon and the Urgals at the end really sticks out. And as you said Mike, the vault of souls chapter was kick-ass. But my ultimate favourite two  scenes of this book was is the snail scene and the battle (come on Galby’s demise is something we have all waited to see, and Murtagh being redeemed in the process was all we could hope for.) I hope you agree Mike.

          • tob2007

            I enjoyed that part as well. I loved the part where Eragon had to “pay” for killing the “Old Ones”! When I was reading it, I was like, “Looks like no matter where he goes, the Ra’Zac will be irritating him!” 

            I also like the part where Eragon made Galbatorix “understand”. Galby was all like, “AAH! I DON”T UNDERSTAND!” and Eragon’s all like, “WELL TO BAD, CUZ I’M GUNNA STAB YOU NOW!”

            One of the main problems I had with the story was when we find out who the new Rider is. I was very upset, because I figured that it would be Arya, and I hoped that Christopher Paolini would give us as the readers one last big surprise. Still, I’m happy with Arya as the Rider, and I hope that we get to find out more about future Riders from Christopher Paolini.

            How did her dragon get so big in so little time? On the cover, he looks huge, and I’m guessing that he’s not very old. Did Arya use magic to make him bigger or something?

          • Jschoey17

            i didnt like Galby’s death. it was too much like a major death scene in the series the Belgariad by David Eddings. in the books there is much emphasise on that magic useres cannot unmake things and in a last desperate attempt the bad try tries to unmake his rival therefore killing himself much like the Galby scene. the thing that really got to me was that in the back of The Belgariad books CP praises Eddings and the Belgariad series and i wondered if he didnt get the idea of finally destroying Galby from the way this other bad guy did.

          • DragonsAreAwesome

            He is old enough.  Remember, the last few chapters took place over the course of several months, I’m guessing around half a year to 8 months ’cause that’s when dragons start breathing fire.  Saphira was pretty big by the end of Eragon which took place over a similar course of time.

  • Anonymous

    yeah mike ….. not coming on this site again now … really, I come on here to check if there’s a notice or something …. but yeah ….. :/ not very happy with the amount of spoilers …. pricks

    • You should have known that there would be comments discussing the book on this website. Do you expect fans to stop discussing the book for the sake of people who haven’t finished who are incapable of keeping themselves out of the comments? Sorry, but fans who are done with the book are excited to discuss the book with other fans. No one is forcing you to continue reading the comments.

  • Guest

    SO UNFAIR I LIVE IN FINLAND AND ORDERED THE BOOK I’LL GET IT ON MONDAY OR TUESDAY SUCH A LONG WAIT

    • Eragon Shadeslayer

      well, I didnt order it, but I have to wait till sunday to see if i can POSSIBLY get it. this sucks.

    • tob2007

      It will be worth the wait.

  • blue2282

    This is for all who read the book

    Spoiler: Hey guys there is hope you know….With his new found powers…
    He could always return
    That’s what i believe
    Remember how can the dragons help alagaesia if there that far away
    Yes they will all part ways, but its only temporary.
    I do not think Eragon could be bound by destiny.
    Hes way to powerful now

    • Shurtugal

      how does he become too powerful? He found eldunari in the vault of souls or something?? (did he steal from galby? 😛 :P)

    • He himself has said that he won’t ever return. That’s what Angela had predicted. And the other dragons could return to Alagaesia, but I doubt Eragon ever would. And I feel that the Menoa tree had something to do with it. The tree took from him his desire to continue in Alagaesia and the desire to return once gone. At least that’s my theory!

      • T_starsiak18

        he never actually says in Inheritance that he wont return. He says its “unlikely” he never outright says he wont… i think this is cp leaving wiggle room for him to come back if he wanted him to.

  • blue2282

    Hey mike is the spoiler ok.
    Cuz i dont want to get banned.

  • blue2282

    I finished the books guys as I told you all i would.
    If anyone wants spoilers tell me. But honestly just read the book.
    Guys the Ending blew me away… It will do the same to all of you.
    And yes…..
    Snails guys
    O and by the way 
    Spoiler: These snails can run 
    Trololololol

  • Aneesh S

    Spoiler spoiler

    Tot Broms 7 words would be revealed!!

    • Shur’tugal

      Please tell me how eragon defeats galby…and if any elf dies..please

      • Aneesh S

        Yup two elves do die!!One almost in the beginning no a very known character to us!!
        The other one dies wich makes ARYA the queen!!so u cn guess!!

        Abt death of galby read it!!

        • Shurtugal

          I always knew that Islanzadi would die…all the elders died…Hrothgar, Garrow, Brom and Ajihad.. and they were followed by their younger generations…Orik, Roran, Eragon and Nasuada…. if Arya had to become queen…. islannzadi had to die.

          In the beginning, please don’t tell me it’s one of Eragon’s 12 elves. (Not Blodhgarm at least)

          • Don’t worry, it’s not Blodhgarm, but it is one of the 12 elves. 🙂

          • Shurtugal

            :'(

          • Arya had to have her own Inheritance!

    • This was the worst, most over-hyped theory in the history of the Cycle community.

  • GUEST

    It mentions that thorns tail is twitching but in brisingir it got bitten off by glaedr

    • love

      It probably wouldn’t have been that hard to fix with magic. And only 3 feet of it was bitten off to begin with.

      • Shurtugal

        What happens to Murtagh and Thorn anyway? Do they side with Eragon in the end or is he busy fending off elves/varden or Eragon himself?

        • That is the mystery, isn’t it?

          • Shurtugal

            yea…i read the summary…and how could CP leave them?!?!!

          • TorpeAlex

            Way to ruin your own fun.

