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Reviews for Inheritance Cycle Omnibus: Eragon and Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle):

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Nov 17, 2015

I feel as though this series is one whereby only the generation it was brought into enjoyed it.

I will admit these are not my favourite dragon stories, but as I’ve always had a love for dragon stories I’m one of those people who enjoyed the books somewhat. That being said, the first book was probably the only one that I really enjoyed.

As a whole if you love a good dragon story they’re worth a read if you’re willing to go in with a mind free of negative reviews otherwise you’ll be picking up on I feel as though this series is one whereby only the generation it was brought into enjoyed it.

I will admit these are not my favourite dragon stories, but as I’ve always had a love for dragon stories I’m one of those people who enjoyed the books somewhat. That being said, the first book was probably the only one that I really enjoyed.

As a whole if you love a good dragon story they’re worth a read if you’re willing to go in with a mind free of negative reviews otherwise you’ll be picking up on things you’d probably be able to overlook otherwise. ...more
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Sep 29, 2011

I loved it. I have already started Brisinger and the 4th book will be headed my way as soon as it is released Tuesday. Had to add this one the the favorites shelf and hopefully the other two will find their way there as well.
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Nov 30, 2011

Eragon:

I found this treasure during my junior year of high school, recommended by a fellow classmate in science class. I picked it up,intrigued by the idea of an epic adventure, and was not disappointed in the least. I remember diving into its pages on the bus after school, completely lost in the world Paolini created. Having never been a real fan of the LOTR book series (though i loved the movies) I was wary of any novel of the same genre, but this book left me enraptured and eagerly Eragon:

I found this treasure during my junior year of high school, recommended by a fellow classmate in science class. I picked it up,intrigued by the idea of an epic adventure, and was not disappointed in the least. I remember diving into its pages on the bus after school, completely lost in the world Paolini created. Having never been a real fan of the LOTR book series (though i loved the movies) I was wary of any novel of the same genre, but this book left me enraptured and eagerly anticipating what would happen next. Eragon's emotions to the things that happen are incredibly relate-able and you find yourself rooting for him (and his awesome dragon, who by the way is incredibly intelligent and witty) very early on. All in all, it is on my favorite's list for a reason and I never get tired of reading it over and over again.

Eldest:

I had forgotten how much I like this book. Eragon's story intrigued me from the beginning and I wanted to see where it led. It begins right where the first left off, in the dwarf capital in the midst of an ambush. After sustaineing considerable losses, Eragon and Saphira travel to Ellesmera, t home of the elves to continue their training in both the fighting arts and magic. Meanwhile, the book also focuses on the happenings of Eragon's cousin and the trials he faces. The ending caught me by surprise and left me with a thousand questions and no answers...at least until I read the the third book. Overall it was another exciting adventure from the pen of Christopher Paolini. ...more
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Aug 06, 2008

I had a really hard time with how bad the writing was in the first novel - Ben and I were reading this aloud while driving, and I kept interrupting with exclamations of dismay. (Really, how many times can something be described as 'liquid silver'? And how many chapters do you need to end with someone being hit on the back of the heading and blacking out?)
Given the lack of resolution at the end of the first book, however, and given that I had the second right there in my hands, I continued on. I had a really hard time with how bad the writing was in the first novel - Ben and I were reading this aloud while driving, and I kept interrupting with exclamations of dismay. (Really, how many times can something be described as 'liquid silver'? And how many chapters do you need to end with someone being hit on the back of the heading and blacking out?)
Given the lack of resolution at the end of the first book, however, and given that I had the second right there in my hands, I continued on. Paolini's writing does improve, thankfully. And there were some satisfying climaxes at the end, though with enough left hanging that I could see eventually reading the third, once it comes out. Though I probably won't be rushing to do so. ...more
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Mar 30, 2018

Eldest was a grabbing, action packed sequel to the first novel. The story line only got more interesting and characters more complex. Eragon was pushed more and more out of his comfort-zone and each time came an even more striking outcome. I enjoyed the character development as well, by the end of the book I had a complete different picture of the character than at the beginning. Overall, this novel is an engaging and fascinating read and I would highly recommend it to a friend.
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Mar 25, 2008

