I don’t usually break up a series into separate reviews but seeing as it took me a little while to get ‘Eldest’, from the ‘Inheritance Cycle’ by Christopher Paolini, and because they are just that fantastic, I have decided to do separate ones while still trying not to give too much of the story a way.
Like I mentioned in my ‘Eragon’ review, the movie does not do the books justice so if you think that since you watched the movie you can start from ‘Eldest’, you are sorely mistaken. You really need to actually read ‘Eragon’ to understand everything that happens in ‘Eldest’ (and I imagine ‘Brisingr’ will be the same).
‘Eldest’ is the story of Eragon’s journey to becoming the Rider he needs to be, in order to overcome all the struggles that await him and Saphira. In ‘Eldset’, Eragon and Saphira travel to Ellesméra to complete their training with the Elves. While there, Eragon learns what it means to be a Rider and undergoes the necessary transformation in becoming the force that will save Alagaesia from King Galbatorix’s rule.
In addition to Eragon, ‘Eldest’ also follows Roran (Eragon’s cousin). Eragon had left Carvahall to prevent Galbatorix from hurting his people, but Galbatorix needs Roran for information and as bait to draw Eragon to him. Carvahall and all it’s people are in danger, will Roran surrender to save the town or will the town fight the king’s rule?
This book is filled with all kinds of twists, turns and adventures. The details and descriptions of the surroundings and the different characters leave you wishing that Alagaesia existed, even though times in Alagaesia are so tough.
The book is filled with life lessons which get you pondering ‘real’ life and where these things can be applied. I think that the ‘Inheritance Cycle’ is something that everyone who loves a good adventure, should read and own.
Now today I am definitely going to buy myself ‘Brisingr’ because there is no way that I’ll be able to wait until the next ‘Book Club’!