      • Guest

        Ummm.  Then why couldn’t Glaedr’s leg get regrown? 

        • DragonsAreAwesome

          For many reasons.
          A)  Three feet of tail is a lot smaller than the leg of a GIGANTIC dragon
          B)  Glaedr was wounded just as Galbatorix takes power and Oromis had lost most of his powers.  Galbatorix was so powerful that he easily had the power to repair the tail (especially since he know the name) but it is unlikely that anyone had the power to fix a huge leg, especially Oromis
          C)  Even magic has its limits.  Remember when Redbeard had his hand cut off and Carn said that if he didn’t let him repair it now he probably never could?  Same with Baldor and the elves in Inheritance.  There are some wounds that can’t be repaired.  Glaedr had to fly all the way back to Illirea (or however you spell it) before he came in contact with people you could have possibly fixed his leg and by then it would have been too late
          D)  In the last episode of the podcasts Christopher Paolini said it would be easy for Galbatorix to fix the tail of Thorn
          Does that answer your question?

  • betaJay

    Yeah, I agree with everybody else. Book was a bit slow to start, but it got pretty awesome pretty quickly. Until the ending. Then everything fell apart. In the space of about 10 pages.

  • Aleex

    exactly broken hearts all around.. disapointing

  • Namikazesuzumaki

    Ewww please don’t tell me that Arya is the new rider, ewww, why can’t she just leave Eragon alone

  • Frejwan

    I hope in a future book, arya leaves the elves to join eragon. That was the main thing I hated about the ending- that they didnt end up together.

  • Vjgvnd

    How would the Agaethi Blodhren(Blood-oath Celebration) be celebrated from now on?

  • Harsh Joshi

    Faretheewell Eragon Shadeslayer!
    First Free Rider of Alagaesia!
    Bonded with Heart and Mind to Saphira Brightscales!
    Argetlam, Shur’tugal and Kingkiller!

    Farewell Eragon!Son of Brom and Selena,Brother of Roran Stronghammer, Earl of Palancar Valley!Brother of Murtagh Morzansson, Bonded to ThornBrother of King Orik of the Dwarves!Faretheewell Saphira Bjartskular!First female dragon of her age,Bonded to Eragon Shadeslayer!Firetounge, flamethrower and Bane of the Battle of Farthen Dûr!Farewell Saphira!Daughter of Iormúngr and Vervada,Mate of Firnen, bonded to Arya Dröttningu!Farewell!Atra esterní ono thelduin

  • Sprockett

    All I have to say is this:
     
    Elrun ono

  • galbatorix

    SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
    the book was gr8 until ….. the ending
    arya shouldnt have become the queen

    • tob2007

      Who else was there? Roran? Would you rather RORAN become the queen? Honestly, there was really not many other choices. Of course, Vanir could have become a KING! He would be great!

  • elmiq

    I am so disappointed with so many characters being alive in the end. Not to mention that stupid brick Roran survived everything as always. 

    • tob2007

      Doesn’t Roran have lots of wards around him? That could be why he survived many things, right?
      SPOILER:
                     I’m glad he got so badly injured in this book. It showed the readers who were irritated by him that Christopher Paolini didn’t intend to make Roran invincible. It showed that Roran was human character, too.

  • Mari

    SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!

    Personally I think the bits with Murtagh were a little disappointing. Didn’t hate it, but I think it was like Paolini said himself, lots of fan service. I wish there were chapter from his or Thorn’s POV, so that we could get to know them more. Liked the ending though. 

    • Kelly

      I liked the ending to, but it just left me wanting more – what happens to them?

      • tob2007

        Maybe they follow Eragon and assist him? That would be nice!

      • That’s for our minds to imagine.

        • Jordan Schotlen

           as opposed to something for our stomach to imagine?

  • guest

    It was great. Until the ending.  Now I’m pissed.  Seriously, he ended it that way?  What a cop-out.  That is how he wrapped up arya and Eragon’s relationship? I mean come on now. Ugh, gonna be depressed for the next few days.

    • blue2282

      I know……
      I feel the same way…

  • Aren

    *Shudder*. So many people are saying they’re disappointed in the book that i’m genuinely scared of reading it now.

    • tob2007

      Don’t listen to them. The book is just as good as all of the others!
                               The ending is VERY slow though.

  • Baconboy753

    Worst book of the series completely ruined the ending, plus i didn’t even enjoy reading it i just wanted my questions answered. Unlike the other books which i enjoyed, and the whole first bit of the book hes just screwing with your head of who he is/isn’t gonna kill off. Overall bigger disappointment then the Saskatchewan Rough Riders season this year.

    • Harper247

      obviously chris wants people to be lured towards the next book. whenever dat may be.

      • Baconboy753

        Ya but still the ending i cant believe i waited that long to have more questions im quite upset. It seemed he took away Rorans bad assness, Orrin is a selfish bastard when i used to think him a quirky little guy, Aryas decision at the end. Like what the hell all the characters just suddenly changed in this book differentiating from the last three and it wasn’t even a subtle gradual change it was like bam i’m making these guys unlikable for all the fans, ruining your life, and i also i pissed in your cherios. Thats the message i get from Paolini there better be a follow up is my only answer.

        • Are you kidding me? Arya going with Eragon would have been a drastic change.The characters did NOT change… in fact, their unwillingness to change is a lot of what you SHOULD be disagreeing with.

          For example, Arya not going with Eragon in the end. Had Arya gone with Eragon, that would have thrown everything we know and love about Arya (her willingness to sacrifice all of her own personal happiness and selfishness and making her race, her family, and the dragons top priority in everything). For Arya to have thrown all of that out and gone with Eragon simply to chase her own desires… it would have been incredible out of character.

