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How 'Inheritance' SHOULD Have Ended (Eragon+Arya) by VMIFerrari How 'Inheritance' SHOULD Have Ended (Eragon+Arya) by VMIFerrari
Hi there. If you've read my comments on the earlier versions of this drawing, then you know that I was extremely displeased with the way Christopher Paolini decided to bring the Inheritance Cycle to a close. The 4th book was plagued by pointless tangents that deviated from the plot (the siege of Aroughs, for example), useless characters (Firnen/Shruikan/Lord Barst), a rather disappointing climax, a plethora of unanswered questions, and a horribly bitter ending that defies reason and fails to follow any sort of logical thought path. Cliche or not, THIS ending would have been much more satisfying to read.

With that being said, here we see Eragon & Arya in a lover's embrace, with Saphira & Firnen behind. Saphira was based off the 2006 Eragon film, because I am not a fan of John Jude Palancar's book covers. Firnen was based off Saphira, but given a more 'masculine' look with a strong jaw, teeth, and different scales. This image has been slightly altered from the original; I had Rodel darken Eragon's hair.

Art: Rodel Martin
Title: How Inheritance SHOULD Have Ended
Subject: Eragon & Arya Shadeslayer
Media: Mixed
Owner: VMIFerrari
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Makcake Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
That looks awesome, great work! I have mixed feelings about Arya and Eragon's relationship. Arya loved Faolin, and never had strong feelings for Eragon. (Though I think there is enough evidence to suggest she did, it wasn't that deep.) In addition, they have a big age gap. But still, I think they'd make a nice couple. The most disappointing part of the ending for me was actually how he and Saphira left, ack! >.< And the prophecy cursed them to never return...
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's really messed up is that NO reason whatsoever is given for why Eragon would never return. Nothing. Zero. So it begs us to ask the question: Why? We all know Eragon & Arya have an age gap of approximately 84 years (and that can never change), but the good news is that the more they age, the less significant the gap will be. For example, if Arya turns 1,000 years old, Eragon will be about 915. That means the age difference will be reduced to less than 10% when compared to their total ages. If we look at it that way, it's equivalent to a 30 year old person dating a 27 year old...and that's perfectly acceptable.
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Makcake Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I completely agree Nod I think that once the training in their new home is going well and is organized, there's no reason for Eragon and Saphira to not visit Alagaesia. 
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Thephysicaltroll Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Excellent art work! Some of the best I have seen. But I feel compelled to point out arya doesn't wear dresses. Sorry can't help but point that out. Still a beautiful piece
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I figured she must have at least 1 dress sitting in a wardrobe somewhere...you know, for special occasions!
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Crusader1265 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first book said he was supposed to marry a princess and then the only two princesses became queens and I didn't think the logic for leaving made too much sense other than 'I have too much power, too much risk for me wanting to change stuff etc. etc. Facepalm. I was thinking it would be some sort of oath he had to swear that even he couldn't break and he would leave with Arya or something. Very sad face. This picture's pretty good, you could tell that the artist read the books and was able to capture things someone who hadn't would not have.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Angela's fortune said he would love someone of noble birth, nothing more. It never said he would marry a princess (or get married at all). The word 'noble' refers to more than just a royal family; it's an entire social class that includes lords & ladies, dukes, earls, etc. Angela did not know if Eragon's passion would end well (I assumed it would finally work out in the end), but I was wrong. Anyway, I'm glad you like the drawing. Rodel never read the books, but I gave him specific details and pictures to work with. It also had to be revised a couple times to get it right.
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Crusader1265 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, I must have misread it, I do that once in a while, doesn't always end well. It's good to see someone knowledgeable overseeing stuff. It makes the art a lot better in my opinion. It makes me want to get a hold of my copy of the inheritance series I had to leave behind and reread them.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, Crusader1265. I'm sorry you had to leave your books behind. I have plans for more Arya pictures in the coming year, so check back every once in a while.
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Crusader1265 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) I definitely will.
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Nobanag Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
I don't think the ending was actually so bad, I mean the ending really invoked an actual feeling of sadness in me. Plus, it was clear that even though they were in love with each-other their position would've made it impossible for them to be with each-other.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Disappointing is my word for the ending. Their positions (particularly Arya's position as queen) was not necessary. I've read several fan-fiction versions of the story where Eragon/Arya did end up together that made perfect sense.
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Saphyria09 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Love this drawing, the dragons are lovely in it. I also definitely agree with you that this would have been a preferable ending, I wasn't happy that the three remaining dragons went their separate ways rather than trying to rebuild what was lost, their race included, Arya becoming queen didn't sit well with me, just didn't feel very in character... just my opinions though! either way, lovely picture! :)
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello Saphyria09! Thank you for the comment. I had trouble sleeping for two days after I read the ending of Inheritance. It just didn't make any logical sense. Even if Eragon & Arya's feelings were not touched upon in the book, I agree that she should have gone with Eragon to help rebuild the Riders. I honestly have no idea where the whole "Queen Arya" thing came from. Yes, she would make a fine queen, but why would Paolini want her to become queen in the first place when he gave us several reasons why she shouldn't (or couldn't) be queen? Not only that, but then Paolini failed to provide any legitimate reasons for his decision. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
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LadyMarmelade01 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing :)
Love it
(even I┤m not a great eragon-arya ship fan )
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, LadyMarmelade01. I do admit that when the series began, they couldn't have been farther apart. But it was interesting to see how their relationship developed throughout the books to the point where they were on "equal ground" as Paolini put it. Arya really started warming up to him by the end (and they were already great partners in combat). All the evidence pointed in this direction, but Paolini decided to go another route instead...one that I didn't particularly care for.

