Eldest by Christopher Paolini

839225

Format: Paperback

The challenges for Eragon and his dragon Saphira are by no means over. Having proved himself in battle as a Dragon Rider, Eragon must now travel to the land of the elves to be tutored in magic and swordmanship, the essential skills of a Dragon Rider. But the Empire is in the grip of evil and Eragon is dogged by chaos and betrayal at every turn. Will the wicked king Galbatorix’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with his life…

The blurb of this book makes it sound very thrilling when in fact I found it very boring.

This book is a sort of in-between book that is unfortunately necessary to instruct the reader in Eragon’s progress but a lot of it wasn’t that interesting.

I did find some of Eragon’s training with the elves interesting and I loved the descriptions of Ellesméra, it sounds so nice there, but there was a lot of travelling for Eragon and that wasn’t always needed to help the story.

The book is split between Eragon in Ellesméra, Roran, Eragon’s cousin, in Carvahall and Nasuada with the Varden. It is interesting to read about the others difficulties and the challenges they also face but I easily passed over this book for another because it didn’t interest me that much.

The only major thing that happens in the book is toward the very end so everything else is just building up to that and it is a bit of an anti-climax.

But I did find a couple of quotes in this book that I liked so I thought I would share them with you:

Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now. – Saphira

Be on your guard, for during this time, we elves are apt to go mad – wonderfully, gloriously mad, but mad all the same. – Oromis

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