          Sure, everyone wants a fairytale ending. Eragon and Arya have been through a lot and we all want to see them live happily ever after. But how realistic is that? Too cliche for me, and doesn’t work within the context of the series.

          No, I think the ending was beautiful, perfect, and yes — sad.

          • The Green dragon

            dude thats eactly what i thought, people were just wanted everything to be perfect, which why i love the books because they have things i disagree with, and that also makes it a lot more realistic than having a happy ending, which almost never happens in real life. thats why Inheritance is now my favorite book ever.

          • ItsEminem

            You are saying this about a fantasy novel mate. The exact opposite of realistic. Life is hard we don’t need books to tell us that, we read them to take our mind off the hardship. That said the separation wasn’t that bad, they will probably hook up later on, when Eragon returns like in Eragon’s guide and when Arya leaves the throne. Cliche? A lot of things were cliche in IC (my opinion) the ExA relationship was one thing that wasn’t. You know the hero being rejected and all. What is the context of the series? Were you surprised by anything? Mike I think you would have loved it no matter what CP wrote. 

          • Kathrynmxpx

            ofc things should have changed for arya….she DID become a frickin dragon rider.  kind of a big deal.

  • chester

    the book was best of the series if you exclude the ending…i wouldn’t want to be eragon. even sacrifices have its limits

  • Spocker

    To be honest, I was very disappointed with the fact that the first time we meet the Green Dragon is at the end of the book. This was a huge letdown, as we were led to believe that this dragon would be a more prominent role. The showdown, if it can be called that, with Galbatorix was too predictable, and fairly anticlimactic. The part that made me the most excited was in the vault of souls reading about the hidden eggs. However, finding a hidden cache of eldunari was a copout in my opinion. It didn’t further the feeling that Eragon was going to defeat Galbatorix through cleverness as opposed to just strength. 

    • Anonymous

      yo dude …. sorry Mike …. but Spocker

      FUCK OFF YOU STUPID PRICK!!! I DON’T WANT TO SEE ANY BLOODY SPOILERS!!!!!!!

  • Jknfdsa

    Just finished…. i hated the ending. Seriously, he leaves and never comes back…………………. -_-

    • We knew this would happen since the start of ERAGON.

      • DDD

        Not exactly true because in Eragon both him and Arya get on the ship and leave, so that di change.

        • Arcaena Chronicler

          Actually, in his vision, it only says that he sees two people board the ship and a man (Roran) yells in despair with a green and blue dragon circling above.  That is exactly what happened.  What we did not see is Arya leaving with Firnen after saying goodbye, but that did not happen immediately.

          I know it was meant to be, however, I wish it did not have to happen that way.  I felt awful after seeing them all depart with such melancholic feelings.  I wanted badly for them to end up together.  I can only hope that one day, Arya and Eragon will be reunited. 

          Perhaps the reason Eragon will not be able to return, is because shortly after he establishes his new Rider territory, he will have to leave to turn his attention to the “shadow that stalks the land,” whatever that may be.

          All in all, it was an amazing book to finish an amazing series.

      • Kithsahan

        Yea true, but the manner in which he leaves sounds really shitty. it would have been better if the Menoa tree had forced him to leave.

        • DragonsAreAwesome

          It true that I thought the Menoa tree would force him to leave but would that really have been better?  Think about it; it would have been much sadder if Eragon didn’t leave of his own free will because then it would end with him being miserable and not having any choice.  The fact that it is his choice shows that he has accepted this decision and therefore will not be so unhappy.

    • noko

      Its nowhere near as celar cut as that, if need be, he break a fortune tellers vision and return.

      Also, for all we know. Arya, Roran and co may visit him at wherever he sets up Riderville.

      Yes, I felt the ending would be better if Arya and Eragon had once listened to their hearts and stayed together and set up the riders together, butCP’s ending was still a poingnant one that left things open to the imagination of the reader.

  • Anonymous

    Its epic… its amazing, its… totally Christopher Paolini ending can’t blame a fan for trying!

  • Anonymous

    Its epic… its amazing, its… totally Christopher Paolini ending can’t blame a fan for trying!

  • Anonymous

    Its epic… its amazing, its… totally Christopher Paolini ending can’t blame a fan for trying!

  • vince24

    i just got my copey today have not read it cover to cover just some of it to find out somethings i will start reading on saterday 11/12/11 and may your sword stay sharp.

  • The Green dragon

    This is the best book I have ever read. And I managed to finish it in a day with thirty minutes to spare. Also what up with the Nicholas flamel stuff?

  • Shangri La

    SPOILERS! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

    I disliked it. I mean… the whole Roran sub-plot in the beginning was just… unnecessary. And Roran himself was a bit creepy.  And while I love Angela to death, her role in the book kind of just killed her. She’s too…much. She’s awesome as a minor, supporting character, but as the super powerful being…no. And she’s always THERE. Like, before she would pop up occasionaly and be generaly awesome, but now she’s like everywhere, all the time. She’s almost Sue-like.    And Murtagh… don’t even get me stared on him. Seriously. He used to be my favorite character but now… ugh. He didn’t get enough development, IMO. Like, seriously man. To much angsting, not enough brotherly bonding. No brothery bonding, actually. That was something that I had been looking forward to.

    I don’t know. Eragon(the book, not the character) was lighthearted, simple, and fun. A nice coming of age story. Inheritance is just… ugly. It’s ugly, and dark, and full of itself. I found it very disappointing, to the point that it’s been blocked from my mind. Denial (like the HP epilogue, or Inkdeath)

  • kaylajoyce

    I’ll be up all night reading.. im so excited. Some your guys’ comments make me think it won’t be good as i’ve thought. We appreciate your opinions, but keep in mind it may discourage people who haven’t finished it yet

  • Orik234

    How do you end a series and leave so many unaswered questions?
     

