Inheritance by Christopher Paolini Review

by Christopher Paolini
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult


Title: Inheritance

Author: Christopher Paolini

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: November 2011

Overall: 3* out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

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 chance.

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.


It doesn’t say it on the hardback cover, but on the title page, Inheritance is also called “The Vault of Souls.” If that doesn’t send a thrill up your little invertebrate bookworm spine, I don’t know what will. If you are the astute reader that I think you are, you’ve come to your own conclusions about the Vault of Souls and then, as I did, faced your own significant confusion as those conclusions were shot down in Brisingr. Without giving any spoilers, I can say that the Vault of Souls portion of Inheritance is everything we hoped it would be, and more. I just wish that more of the book had been dedicated to the background, explanation, and time that Eragon spent actually experiencing the whole Vault of Souls thing.

What Inheritance didn’t lack though, was action scenes. Due to this book being the conclusion of a story that Paolini built up over the course of years, it’s not surprising to find massive chunks of the book devoted to battle scenes between the rebels and Galbatorix’s soldiers. Normally, I enjoy the style of writing each chapter from another character’s point of view, but when those character view chapters shift from important to monotonous events and then back again, it becomes frustrating. This is even more frustrating when the chapters switch to the dragons’ points of view, which are unfortunately still just as irritatingly hyphenated and one-dimensional as they were in Brisingr.

Thankfully, Paolini resolved the Galbatorix vs Eragon confrontation in a surprising way, which barely connected to anything previously read in the series. Despite being the last book in the Inheritance series, Paolini left a lot of open plotlines. Could there be another book in the works? According to Paolini’s website, linked below, he does plan on including another book; hopefully that brings some closure to the many characters left twisting in the wind.

* I’m still figuring out my internal rating system for reviewing, so I apologize for my potentially misleading scores. Since finishing Inheritance, I’ve moved on to greener pastures and have reconsidered how well I might be able to give accurate ratings based on a whole-number five-point scale. I’d prefer to rate this book as a high 2, perhaps a 2.8. In that case, I figure I should round up to a 3. In the future, I will be more discriminating. Thanks for traversing my learning curve with me!


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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