Topic: Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance series. The first book was Eragon, and I really enjoyed reading it. This book is set right after the battle at the end of the first book. Eragon has a big, painful scar down his back from his fight with the Shade, Durza. Three days after the battle, Eragon and Saphira go out to meet Ajihad. He has been traveling the tunnels under the Beor Mountains with Murtagh and the Twins in the days since the battle and was supposed to come back that day. A few people were out waiting, including Orik and Arya. They saw Ajihad's group come out of the tunnel on the other side of Farthen Dur. Saphira noticed that there was a group of Urgals coming up behind the travelers. Eragon jumped on Saphira and they went as fast as possible to the disturbance with Arya running below them. They quickly killed four of the men leaving only Ajihad, Murtagh, and the Twins. A mist came and surrounded the four survivers and when it cleared away, the Urgals were leaving and no one was left standing. When they got there, Eragon went to Ajihad and, with his dying breath, Ajihad told Eragon to make sure the Varden didn't fall apart with all the loss they had. After a few moments, Saphira realized that Murtagh and the Twins weren't there. The Urgals must have taken them. The especially concerning part was the fact that Urgals never kept prisoners or hostages. Arya was the only one fast enough to possibly catch them, so she went into the tunnel to pursue the Urgals. When Arya arrived back in Farthen Dur, she brought bad news. She had found one of the Twins robes and Murtagh's tunic torn and bloody by a black chasm. The only answer was that they were gone. They died. The next day, Eragon was summoned to the Council of Elders. On the council was Ajihad's right-hand man Jormindur, a tall man named Umerth, a broad man named Falberd, and two women named Sabre and Elessari. They decided that the new leader of the Varden should be Ajihad's daughter, Nasuada. The council asked Eragon to be present after Ajihad's funeral when Nasuada would formaly be asked to be the new leader of the Varden. They also asked Eragon to swear fealty to the Varden.

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When Eragon was asked to swear fealty, he reluctantly agreed. The Council of Elders called in Nasuada and Arya. Nasuada agreed to become the new leader of the Varden in her father's place. Falberd asked Arya if the elves would also agree to this. Arya said she couldn't speak for her Queen but she didn't object to it herself. Nasuada asked Eragon to stay and talk with her after everyone left. Eragon used his magic to make sure no one could eavesdrop on them. Saphira decided that they could trust Nasuada. Nasuada seemed more comfortable to talk after that. Neither of them really liked the council, and they talked about what would happen to the Varden. Eragon told her what Ajihad's last words were. She, Arya, and Saphira were the only other people who knew and Nasuada advised Eragon to keep it that way. Eragon didn't want to swear fealty to the Varden, in case they did something Eragon really didn't agree with, or the leadership changed. Eragon swore fealty to Nasuada and evaded being under the council's rule. He was still doing what he said he would, but on his own terms. Nasuada was going to continue her father's plans and goals. She thought it would still be best if Eragon went to the elves to continue his training after Ajihad's funeral. After they talked, Eragon went to see Arya, who was mad at him. Arya had spent 70 years making sure that the Varden would be in good hands, and Eragon almost ruined her work. Eragon explained the situation, what he was thinking and how much he understood. Arya was less harsh towards Eragon after that.  I really like this book so far. The next few chapters are about Eragon's cousin, Roran. I can't wait to find out what role he has in Eragon's adventure.

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As I said in the last post, these next few chapters are about Roran, Eragon's cousin. Roran still lives in Carvahall and doesn't know what Eragon is doing now. He thinks that Eragon just ran away with Brom after the death of his uncle Garrow. Roran just visited the place where his home once stood for the first time in months. Two days before, he decided to rebuild the farm and start working there. All the wood from the previous house and barn was no good to reuse. When Roran got back Horst's house (the place he was staying for the time being) Horst's son Albriech was telling his family that he was blamed for stealing someone's scythe, even though he didn't. Roran went to walk around the town and he saw many people gathered around a trapper passing through the village. He was telling about the rumors he heard on his travels. The trapper said that he heard of strange things happening in Dras-Leona and Gil'ead and that there weren't any Urgals around any of the towns and cities anymore but no one knew where they all went or why. He also said there were rumors of a Shade in the northern territories. The last thing the trapper said was that he heard of a new Rider in Alagaesia, but everyone (including the trapper) laughed it off. Occasionally there were rumors of new Dragon Riders, but none of them were true. Or so they thought. Later, Roran saw Katrina, the woman he wants to marry. He wanted to get enough money and have a good job so he could ask to marry her. She also wants to marry him, but the decision isn't fully up to her. Roran has to ask her father first. He was going to ask the next spring, but Katrina said he should ask then because there were other men wanting to marry her and if she didn't pick one her father would force her to choose someone.

