Eldest, written by Christopher Paolini, is the second book in a four-book adventurous fantasy series called the Inheritance Cycle. This book is told in the views of 3 different characters (Eragon, Roran, and Nasuada), so it might become hectic to understand. The story starts after Ajihad (King of the Varden) dies and Nasuada takes over as Queen and tries to get past their financial problems. After the tremendous battle in Farthen Dur, Murtagh and the Twins are presumed dead. At the same time, Roran is planning on marrying the butcher’s daughter, Katrina.
Nasuada continues to struggle with manpower after the fight against the Kull and Urgals. Meanwhile, King Hrothgar installs Eragon as a member of his clan and insists on his trip to Du Weldenvarden, and Eragon is trained there by Onomis, an older Dragon Rider. But Eragon has pains and seizures from his back, which causes many problems. Carvahall is attacked and Roran finds out that the Raa’zac are inhuman creatures while the village plots a defense plan against the Raa’zac, and is gravely hurt in one of the fights and Katrina is taken by the Raa’zac. Just like in Eragon, there is precision towards a steady lead up to a fight in the final pages and Eldest ends with a cliff hanger.
I found Eldest to be an amazing book for teens who are interested in older, medieval type books and magic. In the book, the fact that there are multiple points of view will intrigue a large crowd of people who like adventure-fantasy novels and will put a new spin on the genre. It gives out no moral, although it teaches young minds about the time before electronic devices and what people did back then. All in all, this book was great and I would recommend it to anyone who likes medieval books and magical fantasies.