Inheritance by Christopher PaoliniInheritance by Christopher Paolini


byChristopher Paolini

Paperback | October 23, 2012

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Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation. With newly updated interlocking art across the spines of all four books!

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. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

Praise for The Inheritance Cycle:
"An authentic work of great talent." --New York Times Book Review
"Paolini is a spellbinding fantasy writer." --The Boston Globe
"A breathtaking and unheard of success." --USA Today
"Christopher Paolini is a true rarity." --The Washington Post
“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic.” –People
“The new ‘It’ book of children’s lit.” –U.S. News & World Report

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A #1 USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Christopher Paolini is the author of three other bestselling novels about Alagaësia: Inheritance is the fourth and final volume in the cycle. Christopher lives in Montana, where the natural landscape has been a major inspiration in the creation of his stories.
Title:InheritanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.88 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:037584631X

ISBN - 13:9780375846311


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Really amazing conclusion to the story! I loved how the story continued for a long time (at least 100 pages) after the battle ended. It made the story feel more complete, though the ending was still sad and seemed a bit too like a cliff-hanger for a good and proper ending. This book was definitely the most exciting in the series (duh) and the longest. Reading it made me want to reread the whole series all over again!!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing :) Really descriptive, creative and entertaining. Loved the rest of the series too!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD the ending was really kinda sad but overall what a series
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best in the cycle! A lot of Paolini's writing and plagiarism problems were resolved in this novel. Originally, I did not like the ending, but after a few years to think about it, I realize I actually really appreciate how it ends. Despite the series' flaws, it is a worthwhile read and I'd recommend it to any fans of fantasy.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A strong ending for a great series. A bitter-sweet ending that ties up loose ends, but also leaves great jumping off points for other series. The characters and adventures will keep your attention until the last page!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected Conclusion I love this series! I had hoped the ending would be a little bit better but it was great nonetheless. I just wish it had ended a bit better for Eragon.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong conclusion A well-written finale to an enjoyable series, even if it's somewhat bittersweet to see it end!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Ending The ending was a little blah with how Eargon finally wins is a little lame and it kinda dragged on for an extra 100 pages at the end, but still pretty good.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic conclusion This book was the perfect conclusion to this series. Everybody's stories wrapped up nicely, leaving me satisfied at the end of it. It is 100% exciting, especially the enormous battle that has been waiting to happen the entire series. Since this book is sooooo long, it is great to see the characters change within the book itself. Overall, the series is amazing and I love that the books are so long because it makes me forget exactly what happens so when I reread them, I'm always surprised!
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It takes along time to finish
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great last book amazing so glad i waitied for this book , very well writen
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inheritance At first I was upset that the book was no longer going to be a trilogy, but a set of four, but the fourth book turned out to be a great conclusion.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow Start but AMAZING second half!! I'm a big fan of this series. Sadly took me half of the book (400 pages) to get into it, but I held on because I love the characters and I had to see what would happen to them. It was worth the 400 page difficulty to read the last 400 because WOW so fantastic!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic ending!! A great and exciting ending to the series, will not dissapoint
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!! I loved this entire series! Wish they would continue to make the last 3 into movies!!!!!!!! I don't want to stop reading about Eragon and what happens next in his life.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great End This book finished off the series nicely. My only complaint is I wish the readers found out more about Murtagh.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as Enthralling The first two books in the series were decent and held my attention. This one just seemed to be a let down and was extremely difficult to get interested in the plot line. May be due to the fact that the second and third book were released so far apart. Although disappointing still a decent read to pass the time.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ending! Loved this book, great way to wrap up a terrific series
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting! I love this book!!! I couldn't wait for it to come out. So beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing I waited nearly four years for this novel and it most certainly did not disappoint. It was a practically perfect ending to the series that had me bawling by the end of it, simply because the final chapter meant that this series would finally be over. It is obvious to see how greatly Paolini has grown as a writer and it really shows in the way that he describes everything, and in how the character's have grown and developed throughout the course of the series. Everything is dealt with in a satisfying way and every chapter brings about a new feeling of elation. This is quite possibly one of my favourite series, and the ending novel was something I could only dream of. 10/10 would definitely recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Finish The final battle looms on the horizon, and everything is at stake. Everyone and everything is put on the line, even the fate of Alagaesia and the Empire. With Eragon and Saphira trained and ready to face off against Murtagh, and the Varden thirsty for revenge, there can only be one winner. There are no second chances, no backup, they're all there is. The fate of the entire country and everyone it, and everyone ever to live there, hangs in the balance. A truly thrilling ride and conclusion to an amazing series.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Took long enough! Waited forever for the conclusion of this series, but overall happy with it