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This chapter was also about Roran, but the next ones are about Eragon again. Roran and Baldor went hunting early the next morning. Roran asked for advice about what to do about Katrina. They were talking when Rorannoticed a strange smell. They followed it and when they got close, they went into the trees beside the path. Roran saw that there were a group of people stopped on the road. They were thirty of the king's soldiers, all armed, and among them were two strangers dressed in black. As much as Roran wanted to go and fight them, there was no chance that he could get out alive so he nd Baldor went back to Carvahall. There, Baldor spread the word about the soldiers and Roran went back to tell Horst. Horst thought that since they already killed Garrow and Eragon wasn't there anymore, they might want Roran. He told Roran to go to the foothills of the Spine and stay there until Baldor or his brother Albriech came to bring him news of what was happening. Roran quickly gathered supplies and left for the foothills. Later, Albriech came and told Roran that the soldiers were there to take him into custody and they would wait as long as the could for him to get back from his 'hunting trip', the story they told to explain Roran's absence. Albriech also said that the strangers with the soldiers were called the Ra'zac.

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The next chapter starts out with Eragon being visited by Orik. He asked Eragon if he was free to talk with the king of the dwarves, Hrothgar. Hrothgar told Eragon that he and Saphira could keep the armor they wore in the battle. He wanted to know what Eragon thought about Nasuada leading the Varden before he decided what to say to everyone. Hrothgar was pleased with why Eragon wanted Nasuada to be the leader.  When Arya broke the ceiling to save Eragon from Durza, she broke one of the dwarves' most prized works. All were sad that it had to be broken, especially the dwarves and their king. Saphira felt bad for breaking it so she told Hrothgar that if the dwarves could put all the shards back together, she could restore it to her former glory. Hrothgar was extremely happy about this, but Eragon was worried that Saphira wouldn’t be strong enough to recover from fixing something that big. Eragon left and when the other dwarves heard that Saphira could fix the Isidar Mithrim, the were overjoyed. There was drinking and laughter and everyone was happy. Saphira drank a bit too much mead and fell over backward. Since they are connected, Eragon fell and blacked out too. When he woke up it was time to go to Ajihad’s funeral.

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Ajihad had the honor of being buried with the dwarves, something most people couldn't have. The dwarves believed that the spirits wouldn't make it to the other world/afterlife if their tombs weren't sealed properly. Ajihad had a tomb beside the dwarf tombs so humans could go and pay respects without disturbing the dwarves. After the funeral, everyone went to an underground amphitheater so the Council of Elders could appoint the new leader of the Varden. Jormundur announced that Nasuada was to be the new leader, then Arya said on behalf of her queen, the elves gave their support and friendship. Next, Hrothgar said he supported Nasuada and so do the clans of dwarves, then Eragon and Saphira announced their support too. Jormundur asked the people in the crowd if they had made a good decision. In an overwhelming roar, the people shouted "YES". When the cheering stopped, it was time for Eragon to pledge his fealty. He went and knelt between Jormundur and Nasuada, then turned to Nasuada and gave her his sword to swear fealty to her. Everyone except Nasuada and Arya was shocked at this. The Council of Elders were furious, but the people in the audience seemed to take it well. They cheered loudly for Eragon. Nasuada addressed the people and after a few more speeches, the people began to leave the theater. That evening, Eragon and Saphira were arguing and didn't come to an agreement. The night was the first night Eragon didn't sleep near Saphira since he was captured in Gil'ead, but instead stayed in the barracks. The next morning, Eragon was summoned to talk to Nasuada in Ajihad's study. Nasuada told Eragon of the plans she had to move the Varden to Surda, the neighboring country, and if they were strong enough they might invade the empire while they were weak from losing the army of Urgals and Durza. Nasuada also said Eragon should go to the elves and continue his training. He would go with Arya and Orik and they would leave the next morning. Eragon was surprised that Orik was coming with them. He knew that he would slow them down because Saphira could surely carry two people but she couldn't carry three so they would have to travel on foot.

