Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini

Title: Eldest
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Alfred Knopf
Release Date: August 23, 2005 
Other Titles in Series: Eragon (#1), Brisingr (#3), Inheritence (#4)

Characters: 20/20
Plot: 20/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 20/20
Overall: 99/100 or A+ 
Source: Borrowed from friend (Eddy)

Synopsis: 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 Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, vital skills for a 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 doesn’t know 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… 

Review: The Inheritance Cycle is a series I am an undoubted fan of. Christopher Paolini’s debut, Eragon, was one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read, and it completely enthralled me. Only the lasting charm of a very good book can lead me to praising it so highly. Eldest was loaned to me by a dear friend, as was Eragon, and I can not effectively express the gratitude I have for him. If you are reading this Eddy, I thank you enormously.

When beginning Eldest, my heart immediately recognized the unique writing style of Christopher Paolini and practically melted. This is an adequate expression of how much I adore this series. Paolini has effectively mastered the molding of an in-depth plot, powerful characters, and inspired writing into a beautiful novel. He is one of the great inkweavers of the modern literary world.

The second installment of the Inheritance Cycle was a beautiful continuation of the series. Paolini worked his magic yet again in providing us readers with another succulent plot and a fresh batch of characters. Readers will traverse a written path, enamored by the extraordinary adventures of Eragon the dragon rider, and his companion Saphira. Eldest is truly an epic read for lovers of the fantasy genre.

So, if you ever have the chance to read Eragon, don’t hesitate to snatch the book and begin right away. When it comes to a great novel such as this, stealing and resorting to hedonistic greed is perfectly acceptable. Just joking! Only steal from your not-so close friends. 😉


Paolini, Christopher. (2005). Eldest. United States: Alfred A. Knopf.

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