Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
( Cycle, Book 4)

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Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


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 much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.



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About Christopher Paolini

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Christopher Paolini is the author of three other bestselling novels about Alagaësia: Inheritance is the fourth and final volume in the cycle. Christopher lives in Montana, where the natural landscape has been a major inspiration in the creation of his stories. You can find out more about Christopher and the Inheritance cycle at alagaesia.com.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 882 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Tucking in well-developed side plots, elaborate set pieces, internecine squabbles, extraneous characters, piles of corpses and, toward the end, even oblique allusions to sex (dragon sex, anyway), Paolini moves his tale along with all deliberate speed to its properly explosive, massively destructi...

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The Guardian

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It is probably best if you have read the earlier books as it jumps right into the story and has several references to past events like the battle of the burning plains.

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The Guardian

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I have recently read the latest and last book in the Eragon quadrilogy which is about a farm boy called Eragon who stumbles across a dragon egg and becomes a Dragon Rider.

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Publishers Weekly

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Almost 10 years after Paolini self-published Eragon in 2002, he concludes the epic saga of the Inheritance Cycle with this thick fourth volume, the longest yet in the series.

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BC Books

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I had no intention of reading the Inheritance series or becoming a fan of Christopher Paolini. I was...

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BC Books

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I've begun to notice a worrying trend in fantasy novels these days. It seems like more and more peop...

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BC Books

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The most pressing of those questions was how the hero of the series, Eragon, and his dragon Saphira, were going to overcome the evil king Galbatorix who ruled Alagaesia with an iron fist.

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BC Books

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For Paolini, I fear the answer is “no, Alagaësia just ain’t worth it.” Due to Paolini’s weakened and superfluous structure, I found myself an uncommitted reader.

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BC Books

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His ultimate growth and a key underlying theme is around the notion of self-awareness and inner calm: Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3

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Examiner

The final book of the Inheritance Cycle by YA writer Christopher Paolini, aptly titled Inheritance, proves to be a fitting send-off for the much-loved series, though a few points of contention still remain for some fans of the books.

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Examiner

Christopher Paolini was 15 years old when he started writing what would become an epic four part series called “Inheritance Cycle.” He has won numerous awards for his work and his dedication is an inspiration to aspiring writers everywhere.

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Examiner

It began with Eragon and now ends in Inheritance (2011).

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The Washington Post

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Common Sense Media

It will take all of Eragon's skills -- plus help from his many allies, including his cousin Roran, the elf maiden Arya, and the wise dragon Glaedr -- to succeed against Galbatorix and his chief henchman, Eragon's half-brother Murtagh.

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Fantasy Book Review

The first three books in The Inheritance Cycle have sold over 25 million copies worldwide, including more than 4 million copies in the UK and Export markets.

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Fantasy Book Review

The book was worth a read for anybody who's read the previous books, even if they hated Brisngr like I myself.

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Deseret News

Christopher Paolini will be signing "Inheritance," the final book in the series, in Salt Lake City and Orem on Dec. 1 and in Provo on Dec. 2.

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Seattle PI

This is a book for young children (good readers only), teens, and adults alike, though be prepared to fall behind on a few other things while you're reading it, since it's not something you can start and stop lightly.

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Seattle PI

For along with the announcement of its forthcoming publication came the news that the series was being extended to a fourth book as the author hadn't been able to find a way to finish it in three books.

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Kidz World

Good battles evil once and for all in Christopher Paolini’s fourth and final installment of his teen fantasy series, The Inheritance Cycle.

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It will take all of Eragon's skills -- plus help from his many allies, including his cousin Roran, the elf maiden Arya, and the wise dragon Glaedr -- to succeed against Galbatorix and his chief henchman, Eragon's half-brother Murtagh.

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Tynga's Reviews

Inheritance is the fourth (and final) book in the Eragon series, so I can’t guarantee that there won’t be spoilers for the first three books in this review.

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Reading Teen

It's a great series, no matter what some people might say, but if I have to read the other books of the series, I have to re-read all the books because I would be quickly lost.

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Read. Breathe. Relax.

I think he could have done a better job if the series had been five or six books instead of four, but because he gave his readers a promise of three books, and then tricked us, and turned to four, it would have looked terrible had he gotten to the end of Inheritance and simply said, “Hey guys, so...

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Cracking the Cover

“INHERITANCE,” by Christopher Paolini, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Nov. 8, 2011, $27.99 (ages 12 and up).

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Great Kid Books

Luca, Sebastiaan and others have discovered the magic of books by reading the Inheritance Cycle.

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The Readiacs

Book Three continues to raise the reader’s suspense, as he or she will have to patiently wait for Book Four to continue and conclude the “Inheritance Cycle.” This is a must read for lovers of the fantasy genre.

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Leap In The Dark

Yet I'm inclined to think that even if I had read Eragon (the first book) and Eldest (the second) as separate editions it wouldn't have mattered.

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