Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance Trilogy. It was released just this past month. We got a box set of this new book along with the first book Eragon.
I read Eragon and couldn’t wait to start on Eldest. I did wait a bit, not long. I finished Eragon and wrote a review here yesterday. I finished Eldest this afternoon.
Eragon was a better book IMO, but it is so only because this is how I traditionally view trilogies, that the first and last are the best. That the middle is a bigger stage-setter for the end. All in all though, this book, Eldest, is full of adventure and growing, fighting and war. Parts of the end are a bit jumbled in my mind. I did race through the book. I couldn’t help it. It was very readable and a delight to read.
I found many parts of it to align themselves to real life situations, how we know someone, then don’t see them, that person changed and grows, and then we see them again. Who are they? Often it is we are are on the receiving end of “who are you?” Eragon goes through this. He changes and it’s fantastical to his cousin, who is going through is own hellish experience and not understanding what’s going on with his cousin, and how the truth comes out … it’s all a shock to Eragon, but not a total shock to the thinking reader. And the changes that Eragon went through as he trained with the Elves are wonderful, but he’s changed so that when he gets to the place of having to be The Rider in war, it’s a bit uncomfortable for him, so many things he’s learned, and grown in mind, body, power … he looks different, and everyone does notice, when he gets to face his foe and then his cousin, it’s them who *to me* make him feel a bit odd about it, like he’s doing weird things. It’s like he’s great about it all, and then others mock him a bit for it, cheapening it.
It’s all about the truth though, the evil in the land of AlagaÃ«sia is not those who have magic, for this is a fantasy land, not one which there is a Supreme God in, as of yet. There are religions, but there is no absolute about religion in this fantasy land of AlagaÃ«sia, but things about race and religion have come up in Eragon’s learning sessions, and what he’s faced more and more in how this book culminates.
It will be interesting to see how the story goes in the last book. (But must wait, so very long until it’s out in hardback, whenever that will be!)
We have the Inheritance 1 & 2 Boxed Set of Eragon and Eldest.
This review is a short one on the first book, Eragon.
I enjoyed the book immensely. It’s a “can’t put it down” sort of book. I did read the first 2 or so chapters the first time I picked the book up, but wasn’t able to keep reading due to being interupted, so I put it down. The next day I did pick it up and keep reading all day. I had a migraine that had me feeling too back to be up, so the children did not bother me, and that left me to read. The book was great, took me into it, away from my migraine-self.
It’s a rich story of a boy who is nothing much and becomes someone great. It’s the first book of three. Two are out, one to come later. I found that I easily fell deeply into the story, as if I was Eragon. As if I was there, was him, knew his dragon, felt what he did, the connection with her and others. Growing up, becoming a man, a Rider.
I will start on Eldest very soon. My migraine is still here. It’s feeling bad now since I don’t have Eragon to escaped into.
I will put it all this way: When one has a painful migraine reading can be difficult. It can be too much to read anything on the computer for long, or on paper. It’s exactly like that for me with this migraine. It hurts and I feel sickly. It’s painful to be on the computer writing this. Just to lay down would be so nice, but that would be just something not so good, I would still feel bad, still hurt, not be able to escape the pain and suffering. ERAGON led me down to a place where I could get past the wall of pain and leave it behind. Truly it is a magical book. Very readable, not a “read-down” thing for young readers, but a challenging book for young readers, and very much something that adults can enjoy. For a book to get me away from my migraine for a whole day, when the pain is really there and won’t go away, is something wonderful.
I add this book to my “favorite” list, and will pick it up again and again.
homeschooling with both feet, as a grand
adventure. Everything is about learning, and
their days (and houses) show it.
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