Why I bought this? I've been waiting for it forever. That's why. My daughter too.
Synopsis: It is the third book in the Eragon series. If you haven't read the first 2, I'd start there. You'd be totally lost beginning on the 3rd book. If you like dragons, it's a series you should read. The first book is Eragon, and the second is Eldest. This third book starts with Eragon seeking to rescue his cousin's fiancee and then continues, as he tries to repay his debts to the Varden, the dwarves, and the elves.
What I thought? After so many sequels that had let me down this year, I was worried that this one would be the same. Whew! That was not the case! This one did not disappoint! (Except for the fact that I thought it was the last in a trilogy and discovered about 10 pages from the end that it wasn't. I was thinking that there was no way Paolini was going to be able to wrap up the story in 10 pages, so I flipped over to see if there was any indication of that and found this: "Here ends the third book of the Inheritance cycle. The story will continue and conclude in book four." I about had a conniption right then and there, but I quickly got over it, because I still had the last 10 pages to go. Nice long aside, eh?) I don't want to have any spoilers here so I won't, but I just have to say that I love Arya better and better with each book. I have to give Paolini his props. He did a great job, and he has really grown as a writer. His prose was much better than in his previous books. It's like he's been to college or something. =)
My daughter's rating: ***** As with last week, she wanted to throw out the restrictive 5 star limit. In her book, 5 was apparently not enough. Her actual rating was 10 stars. A bit excessive, if you ask me. "Seriously?" I said. "10 out of 5 stars?" She looked at me like I was a complete moron and said, "Yeah!" *shakes head at daughter's complete disregard for rating conventions* At least you get the idea how much she liked it.
My rating: ***** It almost lost half a star because of the not ending the series thing, when I expected it to, but I decided I couldn't do that. My enjoyment was still way up there. Plus, I now have a book 4 to look forward to. This is up from what I would have given the other 2 in the series. Eragon and Eldest would have gotten 4s. Not that I didn't like them. I loved them, but they were not as well written as they could have been.
CS: 4 This is for violence really. Fighting and the horrors of war. My daughter was thinking that the score should be a little higher though. Maybe a 5 or 6. (She's 14, for those who don't know. You can gauge for your children accordingly.) There is not really any language that I can recall. Sorry, but I read it when it first came out in Sept. I'm reviewing now though because my daughter just read it this week. She couldn't really recall any language either, so I think you're good there. She's pretty quick to notice that.
Only one review this week, since this was so long.