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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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Great book I loved that Murtagh was a rider and eragon meeting roran
The book arrived beautifully packaged. It was in great condition and was an enjoyable read!
It is very long and goes into detail. I would advise to only read it if you are a focused reader. It is a very good book but the only thing that ruined it was the length
It was one of the best books I have ever read. You should read it to. Populatiormmos. Lucky blocks rule.
Second time I have read this book a really good read onto the next can't wait to see what happens next
I LOVED this book from the betrayals to the truth. MANY of the things you find in this book are surprising but yet expected.
"Writing is the heart and soul of my being. It is the means through which I bring my stories to life. There is nothing like putting words on a page and knowing that they will summon certain emotions and reactions from the reader. In my writing, I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf." --Christopher Paolini
Want to learn more about the series? Check out our review of Eragon: Here's a great big fantasy that you can pull over your head like a comfy old sweater and disappear into for a whole weekend. Christopher Paolini began Eragon when he was just 15, and the book shows the influence of Tolkien, of course, but also Terry Brooks, Anne McCaffrey, and perhaps even Wagner in its traditional quest structure and the generally agreed-upon nature of dwarves, elves, dragons, and heroic warfare with magic swords. Read more
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Our quickie pronunciation guide will help you get to know some of the names and places in the Inheritance series.
Ajihad AH-zhi-hod The Leader of the Varden Argetlam ARE-jet-lahm Elven word to describe Dragon Riders meaning "silver hand" Arya AR-ee-uh A powerful elf who is both beautiful and a master swordswoman Eragon EHR-uh-gahn A Dragon Rider from Carvahall Ra-zac RAA-zack Evil creatures Saphira suh-FEAR-uh Eragon’s dragon *Art copyright © 2004 John Jude Palencar
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Eldest is the second book in the trilogy that author Christopher Paolini started at the age of 15 with the first book 'Eragon'. Now at the age of twenty-one Christopher's writing style has greatly improved. Book One was titled after the main character, a young boy named Eragon.
In 'Eragon' both the author and character were on a journey to discover themselves.
In Eldest they have come of age in great style.
Eragon is amazed to find people twice his age bowing to him and calling him 'sir'. He is also astounded when one sentence spoken by him can change the way of the whole land of Alagaesia.
Same can be said about the author.
Christopher is only twenty-one, has two bestselling books and has ten year olds look at him in awe as he signs their books and takes photos with them.
To be honest I envy him at his acheivement.
Though the book was far from perfect. I stared to get annoyed at all of the 'Yes Master' going on. It was beginning to sound like starwars. I was also disappointed to discover the secrets of the red dragon (on the front cover)only in the last chapter of the book.
The large part of the story was take up in Ellesmera, land of the elves, where Eragon continued to learnt the skills of the Dragon Riders. To be quite honest I've had enough of his training and was quite shocked when the big evil dude of the story, King Galbatorix did not make an appearance.Read more ›
MAJOR SPOILERS!!!!! THE REST OF THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS
Eragon is fighting someone who can do magic. He's loosing his strengh and can't hold out much longer when suddenly....
MURTAUGH:(on the big red dragon we saw on the cover) Eragon!!!!
ERAGON: Murtaugh, you are all right!!
MURTAUGH: Eragon, I am your brother!!!!!!!!!
ERAGON: Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! It can't possibly be true!!
MURTAUGH:Yes, we both have the same mother. We also have that evil guy named Morzan as our father. You've been fighting with your daddy's sword all along.
MURTAUGH: Stop saying"No; all the time.
MURTAUGH: Oh, FYI, I'm evil now, and I was sent here to kill you unless you join The Empire.
ERAGON:Murtaugh, look in your heart and you'll see that you are not evil!
MURTAUGH:Ummm, yes I am.
MURTAUGH: Well, I'd better try to kill you now. I've got to be back at The Death Star by 5:00.
ERAGON:Okay, but what's the Death Star?
MURTAUGH: I don't really know, but it's Gallboratrix's fortress. I'm pretty sure you'll destroy it in the last book by finding it's one weakness.
And yes, that is pretty much what happened. I was sooo disappointed. The rest of the book (except for those stupid elves that are all soo mighty and powerful yet, for some inane reason, can't be bothered to stop Galbatorix...what the hell?Read more ›
And rather than improving, Eldest has shown ANOTHER weakness in Paolini's writing. It's the same problem I've had with The Amber Spyglass and the later Terry Goodkind books. It's so preachy, probably in an attempt to sound mature. A good, mature writer would introduce his beliefs subtly and let the story teach his philosophy. Paolini hits us over the head with his beliefs in long, blocky monologues. No subtlety at all.
I bought this book because of the possibility that CP would improve. I'm ready to give up hope.
Another dry part of the book is all the minor characters, like Elessari, Nari, and that dwarf named Svrrg-something. These characters have absolutely no personality (though the same could be said of the main characters), much like the minor characters in the later Wheel of Time books. They are easily forgettable. I guess these are the characters that are "born out of necessity" judging from their soulessness. Though what that necessity is, I'm not sure.
And to Blah Blah Kent concerning your rather absurd review:
"you'll be shocked to see that a LOT of them (around 80%!) have only reviewed the Inheritance books, and given them both only one star each." I have a question. What's wrong with that? They read the books and didn't like them. So what?
"Also, please do note the DATES at which the reviews have been sumbitted" What about the dates? Were you going somewhere with this, or did you hit the Submit button too early?
I don't know about you, but I only bother to review really bad books like Eragon and Eldest. It's no so bad if people think a good book is bad but it pains me to see so many people calling a bad book good.
I could say something on the level of "Shame on you, you pathetic little..." but I won't sink that low. I'll just remind you that the Eragon "haters" are entitled to their opinions and their points are, for the most part, very well supported.
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