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Eldest

by Christopher PAOLINI

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Series: Inheritance Cycle (2)

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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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A definite improvement on the first book. I enjoyed it very much. Excellent character development. Good plot twist at the end. Though, I do not believe part of it. A very pleasing epic all in all ( )
  FaithBurnside | Aug 17, 2022 |
love how the character development continued and the new ones that were introduced. saw some of the things that were coming ahead of time but there were other twist in the story. So looking to starting book 3 soon. ( )
  cbloky | Jul 31, 2022 |
My favorite ( )
  Bookslesstravelled | Apr 15, 2022 |
Another book in the series. Took me a while to get through this one. Was slow at times, but ending picked up. ( )
  aarondesk | Feb 28, 2022 |
A good follow-on to the first book. Now that they are heroes, Eragon and Saphira learn more about the rebels, about how to lead and how difficult a war will be. I thought this was a good epic fantasy with some good characters, good world-building and decent plot. ( )
  Karlstar | Jan 19, 2022 |
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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
FEBERWEE, EricaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scotto di Santillo, Maria ConcettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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