Monday, May 21, 2007

No. 16 -- Eldest

by Christopher Paolini

Started: May 20
Finished: June 3

Notes: I read the first book in this series a few years ago. Despite all the ragging it gets online, I didn't hate that first book. Didn't love it, but didn't hate it. At least it didn't bore me. The writing's a bit simple, but what can you expect from such a young author? This second book was given to me as a present a while back, and I'm just now getting around to reading it. Will I get the eventual third book? Guess it'll depend on what I think of this one.

Mini review: The writing is a little stronger than in "Eragon," and the plotting is definitely stronger. Like "Eragon," not great, but not awful. Actually, the Eragon character isn't the most interesting in "Eldest." It's his brother Roran, who has the most interesting story in this book. Also, you'll learn a lot about the world Eragon lives in, including tons about magic and elves, but there are hints that there is more to learn.

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