I'm glad you like the artwork.
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LadyMarmelade01 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to admit I suggest them as couple as well when I was younger...
I started reading it with 11, now I┤m 16 and have to much critis on it ;)
But I still love the book...
Haha... I definitely read the books to often ;)

I┤m more fan of Arya/Fa÷olin. Its a pitty Paolini didn┤t tell much about them :(

Yeah, the end was strange... I didn┤t like some parts...
I often had the feeling that Paolini would have the characters different than they actually are .... Strange...
This is my opinion on the book... But they┤re great thats for sure...
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mrrophone Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Looks like one of those old fashioned book covers. Love it :)
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, mrrophone. All credit goes to Rodel Martin for the drawing (I just helped a little with the idea & layout). I got the idea from a comic book panel showing a guy & gal dancing at a prom.
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TheBlackNova Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thanks to this and some fanfics, I now have my own IC Head-canon, and there is absolutely nothing Paolini can do about it. The ending to Inheritance was just Paolini's own Head-canon, and no two head-canons are alike.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello TheBlackNova! Thank you for the comment. If you've read the earlier posts and my responses to them, it is my opinion that Paolini butchered the last book. He had a perfect set-up to write something memorable (in a GOOD way) but it fizzled out in the end. Thanks, but no thanks. He does give (some) explanations about (some) of his decisions, but when we examine those choices, critically, we discover that the logic he employed was either horribly flawed, or there wasn't any logic/reason behind those decisions at all. Some people have said that "maybe" it was deliberately written this way to pave the way for a potential 5th book, which would make some sense, but Paolini has also stated that a 5th book would probably be a stand-alone entry (maybe even a prequel) with only some familiar characters making appearances. In other words, probably no Eragon/Saphira and probably no Arya/Firnen, at least not as main characters. So, we've got to stick with the ending he gave us for now...and it sucks.

