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Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Epic tale concludes in battle- and blood-filled saga.

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This book is amazing yes it can be boring at time's but come on. He made the first book in high school imagine how young he was when he wrote this he hasn't hit his peek yet and he is making another book. Yes, there's drinking,smoking, and death a lot of death but those thing make this book. having mature themes in a tween to teen book is different and amazing. I know it seems like over do but i am reading this for my 8th time and i am still finding little secrets. They ending leaves us wanting more that is why i can't wait for the 5th book.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (23 ):

There's no question that author Christopher Paolini is able to tell an entertaining story; INHERITANCE is very readable and full of adventure. But that adventure is stretched out over more than 800 pages, too many of which are spent inside Eragon's head as he mulls over some decision or another, practices his swordplay, or moons over Arya. And at this point, Paolini has made Eragon so nearly perfect -- he's a killing machine, he's a powerful magician, he makes the right decisions in a crisis, and he doesn't even really need to sleep -- that he's a little bit boring; it's hard to be worried that he won't prevail in the end. The more humanly flawed Roran and Murtagh are often more compelling.

Inheritance has some very exciting set pieces, and it brings Paolini's Lord of the Rings-and-Star Wars-influenced saga to a mostly satisfying conclusion, but it also leaves some key questions and plot points unresolved -- which is frustrating after bearing with the story through four doorstopper-sized tomes. But the book also leaves the door open for more adventures in Alagaesia, so perhaps we haven't quite seen the last of Eragon and Saphira after all ...

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