My favourite books so far, though I know I have much more to read. I can't wait for the third one, and I've already read these both twice, but I like Eragon quite a lot more.
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Apr 18, 2008

I started reading Eragon with my kids and got totally sucked into the story. It is full of imagination and plot- unlike the movie. Can't wait to read the 3rd one together.
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Apr 04, 2017

I finished Eragon, and I had really liked it, so I began to read Inheritance, but I didn’t finish it. I thought it was because it had been a bad book, but I had honestly gforgotten why, so I recently started re-reading and I just finished it, and I actually really liked it.
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Dec 26, 2009

Finished the Eragon section 02-06-10
Can't wait to find out what happens next!!! Very upset with myself for letting the size of the 2 books together in one volume keep me from reading this for so long. So far, could be one of my favorite!!!


Started reading Eldest 12-109-11
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Sep 27, 2008

A little long and wordy, but I liked them. I guess my only complaint is that at times you can really tell they were written by a teenager, but still I was impressed. There is no way I would have been able to write books like these when I was seventeen.
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Jan 09, 2008

Excellent books (don't let the movie delude you, the book is so much better). I did like the second, Eldest, every better than the first. However, if you are like me and don't like waiting for the next in a series, the third book isn't scheduled to come out until next September and then who knows when the fourth and supposedly final book will be release. Science fiction well written.
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Feb 13, 2008

I loved Eragon from the start. It flowed and had a great pace to it. It was fun and different from anything I'd read in a while. I really liked it so I was excited to read Eldest when it came out. Eldest was a disappointment. It was almost as if the author had one idea when he started (was supposed to be part of a trilogy) and then realized he could sell more books by stretching things out to four books and kind of patched the second book together sloppily. It was not as fast-paced as Eragon and I loved Eragon from the start. It flowed and had a great pace to it. It was fun and different from anything I'd read in a while. I really liked it so I was excited to read Eldest when it came out. Eldest was a disappointment. It was almost as if the author had one idea when he started (was supposed to be part of a trilogy) and then realized he could sell more books by stretching things out to four books and kind of patched the second book together sloppily. It was not as fast-paced as Eragon and I tended to lose interest as the book wore on. In fact, I probably won't even bother reading the last two books in the series. The author should have stuck with his original plan for a trilogy rather than struggle to make it into a quadrology or whatever it is called. So four stars to Eragon but two to Eldest. ...more
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Aug 17, 2008

I started reading this because I won it at the Breaking Dawn release party and it happened to be upstairs while I was searching for something to read.
Someone told me this book (these books) wasn't very well written so I hadn't been going out of my way... Anyway, it was definitely clunky in the beginning, felt a little thesaurusy, if you know what I mean, and a few of the ideas in the story got off to a rocky beginning (all the sudden something the main character could do something that really I started reading this because I won it at the Breaking Dawn release party and it happened to be upstairs while I was searching for something to read.
Someone told me this book (these books) wasn't very well written so I hadn't been going out of my way... Anyway, it was definitely clunky in the beginning, felt a little thesaurusy, if you know what I mean, and a few of the ideas in the story got off to a rocky beginning (all the sudden something the main character could do something that really didn't make sense, nor was it explained very well) but I do give him credit where credit is due - there's no way I could write like this now, let alone at 15. I feel like his writing definitely improved dramatically over time and even though he borrows storyline aspects from a lot of older works I liked the story pretty well. ...more
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Dec 31, 2007