I'm glad you like the picture, though.
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TheBlackNova Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
We do not have to stick with his ending at all. He encourages fanfiction based on his work, so that's only how it went in his mind. It ended differently in my mind.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What I mean is this: since Paolini is the author/owner of the series and its characters, anything he writes/says automatically becomes the "official" version of the story. We can reject it if we want; no one said we have to accept his version (you and I are perfect examples), but the sad fact is that his ending is and always will be regarded as the "official" ending of the Inheritance Cycle just because he wrote it. The good thing is that, like you said, we have imaginations and we can use them to make up our own stories, independent and without regard to whatever the author happens to like.

I give you a thumbs up for doing it.
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TheBlackNova Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
There is no such thing as an "official" version. It's simply Paolini's own head canon, and absolutely NOTHING MORE. People who say that the written version is official are Officially in denial or simply want to feel superior to others. If you don't like that idea, there's the door.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Denial (Noun): The action of rejecting something or declaring something to be untrue.

Like I said, you don't have to like it or accept it (I certainly don't like it). We have the freedom to make up our own conclusions. That's why I commissioned this drawing; it reflects how I believe the story should have ended based on logic, reason, and what we actually know about the characters involved. But there's no getting around the fact that Paolini's ending is the official "canon" for the same reasons I stated above. I've come up with several alternative versions of the story that make more logical sense, but I cannot deny what Paolini wrote either. It doesn't really accomplish anything or change anything to deny it; that's the nature of reality. Of the two of us, it is pretty clear who is in denial...YOU. Also, how do you get this irrational idea about feeling superior to others? What are you talking about? And you also have the GALL, the AUDACITY to tell me to get lost if I don't like what you say? You must obviously be feeling 'superior' if you think you can tell people to get lost just because we don't agree with you. You are the epitome of arrogance. WTF is wrong with you?

Oh, and don't bother replying; there's really no point in trying to carry on any sort of meaningful conversation with you. It is clear that little-or-nothing of what you have to say has any real value, and what you do say is insulting. Grow up.
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xXDragonKeeper321Xx Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i liked the 4th book and i think--as sad as the ending was--it was the best thing 4 the characters. but i wouldn't have minded eragon and arya getting 2gether ^.^ great job :clap:
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello xXDragonKeeper321Xx! Thank you for the comment. I didn't care for the 4th book too much. Parts of it were very enjoyable, others were not necessary, and still there were other parts that left a bad taste in my mouth (especially the ending). Glad you like the drawing, though. I'm working with Rodel on other projects right now, but my next set of requests will be a series of 6 different Arya Shadeslayers. Also check back for more Arya drawings from different artists in the coming weeks.
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xXDragonKeeper321Xx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok :)do u take requests? cuz i was wondering if u could do one of murtagh (and thorn, if u wanna throw him n there). he's my fav character ^.^
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello again xXDragonKepper321Xx. Unfortunately I am not the artist (I'm just a client). I can give you Rodel's contact information if you want. He is open to doing commissions for customers, but he does charge for them. The price can vary depending on the size, the number of characters, and whether you want full color or just pencils (also keep international shipping costs in mind). Let me know and I can forward his info to you.
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xXDragonKeeper321Xx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh :/ no, it's ok. thanks 4 the offer though :)
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jakegue Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
FUCKING PERFECT
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, jakeque. The ending of the book left a bad taste in my mouth. I literally didn't sleep well for two days after that. I hope you like this version of the ending as much as I do.
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ViLarco Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Indeed, man! This would be better. Almost 10 years since I read 1st book. It took almost half of my life to finally finish reading this cycle. And reading about leaving Alagaesia "forever", leaving family, friends, love. No, that is definitely not the ending which I wanted. Looking forward for sequel. And if there won't be sequel after 20 years I will write it myself. :D
Great art. Thank you. <3
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ViLarco. I'm glad you enjoy the artwork. Like I said, I was very disappointed about the way Paolini decided to end the cycle. Not because I just wanted a "fairytale" ending, which would have been nice, but because so many of the decisions the characters made were very out-of-character and did not follow any sort of logical thought path. Paolini tried to give reasons for Eragon's departure (and some were valid) but others made no sense at all. No reason(s) were ever presented why Eragon could not/would not ever return to Alagaesia. Arya becoming queen was just wrong, Saphira's initial behavior with Firnen was wrong, the Siege of Aroughs was utterly pointless, Lord Barst was not needed, the appearance of the Dauthdaert was too "convenient", Wyrden was added just so he could be killed, the empire never won a single battle in the entire war, the Menoa Tree's "price" was a lazy way to try to resolve a loose end, yadda yadda yadda. There's just too much else list.

