Eldest by Christopher Paolini

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Title: Eldest
Author: Christopher Paolini
Series: The Inheritance Cycle #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: DragonsMedieval fantasy
Dates read: 21st – 29th April 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Knopf
Year: 2005
5th sentence, 74th page: After dinner, Eragon and Saphira flew together.

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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 the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle–one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .


I vaguely recalled reading this novel years ago. But, as I reread it… I seriously began to doubt my memories. There was just so much in this novel that I didn’t see coming and which completely pulled me in. There is just a great sense of intrigue and interest in this story… an amazing journey that doesn’t end the way you expect. Although, it does end in a great way. Now I can’t wait to read Brisingr… a book that I know I’ve never read before…

After Eragon’s rough entrance into the world of the Varden and the battles he must face in the future, there is a nice little period of quiet in his and Saphira’s lives. It was actually quite nice to start this book in a period of quiet before the storm. It helped to get to know a little more of the political ramifications of the storyline and characters in play. Which, I’m thinking is going to be seriously important for the rest of the series…

The world of the elves is one that completely reeled me in – which was probably why I enjoyed the downtime that Eragon and Saphira experienced there so much. A world in which trees are sung into buildings, pride is something that is a serious weakness and lives are lived for way too long… of course I’m going to love it. Particularly when Eragon is struggling to create a reality in which he is likely to survive and undergoing some of the harshest training he’s experienced thus far.

Yet, it is the very ending of this story that is the most intense and amazing. Not only is there the traditional, epic, final battle… but there is a great reveal. And a new Dragon Rider in the mix. It opens up a world of hurt for Eragon’s future and makes me seriously want to sink my nose into the next book… which I may just do as soon as I finish writing this review… like… right… now.

<- EragonBrisingr ->

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23 thoughts on “Eldest by Christopher Paolini

      1. All the books are brilliant but I don’t think The Fork, The Witch and The Worm is very good. I recommend reading Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare (and watching the TV series) and reading Grisha Verse by Leigh Bardugo. There will be an upcoming Netflix series of it called Shadow and Bone. 🙂


      2. I have got the grishaberse, and plan to start that soon… once I finish a few series. XD

        I tried shadowhunters though… and couldn’t quite get into it. 😦

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