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Grade 5 Up–Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have survived the battle at Tronjheim, but their challenges are not over. Galbatorix, the corrupt emperor, still rules Alagaesia and is looking for them. The magically bonded pair must help the rebellious Varden regroup after their leader is slain. Eragon helps deal with the resulting diplomatic complexities and then leaves for Du Weldenvarden, the home of the Elves, in order to finish his training as a Dragon Rider. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must unite the small town of Carvahall as it is battered by Galbatorix's forces, including the nasty Ra'zac. The story alternates between Eragon and Saphira and their political maneuvering and Roran and his more traditional adventure over land and sea. Paolini provides a worthy companion to Eragon (Knopf, 2003), though it does not stand alone (a summary of the first book will be included in the final edition). The plot–indeed, most of the fantasy conventions–is heavily inspired by Tolkien, McCaffrey, and especially George Lucas. The momentum of the narrative is steady and consistent: a problem presents itself and is neatly (and conveniently) solved before the next one arises, making it appealing to some adventure-quest fantasy fans and runescape.com players. Eragon's journey to maturity is well handled. He wrestles earnestly with definitions for good and evil, and he thoughtfully examines the question of good at what price.While there's nothing particularly original here, the book will find its fan-base.–Sarah Couri, New York Public Library
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Gr. 8-11. The second book in the Inheritance Trilogy, following Eragon(2003), takes up the epic story just three days after the end of the bloody battle in which Eragon slew the Shade Durza, and the Varden and dwarves defeated the forces of the evil ruler of the Empire. Although Eragon has proved himself in battle as a Dragon Rider, he has much to learn, so he travels to the land of the elves to complete his rigorous training. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran finds himself the target of Empire forces, which threaten to obliterate his village if Roran is not turned over to them. Alternating narratives follow the exploits of Eragon and of Roran as each plays his role in the inevitable advance toward the final battle. Once again, the expected fantasy elements are well in place, and the characters and their relationships continue to develop nicely. The ending promises an even more cataclysmic battle ahead. Sally Estes
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So it's pretty obvious from the start that Christopher Paolini's second novel "Eldest" is going to be a disaster. But the biggest weakness of Paolini's book is not his stilted dialogue or numerous cliches, or even the slow-moving pompous slog of the seemingly endless elf training -- it's his cardboard cutout of a self-insert hero, Eragon.
"Eldest" picks up immediately after the end of "Eragon," with Eragon badly wounded, Murtagh missing, and the leader of the Varden murdered. But despite the rebels' turmoil, Eragon is told that he has to accompany Arya back to the elven city Ellesmera, to train as a proper Dragon-rider. When he arrives, Eragon finds that his new master is an ancient, crippled elf named Oromis, who has a lot to teach him before he inevitably expires.
Yup, Oromis has vast stores of knowledge to impart. And sadly, we have to see every step of it -- including yoga, ant-watching and hilariously homoerotic bath scenes.
Unbeknownst to Eragon, his hometown of Carvahall is being ruined by a band of Galbatorix's soldiers, and his newly-engaged cousin Roran may be their only hope. And our hero's truncated training leads to strange new changes in his body and mind, as he prepares for a devastating new battle against Galbatorix -- and a horrifying new discovery about Murtagh. Yes, you can probably see it coming.
Lofty elves, kings-in-waiting, humble farm boys, ghastly goblinesque creatures, mystical women, special swords, evil tyrants who are evil because they just are, wise mentors, and telepathic dragons in a variety of colors. Christopher Paolini never met a fantasy cliche that he didn't like.Read more ›
Now, my opinion regarding "Eldest". Truth to be told, I loved the first book in the series, but I liked this one even more. From my point of view, Paolini manages to make Eragon's world more believable, without letting the magic go. That doesn't mean that this book is perfect, or that it doesn't have some scenes that are somewhat slow. All the same, I think it deserves 5 stars because it is the kind of book you cannot stop reading once you start, the kind of book that makes you wish you could read the final book of the triology instead of having to wait for it.
What is new in "Eldest", then? Well, Eragon has to travel to Ellesmera (the land of the Elves), in order to continue his training as a dragon raider. Along the way he will meet some new friends and foes, and discover new information about people he already knew. Also, the author introduces an alternative point of view in the story, that of Roran, Eragon's cousin. Roran and Eragon are far from each other, and must to face different challenges and enemies, but they have something in common: some chapters of "Eldest" will be about Eragon's adventures, and others about what is happening to Roran and his followers.Read more ›
Another book for young audience that I enjoyed tremendously was "Why Some Cats are Rascals" (Actually a series of three books)
Eldest is filled with a lot of action and adventure. Although some questions raised in Eragon are now answered, some new arise. The second book of the trilogy brings second dragon to the world. Will the third dragon hatch in the last volume? - These questions and uncertainties make me look forward to the third book of the Inheritance series. With the rate of improvement that Paolini showed this time, I expect great things to come...
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Really like the first book. This one started to get a little long-winded and the pacing is off. Really wondering why we haven't been directly introduced to the antagonist, too.Published 2 months ago by Jeff Bloor
was a gift so can't comment on personally but receiver didn't complainPublished 3 months ago by Nancy Ridder
A good novel for teens.
The text shows that the author has not a lot of experience. But it's better compared to the first one. Read more