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Another well written book and a good conclusion to the series. I really enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was a good conclusion to the series, not my favourite book of the series but still a very good fantasy read.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it I truly enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Could wait to read this one. Loved it almost as much as the first book. Great read
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Love this book. Waited long enough for it to come out. Beautifully written.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Honestly, it's not a good book but it's fun to read some of the bad writing.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great I decided to reread this series and I recall not enjoying this as a kid. However, when I reread it as an adult, it like it. It's a good read.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Felt let down.... After an amazing three installments into the series I was excited and sad to jump into the final book. However by the end I felt a little let down. It felt very rushed and that there was a lot left unanswered. I just felt that maybe the story was thrown together and didn't end well. All in all a great series I was just disappointed with how the author finished the series, felt there was a lot of story there that was just rushed through to the end....
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Least favourite of the series I read Inheritance when it first came out, after waiting quite some time for the final conclusion. I loved the series but was disappointed with the end. I felt it did not answer some of the questions that come up in the prior books. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book serries ever!!!!! I think the Eragon series has been posible the best book series i have ever read!!!!! I have been reading ever since i was really little and i have read tons of books including the entire Eagon series
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Long series, and there was a lot of things in this that I wasn't able to quite pick up since I forgot certain parts of previous installments, but still a great movie.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read This book and series in general was a very good read. I enjoyed every moment of it. The twist turns it took and everything it revealed was great. Would love to see more on sapphire and her rider eragon. A continuance would be great read.
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inheritance Less plagarism in this book. It also goes more in depth about the magic system. Which is my favorite part of the book.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inheritance Nothing special but a nice escapist read. :)
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Storytelling ga Lore I love the storytelling in this series. The lore is phenomenal. But #1 is the magic system. A logical set of rules for magic is important, and this series definitely has the best type of magic of any I've ever read.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book is a great page turner and will definitely keep you until the end
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing ! Read the whole series... I cried so much in the last two or three chapters of this book! You get so emotionally invested in these characters! Christopher Paolini has created a story for the ages and for all ages!
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continuation Couldn't have gone without this last book of the collection
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from At last I'm honestly just happy that this series of books is finally over with. After waiting for so long for the third book to come out and then another Long wait of years for this book I had the feeling of putting to rest a portion of my childhood with finishing this book and the stories within.
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inheritance My favorite book in the series!
Date published: 2013-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inheritance Favorite series and sad to see it done but the book ended with a different path then I thought it would leaves you in suspended
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inheritance I loved the conclusion of this awesome, fantasy story. I just wish that Aragon and Arya could have got together at least=(
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inheritance Thoroughly enjoyed the series. Very talented writer at such a young age.
Date published: 2013-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never too much. What a great book - said just enough. Never too much.
Date published: 2013-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Inheritance Cycle Loved it, couldn't wait to see what happens with Eragon and Arya. Good series.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2013-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking forward to the next series of books ... So says this tale ended. Power to the dragons.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Fun Filled Book! Inheritance Book 4 The Vault Of Souls is an amazing book with an excellent story line which allows you to find out what almost all of the important characters are doing. The bad thing is that there is a made up language in there so sometimes it makes things really hard to understand until you read the book a couple times like me so you remember what different words mean. For example the elves traditional greeting is ‘Atra du evarinya ono varda’ or ‘Atra esterni ono thelduin’. The first one means ‘May the stars watch over you’ and the second one means ‘May good fortune rule over you’. If I didn’t tell you what it meant, you would have no idea what the characters are saying. This is a very interesting book and you should try reading it. It will be confusing if you don’t read the 3 books before it first. You can get it from libraries, indigo, chapters, coles and other bookstores. So start reading!
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inheritance Great series. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inheritance cycle!!!! All four books are amazing, i recommend them to anyone who really likes to get lost in a book!
