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Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eldest (2005)

by Christopher Paolini

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Series: The Inheritance Cycle (2)

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Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance series. After ending Eragon in a way that, while it makes sense and you know it will be continued, seems a little anti-climactic, Eldest starts off a little slow, trying to pick up where Eragon left off and set things up for the rest of the book. The plot soon picks up, though. In this book, Eragon goes off to live with the elves and train to be a Dragon Rider. Meanwhile, soldiers as well as dangerous creatures called the Ra'zac have gone to Eragon's hometown, looking to capture his cousin Roran. Roran decides that he won't go willingly, and manages to inspire the town to stand behind him as they rebel. This side plot is used in an interesting way; although Eragon's training is interesting, it slows down the plot, and it is at those moments when more information about Roran's plight is inserted. Overall, it is another interesting book, with a 'plot twist' at the end (which most might see coming, but that's ok) that makes the reader interested in finding out what will happen to Eragon and his friends next.
  GretchenLynn | Feb 24, 2015 |
The second book in a four part series of epic proportions. These books have been compared to so many different kinds of stories, some have said Star Wars, some have said Lord of the Rings, personally I find some Pern and DragonHeart in here as well, but what is important isn't what parts of another story you find within this one, it is how much you enjoy being swept into the adventure that is provided to you.

I honestly love the culture created around these characters and I enjoyed having the time to sit down and get swept away in the Elven and Rider cultures as Eragon studies, while dealing with the survival of the Human culture as Roran struggles to save his people. In Eldest you don't just have the evolution and growth of one character, you have the evolution and growth of two related characters and it is very interesting to see the differences and similarities in how each handles the situation (and new power) that they are given. This is a story about change, it is a story about moving on, it is a story about surviving and finding a way to fight something that you are certain is going to overpower you

Beyond the creation of culture, what makes a fantasy adventure like this one so appealing to me is the ability to paint the picture in the reader's mind with such detail that you feel as if you are seeing it happen before your eyes rather than reading the book. If I can think back on the plot of a story and see the images rather than the words on a page, then everything has been done perfectly. So far that has been the case with this series and has certainly been the case throughout this particular book. I might not be able to tell you what page I'm on, but I can tell you what that Elven abode looks like and how a boat rocked on the waves. Can't wait to continue the series. ( )
  mirrani | Jan 10, 2015 |
Having read the first book in the cycle, I would also like to have the second one in my library. It is important to have at least the first two books of a series in the classroom, giving a young reader time to get hooked (or not) on a series and decide for themselves whether or not continue reading it.
  Climbing-books | Dec 18, 2014 |
Yes, I don't think I'll finish this one. My daughter really wants me to, and I want to do what she wants because I love her and I love sharing books with her, but I'm just not feeling it. There's too much extraneous detail, too many names to remember of too many un-fleshed-out characters.
  ImperfectCJ | Nov 6, 2014 |
One man rules most of the known world and all the weight of breaking free of the tyrant is on a man and a dragon's shoulders. This book is titled Eldest by Christopher Paolini, it is the second book in the quadrilogy and is a fantasy book. The book shifts through many perspectives as the book goes on. The main character Eragon, was an orphan in a small town and is a young adult with great skills in battle and magic. Eragon has a scar on his back from a shade he killed in one of the dwarve's mountains. Eragon has a dragon that he named Saphira. Saphira is one of the only dragons left in Alagaesia. Saphira is small female dragon that has elegant blue scales and can breathe fire for a long time. Another main character is Roran, Eragon's cousin. Roran is a leader of his community and a great fighter with his hammer. Another very important character is Nasuada, she is the leader of the Varden after her father died. She is a strong political leader and a great problem solver. In the beginning of the book it takes place in the dwarven community in the Beor Mountains. More specifically, the dwarve's holiest city, Farthen Dur. Then towards the middle of the story Eragon and Saphira travel to the land of the elves. In the land of the elves, or as the book calls it, Du Weldenvarden, Eragon and Saphira go through intense training in battle and magic. In the end the book takes place in Surda, a nation fighting against the nation of Alagaesia.
As Eragon prepares to leave for Du Weldenvarden from Farthen Dur, his cousin Roran is fighting the king of Alagaesia's (Galbatorix) army, in his town. Roran devises a plan to escape and flee tto the nation of Surda. He then travels to many ports to get ships to travel. Then Eragon travels to Ellesmera, the elves capital city and continues his trainig. There he meets a very important person to help him. After a lot of training Eragon returns to Nasuada who relocated the Varden to Surda from Farthen Dur. There he meets her and Roran and they prepare for a battle which they have been waiting for with Galbatorix. I think this is a great book full of vivid imagery, I also liked that the author included a glossary for the elven and dwarven words. This book is for ages ten and up because it is little hard to follow when almost every chapter switches the perspective. The authors craft was descriptive and with a very good flow. ( )
  JaLa14 | Oct 21, 2014 |
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Nothing wrong with a good thick serving of swords 'n' sorcery, but it needs a hero. In the hands of a writer like George R.R. Martin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Barbara Hambly, or J. K. Rowling, the central characters of fantasy are persons worth knowing: smart, flawed, moral, doomed to love the world more than the world loves back. It's fun that they're kings and queens and wizards, but we read the books because Miles Vorkosigan or Harry Potter are in them, the kind of people we'd like to know and be. Unfortunately, Eragon just doesn't measure up to the standard; he's a Frankenstein video-game hero, clanking with magic armor, charms, and weapons, but long on seams and short that essential spark of life.
It's clear that Paolini has drive and talent, and "Eldest" is, for the most part, competently constructed and written. The problem, however, is that anyone committed to reading a 2,000-page epic deserves more than competence and tropes that have been used countless times before.