    • Harper

      Take tuitions from Christopher Paolini

  • Shanar

    I’m reading it…  I think that the writing in Eldest was the best, but this is by far the most intense and revealing! 

  • Anonymous

    I’m not liking this Nicholas Flamel stuff…. I mean I like the books but I want Shurtugal to continue to be THE Inheritance fan site… Even if you cover other stuff… 🙁 I think I’m just sad that it’s all over. You guys have done an amazing job on the site though, It’s been the only site I’ve used religiously for the last… oh gosh… 8 some years… And I know Mike and the rest of the people at Shurtugal probably won’t see this but I just wanted to tell them how happy I am that I’ve had this site for the past 8 years. It helped ease the pain of waiting, just I wish in a way it wasn’t over 🙁 It’s been fun reading your posts for the last few years. Thanks 🙂

    • They are paid advertisements. The cost of running the website this month is INSANE. It costs more money to power the website this month than it costs me for rent. They are there as ads, not Shur’tugal transforming into a Flamel fansite (though nothing would be wrong with that, as it’s an AMAZING series)

      • Anonymous

        Mike, people are putting spoilers up, please say something (also, sorry for my swearing in a comment up there ^)

        • Stop reading the comments if you don’t want spoilers. It’s that simple.

      • Anonymous

        Wow!! Really!?! That’s insane! Who would of guessed that it would cost that much money to run a site. Well than I am quite happy that you used the Flamel ads then. As long a Shurtugal stays up and running 🙂 Thanks Mike 🙂
        P.S. I just had a bit of a starstruck moment there… Omg Mike Macauley just respond to my comment :D… As you can see I spend way to much free time on this site xD

  • Adfasfdsa

    Ha! Roran talked his way out of being massacred by hundreds of soldiers by pretending to be drunk and bored!

  • Becky L

    5 straight hours, so worth it….SO sad though

  • Arya Svitkonr

    got the book, read it, but need to think before I know if I liked it or not…:0

  • Eragon & Saphira

    Sweet Can’t Read the boook mtill my school gets it   really suks  hope  we all have a great time reading

  • Elena Shadeslayer

    -O-MY-FREAKING-GOD-O-MY-FREAKING-GODvv-O-MY-FREAKING-GODVV-O-MY-FREAKING-GOD-O-MY-FREAKING-GOD-O-MY-FREAKING-GOD-O-MY-FREAKING-GOD-O-MY-FREAKING-GOD
    I JUST MET CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI
    gong to finish rereading brisingr then INHERITANCE>>>> CANT WAIT

  • juvonne

    How long do we have to wait until we can discuss the book if you don’t want to be spoiled then don’t come on this site!!! I Just read the book and want to talk about it 🙁

    • Arya<3

      well some peopel haven’t even got  it.. maybe ask Mike to put up another post JUST for spoilers, but it’s definitely too early…

      • juvonne

        yes well I will just wait patiently until the book will be discussed 🙁

    • Send me messages on Twitter and I will discuss it with you!

  • Rscpplayer

    Beware a crimson riderless dragon…

    • love

      🙁

      • Justin Dew

        love, hes bsing u.

  • Jenny

    All I can say is: Why did it have to come out on FINALS WEEK???

    • It’s finals week for you, but not everyone 😛

  • Jman

    I will never again preorder to save money. I’ll just pay twice as much to get it when it first comes out. I NEED IT TO BE THE 10th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Just finished it. Arya is the new Rider, Galbatorix dies, and Eragon leaves Alagaesia.

    • Spoiler Alert

      SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

      ———————————————————————————————————-

      I cant believe Arya became the queen, 🙁 she seemed like she was made out to never take the throne. She always liked to travel and be directly in the action, and she has such a free spirit. And I think the main reason many people are disappointed with the ending is because they were expecting a happy one. Plus I’ll admit I am a MAJOR ExA fan and I was upset, because although this is more realistic with her character, I still wish Arya had refused the throne and accompanied Eragon, they are just soooo perfect together. Ah well, my rant is done. I am going to read the book a second time 🙂

      • Dae

        That was my reaction as well. I think the only reason I felt so dissatisfied at the end was because ExA didn’t happen. Otherwise I think I would have loved it.

      • Dae

        That was my reaction as well. I think the only reason I felt so dissatisfied at the end was because ExA didn’t happen. Otherwise I think I would have loved it.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my gosh! If Elain dies, I’m gonna cry

  • Dragon2003

    I preordered mine from Barnes and Noble,but not the fastest possible shipping.So disappointed in myself.Hopefully I’ll get it later today or tomorrow.

  • The Green dragon

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sean Coker

    I preorder it from barnes and noble the day it was possible to preorder. AND IT HASNT EVEN FRIGGIN SHIPPED YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sean Coker

      ya know whats even more anoying, my 130 dollar gaming headphones were also suposed to arive today.

      ARGH MUST TEAR FACE OUT

      • Sean Coker

        Update: It has shiped and i am about to go pick up the headphones from the fedex! (is about to do TF2 tournement)

  • THEJOKER

    Mine get’s here tomorrow, I pre-ordered it from Books-A-Million. It shipped yesterday afternoon. Also if someone could TELL ME HOW IT ENDS. On a dummy site called Flirtugal.com
    HA HA HA

    • THEJOKER

      Just kidding, no such site

  • xyme

    Am I the only person who thinks it was too loose, and slightly disappointing overall? 