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The next morning when Eragon, Saphira, and Orik were waiting for Arya to get there, Orik told Eragon that Hrothgar invited Eragon into his own clan, called Durgrimst Ingeitum, and join his family. Orik also mentioned that Eragon could have the honor of being buried with the dwarves and, as I said before, that is a very very high honor. Eragon accepted. Arya arrived and they started on their journey through the tunnels. Eragon was hesitant at first because he was abandoning the little he had come to be familiar with in the Varden. The next chapter was about Roran again. The Ra'zca and the soldiers were still in Carvahall and Roran was camping near the Spine. After three days, Baldor came and said that it was the first chance anyone had to come visit Roran. The next day Baldor came back and told Roran that a villager named Quimby had died. The night before, two of the soldiers were bothering someone and got into a fight, so Quimby was trying to stop the fight. One of the soldiers threw a pitcher and it hit Quimby in the temple. The Ra'zac took the body and wouldn't give it up until morning. When they gave it back it was just bones. Bones with bite marks on them. NO one knew what sort of creatures the Ra'zac were, but it was probably them who ate Quimby. Roran woke up in the night and was surrounded by smoke. Once he got far enough away to breathe, he saw that the hay barn was on fire. Albriech came to tell Roran what happened. He said one of the soldiers got drunk and dropped a torch on the hay barn. Roran went with Albriech back to Carvahall and they met Horst, Baldor and a few others in the workshop. They told of their plan to get rid of the awful soldiers and Ra'zac.

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Roran and the other people planing to scare off the soldiers and Ra'zac went to the enemy camp in the night. They attacked and successfully scared them off. But then, when the other people in Carvahall woke up at the sound of the commotion, some thought it was unwise to attack the soldiers. They said the king would just send more and they would be defeated. People who were willing to help went to barricade the roads so, if they came back, the Ra'zac and soldiers would have a harder time ambushing them. The Ra'zac came back and one of them threw a glass vial at a wagon. The wagon burst into flames and 9 people were killed, Roran was sent flying against a wall. The soldiers and Ra'zac came storming into the village and killed everyone they could, but the villagers stood and fought. They formed a wall between the town and the soldiers, forcing them to back off. They moved away, but one of the Ra'zac said that if they gave up Roran, they would all become slaves, but if they tried to hide him, the Ra'zac would eat them all. They said they would be back and expecting an answer.

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After the dwarven city of Tarnag, Eragon, Saphira, Arya, Orik, and 8 dwarf guards continued to Ellesmera. The got out of the Beor mountains and by the Hadarac Desert with few delays. Once they got to the edge of Du Weldenvarden (the land of the elves), all the dwarves except Orik went back to Tarnag and the rest were met by four elves meant to take them to Ellesmera. I am really excited for when they get to Ellesmera. I think it will be cool to see how the elves will train Eragon to be a Rider.
The Ra'zac came back to Carvahall. Roran was watching to see if they would come and attack when he saw soldiers coming. The Ra'zac told them that they had sealed their doom by protecting Carvahall. Roran and Sloan, the butcher, went down another street and saw 6 soldiers trying to drag the fortifications away so they could get in Roran and Sloan fought all six of them. The Ra'zac were behind them, across the trench they dug. They killed the last of their own men and rode away on their horses. Roran and the butcher went back to the main street where everyone was. People were crowded around one spot when they got there. A ten-year-old boy named Elmund had been hit in the side with a spear. A few days later, Roran had an idea of how to protect the women, children and the elderly. He thought they should go to the edge of the Spine. Many people thought he was crazy, but he stood firm. They should just go to the edge, above the waterfall. The soldiers would never go into the Spine. Sloan was the most objective. He was also one of the people Roran wanted to convince the most. Sloan was Katrina's father and Roran had recently asked Katrina to marry him, even though he hadn't asked Sloan. Roran wanted Katrina to be safe. After a while, people started agreeing that it might be an okay idea. Sloan still wanted nothing to do with it. Later Roran asked Katrina to go to the Spine with the others. She wanted to stay with Roran and help, but she eventually agreed. The morning they were going to leave, Sloan saw Katrina with the others going to the Spine. Sloan and Roran both went to Katrina but Sloan went to drag her away. He was mad. Roran stopped him and told him that he was the one that wanted Katrina to go, and he said they were engaged so he had every right to ask her to go. Sloan told Kartina to come to him and Roran also implied that she should go to Roran. I think this was mean of them but maybe kind of necessary to make her choose like that. Katrina was crying and she clearly couldn't decide, but she went to Roran and told her dad that she was going to marry Roran.

