Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published March 13, 2007
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Eldest is the continuation of Paolini’s Inheritance Trilogy, in which Dragon Rider, Eragon journeys to the Elves’ home deep in the forest to train under a new mentor whom he at first knows as The Cripple Who Is Whole. Eragon struggles with his physical weakness resulting from a battle wound and his growing attraction to the elf-maiden, Arya. Meanwhile, in his hometown of Carvahall, Eragon’s cousin Roran fights another battle. The evil Ra’zac return, threatening to destroy the village in their search for Roran, who must take command of the panicked villagers and keep them safe, no matter what the cost.
The history and culture details spread throughout the portions of the novel depicting Eragon’s stay with the elves and further training are stunning and well-developed. I thought it was equally as engaging as its predecessor, Eragon. I enjoyed getting to see more of the story-world and the heightening tension between Eragon and his enemies.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
There is a lot of magic/sorcery-type content as well as telepathy, etc. Obviously the story contains dragons, which are portrayed as thinking, feeling, benevolent creatures.
Some battle sequences and creepy villain characters. Light to moderate gore with battle injuries.
I read this series aloud to my kids. Had to skip over an entire chapter devoted to the elves being specifically atheistic.
I thought you might wish to mention that in your review in the Spiritual section, that the elves are portrayed as atheist.
OH! That is a great catch. I completely forgot about that. Thanks!!