Eldest is th' sequel t' Eragon and is written by Christopher Paolini. The book is about a sixteen year auld lad named Eragon. Eragon finds a dragon egg and becomes a dragon rider when th' egg hatches. After that, his uncle is killed by these foul beasts called Ra’zac, so Eragon takes off with an auld lubber named Brom, who turns out t' be a former dragon rider, and they search fer th' Ra’zac, we'll keel-haul ye, I'll warrant ye! Brom gets killed when they are captured by th' Ra’zac. Some good comes o' this encounter with th' Ra’zac, when another young lubber named Murtagh saves Eragon and Saphira and proceeds t' help them. Later Eragon is captured by Urgals and questioned by a Shade (a person who is bein' controlled by demons.) Eragon escapes and saves and elf’s life, who were bein' also a captive o' th' Shade. Then through use o' th' elf’s memories, Eragon, his dragon, Murtagh and th' unconscious elf go t' th' Varden, pass the grog! The Varden is a group o' rebels who resist th' Empire, by Davy Jones' locker. Murtagh reveals that he is th' son o' a lubber who betrayed th' dragon riders t' Galbatorix (th' insane kin'.) They reach th' Varden and a little later are enslaved in a battle with Urgals and th' Shade. Shiver me timbers! Eragon kills th' Shade but gets a permanent injury in his back, to be sure. Murtagh disappears, with th' two most powerful Varden spell casters. Eragon and th' elf, Arya, travel t' th' elves home where Eragon meets a dragon rider called Oromis and Oromis’s dragon Glaedr. Aarrr! The two o' them are injured beyond repair and can no longer fight, but they begin t' teach and tutor Eragon and Saphira in th' ways o' th' mysterious dragon rider’s magic. Walk the plank, and a bucket o' chum! Meanwhile Roran, Eragon’s cousin, refuses t' be taken by th' kin'’s men, t' be used as a weapon against Eragon. Shiver me timbers! Roran takes his whole village and they tramp across th' land t' try t' find refuge in Surda, a country who secretly helps th' Varden’s resistance. This book is filled with all sorts o' emotions and presents different ideas on religion and uses many clichés, pass the grog! It is a book o' adventure and fantasy. Eldest teaches its readers lessons both positive and negative, doesn’t do a good job o' brinin' across th' romantic emotions but does do a good job o' convincin' readers o' frustration and pain, and provides little insight on new ideas.
There are topics broached in Eldest that provide some questionable ideas o' what is right and what is wrong. Christopher Paolini, seems t' use th' feelin' or want o' revenge t' sail his characters most o' th' time, and dinna spare the whip, pass the grog! To me this isn’t a good lesson t' be teachin' because what I would take away from readin' parts o' this book is that it is ok t' act revengeful towards those that hurt ye. Shiver me timbers, avast! I disagree with th' idea presented there. Yet th' Dragon Riders are made out t' be these great heroes, and everyone looks up t' th' hero, but then Saphira, Eragon’s dragon says that he should get revenge on his uncle’s murder because that is his job as a dragon rider. Ahoy! Ahoy! When tryin' t' convince Eragon t' pursue th' Ra’zac and get revenge, Saphira says,”I thought long and deep th' past few days, and I realized what it means t' be dragon and Rider:It is our destiny t' attempt th' impossible, t' accomplish great deeds regardless o' fear. It is our responsibility t' th' future,” page 92-92. Shiver me timbers, by Davy Jones' locker! So in this book, is Christopher Paolini tryin' t' teach us that we should get revenge on those who wrong us, by Davy Jones' locker? I disagree with th' way this were bein' handled, and a bucket o' chum. This wasn’t th' only time that revenge were bein' brought up either, Roran endangers his whole village because he wants his vengeance fer his father’s death. As a member o' th' village says, “It’s all ye fault…they will torch our houses and murder our little sandcrabs because o' ye,”page 124-125. Fire the cannons, I'll warrant ye! Roran’s want fer vengeance put all these other families at risk, ye scurvey dog. The message that is gettin' across here, is that it doesn’t matter who gets hurt as long as ye get what ye want. Again I disagree with this opinion. Another moment in this book, had one o' th' men o' Carvahall slaughterin' th' soldiers alongside Roran, and both showed a fierce enjoyment t' kill and seemed t' regard th' killin' as a sport. “Shall I gut and hamstrin' ye?”page 137, ye scurvey dog. This were bein' a ‘clever’ play on words, as th' lubber who said this is th' butcher o' Carvahall. However this is just sick, and dinna spare the whip! The tauntin' and jokin' about death and murder is just so wrong and this is one o' many times this type o' sick humor is mentioned and I think it’s just wrong. Paolini uses th' emotion o' anger t' be a sailin' force behind what many characters do. I think he could have used different emotions t' invoke action from his characters, especially as anger is a dominant emotion. I feel that although anger is a great emotion t' use t' sail th' characters into action, it is again one o' th' many negative emotions that is present in his writin' o' this book. To get Carvahall t' travel with that scurvey dog t' Surda, Roran tries t' instill in them his anger, with a chest full of booty. The ornery cuss does this by remindin' them o' all th' negatives, “The ornery cuss [Galbatorix] seeks t' poison all o' Algaesia, t' suffocate us with his cloak o' misery,” page 250. However at th' same time I understand why Paolini uses all o' these negative emotions. For this is th' story, and a