The End of an Era

9 11 2011

I just finished the book Inheritance half an hour ago.

For those of you who don’t know, Inheritance is the fourth book in the Inheritance Cycle which began with Eragon and includes Eldest and Brisingr.  At another time, I might joke about how stupid the name ‘Brisingr’ is for a book (because it is) regardless of its importance in the story.

As I said before, I was not a part of the Harry Potter generation, as I had only read the existing books a few weeks before the 7th came out.  Though I participated in the excitement of the release of the 7th book, I did not experience all of the book releases.  The Inheritance Cycle–that was a different matter.

I read Eragon and Eldest in a week as a freshman in high school.  I gobbled up the story and could not wait for the next book to come out.  Unfortunately, this was to occur two and a half years later.  In the meantime, Paolini announced that the series, previously a trilogy, would expand to a four book cycle.  This made me both excited (because there would be more story) and disappointed (another long time to wait).  I read the 3rd book, Bfoiehwgi…no wait that’s not right…Brisingr, while in my first semester my senior year of high school.  Again, I read it extremely fast, and was again stunned by the events that transpired and wanted the final book IMMEDIATELY.  But this was not to happen.  Three years later, I sit in the United Kingdom, studying music at one of the best universities in the world for the entire school year.

Six years is a lot of difference when one only has 20 of them under the belt.  I am a fundamentally different person now than I was as a scraggly high school freshman.  I have become an adult…a frightening fact to some of you, I’m sure.  It is difficult to describe what how it feels to grow up with a story, and it is odd to describe how it feels now that its at an end.

I would like to thank Mr. Christopher Paolini for the impact that he has made on the millions of readers because of his stories.  He followed his heart and started Eragon when he was 15 years old.  Forgive me if I’m sounding mushy (I’ll make up for it in my next post I promise), but there is something unique that happens when you experience something like this while growing up.  For those of you who have experienced it, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  For those of you who don’t–you can still read the books, for they are darned good.  But it won’t be the same.

Congratulations, Chris. You earned it.

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