Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Alfred A. Knopf for Young Readers • $27.99 • ISBN 9780375856112
On sale November 8, 2011

The much-anticipated final installment in Christopher Paolini's international best-selling Inheritance Cycle hit shelves yesterday! We started our Inheritance countdown back in March, and now you can finally discover the conclusion to the truly epic tale of the boy Eragon and his dragon Saphira.

The books were originally intended to be a trilogy, but the story was just so epic in scope, the third book was split in two. Thus, Inheritance--with a 2.5 million copy first printing.

The book opens with the Vardens' attack on Belatona, and I won't give away any more than that. Check out an excerpt from the first page to get your juices flowing:

The dragon Saphira roared, and the soldiers before her quailed.

"With me!" shouted Eragon. He lifted Brisingr over his head, holding it aloft for all to see. The blue sword flashed bright and iridescent, stark against the wall of black clouds building in the west. "For the Varden!"

An arrow whizzed past him; he paid it no mind.

The warriors gathered at the base of the slope of rubble Eragon and Saphira were standing upon answered him with a single, full-throated bellow: "The Varden!" They brandished their own weapons and charged forward, scrambling up the tumbled blocks of stone.

Eragon turned his back to the men. On the other side of the mound lay a wide courtyard. Two hundred or so of the Empire's soldiers stood huddled within. Behind them rose a tall, dark keep with narrow slits for windows and several square towers, the tallest of which had a lantern shining in its upper rooms. Somewhere within the keep, Eragon knew, was Lord Bradburn, governor of Belatona--the city the Varden had been fighting to capture for several long hours.

With a cry, Eragon leaped off the rubble toward the soldiers. The men shuffled backward, although they kept their spears and pikes trained on the ragged hole Saphira had torn in the castle's outer wall.

Eragon's right ankle twisted as he landed. He fell to his knee and caught himself on the ground with his sword hand.

One of the soldiers seized the opportunity to dart out of formation and stab his spear at Eragon's exposed throat.

Before you dive into Inheritance and the final showdown between dragon rider Eragon and the evil king Galbatorix, be sure to check out our review of Eragon (2003) and our interviews with Paolini for Eldest (2005) and Brisingr (2008)!

Are you a fan of the Inheritance Cycle? Have you cleared out your reading schedule to finish Paolini's fantastic tale?

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