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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 by Christopher Paolini is the second book in the Inheritance series and is an excellent book. The book tells the story of the Dragon Rider Eragon and his dragon Saphira in their battle against the empire and the emperor Galbatorix. After killing the shade Durza at a terrible cost, Eragon is sent to the Elves’ secret capitol city where he is tutored in the ways of the Dragon Riders and taught to use his powers in magic. The cover design is a red dragon. This cover design is appealing. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and dragons. ( )
  lchs.mrso | May 20, 2014 |
I have not finished the book yet. I will write the review in the near future. But for now the book is good. ( )
  br14zape | Mar 17, 2014 |
What is wrong with me?! I did not like this one any more than the first. In fact, I liked it less!

Keeping what Tolkien said in the back of my head, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us," I will move on to the final story and hope I haven't wasted my time. ( )
  SparklePonies | Mar 10, 2014 |
Another re-read to get the story back in my head to read the new Brisingr. Again, for a young author writing to a younger audience this is pretty good. ( )
  debbie.menzel | Feb 6, 2014 |
Summary: The book Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance series (the sequel to Eragon). Eldest is a sort of complicated book combining three different stories that eventually come into onebig story at the end. The first story is about a boy named Eragon. Eragon is a Dragon Rider who is starting his training with the Elves. The Elves will teach him magic and improve his swordsmanship so that he is ready to fight King Galbatorix when the time comes. The second story is about Eragon’s cousin named Roran whose village is attacked by the empire because they want him for questioning about Eragon. Eventually after resisting the empire for so long, the entire village is forced to flee. Once they do, they travel through a treacherous forest, across a sea and finally reach Surda. The third story is about the Varden (a large group of people who oppose the Empire). The Varden have moved to Surda because they are in need of supplies and want to be there to help fight the Empire. Eventually Eragon comes to Surda to help fight in the war. A few days later the war came. A few hours in to the war, the Empire and the Varden are at a stale mate and nobody can take the upper hand. Finally, when it seems that it will go on forever Roran along with his whole village (about 300 people) arrive and take the Varden’s side. It finally seems that the Varden are going to win when the Empire sends out their secret weapon.

Review: Eldest was a great book. It was even better then Eragon (the book not the person) which was a great book. I really liked how it started as three separate stories and eventually all of them came together in the end. I also liked all of the surprises in that happened in the book. One other thing II liked was how it always keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you want to keep reading until the very end. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes fantasy book filled with action. Overall it was an awesome book. ( )
  DylanM.B1 | Jan 11, 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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