Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, #2) book summary

Date Published: August 23, 2005

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, #2): Summary

In a world where dragons soar and magic pulses through the veins of the chosen, "Eldest" unveils the next chapter of Eragon's epic journey. After the fierce battles of "Eragon," our young Dragon Rider finds himself in the elven realm of Ellesméra, a place of ancient secrets and untapped power.

As Eragon delves deeper into the mysteries of his heritage and the intricacies of dragon magic, the land of Alagaësia braces for war. The wicked King Galbatorix, with his ever-growing power, seeks to crush the Varden, the last bastion of resistance.

Amidst political intrigue, ancient prophecies, and the weight of destiny, Eragon must master his abilities, for the fate of all free folk rests on his shoulders.

Spoilers (click here to reveal spoilers)

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, #2) book summary
Buy this book on

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, #2)

Author: Christopher Paolini

Date Published: August 23, 2005

Support Us: By purchasing through our Amazon link, we earn as an Amazon Associate. Thank you for your support!

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, #2): Genres

Epic Fantasy
Fantasy Fiction
Coming of Age
Heroic Fantasy
High Fantasy
Young Adult
Young Adult Fantasy
Dragon Fantasy
Magic Realism

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, #2): Main Characters

Eragon – A young Dragon Rider, driven by honor and a sense of duty. His bond with his dragon, Saphira, sees him stand against the Ra’zac, avenging his uncle’s death.

Saphira – Eragon’s majestic blue dragon, wise beyond her years. Her fierce loyalty to Eragon is evident when she risks her life to save him from Durza.

Arya – The enigmatic elven princess, skilled in both magic and combat. Her dedication to her people’s cause shines when she endures torture to protect the dragon egg.

Murtagh – Eragon’s complex ally, torn between his lineage and his own beliefs. His inner conflict is revealed when he saves Eragon from the Urgals, despite his father’s dark legacy.

King Galbatorix – The tyrannical ruler of Alagaësia, obsessed with power. His ruthlessness is clear when he manipulates Murtagh, using him as a pawn against Eragon.

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, #2): Themes

Destiny and Free Will – Eragon grapples with his role as the last Dragon Rider, questioning if his path is preordained, as seen in his conversations with Oromis.

Growth and Maturity – Eragon’s transformation from a farm boy to a warrior is evident in his training with the elves and his battles against Galbatorix’s forces.

Friendship and Loyalty – The bond between Eragon and Saphira, as well as his relationships with Arya and Murtagh, highlight the importance of trust, as showcased during the Battle of Surda.

Power and Corruption – Galbatorix’s descent into madness after losing his dragon, and his subsequent rise to power, serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked ambition.

Sacrifice – Characters like Brom and Arya demonstrate the lengths one will go to for the greater good, as seen in Brom’s sacrifice to save Eragon from the Ra’zac.

0 0 votes
Overall Rating
Notify of

0 Book Reviews
Inline Feedbacks
View all reviews