    • Becky L

      I agree. a little too open ended with all the main characters.

    • Becky L

      I agree. a little too open ended with all the main characters.

    • Yup, you are.

      • jordan

        I do not think that this type of cynical comment helps discussion in any way at all; evidently many people felt disappointed by the book but are they not equally free to discuss their opinions regarding it?

      • Izabiz2

        Hey Mike, I was wondering if you could do like an objective poll on what people thought of the book it would be interesting to see. like maybe, loved it, liked it, and were disappointed by it because there seems like a lot of mixed reactions! thanks!

    • Harper247

      No you are not. a large number is disappointed, with chris’ moneymaking scams

    • jimmy browne

      No you aren’t obviously.

  • twilightdragoness

    So I go to my local Books-A-Million to get me a copy and guess what I hear? Only those who pre-ordered the book were able to get it today while the rest of us have to wait up to a week, AN ENIRE WEEK, to get our hands on it.
    And here’s the real kicker, the local Walmart had been advertising the book as welll, along with Harry Potter 7 pt 2, Skyrim, and Assasssin’s Creed: Revelations in the same location, and they DIDN’T have it, and I checked it twice! Needless to say, I am royally ticked…

    • juvonne

      Did you have a barns and nobles around they had lots of extra copies and I didn’t pre-order

  • Guest

    I’m not done the book yet but I know what happens in the end (that doesn’t bother me) but I’m seriously gonna be bawling my eyes out. 🙁 so sad.

  • Rednaxel

    I just got inheritance! My life is complete! 🙂 

  • Dark>Void

    Wait what?! I am about to go buy the book and i was reading the articles a while ago and someone is going to die? WHY!!!

  • Will

    after reading for 9 consecutive hours, i just finished the book…wasnt very happy with the ending…

    • Juvonne

      I thought I was the only one I hated the ending so upset

    • guest

      Arya was made out to be someone who would never take the throne the fact that she did just didnt fit in character (for me at least). I do want to see what his original plan was for the characters endings though

      • Yunhua

        I finished it during my lunch period, and I couldn’t concentrate for the rest of school.  It did not turn out the way I wanted it to. 🙁

      • SPOILERS:

        I highly disagree. Arya has always been a character who puts the elves and her family above her own desires. This was her doing what was best for the elves over herself — an act of selflessness that fit her character beautifully. Had she abandoned her own people to pursue her love for Eragon… it just wouldn’t have fit her. It would have broken her character.

        • Flairen

          i disagree with your disagreement, yes Arya was selfless and put her people above herself wich is exactly why she should have left. Not to be with eragon, or rather not that by itself, but the fact that she is one of the last 3 riders left and lets be honest Murtagh shouldnt realy be counted since he is gone for a while, anyways she should have gone becouse Riders are not part of any goverment, the escuse CP was extreemly weak and on the spot, anyways yeah very disapointed still good book…maybe…..

  • Jamie V

    I Prebought mine in october at the books a million in the mall near my house so this morning on the way to school i went by there and got it

  • BEit

    Pre-ordered the book from Walmart.com. said it was supposed to come Nov.9th. Got here early this morning. That seriously never happens. I was like a little kid at Christmas!

  • Cody Cook

    I pre-ordered it on March 25, 2011 the day it showed up on Amazon and selected the fastest shipping available, but since i am at college that’s USPS and i won’t get it til next week,  if i was at home i would be reading it right now instead of trying to find somewhere to read it online.

  • Jahooty**

    RANDOM HOUSE BACK ORDERED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU I HAVE WAITED SINCE BRISINGR FOR THIS AND THIS WHAT I GET!!!!!!!! 

    • Jahooty**

      DAMN YOU RANDOM HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

      • The Green dragon

        What happened?

        • Jahooty**

          I pre ordered it at my local bookshop and then when I went to pick it up on the release date, apparently it was back ordered. I have no idea why, but since I live in a VERY small town I have to wait for about a week until I can get my fix 🙁

    • what

  • Anonymous

    I need the book… Now… I hate my life D:

    • pey

      I know how you feel i dont get mine till tommorow after school! And Im reading another series just finished the 1st book and want to read the other one, but this book is way more important

      • Anonymous

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t have it (though if you did manage to get it after school than you’re probably reading it now) Sigh, Alas my mother decided to surprise me by ordering it, so it won’t be in for about 3 weeks (I’m buying a copy tomorrow and than returning it when my other copy comes in the mail, I’m just not telling her) 😛

  • Brandon Scott Higgins

    I am already on page 115 and I got the book 10 hours ago. It is extremely good.

    • Dominik

      So envious of you……. Have a nice time while reading one of the best literary pieces….

  • Dominik

    Still better than me. I’ll get Inheritance in probably two weeks….. Man that piss me off….. I just don ‘t want to wait next 5 months for Inheritance to get translate to my natural language so I’ll buy it in english ( I’ve done same with Brisingr ), but still, it’ll take minimaly 1 week to get to some bookstore here….. minimaly 1 week= probalby about 3 weeks, maybe month…. I just hate this….
     

    • Yorik

      My english is not as good as i want… so i’m not sure that i can understand anithing of the book 4… but i’ll probably take also the book 4 in original language… What is you nationality?

  • Yorik

    hey guys… keep cool… here in France the book will arrived in Mai 2012… The only thing wich can save us it’s the released of The elder scrolls 5! ^^

  • Brian

    It is at my house… but I am at school. I won’t be home until Friday. DARN MY LIFE!
    I caved and looked up the fates of some characters, but for some, like Angela, Elva, Murtagh, Thorn…. I have no idea what happens to them. So, I still have some surprises for myself.

