Thursday, June 30, 2016

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini: Review

REVIEW: 5/5 stars!
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Source: bought
Publication date: August 23rd, 2005
Find it on Goodreads here!

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

Darkness falls... Swords clash... 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 Ellesméra, 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-inspring 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.

Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life...


Even better than Eragon!

Everything about Eldest was great. I could go on forever about what I love about this book, but I am going to focus on one single character that really made the book for me: Roran.

Roran, Eragon's cousin, wasn't really present in the first book. But he REALLY came into his own in Eldest. He was absolutely bad-ass! He has such a fierce loyalty to his family, and his leadership skills when it came to getting his men to fight were amazing. The outcome of the story would be totally different if not for Roran and his hammer. The chapters from his point of view were my absolute favorite to read; he is no doubt my favorite character in this series. Christopher Paolini, you know how to craft amazing characters. 

If you have not read this series, I highly suggest you do so soon!

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