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Wednesday 17 January 2024

Review: Murtagh

Christopher Paolini has returned with a new novel following on from the events of his previous best selling Inheritance Cycle books. Murtagh follows the lives of Murtagh and his dragon Thorn, outcast from society following their previous actions.

Having devoured the Inheritance Cycle repeatedly as a child, it brings me great joy to revisit the world that brought me so much childhood wonder. Despite being set in the same world, following the events of the previous Inheritance Cycle books, it felt fresh and exciting, particularly due to the change of protagonist.

The book is well-paced, easily digestible and the prose is simple and suitable for young fantasy readers. 

Despite being heavily-plot driven and packed full of action and adventure, Murtagh's introspective moments, healing and growth throughout the story still shine through.

Overall, it's a well-balanced and exciting addition to the Inheritance Cycle and is a great read for those wanting to continue this journey.

- Reviewed by Ella McCartney

Title: Murtagh
Author: Christopher Paolini
Illustrator: Cover art by John Jude Palancar
Publisher: Penguin, $32.99
Publication Date: 7 November 2023
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241651346
For ages: 12+
Type: Fiction