This book starts out with a boy named Eragon. When he found an egg which hatch into a Dragon, he was pulled into an adventure that change his life instantly. While in it, he had met some people such as Brom a so called merchant and Murtagh a mysterious warrrior. Each one has a past realted to him. With the help of hsi dragan Saphira bonded to me in a certain way, he travels to Vaden territory to take shelter against the evil king of an empire. He late discovered his true abilities in a battle This book starts out with a boy named Eragon. When he found an egg which hatch into a Dragon, he was pulled into an adventure that change his life instantly. While in it, he had met some people such as Brom a so called merchant and Murtagh a mysterious warrrior. Each one has a past realted to him. With the help of hsi dragan Saphira bonded to me in a certain way, he travels to Vaden territory to take shelter against the evil king of an empire. He late discovered his true abilities in a battle to save to rebellion against the King.
A very imaginative story; it seems to talk to to you in a certain way like a teacher or guide about life. It is also very emotional in some part where some of teh people closest to Eragon dies. This reminds me part of what makes a good story; something which you can make the reader relate to or feel for. It also kept you worried aobut Eragon because he was always accoplishing task that seem impossible and ended up very lucky. ...more
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Apr 01, 2008

alright, here goes my first review ever, bear with me if it's terrible! These books, Eragon and Eldest, are decent books for being written by a 15 year old, but they do have flaws. As a die hard Lord of the Rings fan, this series seems to take a lot from LOTR. I actually have a theory that the Eragon series takes place many years after the LOTR trilogy, but we won't get into the details of that now. The reading is easy, and flows nicely, Paolini does a good job of keeping the reader involved. alright, here goes my first review ever, bear with me if it's terrible! These books, Eragon and Eldest, are decent books for being written by a 15 year old, but they do have flaws. As a die hard Lord of the Rings fan, this series seems to take a lot from LOTR. I actually have a theory that the Eragon series takes place many years after the LOTR trilogy, but we won't get into the details of that now. The reading is easy, and flows nicely, Paolini does a good job of keeping the reader involved. The last book in the series, Brisinger, is due out September 28 2008, so we'll have to see how the story ends. as it stands now,This is my prediction, it looks like it will climax with the destruction of the ruthless enemy king and Eragon will be raised up on the new throne and married to the elf of his dreams, sort of a Hollywood ending. Of course there will be a twist, which i predict will be the dragon, Saphiera, kicking the bucket. well thats all i have as far as random ramblings, thanks for reading. ...more
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Apr 14, 2015

cannot believe it has taken me two years to get around to reading the second book in the Inheritance Cycle. The book begins with Eragon and Saphria traveling to Ellesmera to complete their dragon rider training amongst the elves. But while they try to fit decades of training in to mere weeks and months, we learn about Eragon 's cousin Roran as he attempts to protect the mountain community from the Empire. While I found the book enjoyable to read but is pales in comparison to other fantasy cannot believe it has taken me two years to get around to reading the second book in the Inheritance Cycle. The book begins with Eragon and Saphria traveling to Ellesmera to complete their dragon rider training amongst the elves. But while they try to fit decades of training in to mere weeks and months, we learn about Eragon 's cousin Roran as he attempts to protect the mountain community from the Empire. While I found the book enjoyable to read but is pales in comparison to other fantasy novels. Having said that the book was an easy read, and a great sequel to the first book.

"Life is both pain and pleasure. If this is the price you must for the hours you enjoy, is it too much?"

By far my favourite characters are Arya and Saphria, they are more than happy to put Eragon in his place, which needs to happen often enough for it to create two brilliant - dare I say - sassy characters. Well sort of. I am not sure whether I will bother with the next books as it was not compelling enough to make me want to read it over other books on my reading list. ...more
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Oct 19, 2015

