Thursday, August 24, 2006

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Title: Eldest

Author: Christopher Paolini

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: Eragon's village is hunted by the Ra'zac who know that the new Rider came from there. While Ronan, Eragon's brother, fight them, Eragon begins his training with a new teacher.

The Take-Away: The major conventions of fantasy are carried through to this title. What Paolini does differently, however, is subject his hero to doubts.

Eragon must decide how and why he fights, because his teacher demands a better answer than that it is the right thing to do. Under different circumstances, the right thing might have been what King Galbatorix is doing.

Recommendation: If you don't start with Eragon, reading Eldest first will ruin some of the storyline.

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