Fanfic Recs: Inheritance Cycle
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Authors, and WebsitesOpifex and her The Storm Dragons series
- Recommended by Verity, Seconded by Raxis, Thirded by Killer Clowns, who has only second hand knowledge of the Inheritance Cycle, but recommends it on its own merits as a general-purpose Deconstruction.
- Synopsis: Follows the story of a family of powerful black dragons... and the story of a boy called Arren Cardockson who would one day become Galbatorix. Alternate Character Interpretation done right, it turns the original story on its head.
- Comments: The whole thing is several times longer than the whole Inheritance Cycle, but don't let that put you off, because I enjoyed every minute of it. The author manages to take everything that was canon up through book 2, turn it on its head, and make the Big Bad out to be The Hero and vice-versa while telling an engaging story. There's a lot of original characters, who are all well-realized and interesting. The series does tend to slant dark, and Anyone Can Die, so be warned, but it can also be funny and genuinely touching just as often, and is definitely worth a read. The series can be found here.
- Recommended by Flying Toaster
- Pairing: Eragon/Murtagh (one-sided). Yes, slash.
- Synopsis: A look at what Murtagh's life is like in the empire with Galbatorix. Not canon, for how it ends.
- Comments: Slightly (or a bit more than slightly) disturbing. Sad. Again, slash and doesn't follow canon at the end. Still, very well written.
- Recommended by The Cheshire Cheese
- Synopsis: A short story about two very original characters who start the day off with a game of Kick the Can, but finish in tragedy...
- Comments: Disregarding the characters and storyline of "Eragon," this parody focuses on Paolini's writing style. It lampoons everything from his Purple Prose, to his "original" storytelling, and everything in between. A hilarious read for anyone who found Paolini's writing style irritating.
- Recommended by Spiritstrike
- Synopsis: A retelling of the Inheritance Cycle with Loads and Loads of Characters with Eragon and additional Dragon Riders but still follows the original plot of all four books.
- Sequels: Bloodlines, Bloodforge, and upcoming Bloodwar
- Comments: Definitely recommend this story, despite some bits of grammar issues. Despite the number of original characters, they are not the actual focus of the story, it also expands on the Ancient Language as well in a number of ways. An enjoyable read for those who cannot let go of the original books.
- Recommended by Felinesquids
- Pairings: Arya/Murtagh
- Synopsis: A somewhat unorthodox Continuation Fic taking place after Brisingr. In a world of black and white, lightning in the night sky; of good and evil, fairy tales for children - where do the real people fit in? The bland, blasť catch line is the same: A beautiful princess is kidnapped, locked in a tower, and is rescued by her valiant prince. The wheels of war are stopped for pitiful fancy, time and time again. ~Is it really so? What of the real villains? The misfits. The forgotten ones. The hated. Behind the wrong colored tunic, the wrong colored mask, they embrace the dance, frenzied, mad, losing themselves in something beautiful and something terrible, something disgusting. Their hours are numbered. The spell is nearly broken. But the masquerade will go on - until midnight falls. They will not wait until the clock strikes Thirteen.
- Comments: This story is beautifully written, and while it's rather slow moving, the characterization more than makes up for it. Murtagh is spot on. Galbatorix is amazingly... something, and is probably the best character in the story. Arya has been deconstructed to hell and back, and is made even better for it. Roran is actually made quite enjoyable. Eragon is a bit darker than in canon, but I believe that the author may change that when she gets around to re-editing. And that's to say nothing of the Original Characters. Really, for someone who seems to specialize in mental instability, the background cast is incredibly sane, real, and solid. Like I mentioned, though, the beginning is a bit slow moving. It's definitely worth the read, though.
- Recommended by Saphruikan
- Pairing: Murtagh/Nasuada
- Comments: Disappointed with the ending of Inheritance? Believe me when I say this story is perfect for you. Everyone is so in character, I keep having to remind myself that this isn't canon. Perfect grammar/spelling/punctuation, tons of fluff, and description so awesome I just can't- gaaaah I love this story.
- Recommended by Overlord347
- Crossover: Elder Scrolls/Inheritance Cycle
- Synopsis: The Dragonborn gets called (read: summoned against his will by a hermit) to the world of Inheritance Cycle.