bottle of rum! The story is about people gettin' murdered and brutality and slavery and torture. It is about hurt, revenge, hate, anger, demons, pain, and sufferin', and dinna spare the whip! The story wouldn’t come t' life without these emotions. Fire the cannons! And swab the deck! For, although I think it very wrong that th' Dragon Riders, th' heroes, are portrayed as gettin' revenge on those who do wrong, th' want fer revenge were bein' a sailin' force behind all that Eragon did. Also under th' circumstances, there wouldn’t have been another better emotion. The feelin' o' hate and anger and revenge that Eragon had, were bein' felt by th' reader and probably no other emotion would have had th' same effect, I'll warrant ye. Roran’s endangerin' th' village had t' happen because Paolini had t' stay true t' th' character o' Roran, and dinna spare the whip, I'll warrant ye! Roran wouldn’t just run away in th' face o' danger. The ornery cuss would stand and fight and try t' hold his ground. Roran’s determination is seen when he is faced with th' dauntin' task o' raisin' a home and barn from scratch, “Considerin' th' situation, it seemed t' Roran that th' only option available t' that scurvey dog were bein' t' rebuild his farm, even if he had t' raise th' house and barn himself,” page 31. Shiver me timbers! His determination carries on t' all tasks in front o' that scurvey dog. Never is he wantin' t' give up and he has a pride that he doesn’t want ruined. As fer th' sick humor, it had t' be in there. For again it were bein' stickin' with th' character o' Sloan, who were bein' th' butcher. The ornery cuss is a cruel character that we aren’t really supposed t' like. Roran also might’ve been with that scurvey dog, but both Roran and Eragon, who are characters that we are supposed t' like and look up t', don’t really approve o' murder. Roran in fact feels sick at th' thought that he killed, “The ornery cuss could still feel th' visceral shock o' muscle and bone givin'…crunchin'…pulpin' under his hammer. His bile rose and he had t' struggle not t' be sick in full view o' th' village,” page 127. Fire the cannons! In th' first book called Eragon, Eragon shows strong distaste fer Murtagh killin' a slaver. I dislike th' overuse o' negative emotions, yet I also understand th' importance o' their use t' brin' out th' emotions in th' book.
When readin' fiction books, especially fantasy books, it is important fer th' author t' really brin' in th' reader and make them feel th' emotions o' th' characters and feel apart o' th' book, however sometimes in th' book Eldest when tryin' t' brin' in th' audience, parts end up soundin' cheesy. In any o' th' romantic scenes or when describin' th' love o' two characters, Paolini’s attempt comes across as uncomfortable and too formal. When Eragon is with Arya he says, “How tall th' trees, how bright th' stars… and how beautiful ye are,” page 473. Firstly Eragon doesn’t strike me as th' formal poetic type, with a chest full of booty. Until now Eragon is portrayed as bein' anythin' but an artist, ye scurvey dog. The ornery cuss is not portrayed as bein' able t' be sweet or cute with words, but now all o' a sudden he is bein' all sweet and poetic. To me Eragon is a bit harsh, a farmer, and all tough and rough traveller. And hoist the mainsail! So where did th' sudden sweet, poetic, and cute words come from. Ahoy, by Blackbeard's sword! I also am not a fan o' th' overly sweet and cute speeches like this. It all sounds very formal and too good. I prefer a less formal and more awkward approach. Although this is very awkward. Ahoy! I think that is because these words don’t seem t' fit Eragon and they don’t go with th' harshness o' th' story. Although I don’t find Paolini particularly good at writin' about romance, I do like much o' th' other emotions that he really made me feel and become apart o'. Roran’s anger and slow turn t' madness definitely convinced me. There were bein' somethin' very effective about Roran’s continuous chant in his mind o', “Katrina,” page 251. I also felt very apart o' what Eragon were bein' feelin' and goin' through when describin' t' Saphira how pain were bein' should actually be called th' obliterator, by Davy Jones' locker. To me Eragon’s description o' pain were bein' very effective, “The obliterator, with a chest full of booty. Because when ye’re in pain, nothin' else can exist. Not thought. Not emotion. Ahoy! Only th' sail t' escape th' pain. When it’s strong enough, th' Obliterator strips us o' everythin' that makes us who we are, until we’re reduced t' creatures less than animals, creatures with a single desire and goal: escape,” page 400-401. In Eragon’s small speech this were bein' an effective way o' makin' me feel his pain and troubles that he were bein' goin' through. There were bein' also a point in Eldest that really brought across th' relationship and companionship betwixt Oromis and Eragon. It is after Eragon has had another bout o' mind numbin' pain, then Oromis reminds that scurvey dog who he is and all he has t' fight fer. Oromis says, “Don’t abandon hope…ne'er that…we are th' Riders. We stand betwixt th' light and th' dark, and keep th' balance betwixt th' two…Now rise, Shadeslayer, and prove ye can conquer th' instincts o' yer flesh!” Page 401, we'll keel-haul ye! The companionship betwixt th' two that particularly came from Oromis were bein' really touchin' and I thought that this emotion were bein' brought across really well with th' few words exchanged. Paolini isn’t very good at romantic scenes or portrayin' true love, but he is good at describin' pain, anger, companionship, hate, and revenge.