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I have read a lot since I last wrote here. The night after Katrina decided to go to the Spine, she got captured by the Ra'zac. Roman tried to save her but he injured his shoulder. A group of men from Carvahall went to look for her, but when they got to the soldiers camp, they saw the Ra'zac threatening the soldiers. The Ra'zac were about to leave on their flying steeds, and the people hiding in the woods saw one of them leading Sloan, who must have betrayed Katrina to the Ra'zac, and the other carrying Katrina. I don't know if this theory about Sloan is true. I understand why he would have been mad about Katrina choosing Roran over him, but to betray his own daughter to the Ra'zac? He loved his daughter and I don't know why he would have given her away to the people who killed Garrow and ate Quimby. He can't be that cruel. Roran was going to try to go after them but he fainted because of his shoulder. After he woke up, he devised a plan to get Katrina back. He was going to travel through the Spine to Narda, a city on the coast, and get a ship down to Surda, the country to the south of Alagaesia. He was going to find the Ra'zac and finish them. He gave a really motivating speech to the people and said the only way they would be safe, was to come with him. When the Ra'zca came back, they would all be killed for not handing Roran over and hiding him instead. Most agreed to come with him, but there were those who would never agree to go into the Spine for as long as they lived. They decided to take their chances in Carvahall. It was a struggle to get to the city of Narda with a whole village of people. While in Narda and looking for a ship to take to Terim, Roran noticed that he was considered a criminal and was wanted in the whole country. He also noticed that Eragon was also wanted, but for even more money than Roran was. When they were almost to Terim, a few people went into the city to look for supplies and a way to Surda. Someone said they should look for a man named Jeod, who might be able to get them a ride to Surda. This happened to be the same Jeod that Eragon and Brom met in their travels, but neither knew about the other. After talking a while with Jeod, someone accidentally said something to give themselves away, and Jeod knew that Roran was Eragon's cousin.

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I just finished this book today and it was really good. I wasn’t expecting the ending at all, though I did have a small suspicion about one thing that was true. When Eragon learned of what was happening in Surda and what was expected to happen, he left Ellesmera and his training to go help the Varden. Technically I think he had to do this because he swore fealty to Nasuada and had to help her in battle. Orik went with him and they flew on Saphira to the southern country. It only took them two days, a very short time compared to the week it took to get from Farthen Dur to Ellesmera. That just proves how great dragons are. When Eragon got to the capital of Surda, Aberon, he found out that the Varden has gone for a place by the Jeit river for battle. He immediately left to fight with the Varden. When he got there he met with Nasuada and King Orrin. He also met Elva, the child he blessed in Farthen Dur. She had grown exceptionally fast looked like a 6-7-year-old by now. The blessing Eragon put on her actually had turned out to be a curse. Elva always knew when someone nearby was hurt and wanted to go help them. It didn’t matter who it was, but I think it caused her pain to not go help them. His would be very hard for her when the fighting began. The empire's army was also waiting by the river. There was no fighting yet but there soon would be. There was a tribe of Urgals near the Varden's camp and they had a white flag up. A sign of peace. Nasuada met with there leader and agreed to let them fight alongside the garden, against the empire.
Roran and the rest of Carvahall, along with Jeod and his sailors, went to a city in Surda that was accessible by sea they learned that the Varden had gone up the Jiet river to fight, so Roran decided to go too. The battle had begun when Roran got there. At first, the battle had been going okay, but the Varden’s soldiers were getting tired. The empire’s army outnumbered them by a lot. Then the dwarves came, led by there king. The battle stemmed to be going okay again. But the people were still growing weary, even Eragon and Saphira, who were stronger than normal humans. Sadly, the dwarf king, Hrothgar, died in battle. Around the same time that down got there, I think a bit after, another rider flew up from the enemy’s side. The dragon had red scales and was a bit smaller than Saphira. Eragon flew up to meet it and the two riders tried to battle in the air. Soon they landed and fought on the ground. Eragon was surprised at how the other rider seemed to know whatever Eragon was going to do. Eragon was also recognizing how the other rider fought. When he got close, Eragon ripped off the other man's helmet and was very surprised by what he saw. I was surprised too. I really wasn’t expecting that. Although the thought did cross my mind when they were fighting. Eragon’s old friend, Murtagh was the other rider. Everyone thought he was dead. The twins were also supposed to be dead but they were alive and well fighting if the battlefield. Murtagh told Eragon about how he became a rider. He also told Eragon who Eragon’s parents were. Eragon knew that his mother was named Selena and she was Garrow’s sister, but he knew nothing about his father. Murtagh said that Eragon shares the same father as himself. Morzan, one of the most dangerous people there was. One partly responsible for the downfall of the riders and dragons. That meant two things for Eragon. One, that he was the son of one of the most hated people there was, and two, he was Murtagh's brother. While Eragon found out this bitter news, Roran was busy killing the twins. They were two of the most powerful magicians and they were killed by a hammer. When the battle was over Eragon went to tell Arya, Nasuada, and Roran about what happened with Murtagh. I really want to read the next book and I need to go to the library soon.