Characters are forced to use more than brute strength to accomplish their goals – a refreshing departure from what I expected.Reading the last half of “Inheritance,” I felt like a young teenager enjoying “Eragon” for the first time.If Terry Brooks and Ted Dekker can crank out multiple, well-written 400-page novels within one year, more than three years is ridiculous for an 850-page book.
“Inheritance” is also crippled by bloat – the same sort of bloat that afflicts almost all of Robert Jordan’s later work.
There comes a time when every writer must sacrifice subplots and extraneous characters in the name of the greater story.
The polytheistic dwarves get their turn in “Brisingr” – culminating with what seems to be the manifestation of a deity at a dwarven coronation ceremony.
In “Inheritance,” the spotlight turns to rebel leader Nasuada’s monotheism.
And I am happy to report that it vastly surpassed my expectations.
“Inheritance” picks up immediately after “Brisingr.” Young warrior Eragon and his mentally-linked dragon, Saphira, are finally beginning their campaign against evil King Galbatorix.
There are some interesting worldview touches sprinkled throughout the entire series.
“Eragon” briefly mentions the beliefs of Eragon’s fellow villagers (a kind of primitive animism), while “Eldest” highlights the atheism of the elves.
Occasionally, “Inheritance” lapses into beautiful moments of deep reverie.
The joy and mystery of an undiscovered world shines through, drawing the reader’s attention away from dull political diatribes and endless spell casting.