Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Knopf Publishing
APC: 694 pages
Multiple POVs: Yes indeed
Dragons: Yes, still dragons
Opinions: Lots of them
Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. We continue to follow Eragon in his ultimate quest to kill the Ra'zac (weird bird-like demon things that belong to the king) and his journey as a Rider on the lamb. For the official blurb, click here.
If I haven't said it enough, you all know that Eragon is my favourite book of all time, and thus I am automatically biased about the rest of the series.
One of my biggest worries after book one was "I love Eragon, but if it's all about him through four books, I'm going to be really disappointed". And then I wasn't disappointed! I love the guy, but I can only hear him go through his emotions for so long... 🤣
In all seriousness, I did really enjoy Eldest. It brings out some new skills of Paolini's to light, like multiple points of view which I enjoyed. It was nice to be able to follow some of the early characters of the series that we got so little of in the first book. Paolini showed some growth in his writing as well as in his characters, which doesn't always happen well in a series, but worked out great here. I think it is a definite advantage that Paolini was so young when he wrote the first book because he grew with his characters and I feel like that gave him an edge.
I really enjoyed the second point of view coming into this novel. We get to see what's happened to Roran, Eragon's brother, after the events of the first book. Roran's point of view is shared in between Eragon's story which was awesome as we got to see what was happening in different parts of the world all at once.
There was a great spread of action and learning in this book. There is a lot of backstory and lore that goes with the series and we got to learn a whole lot with Eragon, whereas the action was being delivered more so by his brother Roran. I really appreciated the mix of activities and it kept me invested throughout.
To conclude, Eldest was a great sequel that did not disappoint. It delivered background, lore, fights, and a host of different characters that I love getting to know more and more about.
I give Eldest 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐☜(ﾟヮﾟ☜)
Go check out my review of book 1 here 👉🏻 📖
B.O.O.K. Project Analysis
Writing Style - The dual POV without overlap is a smart choice. It gives the reader more to focus on and be interested in. The author gives a significantly different voice between different characters, which is important. Paolini allows his characters room to grow with his writing style.
Plot Structure - Dual POVS were introduced in this novel. The characters were separate from each other, which made the plot much fuller and more interesting as we were exploring different parts of the world. There was no overlap in stories, which is helpful. The time for each point of view was the same, they were happening within each other's timeline.
Character development - In this book we got to follow the development of Eragon and Saphira as well as Eragon's brother Roran as we explored his POV. Eragon and Saphira's relationship deepens and they each grow significantly which demonstrates good character development. Learning about secondary characters is gradual rather than all-of-a-sudden.
Worldbuilding - Dual POVs made the worldbuilding more intricate. In the first book, there was focus on multiple areas, one at a time, whereas in this book there is a focus on multiple locations at the same time. This way, we got to learn more about the different parts of the world, which expanded the worldbuilding exponentially.
Theme/Message - The message of friendship and family carries on in this book. Eragon's bonds with Saphira and the people who he's fought alongside have strengthened and are evolving. Roran's relationships with Katrina and Eragon are testaments of family.
Stay tuned for reviews of the rest of the series.
Until then, read on.
~ Hayley's Reviews xo