Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Eldest by Christopher Paolini - an Inheritance Event

Summary from Goodreads:

Darkness falls ...Despair abounds ...Evil reigns ...Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life ...

My thoughts on Eldest:
I have yet to read this a second time.  I will soon, but for now I remember it too well to want to pick it up again.  It was good, better than Eragon, and I enjoyed the characters much better.  Paolini introduces Roran as a leading role who has a lot to offer the story.  In the end, I always go back to him as my favorite character in the whole series.  He's a gem, really.

The writing is better in Eldest than in the first, much more personal.  The story, while very active and full of wonders, held a little too much detail, I felt, in the scenes that involved Eragon's training under Oromis.  But overall I was sucked in and couldn't finish it fast enough!  I grew to love Eragon a bit more in this story, and when I was done I couldn't wait for Brisingr to come out!

On a whole, Eldest is a step up from Eragon and shows just how quickly an author can grow, in story, world building, writing, and character development.  Again, definitely worth the read....because Brisingr is freaking incredible.  You just have to get there first.

4/5 stars


  1. It has been a very long time since I read Eragon, and I never went on to finish this series. Eldest however, sounds actually very good so I might try this one on after all.

  2. I stopped reading Eldest when it was becoming clear that I was 1) Going to be bored with Eragon's elf training and 2) Murtagh was going to be MIA for a long time. Good to know about Roran though. I didn't give him much thought in Eragon, but you have me curious now.

  3. I can't wait to read this one...I somehow lost track of this trilogy after reading Eragon!