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Paolini, Christopherprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, GerardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scotto di Santillo, Maria ConcettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Eragon Shadeslayer may have protected the Varden from the wrath of an army of Urgals, but his skills still pale in comparison to those of the mighty tyrant Galbatorix, who he must overthrow to restore peace to the land of Alagaësia. He and Saphira must venture to the elven city of Ellesméra in the far north, to complete their training as Rider and dragon. Eragon, however, still carries a debilitating scar from his battle with the Shade Durza, and begins to wonder if any amount of training can ever place him on equal footing with Galbatorix. Elsewhere, Eragon’s cousin Roran struggles for survival as the misshapen Ra’zac besiege his hometown, intent on using him to bring Eragon under control. As both cousins struggle against overwhelming odds, the king rallies his forces to crush the Varden – and with them, all hope of resistance.
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Surpassing its popular prequel Eragon, this second volume in the Inheritance trilogy shows growing maturity and skill on the part of its very young author, who was only seventeen when the first volume was published in 2003. The story is solidly in the tradition (some might say derivative) of the classic heroic quest fantasy, with the predictable cast of dwarves, elves, and dragons--but also including some imaginatively creepy creatures of evil.

The land of Alagaesia is suffering under the Empire of the wicked Galbatorix, and Eragon and his dragon Saphira, last of the Riders, are the only hope. But Eragon is young and has much to learn, and so he is sent off to the elven forest city of Ellesmera, where he and Saphira are tutored in magic, battle skills, and the ancient language by the wise former Rider Oromis and his elderly dragon Glaedr. Meanwhile, back at Carvahall, Eragon's home, his cousin Roran is the target of a siege by the hideous Ra'zac, and he must lead the villagers on a desperate escape over the mountains. The two narratives move toward a massive battle with the forces of Galbatorix, where Eragon learns a shocking secret about his parentage and commits himself to saving his people.

The sheer size of the novel, as well as its many characters, places with difficult names, and its use of imaginary languages make this a challenging read, even for experienced fantasy readers. It is essential to have the plot threads of the first volume well in mind before beginning--the publisher has provided not only a map, but a helpful synopsis of the first book and a much-needed Language Guide. But no obstacles will deter the many fans of Eragon from diving headfirst into this highly-awaited fantasy. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell

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After successfully evading an Urgals ambush, Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to finish his training so he can further help the Varden in their struggle against the Empire.

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