Still, you might like to know that I have 5-6 more Arya drawings on my wait list. I just have to wait for Rodel's schedule to clear up.
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ViLarco Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I agree with you. On other website I had similar discussion and wrote mostly the same. I liked Siege of Aroughs, because I'm fan of descriptions, side stories in books, games, though I agree that this arc wasn't neccessary. Lord Barst was needed only to kill Islanzadi, but also Islanzadi was killed only to make Arya queen, I didn't like it. About everything else I feel the same.
But after some time I got an idea. Ending was completely rushed I think, and overall book looks a bit like draft. And also in one interview I saw Paolini's statement after release of Inheritance that later he is going to write book first and only then announce it. Maybe publishers caused this mess? I know such things when because of deadline book, game or movie was released unfinished. Or maybe I'm just crazy and act like Sherlock Holmes. Sorry. :D

I like your arts overall. Gonna watch all of them later.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comments ViLarco. I still don't know WHY Paolini would want to make Arya queen, although I went along with it for the picture. Arya always seemed to be against the idea, preferring to serve her people in other ways. Yet we're expected to believe that she agreed to take the crown simply because some elf lords wouldn't leave her alone (for 1 week I might add). I didn't realize her will would be bent so easily. Also, this occured AFTER Firnen hatched for her; she should have been deemed ineligible for the position the moment Firnen hatched. Why couldn't Paolini just name Lord Dathedr as king and be done with it? When Arya became a Rider she instantly had an obligation to all the free races, not just the elves. Eragon served them all (including the elves thanks to Brom's ring), so why doesn't Arya? It's a total contradiction. Sorry, Paolini, but you need to try harder next time.
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ViLarco Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Paolini could name Lord Dathedr as king and it would be LOGICAL decision, I agree. Also Dathedr is far better than Arya in playing political games. He is leader of Silthrim, one of the major elven cities, and was advisor to queen Islanzadi. Well, actually he was second person after Islanzadi. He has wisdom, experience (and I believe that Arya lack experience), power. Everything to become a good king for elves. It is also illogical that it was he who came to Arya several times, despite the fact that Arya was already Dragon Rider. I definitely know that at first Paolini wanted Arya to leave Alagaesia with Eragon. I have nothing to object with this decision. But then he got a strange idea that it is against Arya's personality. So he messed up everything. I wonder if he read several articles with such explanations. He'd better be. For his next books. Or he will lose fanbase.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, love to discuss books with people. :)
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure, ViLarco. One more thing I forgot to comment on: You said Lord Barst was needed only to kill Islanzadi. True. But you know what? If Paolini needed someone or something to kill her then he already had a perfect candidate to do it: SHRUIKAN. Unfortunately, the black dragon didn't do anything at all. Shruikan's envolvement in the entire book (the entire series for that matter) was limited to:

1. Shruikan flying out of Uru'Baen for a brief shock & awe show.
2. Later he appears behind Galbatorix's throne...and is killed shortly thereafter.

What a waste. Especially considering he was supposed to be such a fearsome and terrible obstacle in the Varden's way. He wouldn't even make a decent boss in a VIDEO GAME.
Paolini should have given all of Barst's scenes to Shruikan. It is upsetting that we were made to fear Shruikan's terrible might, and yet:

1. We barely see him.
2. Shruikan does nothing (and kills no one).
3. He was killed too quickly AND too easily.

It should have been Shruikan who was tearing the Varden apart instead of Barst. If Shruikan had killed Queen Islanzadi then it would have been more fitting for Arya to take him out with the Dauthdaert. Paolini really fumbled that one...

