Inheritance is a novel written by American author Christopher Paolini. It is the fourth novel in The Inheritance Cycle. The Inheritance Cycle was originally intended to be a trilogy , but Paolini has stated that during writing, the length of Brisingr grew, and the book was split into two parts to be published separately. Because of this, many plot elements originally intended for Brisingr are in Inheritance. In a video that was released on October 30, , Christopher Paolini stated that during the work on the third book, he realized it would become too long and so he decided to split it into two separate books.
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Inheritance is a novel written by American author Christopher Paolini. It is the fourth novel in The Inheritance Cycle. The Inheritance Cycle was originally intended to be a trilogy , but Paolini has stated that during writing, the length of Brisingr grew, and the book was split into two parts to be published separately. Because of this, many plot elements originally intended for Brisingr are in Inheritance.
In a video that was released on October 30, , Christopher Paolini stated that during the work on the third book, he realized it would become too long and so he decided to split it into two separate books. His explanation is as follows: . I plotted out the Inheritance series as a trilogy nine years ago, when I was fifteen. When I finally delved into Book Three [ Brisingr ], it soon became obvious that the remainder of the story was far too big to fit in one volume. Having spent so long thinking about the series as a trilogy, it was difficult for me to realize that, in order to be true to my characters and to address all of the plot points and unanswered questions Eragon and Eldest raised, I needed to split the end of the series into two books.
On March 23, , Random House announced the title, cover artwork, and release date of Inheritance. Inheritance starts when the Varden attack Belatona, a city of the Empire.
In the battle, Saphira, Eragon's dragon, is nearly killed by a Dauthdaert death spear called Niernen —a spear from the Dragon Wars intended to destroy magical wards and kill dragons. Belatona is soon captured by the Varden, and an alliance is later formed between the Varden and the werecats. Afterwards, Eragon's cousin Roran is sent on a mission to capture Aroughs, which proves to be a difficult task.
He comes up with a risky plan and Aroughs is taken, although Roran's men suffer many injuries. Roran rejoins the Varden at Dras-Leona when they are in the process of making plans to attack the city.
Murtagh and his dragon Thorn are occupying the city, therefore not allowing a chance to attack the city directly. Jeod finds information on the entrance to a sewer system that was never completed under the city. Assuming the existence of a secret tunnel into the city, Eragon leads a small group himself, Arya, Angela, the werecat Solembum, and an elf named Wyrden into the city to open the gates for the Varden.
It turns out that the tunnels are used by the priests of Helgrind, and Eragon and Arya are captured after being separated from Angela and Solembum and witnessing the death of Wyrden. Because the priests are angry at Eragon for killing their gods which are revealed to be the Ra'zac themselves , they intend to feed Eragon and Arya to Ra'zac hatchlings. Eragon and Arya struggle and injure themselves while being held captive until Angela and Solembum save them.
However, Eragon loses the Belt of Beloth the wise. Eragon is then able to open the city gates and defeat Murtagh and Thorn, allowing the Varden to take control of the city. In the middle of the night, while Eragon and Arya are drunk, Murtagh and Thorn attack the Varden's camp and capture Nasuada. Eragon remembers Solembum's advice from the first book Eragon telling about the Vault of Souls and the Rock of Kuthian. He invites Solembum to his tent and questions Solembum's knowledge of the Rock of Kuthian, of which the werecat has none at all.
During the conversation, Solembum loses himself as a new voice talks to Eragon before abruptly ending, bringing Solembum back from a trance he cannot remember. Eragon eventually discovers that the Vault is on Vroengard Island.
Eragon then talks with Glaedr about the Vault of Souls but Glaedr is unable to remember the conversation. Eragon realises that very powerful magic is causing everyone in Alagaesia —except for Saphira and himself— to forget about the Vault of Souls and the Rock of Kuthian after they hear of it. After Eragon finds a way by special words to remind and let Glaedr understand him, Glaedr believes that Eragon is telling the truth and advises him and Saphira to immediately find the source of and reason for the powerful magic, as it could help them in the fight against Galbatorix.
After a while on the island, Eragon and Saphira learn that they must speak their true names in order for the Rock of Kuthian to allow them to enter. After days, they find their true names and the rock opens. They cautiously make their way to the throne room after progressing through a series of traps, during which the elven spellcasters assigned to protect Eragon are taken captive.
In the throne room, Galbatorix subdues Eragon, Saphira, Arya, and Elva and informs them that he has learned the true name of the ancient language, which he referred to as the Word. With the Word he is able to control the usage of magic with the ancient language. Galbatorix orders Murtagh and Eragon to fight using only their swords; Eragon eventually defeats Murtagh. Murtagh, whose oath to Galbatorix was broken due to a recent change in his true name, uses the Word to strip Galbatorix of his wards.
Enraged, Galbatorix renders Murtagh unconscious and attacks Eragon with his mind, while Saphira and Thorn attack Shruikan. Meanwhile, Arya kills Shruikan using the Dauthdaert.
When the pain and agony he has caused becomes unbearable, Galbatorix utters an incantation for unmaking himself, which results in an explosion that destroys most of the citadel.
Murtagh and Thorn, being freed from their oaths of loyalty to Galbatorix, retreat to somewhere in the north to have some time to themselves to do some thinking and to heal from their ordeal.
Before leaving, Murtagh teaches the Word to Eragon and then bids him farewell - the two Riders forgiving and acknowledging each other as brothers -. She takes with her the rescued green dragon egg, which soon hatches for her.
Eragon reworks and rephrases the magic of the original pact between Riders and dragons to include both dwarves and Urgals, allowing the dragon eggs to hatch for members of their races. Eragon and Saphira are sad to say farewell to their friends and family, but look forward to their future with the new dragons and their riders.
Inheritance has received mixed to negative reviews, criticised due to unresolved plot threads, derivative characteristics of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings , and heavy use of deus ex machina. Richard Marcus of the Seattle PI said that "Paolini clutters up the book with page upon page of battles that could just as easily taken place off stage" and that "the last hundred or so pages of the book are spent in a very awkward attempt to tie up all the loose ends". He also says that the main resolution is that "In fact by wasting so much time on insignificant details along the way, the final confrontation with Galbatorix when it comes feels rushed.
Even worse, discovering the location of the Rock of Kuthian and the Vault of Souls feels incredibly contrived. On Goodreads , it has a score of 4. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved October 17, Archived from the original PDF on July 7, Retrieved October 31, December 10, Retrieved January 15, March 23, Archived from the original on January 5, Seattle Pi.
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Inheritance, Or, The Vault of Souls
View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—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. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix.
The Vault of Souls (chapter)
When all seems lost and your power is insufficient, go to the Rock of Kuthian and speak your name to open the Vault of Souls. The Vault of Souls was a secret cache on Vroengard , located over a mile underneath the roots of Mount Erolas , that was magically sealed by the Rock of Kuthian. Solembum , the werecat , told Eragon that if he was ever in need of strength, he should go the Rock of Kuthian and open the Vault of Souls by speaking his name. Oromis stated that the Rock of Kuthian struck a familiar chord with him, but he had never before heard of the Vault of Souls. Eragon found the location to the Rock of Kuthian in the book Domia abr Wyrda. Save for 26 of them that were set aside for the Riders, the eggs were mainly those of wild dragons. One egg, a red and gold, was nearly five feet tall.