The Eldest by Christopher Paolini (VO)

The Inheritance, Book 2

Synopsis: 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. . . .

Review: I read Eragon a long time ago, even many years ago and I confess I don’t remember anything about the book or just some little things. You will tell me, after all this time it may be normal. But as the movie is more recent, it’s true it is more this story I had in mind when I began this novel. When a friend offered me to give this second volume to me, I was very happy to have the opportunity to get into the sequel of the Eragon’s adventures. I was a little disenchanted when I understood it would take me a while to read it, because finally, this book is really big! (Well I know it’s not the biggest book, but I no longer used to read this kind of book).
So, we get into a new adventure featuring Eragon and her dragon: Saphira. A lot of chapters are shared between the point of view of Eragon and his cousin: Roran. Well, in the beginning, it didn’t bother me and I was curious to know how this little world had evolved. But it wasn’t the same thing in the end. I confess I really didn’t care about the Roran’s point of view. It was always the same thing and the story didn’t progress with him. We understand quite fast that Katrina is his favorite subject ever. But it wasn’t the same thing for the evolution, the training of Eragon and his travel across all these different populations, which were captivating. We can meet some new species, and we learn a little more about their lifestyle, their culture… It was really intriguing to see the elves daily lives that have some morals very different from humans. Indeed, it will take some time to our hero to really understand and adapt to this new world. But it will be perfect for him for evolving and for understanding his environment and his feelings for the others. He will learn little by little what really happens around him, his link with his dragon. It was really amazing to follow all this stuff. We can see Eragon in the beginning, who is quite naïf to become a lot more mature despite he doesn’t understand how to face his feelings.

Therefore, this second volume was a pleasant read and I glad for getting into the story. I will read the third book with pleasure but I think I will wait a little to do so because it takes a lot of time. This book is perfect to relax and read a story a little different.

4 thoughts on “The Eldest by Christopher Paolini (VO)

  1. Hey Mellanie,
    I’m glad you liked this one. I tried to read the first book but couldn’t really get into it. I’m guessing it’s b/c of the talking animals/high fantasy, but a lot of people seemed to love it. I may have to give them another go; I have books 1 and 2 I think, so we’ll see 🙂 Hope you’re having a grea week!
    Ninja Girl

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