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.
I had high expectations for Eldest because I loved Eragon. There is always a chance that you won’t like the sequel/sequels of a series. And of course there is also a chance for the opposite. In the case of Eldest I was disappointed a little bit.
The Story (Spoiler Degrees: 4)
The beginning of the book is boring. The long journey to Ellesmera is necessary, but I was hardly able to finish reading it. Then there is a big WOW: Oromis and Glaedr. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face, but it lasted only until the first half of the next chapter. Sadly, then the story goes flat again.
Initially, I liked the scenes of Roran, but I became less and less interested, as the story progressed. Not as if it wouldn’t have been exciting, but it was a suffering for me. And also weird. I can’t understand Roran. What is his aim? To rescue Katrina. But why? Why does he add the extra burden of 300 people? I understand that he wants to help. He thinks that the situation is Eragon’s fault. And Roran feels that it’s his duty to help these people, if Eragon isn’t there.
I was about to tear my hair out because of the suffering between Arya and Eragon. Honestly, if I have to hear another confession or apology in the following books, I will throw the series on a fire (only in imagination, of course). Furthermore, it’s especially nonsensical that Eragon transforms in no time. There is a scar on his back, and in the next moment it disappears. It’s too perfect, too easy.
The ending of the story is very good. Although I already figured out the big secret from the first book, I never expected this surprising announcement from that nice Murtagh. It’s cool! But I have some intuitions that not everything is like Murtagh says. We’ll see.
Characters (Spoiler Degrees: 4)
Saphira. I still love her. She’s a little bit flighty because of her age, but she’s lovely. And she’s so beautiful and smart and… I could rave about her for hours.
Eragon. He’s irritating. Okay, he’s young. Okay, he’s inexperienced. But I’m begging! He falls in love with Arya so much that he can’t think of anything else, e.g. of his dignity. He runs after her in vain. Poor kid…
Arya. She’s a snobbish, arrogant goose. No matter how much I would like to like her, I can’t. Despite that, I cheer for her and Eragon to get together, because Eragon loves her. And I would like to see him happy.
Nasuada. She’s a strange person. I can’t really like her. It is funny that I always imagine her like a tiny, small, blonde-haired girl. And I always have to remind myself that she looks totally different. I don’t know why I imagine her like that. 🙂
Murtagh. I hardly know what to say. I start liking him more and hating him less. I feel sorry for him, because he isn’t so evil; he is forced by Galbatorix only.
Roran. He’s too helpful and honest. He could use some lessons in selfishness. Personally I haven’t got any problem with him, but he isn’t my favorite character.
Oromis. Oh my God! He… he… I can’t think clearly when it’s about him. He’s so ancient in a good sense. I feel the bygone eras in him.
Glaedr. I feel the same way about him as I feel about Oromis. I was reading his scene with tears in my eyes. Seriously, I had goosebumps.
I hope this volume is only a derailment. I can’t believe that you get such a sequel after the first volume. It’s a… There are no words for ‘Eldest’. The plot of the story is slow and boring. The feelings of the characters are annoying. Please, please, let the third book be better!
Cover (Spoiler Degrees: 1)
Actually the cover of Eldest implies a lot about the story. 🙂 I love it. I love that Thorn is so different from Saphira. You really could see the differences between the two dragons.