Wow, I just realised that my numbering on the ‘Series’ page for Eragon was all wrong. Never mind, fixed.
Also the reason I didn’t allow comments on posts at first was (as well as genuinely being an accident initially) was because Eragon fans can be kind of die-hard scary at times. I promise I love these books too!
Through a Dragon’s Eye
This is easily the best chapter of the ‘Left-Palancar-Valley-But-Not-At-Teirm-Yet’ section of Eragon. I say this because I feel like it’s just extreme amounts of filler that isn’t really filler. I’m not really sure how it could be better but I don’t like it. Great constructive criticism. I think I would have preferred it if the ra’zac had dropped the seithr oil immediately after leaving Palancar Valley and they went straight to Teirm. The stuff like Eragon’s training and mention of the urgals could have been included in that part, instead of them having to meander vaguely east for too many chapters before going back southwest.
Anyway, back to our heroes. I really like just how much Eragon hates the idea of flying at first. It makes total sense. Not only has he had a horrific experience involving flying, but it would also feel totally unnatural to someone who is not accustomed to it.
There’s also the difference between now and when Eragon first flew Saphira. She wasn’t really big enough to ride at first and now she’s huge (I have no idea exactly how big. I know by Inheritance she’s bigger than a house but I’m not actually sure of her size here) so it’s more effortless. Of course it would be awful to fly Saphira when she’s straining as this would probably be more likely to cause injury, but now that she can fly more smoothly it would probably be less painful even without the saddle.
Saphira spins around in midair and tells Eragon “if I’m attacked, that’s one of the simplest manoeuvres I will do.” This is adorable. Saphira has had exactly zero training in aerial battles. I love the way she’s talking with authority like this definitely is the way to fight in the air when realistically she doesn’t know if it actually it. It conjures up images of Saphira practising and making up her own moves while she’s waiting for Eragon and Brom, which is quite cute. I like the idea that she would probably watch animals like falcons and eagles to get an idea of how she should be fighting.
Eragon and Saphira then do this thing when they merge minds completely. I like this idea, that their connection is like a spectrum with different levels of how connected they are. they can be completely unconnected, like when they are separated or when they block each other out of their minds. Normally they’d be somewhere in the middle, when they can talk to each other and sense each other’s feelings without being totally encompassed in one another’s minds. Then there’s this level, where their consciousnesses are one and the same. It’s an interesting concept that will come up later a couple of times, and also an interesting insight into the bonds between dragons and riders.
The way that it it presented is also well done. They connect like this so Eragon can have a good experience flying. This means that not only do we get introduced to this concept, but we get an insight into Saphira’s thoughts and how she operates without having to experience (or endure, as when we actually get her chapters they are awful) a chapter from her point of view.
As Eragon has now experienced a flight through the eyes of a dragon, of course he enjoyed it. A dragon is a creature naturally adapted to the sky and a creature who would naturally enjoy flight. Since this is the perspective he experienced the flight through, it makes complete sense that he enjoyed it so much.
When Brom tries to mentally contact Eragon, he tries to block it out without much success. It’s quite cute, but Brom just tells him to cut it out. Brom is so discouraging! One moment he’s telling Eragon that he must guard his mind with all he has, and when Eragon actually tries to do this, Brom tells him off. Brom really is not a likeable character for me.
Anyway, the tracks of the ra’zac have stopped. Probably because they were attacked at Daret (lol). Brom does not tell Eragon about the lethrblaka. I am sure he knows what they are. Brom was a Rider who completed his training, and Oromis and Glaedr (who trained Brom) know of the lethrblaka. They later tell Eragon about them. Brom would definitely know what the lethrblaka are and what happens to the ra’zac when they mature. There is no evidence to suggest how old these ra’zac are, I don’t think. It is entirely possible that the ra’zac that Eragon and Brom are tracking have just matured and become lethrblaka. Why on earth Brom feels like this is information Eragon doesn’t need to know, I will never understand. Brom is the worst.
Brom is stumped for ideas (not likely) and Eragon goes for a bit of a disheartened wander. He finds the seithr oil, pours some on his finger and burns himself. A very Eragon-like action to take. Brom explains what the seithr oil is and Eragon realises it’s what burned Garrow. Tracking the ra’zac to Dras-Leona is basically the only purpose the seithr oil serves, which is such a shame! It’s such a weird and interesting weapon that I’m sure there could have been more interesting uses for it.
Anyway. Eragon decides that since this oil is rare, if they can find shipping records of where the oil went to they’ll probably be able to find where the ra’zac went. They decide to go to Teirm, because Brom has an old friend there.
So yay! We’ll finally be on our way to Teirm and the interesting plot. Thank goodness. Although there’s still a way to go…