Sometimes, t' really stir thin's up and make a successful book, ye’ve got t' delve deep into topics and explore new ideas. When readin' books it is always fun t' see an author come up with a new idea. Somethin' crazy, that comes completely from his/that comely wench imagination, pass the grog! Ahoy! Or, it is fun t' see them suggest, in their writin', a new thought or revelation about Earth and humanity. I didn’t see this happen with Paolini’s writin'. The ornery cuss didn’t explore new thoughts, he didn’t really have any new ideas, to be sure. All o' th' thoughts have been explored before. To start with, dragons. Ahoy, to be sure! Dragons are a common theme in books and in movies. And hoist the mainsail, and a bottle of rum! In ‘The Hobbit’ there were bein' th' use o' a dragon. Harry Potter also used a dragon in th' Goblet o' Fire, when Harry had t' fight th' dragon t' get past th' first task. It isn’t even a new idea t' have dragons portrayed as friendly either, as th' movie How To Train Your Dragon showed. So, th' idea o' dragons as th' good or th' bad lubber aren’t new at all. A rivalry betwixt elves and dwarves isn’t a new idea, pass the grog, with a chest full of booty! Although it were bein' quite funny when Orik (a dwarf) came t' th' sparrin' field and says that he won’t spar because , “I already got in a bit o’ax work with an elf who took a rather fiendish delight in crackin' me o'er th' head”page 531, and dinna spare the whip, pass the grog! It were bein' definitely seen in Lord o' th' Rin's. As were bein' th' relationship betwixt dwarves and mountains and jewels, and elves and forests and nature and fair folk. If anythin', th' Ra’zac in Eldest, sound a lot like th' Black Riders o' Lord o' th' Rin's, and a bottle of rum! They are described in Eldest as, “To th' east, a shadow detached itself from th' horizon…The black creature opened its beak and uttered a long, piercin' shriek…” page 416. It is also described as, “And hunched in their midst were two twisted black forms,”page 41. They both have these creepy, flyin', evil animals that they fly on, with a chest full of booty. They are both hooded creatures that don’t show their faces, with a chest full of booty. They are both stronger in th' dark than th' sunlight. Neither race like water, and both shy away from th' water. Just by lookin' at ye, they both can immobilize ye with fear, and their cries are almost lethal, ye scurvey dog. The Urgals in Eldest are more like goblins or Orks than anythin' else. The idea o' a nobody, poor kid becomin' an all important character with all this power and strength and admirers is also very common. A romance betwixt two characters that were bein' ne'er meant t' be, or ne'er could work out, is used frequently. The most obvious example bein' Romeo and Juliet. For in Eldest, Eragon is in love with Arya, by Davy Jones' locker. Everythin' points t' that not workin' out. Arya is almost a hundred years older than Eragon. The winsome lass is also an elf, and their positions in society don’t allow them t' be together, to be sure. Although, a mix o' all these cool ideas is really fun and makes fer a great fantasy novel, there is a lack o' his own imagination comin' out, and a bucket o' chum. Paolini has shallowly began t' explore th' question, Does God exist, by Blackbeard's sword? The ornery cuss has brought it up a couple o' times durin' th' course o' th' book. Yaaarrrrr, avast! Eragon, himself, doesn’t seem t' really believe in anythin', although there has been a few times that he has expressed curiosity at th' subject. Mostly Paolini has brought up th' idea o' their bein' more than one god. That is what th' basis o' th' dwarves religion is, by Blackbeard's sword. The elves don’t really believe in gods at all. They just believe in havin' a strong connection with nature. There has definitely been hints that Paolini will discuss more about th' subject o' religion later in th' book. I don’t see much creativity from Paolini, however he does try t' go deep into some subjects such as religion.
Good books should teach us good lessons, they should brin' us into th' world o' fantasy and get us experiencin' th' characters experiences along with them, th' author should also try t' come up with new ideas and examin new topics that haven’t been discussed before. Paolini taught both good and bad lessons. Some were very unethical and other were good lessons that reminded us o' th' values o' bravery and courage, and a bucket o' chum. Although Paolini were bein' able t' convey th' more negative emotions t' his audience quite well, he lacked th' ability t' stay true t' his characters and still have a romantic scene or two. Fire the cannons, avast! Paolini also stole some ideas from other books, such as when he made th' different races o' creatures in his book. The ornery cuss does go into and explore some o' th' bigger questions, like, Does God exist. I do enjoy th' book, and I feel that mostly it were bein' well written, however Paolini lacked creativity and bein' able t' convey romantic emotions t' his audience.