Eldest – Christopher Paolini

Title – Eldest

Series – The Inheritance Cycle #2

Author – Christopher Paolini

Genre – Fantasy

Length – 704 pages

Published – 7 September 2006

My Rating – ★★★★





After my excitement about Paolini’s first book, I could not wait to get my hands on the sequel – Eldest. I mentioned in my previous post that I was sharing the book with a friend. However, I simply had to read the book first and consumed it in a matter of days! There were so many open questions for me by the end of “Eragon”:

What happened to Roran and Eragon’s home village after he left? What about Eragon’s training? If Brom (read more about him here) could survive as a dragon rider, did others too?

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Eragon – Christopher Paolini

Eragon cover
Title – Eragon

Series – The Inheritance Cycle #1

Author – Christopher Paolini

Genre – Fantasy

Length – 528 pages

Published – 6 Jan. 2005

My Rating – ★★★★★





Originally intended as a trilogy, the four books of the Inheritance Cycle have become quite controversial in the fantasy community. While it is certainly true that there are numerous similarities to The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and even Star Wars (and quite possibly others as well) I still feel this Cycle is overall quite fascinating; the depth of the relationship between Saphira and Eragon and how they get to grow into their role as the legendary dragon riders captivated me.  It definitely kept me locked up in the student halls and away from the occasional lecture that’s for sure. Written by Christopher Paolini who was only 18 years old when the first book Eragon was published, the Inheritance Cycle had sold more than 25 million copies even before the last book was on the market (see here).

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