Book Name: Inheritance or The Vault of Souls
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher(s): Alfred A. Knopf
Release Date: November 2011
The final installment of the Inheritance Cycle or, what others call, the Eragon series, which fans have been waiting years to read. Christopher Paolini wrote this Cycle over 12 years, which he states is about half the time he has been alive at this point. As he grew he continued to write the lives of Eragon, Saphira, and so many others. Fans were allowed to witness the transformation of Paolini’s writing style and learn patience as his books slowly came to fruition.
The final installment, which was only told to fans existed as the book prior, Brisingr, came to the shelves itself; the Inheritance Cycle was originally supposed to be a trilogy, but Paolini found it very difficult to tell the story in such shortness and so decided to break it up into two books. From the size of the books themselves, he made the right decision.
Because of the lapse in time between the last two books, Paolini seemed to feel a Prologue of a recap of the prior books was needed. While it was very good to be reminded of a few things, it was very lengthy and perhaps went on for a bit too long. The first few chapters came with their own problems. It was almost painfully clear to see Paolini writing a few chapters and then putting the book aside to do other things and coming back to the book. Unfortunately, there were a few instances it was clear he did not reread what he had already written as he tended to repeat things he had said in a previous or couple chapters prior. Thankfully, this seemed to correct itself later on in the story as the chapters became longer.
When more action became apparent there was less repeating and much more moving forward with the story. At this point it was easier to be loss within the story and there were many hours slipping pass unnoticed.
While the first part of the book had me worried, the last three-fourths of the book was superbly written and left you wishing there was more. He cleanly tied up loose ends, visited a few old areas which had not been touched on in a book or two, and ended the book on a very resounding end note. It was beautifully written and enjoyable to read.
There is a note from Christopher Paolini at the very end stating he will not abandon the world Alagaësia, as he has “put too much time and effort into building this world, and at some point in the future, [he] will return to it.” Hopefully, this is true as there are many things which could be done with the characters and the world to make even short stories.