Or the Vault of Souls

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The young Dragon Rider Eragon must finally confront the evil king Galbatorix to free Alagaesia from his rule once and for all.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375856112
Characteristics: 860 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Vault of souls.


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Feb 04, 2018

The ending to the Inheritance Cycle, and a true must read.

You can see how much Eragon has changed since the first book, more confident, strong, wiser, and more mature. It is very deep, and has a twist that might be obvious, but is also surprising. The ending chapters were not as active as the rest of the book, but being the end of the series, it's understandable that it would be slower paced. Still a magnificent book and series. The ending is so sad. I almost cry just thinking about it.

I dearly want Christopher Paolini to write another book including Eragon, Saphira, Arya, and Firnen, even if they are only secondary characters. Like teachers. And of course Angela would be there.

It is a beautiful series, and the world of Alagaesia needs to be explored more, it is too magnificent to be forgotten.

I did find some misspellings and grammar errors, but it is an 849 page book, what can you expect?

Atra du evarinya ono varda.
Eka elrun ono, Paolini, wiol thornessa.
Sé ono waise ilia.
Sé ono sverdar sitja hvass, Shur'tugal.

Aug 02, 2017

This was by far the best book. The long, repetitive battles of its predecessor are gone, and the fighting pays better attention to inner thoughts and emotions. Although I guessed what was in the Vault of Souls in the middle of Brisingr, it still was a nice twist. I really started to like most of the characters, and I gained a much better understanding of Nasuada. The climax seemed a bit forced, though, and it didn't seem likely that Eragon could have cast that spell so easily. It seemed like too easy a way out. Also, it never really seemed like Saphira and Firnen got to know each other that much before falling in love, and Firnen was still pretty young. Although they're dragons, so I suppose it works differently for them. I liked that it was realistic in the sense that not all their troubles were over after defeating Galbatorix, and that everyone didn't yield to Nasuada easily. Those things would happen were this to be a real political situation. I also really liked that the Urgals became so developed. In the first and most of the second book, they were just portrayed as brutish monsters, but now I can see that they have a whole culture and moral values. No society is pure evil, so I thought that this was very good for the story. Overall, great book!

Jul 26, 2017

the ending broke my heart. Such a good book.

sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 10/10
Although Inheritance was even longer than the other books in the series, it was better-paced so that it didn't lag as much as, I felt, the middle two did at times. A LOT happened, and it really kept me turning pages. There were a lot of surprises that kept me emotionally engaged, and the PoV shifts were both effective and infuriating.
The ending affected me very strongly. I cried because I was so shocked by some of the resolutions, and at the end I was overwhelmed by the complexity of emotions Eragon presented. I could not even close the book for a full five minutes after I finished.

Jul 07, 2017

In the end of the book, I nearly cried! Christopher Paolini wove feelings into me from the other three books. The sad end used those feelings to almost make me cry.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 22, 2017

Great ending to this series! Resolutions to a lot of the issues from previous books, and appearances from several characters we'd seen before. Paolini's writing improved quite a bit over the course of the series, and is very good in this last book. Looking forward to more work by him!

Jan 14, 2017

to be honest, the ending could have a little more work. i was left with an empty feeling that made me just want to curl up and die. ti[p: leave the last 60 pages and leave it to your imagination. i was suprised that angela's fortune did NOT come true. i was expecting more of an better ending after an 2500 page series. i thought that the gravity of the book wasnt that great, alagesia was just insignificant compared to the world. Star Wars had more at stake, but LOTR was just boring

Dec 18, 2016

I cried. I'll admit it. I cried SO HARD. This was an intricate, beautifully woven tale of dragons and ancient lands, and I loved every single letter of it. The author has such a gift with words that the first and hardest time I cried, it wasn't for the ending, or any of the deaths. No, it was when Eragon and the dragons finally cast the ultimate spell which defeated him. It touched me as of one of the most ingenious and touching ways to triumph over Galbatorix. I also liked how it wasn't just sunshine and rainbows after they vanquished him. They had to decide on who was the ruler after Galbatorix died, and there wasn't complete harmony between the races. One of the very few things I was disappointed with included Thorn and Murtagh. The reasons they gave for leaving weren't very good, and I though him and Eragon were close enough that they would try to contact them before leaving forever. Plus, why would Saphira choose Firnen? I mean, he wasn't very old, and I would have thought that Thorn was more likely to be picked. And that leaves us to the subject of...

WHY DIDN'T ARYA AND ERAGON END UP TOGETHER? CURSE THE LACK OF SPACE IN ALAGAESIA! That comment would make more sense if you read the book. But what happened to the "epic romance" Angela foretold would happen? Like, Arya FINALLY decides to return his feelings and Eragon FINALLY decides to not act like a lovesick fool. THEN when they FINALLY decide to (maybe) be together, Arya has to stay and Eragon has to go far, far away because OF THE LACK OF SPACE AND DISTANCE. That made me want to !!!!!!!! And what happens to Nasuada and Murtagh? I thought they CARED about each other?

Basically, I am very disappointed in the relationship or lack thereof between a LOTof people. But at least Roran and Katrina get their happy ending. But that crazy woman, Bridget? I'm not sure WHAT her name is, but she is crazy. Just because thanks to Roran's decision to do whatever, her husband dies and she wants revenge DURING THE HAPPY ENDING WHEN never mind. Spoilers ensue if I continue.

But the cliffhanger! I just want a happy ending for the MAIN CHARACTERS. But overall, I would not have missed it for the WORLD.

Jul 27, 2016

The epic finale to the Inheritance Cycle, Inheritance follows the violent pattern of its three predecessors and includes a many deaths and fights that are gory, graphic, very violent, and sometimes torturous. The general things about its predecessors that people love are existent in this conclusion- it is full of action, exciting, full of suspense, and a very, very large amount of detail. Characters in the book have been developed well enough that in Inheritance, many of the events that occur do not change the reader’s perspective of a character. However, the book is unnecessarily lengthy with huge descriptions regarding the protagonist’s feelings, minor actions, or thoughts. Readers will be frustrated with the amounts of information that they are forced to process. The protagonist also has little notable flaws, his character having been developed to the point of near perfection- this makes it less interesting and makes the entire story less tense, because of the expectation of success. The final conclusion at the end of this book can be considered both satisfying and disappointing- the cliff hanger it leaves, but written with style, can leave lasting, conflicting impressions about the series. Rated 4/5.
- @interneuron of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 04, 2016

This is my favourite sci-fi/fantasy book of all times. Brilliantly written and suspenseful.The ending of this novel was unexpected for me.

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Brandon97_ Jul 08, 2014

“It's impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments.”

Jul 30, 2013

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Apr 17, 2012

Before he could suggest a new topic, a loud scream rang out from some where in the middle of the camp. The cry echoed three times over the rows of tents before fading into silence.
Eragon looked at Angela, and she at him, and they both began to laugh.


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May 20, 2013

Violence: Okay, well, it can be a bit gory of some sort. It doesn't really bother me, but to others it may.

Apr 11, 2013

Violence: It didn't really bother me, but some people might find it a little gory.


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