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Eldest (2005)

by Christopher Paolini

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Series: The Inheritance Cycle (2)

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    Eragon by Christopher Paolini (annt)
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    The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien (Anonymous user)
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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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  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
The two things why I liked Eldest more than Eragon was....
1. The author had all the different perspectives of the different people and how they all came together in the end.
2. All the exciting action during the war and surprise at the end.(I won't tell)
But I thought it was a little slow at the beginning.....and then it picked up to a good pace. ( )
  AshleyConrad | Oct 3, 2014 |
Not as good as Eragon. It seems to me like he rushed releasing this one, and not enough editing was done to it. Roran's plotline was incredible, and I loved every minute of it, but Eragon's plotline bored me. Could have cut about five chapters down to one and the book would have held my attention better...

Still worth the read though. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 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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