On a brighter note, you'll be seeing more Arya artwork in the coming weeks from various artists. Please check back for updates. Take care!
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ViLarco Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
It's good point. Only after reading your response I realised that I totally forgot about Shruikan. It's even funny, black dragon has less time in book than some imperial commander from Aroughs. Huge mistake.

I don't know how you feel about fan fiction but yesterday I found great fanfic. It takes place right after Galbatorix's death and fixes the whole ending. Surprisingly I found writing style similar to Paolini. I've already read few chapters and I think that it's better than original book. Here is "[link]"
Perhaps you will enjoy it.

Thanks for information, I'll be watching.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello ViLarco. I do enjoy reading fan fiction. That's how I kept myself occupied while waiting for the official "book 4". I read the story you suggested. It could use some revisions, but overall it has a much more satisfying ending than the actual series did. Thanks for the link!
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ganon2 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Well, I'm re-reading Inheritance, but I also don't see why the ending is "bad". Yes Eragon leaves Alagaesia forever. That was his destiny. Chekhov's Prophecy, if you will. It was going to happen. Why do people take this to mean that he and Arya can't be together? Yes, she's a queen now, but she is also a Rider. And from what I can tell, the elven royalty isn't beholden to the throne forever. In fact, that would be the worst thing for their people. Heck, a Rider being Queen won't exactly be good for them forever. Arya and Eragon will endure. And Paolini himself has said, "The thing to keep in mind is that though the series is over, Eragon and Arya's story will continue. They're going to live for a very long time, and their relationship is far from over."

The sad thing is...if the fan theories are true, it doesn't matter if these two get together. Brom's line ends with Eragon.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I heard something different about Eragon's line (but this is still just from online forums; don't know how reliable it is). According to them, Eragon would be able to have children with an elf, but their children would be sterile. Again that's just what I've heard - I can't say if it's "true" or not.

As for the book, I was hoping those two would get together, but not because I just wanted a "fairytale" ending. Paolini spent the better part of FOUR long books forging & maintaining their relationship (putting them on "equal footing" as he put it), and then he pulls the rug out from everyone on the last two pages. My main concern, however, was not that they went their seperate ways, but that Paolini took reason & logic and threw them out the window. According to what we know about Eragon's & Arya's character, the decisions they made were very OUT OF CHARACTER (and he didn't just stop with those two - Saphira did some very out of character things too). Paolini attempted to give reasons for some of those decisions but once we apply some basic critical thinking skills we discover their decisions & concerns were completely unfounded. I wrote a scathing review of the book on Amazon and so far most people have found it to be very helpful, because it provides an alternative point of view that allows people to see the book from both sides. That way they can formulate a better overall opinion of the book as a whole.

I hate it when people write reviews that say "I liked the book. It was great" ...and THAT's it. Sorry folks, but that does not meet the definition of a review.
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ganon2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Well, the whole thing with the Menoa Tree was it wanted something from him and he felt a twinge of pain below his stomach. And I'm curious about what you mean about them being out of character? It seemed to me that every decision they made at the end was explained logically.

And honestly, I am glad that they didn't end up together at the end of this. They both have duties to fulfill, and I would've hated Paolini for making either of them put aside their duties to fulfill a fairy tale romance. That said, Arya is an elf, and from what I can tell, elven kings and queens can step down from the throne when they feel the time is right. So Arya CAN still be with Eragon. Just not in Alagaesia. Personally, I'm not sure what stories I'd be more interested in hearing next, the aftermath of Eragon leaving, Nasuada's rule, or Eragon's training of the next generation of Riders.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi ganon2. Thank you for the comments. I'll go ahead and address your concerns even though it'll be a long post.