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Finale OH. MY. GOODNESS! This was a fantastic end to a magical series! Each page of the almost 900 pages left me wanting more. There was not a point in the book that I got bored and wanted to put the book down. I got impatient with myself for reading so darn slow and not finishing the novel in record speed. I had to stop myself from reading the end before everything else. My favorite character in the series is Angela. I was hoping to confirm my theory (and my moms) of her but it left me unsatisfied and I am left with more questions about her. Btw my theory is that she is Eragon’s mom. Each action scene was filled with intense action I was on a warrior kick while reading it pretending I was on the battlefields. Yes, I am a nerd. So :P! Yes – my BF thought I had lost my mind and was going crazy with all my make believe battlefields roars and charges. If you haven’t picked up the Eragon Series you must go to a book store now and grab yourself a copy
Date published: 2012-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this book a lot.I had waited for such a long time till I got my handds on it.Once you started it you will never want to put it down.The ending wasn't as I had hoped.Why can't Eragon and Arya be together?Where are they going?The ending is sad and I hope they could stay together.But this is a great serise which makes you want to read them over and over again.Thank you Christopher Paolini for giving me such a great serise to read during elemantry and I shall treasure these book till the end of time.
Date published: 2012-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from YES! FINALLY a conclusion to this series! I am not a huge fan of LOTR, and this series definitely reminded me of it. But who can resist a story with dragons right? Again, Inheritance--much like the 3 books before it--is overly complicated and long. There was a lot more action in this installment, since it is the final "showdown" between good and evil. But the storytelling did not keep me on the edge of my seat in those crucial moments. If anything, it felt like another long paragraph description. If you liked the series from the beginning, you will not be disappointed. But if you never really enjoyed the series to begin with but somehow made it this far, then just read it for the satisfaction of knowing what happened in the end. So a big YES to this series, which has come to an end.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never Again Also known as "The-Lord-of-the-Rings-Star-Wars-Belgariad-Doctor-Who-If-It's-Fantasy-And-Published-It's-In-Here-Somewhere" Book A long time ago in a galaxy far far away my Little Brother told me about a book called Eragon. Staring a farm boy named Eragon who found a magical dragon egg and became a Dragon Rider. Of course Eragon lives in a fantasy world ruled by an Evil Dark Lord and only Eragon can defeat him. You know, the usual stuff. I've been trying to write this Review for a while now, but it's been difficult. I think the major problem is that I have been trying to write a spoiler free review, like I usually write. Given the nature of these books I think I'm going to have to give up on my usual format. From here on, there will be spoilers: When I finished reading the third book in the Inheritance Cycle, I vowed to myself that I would finish this series even if it killed me. My logic was that I had already fought my way through 1,934 pages... I might as well see this to the very bitter end. I might as well find out how the story ended... maybe this was going to be that one series where the author pulls a fast one and the villain will win. Honestly, if that was how it ended this series would have been worth the uphill climb. But Paolini isn't one to break tradition. I have a few theories why this book didn't work out so well. THE LENGTH Sitting at a whopping 849 pages, Inheritance is one of the larger books that I have ever read.. but it doesn't really need to be. Lets take for example, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Each of the books in that series is around 600-800 pages long, yet the length works. Something is always happening. There are no tangents, every sentence is part of a well oiled machine that serves a purpose. In the case of Inheritance, the novel goes off on tangents that aren't vital at all. They could be completely cut out and it wouldn't even be noticeable that they were missing. If you were to take Brisingr for example, stuff happens at the beginning, then there are 600 pages of padding then something at the end. In the case of Inheritance, the book meanders around for a while eventually leading to Eragon to face off with Galbitorax in one of the most anti-climactic endings ever. Looking back at Eragon and Eldest, I'm not sure if they suffered from the same problem as the last two. It's been years since I read them and I really have no interest to go back and try them again. Maybe I'm being a little too hard here. The thing is I just don't care. LETS TALK ABOUT ERAGON AS A CHARACTER The biggest question that needs to be asked is what makes a likeable character? For me I would say it is complexity. When I think of the books I love with a passion, the characters who inhabit them are mutli-dimensional. They're more than a stereotype, you can believe that they could exist in the real world (personality-wise). Not to say there are certain books that I love where the characters are stereotypes, but that's a topic for another day. When you break down Eragon's character he is lacking flaws. He suffers from the Richard Cypher Syndrome. Since he is the Protagonist, he has to be awesome. He just works so hard to be so awesome you just have to love him. But you don't. Eragon is completely unrelate-able to his readers. He goes through NO CHARACTER development in THE ENTIRE NOVEL. You just don't care what he does. The weight of the entire world is supposed to be on this boy's shoulders, but that stress and (I can just hear the fangirls screaming and sharpening the pitchforks) the pressure doesn't seem to effect him at all, other than him mentioning once in while that the job seems so hard. He doesn't suffer though, in fact he leaves the army and his advisors behind to go and do other stuff. I mean REALLY? THREE GOOD CHAPTERS? Surprisingly yes, there were three good chapters. About one third into the book, Eragon and friends are captured by a religious cult that worships the Raz'ac. I guess it's my fascination with cults and black magic portrayed in books... but these chapters were actually interesting. Or maybe it was because Eragon did seem like he was actually in a bit of trouble during these sequences. As I mentioned in the character section, you get so used to Eragon being awesome and always able to save himself... and here he is... screwed. Of course Eragon is able to escape. But you just kind of hope he doesn't. Read The Rest Here:
