Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
The book opens in mid battle where Eragon and the Varden are taking a city called Belatona. In the midst of the battle, a soldier attempts to attack Saphira with a weapon called a Dauthdaert – one of the few weapons able of killing a dragon and withstand magic. As the novel progresses, the Varden progress from city to city, conquering in various different ways and meeting difficulties along the way. With each victory, they move closer to Urû’baen and Eragon moves closer to the challenge that only he and his dragon can accomplish – to defeat the corrupt King Galbatorix.
This novel has various different unexpected twists and turns in it – some of which I liked and some of which I didn’t. At times I felt that Paolini was trying to hand the fate of his characters to them on a platter – too many good things happen that take away the former despair and sense of dread felt in past novels to the point where the novel became predictable and cliché which was boring. I find it dull when hope is handed to people on a platter and although I did enjoy this novel – even if I was quite keen to get it finished – I found the writing style below me (too simple, clearly aimed at kids, I’m an adult I’ve grown out of that) and the plotline too predictable, too hopeful and the ending was disappointing…nevertheless, a reasonable end to the series.