The books Eragon and Eldest were . . . Interesting to say the least, though I did enjoy the storyline. The books just seemed a bit, well, plagiarized. When I read the story all I could think of is Star Wars. I mean a boy who believes his parents to be dead is taken under the wing of an old mysterious man. The old mysterious man just so happens to be skilled in many different areas and teaches the boy everything he knows. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Just wait, it gets better. The boys dead dad? The books Eragon and Eldest were . . . Interesting to say the least, though I did enjoy the storyline. The books just seemed a bit, well, plagiarized. When I read the story all I could think of is Star Wars. I mean a boy who believes his parents to be dead is taken under the wing of an old mysterious man. The old mysterious man just so happens to be skilled in many different areas and teaches the boy everything he knows. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Just wait, it gets better. The boys dead dad? He just so happens to be the evil bad guy. If that isn’t similar to Star Wars I don’t know what is.
Another problem I had with this story was a feeling of old age with it. I felt too old to read this story, as if it were meant for someone much younger than I. To sum it up, It was an easy read for me. The only challenge would be learning the ancient language. He used simple words and phrases, not to mention the characters were bland. I mean, there was nothing special about Eragon. He just so happened to be the ‘chosen one’, or whatever you want to call it. All in all he was the stereotypical hero of the story. I mean a guy who can do everything on his own ‘like a big boy’. It’s silly. There’s really no point to making such an overused character. If you do decide to carry on and read this book, may the force be with you. ...more
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Jun 12, 2018

This is by far my favorite book series I have ever read, it's about a kid named Eragon who finds a dragon egg. It is a very well-written book.
5

Feb 28, 2019

Eragon is an eccentric tale of a young relatable farm boy from carvahall. This book will leave you wanting more with all of its twists and turns and cliffhangers. If your looking for a good read thats excititing from starting to end, choose Eragon.
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Feb 02, 2019

I read some reviews saying this book is a copy of lotr. That is an extreme exaggeration. There are elements(such as the presence of elves and dwarves) and moments(such as one moment during the main battle) that surely reminded me of lotr. But this book holds its own by far. There are very unique elements to this book, one major one being a connection to your own dragon. I enjoyed the style of writing, there were some very picturesque scenes that still stand in my mind. I didn't enjoy the book as I read some reviews saying this book is a copy of lotr. That is an extreme exaggeration. There are elements(such as the presence of elves and dwarves) and moments(such as one moment during the main battle) that surely reminded me of lotr. But this book holds its own by far. There are very unique elements to this book, one major one being a connection to your own dragon. I enjoyed the style of writing, there were some very picturesque scenes that still stand in my mind. I didn't enjoy the book as much as my husband, who has read the series many times, but i looked forward to reading more every night. It was a bit long, which he enjoyed more than I. The story surprised me at times, i felt like things were explained and made sense. I felt like the story was very well thought out. I had a few character gripes, a few of the main characters had a similar bold and reckless streak that got on my nerves, seeing as they could of got people killed. Some parts of war and character choices were a little too harsh and real for me, i do like fantasy as a way to escape reality... But i'm sure I will come back to the series to finish it to see what happens. ...more
4

Nov 07, 2018

i read this as a young teenager and plan to re-read to give a more knowledgeable in-depth review, I enjoyed the premise of this book and fell in love with Saphira and Eragon, and the world.

However, one thing that I will always remember were the boring and unnecessary Dwarf Politics that too many chapters are focused on, I liked the concept of the dwarf city in the mountains, but as a teenager more interested in the adventure and action, made me roll my eyes. I felt like they were there just as i read this as a young teenager and plan to re-read to give a more knowledgeable in-depth review, I enjoyed the premise of this book and fell in love with Saphira and Eragon, and the world.

However, one thing that I will always remember were the boring and unnecessary Dwarf Politics that too many chapters are focused on, I liked the concept of the dwarf city in the mountains, but as a teenager more interested in the adventure and action, made me roll my eyes. I felt like they were there just as fillers and felt they were mostly unnecessary . ...more
5

May 26, 2017

I loved this book. Paolini created an entire world full of mythical beings who have actual character unlike other books. He has given a new perspective to dragons and has made a plot line that is easy to follow and can quickly excite you. I can understand why this might not be some people's preferred type of reading but if your willing to see this series to the end please do. The characters develop at lot more throughout the last two books and you get to see a whole new side of things. And if I loved this book. Paolini created an entire world full of mythical beings who have actual character unlike other books. He has given a new perspective to dragons and has made a plot line that is easy to follow and can quickly excite you. I can understand why this might not be some people's preferred type of reading but if your willing to see this series to the end please do. The characters develop at lot more throughout the last two books and you get to see a whole new side of things. And if you have to criticise every little thing you won't enjoy the books as much as I did. ...more
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Oct 30, 2017

After all the hype I was disappointed. Not even going to bother reading book three.
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Jun 12, 2007

I LOVE "Eragon" and "Eldest"! So exciting to read these books and Eldest, especially, is an unrelenting page-turner. I stayed up way too late last night because I had to finish the book.