Date published: 2012-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfectly Finished I purchased my very first eragon book about 3 years ago, and from the first book I couldnt stop reading. I was working full time and was very busy at the time, but still managed to finish all the books within 3 months. This book was so imaginative and descriptive. The characters were brilliant and very consistant throughout the books. When I read the last book and getting near the end I was extremely upset that the war hadnt even started, I was so happy and upset at the same time that he decided to make it into a series instead of a trilogy, the worst part was waiting 2 years for him to finish it and publish it. This book I recommend to everyone of all ages. Its a great read, it keeps you wanting more, not to mention it teachers you their cool little language of the dwarves and the elves. Fantastic!
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I love this book! i have been reading these books since they came out. i found this book very interesting and fun to read. I found that overall the book was okay except the ending. it leaves you with a lot of questions in your head... if you like those kind of books then this is the one for you.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfying Conclusion Summary After the siege of Feinster, Eragon and Saphira continue to travel across Alagaësia with the Varden in an attempt to take control of the land and thwart Galbatorix's supporters. The further they venture, the more they fear their enemy is too powerful to be defeated. Eragon trains as hard as he can in hopes of becoming a strong enough fighter to defeat the all powerful Galbatorix, but nothing he does seems to be enough. When unexpected allies join their side, the Varden's hopes rise, but will it be enough to bring down the most powerful magician in the land? Or will Eragon and the Varden be forced to admit defeat and live under Galbatorix's rule? Review If you've come this far in the series then you're probably already a fan of Paolini's remarkable characters in the Inheritance series. I love each of the characters and would have a hard time picking my favourite (it's Saphira). Each of the characters are complex individuals with both strengths and flaws, and their unwavering convictions make it hard to dislike even the most evil players. Rich background stories are woven throughout the four books and Inheritance is no exception, as we finally learn more about the Dragons history and the fall of the Riders. While the books are sometimes criticized for being too long and drawn out, I for one don't have a problem with how the story has progressed or its conclusion. While I must admit that Inheritance did drag a bit in the middle, I still enjoyed all the side adventures that brought Eragon and his friends to where they are today. ***SPOLIER IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH*** For those of you expecting a big love scene, you may be disappointed. Eragon's story has never been a romance, but a tale of growth, strength and overcoming obstacles against all odds. I think Paolini handled the Eragon/Arya situation perfectly in keeping with the true spirit of the novel. Verdict It was a long time coming, but Inheritance makes for a satisfactory conclusion to Eragon and Saphira's story, while still leaving the door open for possible future Rider adventures. This fan is satisfied.
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed I don't want to ruin the book for anyone so I will just say that the book left many unanswered questions. It felt as though the end was a beginning to another book instead of an ending to a good series, very disappointed.
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paolini Signing at West Edmonton Mall December 5, at 6 pm 2011. Join us for a very special event with Christopher Paolini, the bestselling author of Eragon, as he signs Inheritance, the last book in the Inheritance cycle at the Newcap Radio Stage on Monday, December 5th at 6pm. Enjoy activities, trivia, prizes and more! Wristband Policy in Effect: • Get ONE wristband for the December 5th event with the purchase of Inheritance in-store at Chapters West Edmonton Mall • Be amongst the first to purchase Inheritance on Tuesday, November 8th! Doors will open at 8:00 am. • ONE wristband with every purchase of Inheritance while quantities last. • The book must be purchased in-store, wristbands will not be applicable towards online or kiosk orders. • Only wristband holders will have access to this event. • Christopher Paolini will personalize one copy of Inheritance and will autograph his name on up to three additional books. • Promotional items and memorabilia will not be permitted for the signing. • No posed photographs. Candid photos only. • Line up is first-come, first-served for wristband holders only and will open at 4:00 pm on Monday, December 5th at the Newcap Radio Stage, Phase IV • Please contact Chapters West Edmonton Mall for more information: (780) 444-2555
Date published: 2011-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some flaws, but a good end to the series. (SOME SPOILERS) I liked this book. I think it showed an improvement in Christopher Paolini's writing and pacing. While previous novels of his tended to drag out quite a bit, (dwarvish politics, anyone?) this one keeps the reader drawn in from the get-go and never drags. The events are interesting and and there's a good mix of drama and humor. I love the little quirks Paolini tends to drop in, and the characters have realistic personalities. The build-up of tension and action to the grand finale worked really well, I think. That being said, nothing's perfect. There were some side-stories with rushed conclusions, and questions left unanswered. The ending I found surprisingly melancholy. I was also disappointed by Galbatorix: after so many, many pages of build-up I expected him to be subtle, unpredictable, and absolutely terrifying. (Instead, he seemed to me more like the usual gloating, overconfident stock villain.) These are the only issues I had a problem with. Over all, I found the book to be interesting, well-rounded and certainly worth a re-read.
Date published: 2011-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YAY YAY YAY YAY my copy should be here tomorrow! iv only been waiting since grade 8 for this book! caaaant waiiiiit!!! :DDDDDD
Date published: 2011-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's out already Finally it's out! Waiting for months and I will make review as soon as I finish the book!
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST NEWS!! CAN'T WAIT!! OMG! I have been waiting for what seems like forever!! I stopped checking the offical site because the waiting was killing me. I decided to check the status of this book tonight and now its only a week away!!! LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN...again!!!
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FINALLY!!! I can NOT wait to get my hands on this book!!!!!! Love this series and this installment is long awaited!!! :)
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from finally took long enough lol
Date published: 2011-07-16

