Eldest, Inheritance Cycle Book 2 by Christopher Paolini
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This second installment of the series explains more of the history and magical system that Eragon was thrown into.
As I read about Eragon’s training in Ellesmera, I’m reminded of the old Hong Kong kungfu movies in which the disciple ventures into the mountains to learn the philosophy and skills from the kungfu master, that would eventually help him to defeat his enemy and avenge whoever or whatever that his enemy had destroyed. This part of Eragon’s adventure, while insightful, can get a little boring, and I actually liked the parts on Roran’s struggles more.
I’m not sure if Roran’s part was included in this installment to make the entire read more interesting, but I’m placing my bets that he’s going to be the third Rider who will hatch the third and final dragon egg.
I’m on to the third book and let’s see if I’m right. (If you’ve already read the series, please don’t tell me yet!)
VERDICT: There are no surprises in this book, although I think the part about Murtagh and Eragon’s heritage was meant to be a surprise twist. It didn’t surprise me though, so if you’re an old hand at reading epic fantasy series, I don’t think it will surprise you either.
For those who want to know a little about the story line, here’s an overview from bookdepository.com:
Darkness falls…Despair abounds…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 Ellesmera, 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-inspiring 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…