Lets talk about the Menoa Tree for starters. In Brisingr, we know the Menoa Tree did something to Eragon when he took the brightsteel, and it became a big mystery because all the readers were wondering what the tree did to him. We were all hoping it would be revealed in the final book (since it appeared to be a huge plot point) but in the end we were ultimately denied any sort of explanation. Right when we expected the answer to be revealed, the tree simply tells him to "go"......what a letdown. I find it very unlikely that Paolini meant for that to happen from the beginning. Why would he bother writing about it in the first place (in Brisingr) if he planned to let it fizzle out in the end? it was extremely anti-climactic. He should have known it would not be well-received by the readers, since we were the ones being led along for three years hoping for some sort of payout. What we got instead was a very lazy way to try to tie up a loose end. I am convinced that time constraints, in addition to him wanting to wrap-up the story as quickly as possible, led Paolini to skip over some things that could have/should have been given more attention.

As for the main characters behaving out-of-character, lets start with Arya. First we must examine what we know about her character and then apply that knowledge to her actions and the decisions she makes. We know she was devoted to her people and their cause(s). We know that she spent very little time with the Elves on account of her mother and her duties as ambassador to the Varden. We also know that she had no desire to sit on the Elven throne after her mother (nor was she required to). She reinforced this fact by telling Eragon that she preferred to continue ferrying dragon eggs after the war was over instead of returning to Ellesmira.

And yet what do we see instead? Arya was pestered by some elf lords (for only 1 week I might add) to ascend the throne.....I had no idea her will would be bent so easily. Their arguments in support of Arya were never revealed (probably because Paolini didn't have any good arguments to present) and all this happened AFTER Firnen had hatched. Logically, Arya should have been deemed ineligible for the position the moment she became a Dragon Rider. Riders were never meant to be monarchs anyway; they were basically the Medieval version of the "Jedi Knights": guardians of peace & justice. They were rangers who were devoted to ALL the free races of Alagaesia, not just the Elves. And it still took only 1 week to change her mind, and no evidence was presented to support the decision? Sorry, Paolini, but you failed. Arya's rightful place would have been alongside Eragon in rebuilding the Riders (since she too became a Rider after all) instead of ruling over the people she spent so little time with. She said in her letter to Eragon that she wanted the green egg to hatch for an elf because Eragon was committed to the Varden and the Dwarves. She basically wanted to "even the playing field" so to speak, but I suppose Paolini forgot that Eragon was also an elf-friend. Oops! And from what I read in the book it looks like no one else besides Arya was even considered for the Elven crown (at least none that were mentioned). What about other candidates such as Lord Dathedr? He was a very high-ranking lord in the royal court. He had experience, he knew politics, etc...why was he ignored? In the end we still have to ask ourselves WHY Paolini would want to make Arya the queen. Would she make a good queen? Sure, but the decision had far fewer pros than cons.

Oh yes, let's not forget how powerful she is. She's just as powerful as Eragon! She knew the name of the Ancient Language, she was a Dragon Rider as well, AND she was the Elven queen. The problem of Eragon being too powerful was one of the main reasons why he decided to leave. Sooooooo why did Eragon have to leave while she, an untrained Rider, stayed behind? It's a total contradiction. Lets also consider that she was the one who was expected to train the new riders in the "basics" before they left to finish their training with him....but Arya had no formal training of her own. Hmmmm. Of course, three eldunari were left behind in Ellesmira to assist, but that's hardly a suitable replacement for an actual, physical teacher. That would be like trying to learn martial arts from an audiobook.

Now lets talk about Eragon. I can understand Paolini's reasons for making him want to leave, except for the livestock part...that's a bunch of crap. Paolini completely ignored the fact that there were hundreds of dragons in Alagaesia prior to the fall and apparently they got along just fine. If eating the dwarves' herds was really a big deal then here's the simple solution: just keep the dragons away from the dwarves. The "possibility" of the dragons eating people's sheep wasn't really a valid reason to leave the country. Wanting to raise the dragons in safety was a good thing, but we're NEVER presented with any reason(s) why Eragon could or would never return to Alagaesia. Was there supposed to be some sort of "magical barrier" that would prevent him from setting foot in Alagaesia again? Nope. Nothing at all. What about his family? Everything and everyone he knew and loved was left behind, and we're still expected to believe he would never return? Please. Put yourself in that situation: if you moved to another continent and left everything you loved behind, but you were fully able to return any time you wanted....would you?

