This deluxe edition of the spellbinding conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle includes:'A glimpse at life in Alaga'sia after the final scene of the seriesNever-before-seen art by the authorA new scene within the storyA note to readers from the author'Not so very long ago, Eragonmdash;Shadeslayer, Dragon Ridermdash;was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to hope. But can'they topple the evil king Galbatorix and restore justice to Alaga'sia? And if so, at what cost?
Almost 10 years after Paolini self-published Eragon in 2002, he concludes the epic saga of the Inheritance Cycle with this thick fourth volume, the longest yet in the series. With Eragon, his dragon Saphira, and their many allies poised to do final battle against the evil emperor Galbatorix, there is still plenty of unfinished business to wrap up. Cities need to be liberated, enemy leaders (including Eragon's half-brother Murtagh) must be dealt with, prophecies await fulfillment, and a few game-changing secrets will be revealed. In full Tolkienesque style, Paolini luxuriates in excess details, side quests, and a lengthy denouement in which every last thread is wrapped up. The solidly entertaining plot is fleshed out with defining moments for every major character and a sense of completion (temporary or permanent) for all involved. While this final chapter is bogged down by an almost obsessive complexity with regard to the world-building, Paolini leaves readers with the satisfaction of a journey's end, along with the promise of new beginnings. It's a can't-miss for fans and completionists, and a worthy end to the story. Ages 12-up. (Nov.) � Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Knopf Books for Young Readers
November 09, 2010
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