Inheritance

By Christopher Paolini

Dec 12, 2011 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Linda Tong

Genre: Fantasy

Number of pages: 880

What’s the basic story line?

After difficult months of training and battles, Eragon and Saphira are finally getting close to Ura'baen, the capital of Alagaesia, where the evil King Galbatorix awaits them. The book starts with the Battle of Belatona, where Eragon captures the city with Varden, a group of rebels. At Dras-Leona, Eragon and Arya are captured while trying to attack the city, but their old friends Angela and Solembum save them, and they destroy most of the city. During the journey, Eragon makes an amazing discovery of more than 200 dragon eggs and many Eldunari (crystals inside a dragon's body that contain their consciousness) at the Vault of the Souls. After some challenging battles, the team finally reaches the capital and confronts King Galbatorix. They destroy Galbatorix with a spell, and use the energy of the Eldunari to make Galbatorix understand his crimes. The book ends with Eragon establishing a new plan for Alagaesia and saying farewell to Arya, as she becomes the new Queen of the Elves.

Are the characters believable?

The characters are believable because, throughout the book, I always understood their feelings, and I could relate to them. For example, I understood how Eragon felt when had to leave Arya in the end. They were together for a long time, and I know how difficult it is to say farewell to a beloved friend.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book a 7. The book is suspenseful, with a mix of some magic and fantasy, and I couldn’t put it down. I also liked the way the author includes many details that helped me to create vivid images of the characters and places in my mind. But in the end, many questions were left unanswered, which I found a little disappointing. I think kids who like fantasy novels and dragons will enjoy this book.