Alfred A. Knopf
November 8th 2011
Young Adult | Fantasy
I thought it was interesting that there was a section at the beginning to sum up the first three books. It has been so long since you read those that you likely need some help remembering. At the same time it made me wonder how he could sum up thousands of pages in a handful.
So upset! I should have known better than to read this. But in the end I was seeking closure. A very mistaken desire since the closure offered was not to my liking. This book does not fit my idea of a happy ending. In fact after spending a week reading this I was left depressed for days.
I felt that Eragon and Murtaugh have each done great things and made great sacrifices which should allow them some measure of happiness. Nope. this ends far too realistically where misery is in great supply.
Outside the unsatisfying ending the book was decent. The biggest detraction throughout the book is too much information. There are a great number of contemplation moments or smelling the roses. It adds a note of reality to the character and world but doesn't help move the story along.
There are a lot of interesting moments and tons of fast paced bloodshed. In the end it just didn't feel worth my time to read it.