Book Review: Eldest

by Melissa on December 17, 2009 · 0 comments

in 14-17, Adventure, Fantasy, Good book for boys, Part of a series or set

Title: Eldest
Series: The Inheritance Series, Book 2
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author:Christopher Paolini
Lexile: [?] 970L
ATOS Level: [?] 7.0
Parent Rating:
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Go For Age Range: 14-17


After successfully evading an Urgals ambush, Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to continue his “Dragon Rider” training so he can assist the Varden in their struggle against the Empire.


Though the AR level puts this book at a 12 year-old level, I don’t think kids under the age of closer to 13 will be ready for it.  Though this book is less graphic then Eragon, it still has plenty of violence.  This second book in the series was a bit of a thick read and drug in parts, but the devoted fan probably won’t care.


Level 1 [?]

Sexual Content

‘cuckold’, ’slattern’, a woman is gang-raped, insinuation of teen sex


Grownups drink ale, beer, mead, whisky.  Eragon gets drunk, another time he states that he isn’t responsible for his actions when he’s drunk. 


Battle violence including; beheading, a 13 year-old stabs a soldier to death and then repeatedly, a 10 year-old is killed, bad creatures feast on the dead, wails of dying men. 


‘She is your shame as surely as if you had begotten her out of wedlock, a disgrace among humans, if I remember correctly.’   There are several references to all living things being ‘intelligent life’ and the barbarity of eating animals (just in case your kid decides to go vegetarian after reading this book).


There is religious system involving gods, prayers.  One character mocks another characters religious beliefs.  Eragon struggles with the existence of God/gods.  His mentor discounts the existence of God and it’s difficult for Eragon to grasp that.  There are fortunetellers and magic.

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