Read from the Book

The sound was stabbing, slicing, shivering, like metal scraping against stone. Eragon's teeth vibrated in sympathy, and he covered his ears with his hands, grimacing as he twisted around, trying to locate the source of the noise. Saphira tossed her head, and even through the din, he heard her whine in distress. Eragon swept his gaze over the courtyard twice before he noticed a faint puff of dust rising up the wall of the keep from a foot-wide crack that had appeared beneath the blackened, partially destroyed window where Blödhgarm had killed the magician. As the squeal increased in intensity, Eragon risked lifting a hand off one ear to point at the crack. "Look!" he shouted to Arya, who nodded in acknowledgment. He replaced his hand over his ear. Without warning or preamble, the sound stopped.Eragon waited for a moment, then slowly lowered his hands, for once wishing that his hearing was not quite so sensitive. Just as he did, the crack jerked open wider--spreading until it was several feet across--and raced down the wall of the keep. Like a bolt of lightning, the crack struck and shattered the keystone above the door to the building, showering the floor below with pebble-sized rocks. The whole castle groaned, and from the damaged window to the broken keystone, the front of the keep began to lean outward. "Run!" Eragon shouted at the Varden, though the men were already scattering to either side of the courtyard, desperate to get out from under the precarious wall. Eragon took a single step forward, every muscle in his body tense as he searched for a glimpse of Roran somewhere in the throng of warriors. At last Eragon spotted him, trapped behind the last group of men by the doorway, bellowing madly at them, his words lost in the commotion. Then the wall shifted and dropped several inches, leaning even farther away from the rest of the building, pelting Roran with rocks, knocking him off balance and forcing him to stumble backward under the overhang of the doorway. As Roran straightened from a crouch, his eyes met Eragon's, and in his gaze, Eragon saw a flash of fear and helplessness, quickly followed by resignation, as if Roran knew that, no matter how fast he ran, he could not possibly reach safety in time. A wry smile touched Roran's lips. And the wall fell. Text © 2011 by Christopher Paolini.From the Hardcover edition.