I loved this book. My only complaint really is that there were sections that were a bit slow or got a bit too involved in the details of a conversation/description of the area etc and it lagged a bit but I loved the overall story. Eventually I even started to enjoy the long, drawn out conversations and descriptions. It took me a really long time to get through it because If I hit a slower part I kind of lost interest and would not come back to it for a while, but I was always so happy when I did come back to it, like meeting up again with old friends.
I cared about the characters, though sometimes I felt it had a few too many to care about, I cared about each and every one of them. Despite the sheer numbers of characters to keep track of and some name similarities that got confusing (Orik, Orrin, Orim..... for example) every character felt like they belonged.
Since it was the ending of a series, I think the author did a great job of tying up all the loose ends and not leaving anything hanging. Almost too perfectly, like a no man left behind kind of thing where every detail was accounted for.
In the end, I am sad that after taking such a long time to get through these books (the middle two were especially slow I felt) that I won't be in that world anymore. The author did a beautiful job transporting the reader to his world and his people and I kind of feel like something is missing now that I won't be going back everyday.
On a side note, I listened to the audio books for these and the guy who read them is AMAZING! I started listening to them when I went back to school 3 years ago and I will be graduating at the end of this semester. I feel like Eragon and Saphira have been my constant companions on my 45 minute commute to school for the last three years and it was fitting that I finished the series just as I'm finishing up at school.