*SPOILER-ALERT*

WOW! I knew that Murtagh wasn't dead, but I really thought that he would resist Galbatorix and that Eragon would save him. I just liked Murtagh so much, I wouldn't let myself think that he would really succumb. It's funny that because of listening to "Eragon" as an audiobook that I now read I LOVE "Eragon" and "Eldest"! So exciting to read these books and Eldest, especially, is an unrelenting page-turner. I stayed up way too late last night because I had to finish the book.

*SPOILER-ALERT*

WOW! I knew that Murtagh wasn't dead, but I really thought that he would resist Galbatorix and that Eragon would save him. I just liked Murtagh so much, I wouldn't let myself think that he would really succumb. It's funny that because of listening to "Eragon" as an audiobook that I now read Murtagh's voice (or hear it in my head) with a thick Scottish accent (because that's how the reader read his voice in the audiobook) and it makes him even more likable!

There are so many left-open ends that I'm DYING to read about! When is the third book coming out? I'm just hoping that Eragon and Saphira will be able to defeat the "bad guys" on more than just luck... I'm getting sick of that. Let them become all-powerful already!!! I wanna see them kick some butt outright! And what's going to happen with the rescue of Katrina? It's obvious they're using her for something morbid if they're keeping her alive. I can't help but think that when they go to rescue her, they'll find something horrible instead. Ooh, but I hope not. And did Jeod's wife come with him because she loves him, or is she a spy for Galbatorix? She didn't come with him when he left the house, in my opinion, because she had to report to her superiors first, and they told her to stay with Jeod to keep a close eye on him. Oh, and isn't that little girl who Eragon blessed, creepy? But so sad. What an interesting character. ...more
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Aug 05, 2016

Alright, so, years ago, Eragon was my top favorite book. Not unusual, since I had-still have- a deep love for dragons, and whether it was 'Eragon' or 'Dragon Rider' (by Cornelia Funke)... I lugged those books around with me and reread my favorite bits.
Not so long ago, I got my hands on Eldest. Alright. I was still in total love with Eragon, so Eldest wasn't bad at all. I was, of course, furious at the ending (spoilers, so I won't say why. ;) ). It was when I got half way through Brisingr I just Alright, so, years ago, Eragon was my top favorite book. Not unusual, since I had-still have- a deep love for dragons, and whether it was 'Eragon' or 'Dragon Rider' (by Cornelia Funke)... I lugged those books around with me and reread my favorite bits.
Not so long ago, I got my hands on Eldest. Alright. I was still in total love with Eragon, so Eldest wasn't bad at all. I was, of course, furious at the ending (spoilers, so I won't say why. ;) ). It was when I got half way through Brisingr I just couldn't finish that book. I couldn't finish the series.
The Inheritance Cycle has a lot of love, and lots of not-so-much-love. I was, at first, seriously in love with the books. And by books, I mean it could have stopped at Eragon, and I would have had my heart into the entire book only.
But it didn't stop at the first book. it kept going. Kept going... Nothing wrong with a long book or a series, mind you!
I understand the story line kept going, you know, different struggles and things not finished... But I lost interest. I lost interest in the series because of what the author did to his characters. They, to me, lost their 'umph'. The whole story kind of lost it's 'muchiness', you may call it.
To me, it just seemed like the character's were shortened and lots of stuff was just dumped... I didn't like what happened with most of the characters at all.
I loved Eragon (book one), but after that, stuff just went downhill. It's not a series I enjoy anymore, though it was nice while it lasted. :)
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