    • SaxNinj

      I’m also not home until Friday. :'(

  • Tristan S.

    I’m about to read the best book ever written, 100 pages a day (if I can restrain myself) so…wish me luck 😀 😀 😀 !!!!!!!!

  • Saerina

    I. AM. SO. MAD!!
    I preordered it at BNN and they said it would arrive in 3-5 days!!!!!!!!!
    ARG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gabsofsteel

    i hope i am getting it today! i preordered it and the bookstore said i would get it today i sure hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mr. Anonymous

    Came home from school and there it was. Yusssssss!!!!!!!

    • Enjoy!

    • guest

      i got mine right after school and i was shaking when i opened up to the first page i was sooo excited!!!

    • GoInheritance101

      Me too! There was a box – about the right size for a Inheritance – on the doorstep, my bros and i brought it in and opened it. It was here!
      Its estimated arrival was the 10th but Mom must have changed the shipping to 1 day shipping.    😀     WOOT!!!!!!!

  • Naegling

    I preordered my copy way back in July. It’s been all day and it still hasn’t arrived. Kinda expected as much (my preorder for Brisingr came in a few days late), but I was hoping to get it the day it came out

    • Anonymous

      Me too, except i preordered back in may. 🙂
      Nice nick too.

  • I’ve seen a few comments stating that fans have “heard bad stuff about the books”. It’s funny, I run the community here — it’s my job. I’ve read every tweet, Facebook post, and comment on the site. The overwhelming majority of readers who have communicated with me on their thoughts regarding Book 4 have been insanely positive. Ignore the few who whine (as there will always be a few who whine) and enjoy the book for yourself. Don’t base your own opinions on the hate of others.

    As I mentioned in a below post, I waited eight years for this book. Eight years of my life (an entire third of my life) has been dedicated to working with the Inheritance Cycle. I am perhaps one of the toughest people to please with the books because of it, and Inheritance won me over in many ways. Keep that in mind when reading, not the few people who disagreed with certain parts.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, just saw your repost to me on twitter lol

    • Also, I went through ALL of our comments, replies on Facebook, and messages we’ve got in on Twitter. Funny enough, I found NO negative comments except for the one person below. “I’ve heard lots of people not happy” — must be invisible. 😉

      • Anonymous

        sorry mike XD I saw the user below comment a few times and a few others …… Is this why you’re not replying to me? D: lmaoo sorrrrrrrrrrry

      • juvonne

        I didn’t like the ending but it overall the book was great

      • Arvindr

        I’m getting the book tommorrow. The Netherlands has to wait till the 17th , so I ordered it in English (880 pages ^^). I’ve read a few spoilers so far but they will not keep me from reading the most awesome book this year. I do know some off the plot already ( guess I’m a little to excited ). Just let those people whine and decide for yourselves. many thanks Mike for keeping us updated all the time. Can’t wait to actually get my hands on it ^^.  

    • jimmy browne

      I would support a terrible book too if I was banking on it. Waited just as long as you, yet this was by far the worst of the series.

      Also, the top rated comment is one that looks at the book critically and doesn’t like it. The majority of amazon reviewers don’t like it. The majority of forum posters don’t like it.

  • Speedsk8

    my library hasn’t gotten it’s copies yet  🙁

  • Abrahamthescholar

    Can someone link me to a spoiler forum or something on another site so I can discuss Book 4? I can’t seem to find any on google other than the general speculation forums.

    • mats

      Why not just go to Inheritanceforums.com and discuss it in the “Inheritance” section?

  • James Picard

    Hope the paperback comes out soon, or I get it from the library, or for Christmas, or my friend gets it so I can borrow it.  So psyched!  Books goona be great, I hope!

  • Forest Singer

    MW3 and Inheritance out on the same day…?! It’s Christmas come early!

    Waterstones haven’t sent me my book yet (Pre-ordered it a few months ago) but I’m very excited to say the least!

    Inheritance has been on my mind all day, NOT MW3 which is big news! Only, I keep strolling near the topics on the Inheritance forums related to the book IV and I’m afraid if I don’t get the book tomorrow I’m going to end up spoiling it myself 🙁

    No, I’ve waited 3 years… I can wait a few more days! Who’s with me?! 😀

    • Fairth

      I’ve been waiting since the release of Brisingr, although not so intently until about five months ago (when the podcasts started).  I’ll wait  the two more days till the Downers Grove book signing, but it won’t be easy.

  • Dolthyn

    Hello, I’m French and I need to wait April 2012 for the french version, but, can i find somewhere a little description of the book 4 by english fans ? spoilers ? Who is the green rider ? Does Arya and Eragon left together ? Does Murthagh is alive at the end ? …

    Plz, 3 years I wait for the answers…. 😀

    • Wait to read, I promise it’s worth it. You don’t want the book ruined for you.

  • Santeri S

    Just finished the book after almost 10 hours of reading non-stop. Have to say, I feel cheated. What I expected was an incredible book to satisfy my thirst for awesome story, and what I got was…well…I can’t even describe it since don’t feel like getting banned,but really, the whole book left me just hollow and desperate for something else. I know, I know, it’s just my opinion but still, IMO this was the worst book in the entire series. Not going to start listing the reasons here because I’m afraid of a ban but…I just feel so empty now that I finished the series. Unlike with Potter series that left me sad but satisfied, Inheritance just pulled the rug under my feet. For moments I thought I was reading some twisted fanfic gone wrong and gotten printed accidentally. Even though I can’t deny that C.P’s writing has improved alot from Eragon, it wasn’t enough to save Inheritance for me. It’s not just about how you write things, but WHAT you write. I was on the verge of tears the last ~250 pages because it became clear to me that Inheritance wasn’t going to deliver to me what I had been hoping for the last 3 years. Yeah, sorry about the rant, I had to go and vent it out somewhere. *Heads off to Fanfiction section to find a good Inheritance FanFic to make a sad reader feel better :(*

