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Inheritance
by Christopher Paolini
Random, $27.99, 880pp
Release Date: November 8, 2011

From the book flap: “It began with Eragon

It ends with Inheritance

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the spellbinding conclusion to Christopher Paolini’s worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.”

This has been a long journey from Paolini’s 2002 self-published Eragon to this, the concluding chapter in his series. After the early promise of his first novel this conclusion seems rushed, unfocused and in serious need of an editor. Plus, after all the hundreds of pages I found the ending to be unpleasant and a let-down, though in fairness my neighbor, age 17, thought it a wonderful book and great conclusion to the series. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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