Eldest, by Christopher Paolini is the sequel to Eragon. After an impressive 668 pages, I find that I’m a little disappointed that it had to end. I’m still not sure of the 3rd in the trilogy’s release date, but I’ll definitely be looking forward to it.
In Eldest, we again follow Eragon’s journey; this time, to the land of the elves. And we’re also reintroduced to his cousin Roran, and his path after returning home to find his father dead and Eragon missing. While Eragon apprentices under elven care through half of the book, Roran finds himself in constant danger. Both of the young men go through a lot of changes as they face their battles.
More fun surprises are revealed about the Riders, dragons, and Eragon’s heritage. As in the first book, the story crescendos to the end of the book and the great battle scene.
Paolini paints a striking picture with his description of the elves and their land. His many characters all seem to have depth and meaning. While, I found the first half of the book to drag a bit with all of Eragon’s training, I still found most of it to be important to the story. And the rest of the book flowed, and was much more exciting.
Again, I’m impressed that such a young man wrote these extraordinary novels. I’m looking forward to seeing how his writing style develops with time and maturity.