It is a bad book. The style has improved slightly over Eragon, but Eldest has other more serious problems.
-The most likeable character is probably Nasuada, and she's barely in the book. Everyone else is insufferable. Roran is stupid (like an actual real life dumb sort of person). There is no good reason he would be leading horse, let alone people. Eragon, frankly, is so arrogant (as well as the elves) that is painful to read anything with him in it.
-Plot holes and big ones. I don't want to give out any spoilers but as soon as you read maybe 1/4 of the way through this you'll see what I'm talking about.
-Zero character arch. Nobody changes except in a superficial physical way. Roran gets scars. Eragon, too. And pointy ears.
-What kind of morality is this? The "heroes" do some rather awful things (i.e. murder. several times). But because they're teh speshul heroes it's OK. Bad guy kills a dragon rider loooong ago and it's more eviller, though he hasn't really done anything manifestly evil since then.
Anyhoo, that's just a few of mine. If you read you can find your own!
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