    • HelloDolly

      Going to be honest here, what you said scares me. Ive been waiting for this book for a long time, as has everyone else, and the thought that it will dissapoint me makes me almost not want to read it 🙁

      • Santeri S

        Well, it might not be dissapointing for everyone, but I had high expectations for Inheritance and after reading it, I was half-expecting my brother to come to my room and tell me it was just a joke and he hid the real book somewhere. Obviosly, this didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, the book has it’s moments, but it just doesn’t reach the level Brisingr set (IMO). The book begins well, keeps getting better steadily for ~200 pages and then the level just drops. If only I could be a bit more specific but I’m just a bit too afraid fo the banhammer to go into details. Just know this, the book isn’t half bad if you don’t expect too much from it, but for me, I visited this site daily for years to see if the publish date was revealed. Today, I skipped a few classes from school to read Inheritance and when I finished reading, I felt empty…The book would have been good if I hadn’t had so high expectations but after so much waiting, the book just failed satisfy my expectations.

        • Anonymous

          do you have msn or twitter mr santeri s? i would like to discuss this more haha! 😛 

        • Yup, definitely disagreeing with you on almost every level. Perhaps you read a different book, or you have a very different idea of good fiction. Who knows.

          • Also, please avoid posting spoilers for now. Many people haven’t even started reading.

          • Santeri S

            Well, TBH, if someone failed to notice all the warnings about spoilers, I’m not sure reading is right hobby for them but ok then. Was  a bit confused about you posting spoilers about the ending though…

          • Harisriaz111

            no offense mike but I think that those who are most close or er have met cp in person are the only ones who think the book’s completely satisfying.I wish u guyz had not been labouring under these delusions that the ending was good but it wasnt……completely shattered high hopes and expectations….after 3 yearz waiting that was definitely not what I had hoped for.Personally I’d give the book 7.5/10 .P.S (Hope i dont get banned as I said N0 OFFENSE TAKEN!)

          • Guest

            I know on this site you are a celebrity and pretty much a God, but surely you can’t tell a fellow fan what opinion to have because that person unlike you isn’t a complete sycophant. It really unfair of you,even as the owner of the site, to tell people what to think then be annoyed when someone does the same to you.

          • DragonsAreAwesome

            He wasn’t telling people what to think.  He was just stating his opinion like everyone else; the person can keep their opinion.  Anyways, people are going to be offended when others insult their favorite books. People can state their opinion but if they are going to be so harsh, there is nothing wrong with defending the book in question.   I wasn’t disappointed with Inheritance; it was really sad but amazing all the same.  I get angry too when people get so critical but that’s my opinion and I and everyone else has the right to share it.  You are being pretty insulting too.

          • Skas422

            Mike, 

            you honestly don’t think that there were parts of the book done too hastily or unimaginative?  Overall the book and the complete cycle were great, but too many questions and details left unanswered.  The Menoa Tree conclusion was cut short to say the least.  The ending was rushed.  The final battle, which involved 3 dragons and riders, was no epic battle at all.  This cycle began as Eragon and Saphira fought tooth, nail, claw, sword, magic, flight, and all against a powerful shade; than a pretty cool battle against Murtagh (sorry about the spelling) and Thorn.  The training with Oromis and Glaeder (spelling again) seemed pointless, for flight, sword fighting, and magic had no impact in the final battle.  I, like many, were waiting to read an awesome battle; but the battle of dragons and riders never happened besides in their minds — blah.   The ending is fine, if it didn’t feel hurried and incomplete.  Basically, it seemed if Eragon was saying **** off to everyone, I am leaving to take care of a new “tasks”.  If he is going to leave, than it should of been a peaceful and somewhat joyous leave, where he left it open that he might come back now again to visit friends and family.  Also, how can a dragon rider accept being the queen of a race; it does not fit well with the other 3 books.   (BTW) if your mad about the spoilers in this post; there were several of them posted well before I entered this site and began discussing the book with others.  Yes, it is wrong for us to disregard the spoiler alert; but people who have not read the book should not be reading spoilers if they did not want to ruin the book for themselves.

    • Anonymous

      dude, 🙁 Noo …. i’ve seen a lot of disapointed posts about it … 

      • FozMC

        it was actually good, so ignore em

      • The negative people are usually the most vocal. Ignore them: I’ve read the book and it is the best yet. There will always be people who whine. I just ignore them.

    • FozMC

      i thought it was really good. best of the series by far,

      although yes, the ending was  the one wrong

      • SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT! SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT! SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT! SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT! SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT! SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT! The ending was NOT wrong. Had she chosen to go, it would have broken her character. Arya has always put her people over her own desires, and had she gone back on this, everything she stood for in the books would have been shattered.

        • Keel

          Erm… Spoiler?!!

          • Sorry, but if you’re venturing through a comment thread discussing the last book, you should be aware that there will be spoilers. If we aren’t allowed to discuss the book here, where do we discuss it??

          • Keel

            Sorry but at the top you said that you were aware that people did not want to be spoiled and that people could discuss spoilers via twitter. Most comments were just people discussing when they were getting the book or what they generally thought of it. Even the one you replied to didn’t spoil anything, as you made it clear people were not to. I guess I just assumed that if any comments on the page would be ‘safe’ to read they would be yours, which is why I actually scrolled by a lot of other ones.

          • love

            He said SPOILERS like six times before the comment, Keel.