Now it's time for Saphira: It was nice to finally meet the green dragon, yes, although he did not appear until after the climax and played no part in the outcome (useless character). But here's the thing: Firnen's entire role in the book was reduced to that of a BARN YARD STUD which brings up some interesting questions about Saphira's character: We all know Saphira is vain, so why does she just offer herself to the first male dragon she sees? Remember that she only offered herself to Glaedr (in Eldest) because Saphira was convinced it might have been the only chance she had to mate with another dragon. It was very out-of-character for her to immediately offer herself to Firnen when she knew there were more than 200 dragon eggs still in existance. Saphira's "challenge" to see if Firnen was worthy of her lasted only a couple of minutes for God's sake! She didn't even bother to get to know him. As she said in Eldest when Eragon tried to lift her spirits about finding a mate: she wasn't sure if the green dragon would be a suitable mate, even if they managed to rescue him from Galbatorix...yet I suppose all that didn't matter anymore because she was horny. Sorry Paolini, but you really dropped the ball on that one...
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ganon2 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
You bring up good points, but I will say this much about Arya. Yes, she has a LOT of power, and that's part of the reason I personally think she won't REMAIN queen for as long as her mother did. And I think she took the job out of duty. Arya has always been a creature of honor and duty. That's why she refused to allow any romantic feelings show towards Eragon.

As for Eragon's thing with the livestock, think about this. When the Riders were ascendant, all the races, with the exception of the Urgals, were pretty much at peace with each other and were prosperous. It was said many, many times throughout the Cycle that the fortunes of the races, with the exception of the dwarves, had dwindled in the years since Galbatorix eradicated the Riders and most of the dragons. Now, this leads me to think that there might not be as much prey for the dragons in Alagaesia as it is, and since the peoples have been without the oversight of the Riders for so long, they might not take too kindly to a dragon eating their sheep. But yes, I was expecting some real reason as to why Eragon couldn't return.

And for Saphira...I'll grant you that, but also remember. She and Eragon are linked just as Arya and Firnen are. So, maybe we should blame Eragon's horniness before Saphira's.

I still enjoyed the book, and will continue to do so, but I do think you may be right about the time constraints. Still, it's not as bad as some modern literature. I only wish that it had received a proper film adaptation rather than that garbage we got. Only good things about that movie were Jeremy Irons and the music.
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VMIFerrari Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All we can do is speculate, my friend. Problem is, I haven't heard if anyone has asked Christopher Paolini to address these concerns in detail, if at all. A lot of the people closest to him "revel in the glory of his awesomeness", including Mike MaCauley (founder of Shurtugal.com) because he owes the success of his website, book, and merchandise sales to Chris.

The movie is what introduced me to the Inheritance books. I knew nothing about the series prior to renting the film in 2006. I have to say as a "stand alone" the film wasn't bad. Not original, but also not bad (it was basically Star Wars meets LOTR's). But TOO much was left out and it didn't even come close to the depth of the book. They basically screwed the possiblity of making sequels. Sad. They should have done a remake already...
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ganon2 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Actually, he's been asked about some of these things in some Q&A thing. [link] Someone asked him 42 questions and he did take the time to answer them. Mostly short answers or "Book V", but still. Like I said, it's not perfect, but it is better than, for example, Twilight. And we can always think that eventually the elves will realize having a Rider ruling over them is a bad call and ask Arya to step down or something. I'm more curious about the first dwarf and Urgal Riders, to be perfectly honest.
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Mudstorm15 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful picture. :)
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