          • Keel

            Actually he added that afterwards BECAUSE of my comment. I wouldn’t have commented saying it was a spoiler if it had been clearly labelled as one.

        • Speedsk8

          hypocritical much

        • Pain12

          SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT!

        • noko

          SPOILERSPOILERSPOLIER…DON’T READ IF YOU ARE UNAWARE OF BOOK 4 ENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Eragon is a rider, although bound by the sense of duty he has, he should have just listened to his heart and stayed in ellesmera with arya and made the riders there.

    • I won’t say you’re wrong, as you’re entitled to your own opinion, but I waited eight years for this book to release. It’s been a large portion of my life for the past eight years and I’d say I know the books like the back of my hand now. I was incredibly satisfied and, as I walked to a meeting with some friends to discuss the book, could not think of one thing that left me dissatisfied.

      I do certainly disagree with your thoughts, and think you’re overreacting by a longshot, but you won’t get banned for that (obviously).

    • Also, I went through ALL of our comments, replies on Facebook, and
      messages we’ve got in on Twitter. Funny enough, I found NO negative
      comments except for the one person below. “I’ve heard lots of people not
      happy” — must be invisible. 😉

  • I’ll get mine on the 10th, I preordered it. But then again I still have 200 or so pages left of rereading Book 3… So I’m in no hurry

  • Marty N.

    I got the book right at midnight, I am now 3/4ths of the way through. I really like how it is going so far.

  • SaritaXx123

    got mine at 9am from Waterstones 😀 im so depressed at the thoght of it ending i havent got passed the pretty green map O.o

    • Anonymous

      pretty GREEN map? :S is it green? lol

    • EragonPwnage

      me too 🙁 I got it at 4:00 pm from waterstones and I still haven’t started it

  • Anonymous

    I have not gone mine yet :O Is it released for real? :S thought it was TONIGHT it was release? :S (In the UK i mean) i am writing this at 19:20 so …… *confused* lol

    • It released at 12:01am on the 8th, so it’s out in the UK.

  • ZoieB

    *cries* Amazon have only just sent it out to me about an hour ago! I won’t get mine for 2 days AT LEAST. Should have gone with express delivery….

    • Jcable2

      same here was promised by amazon that it will be here today, found out half an hour ago nope not untill the 10th. Very very upset here, never again will i prodered from amazon,

  • Anonymous

    ITS FINALLY HERE!!!! UPS GUY JUST DROPPED IT OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mcase19

      UPS GUY!? DID YOU PREORDER FROM BARNES AND NOBLE??? I NEED TO KNOW THIS! I NEED THE BOOK! I NEED IT!

  • Victoria

    a horrid ending…. =(

    • The Green dragon

      you finished it?

    • Odd that you say that, I thought it was an incredible ending. Sad, yes, but incredible.

      • Wapa

        too reminiscient of the return of the king ending

        • Again, I definitely disagree here.

        • Vilya

          I couldn’t agree with you more.  I thought that the first book was a little too Tolkienesk, but the ending of this book made me roll my eyes.  But the worst part was that he didn’t even really do a good job of it.  Frodo had to leave because there would be no peace for him if he didn’t.  Eragon didn’t have to leave.

      • Matt

        just reading it now, about 300 pages through…
        it’s good and filled with action but the style and book feels like it’s missing something.
        and the comments are supportive of what I’ve thought so far. But all the same it’s still great and I am enjoying it.

        • Matt

          Aren’t – typo

      • juvonne

        why did you like the ending I wanted Eragon Happy and I happy I felt like crying!!!!

      • jimmy browne

        I would say that ending was incredible too if I was making money of his series.

    • Anonymous

      this is what i’m afraid of…

  • The Green dragon

    ahhhh creepy part!!!!!!!!!1

  • Arya Dröttningu

    I will have my copy on a few days… and I want to know all now, but I don’t want to be spoiled, so… let’s wait patiently… I wish amazon send me the book son…

  • The Dark Lard 48

    Hey Mike could you give the Inheritance release date for Pakistan?

  • The Green dragon

    hey mike i bet your’re really proud you were thanked at the end of the book, with you name and webiste in it.

    • 🙂

      • FozMC

        I have read it, am I entitled to spoil it for everyone?

        • If you would like a ban, sure! ;P

          • guest

            mabey some people want to see some spoilers??????????????

  • The Green dragon

    ahhhh still no revelation!!!!!!!!!!

  • James_098

    i gotta say, i have the book and so far its great! Finally time to figure everything out!! 😀

  • Mr-x

    So this is the spoiler threaD?

    • Drew Ilik

      NO NO NO NO NO NO NON NON NON NON NONONONNONONONONNONONONONONONONNONONONONNO

  • Stenlkk

    I haven’t got my copy yet! It’s on it’s way. I ordered it online some days ago, and they sent it yesterday. I really, really, really, hope I get it tomorrow. I was so sad when it didn’t show up in my mailbox today 🙁

  • Mcase19

    does anybody know if Barnes and Noble ships out preorders early?

    • Computerfreak91

      I don’t know about Barnes and Nobles, but I know Amazon ships out preorders early. I believe it depends on the method of shipping you choose. I picked 2nd Day Air I will get it this afternoon.

    • Kodex

       I got it preordered from barnes and noble as well.  According to my order status it hasn’t even been shipped yet and it was supposed to be here today.  Go figure. 

      • Mcase19

        of course, why else would anybody preorder a book except to get it 3 days after the book comes out? it make common sence, just like how there is brail print on drive-up atm’s.

    • kt

      they don’t. i used to work for them. they’re pretty strict about not even opening the boxes of a strict on sale title until the release date.

  • saphira<3

    one word AMAZING!!!!!