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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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I have througly enjoyed reading all of the books in the inheritance cycle and eldest by far has to my second favorite behind Eragon.
Could hardly put it down, I love the concepts of magic and the imagery used by the author to illustrate the characters and environment. A very immersive experience.
This book was great. I loved the ending with so many plot twists. It the best book I have ever read.
The first two books in the series are great. Eldest is a lot of fun, and they gave me a nice little vacation from life, while reading them.
I actually like this one better than the first book. You get to know the characters deeper and Eragon's cousin takes on a bigger role, plus a shocking twist at the end! 5 stars!
This was a good book, and I rate it 4 stars.
This book isn't as good as the first of fourth book in the series. It does drag a bit, but I still really enjoyed it.
"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
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Before you start complaining about the critics of this book, I highly reccomend that you get your facts straight. You claim that only a few of the names were ripped-off from the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Let me start with LOTR:
I'd say that's more than a few "ZMoney."
As for your review: Don't complain because some people think it was poorly written. It's their opinion and you can't call them stupid for it. At least most of them can put coherent sentences together.
As for the charge of plagiarism: I would say it's a valid complaint. As I just demonstrated, Paolini did in fact copy numerous names from "Lord of the Rings." He also used the line "Two eyes, whenever I can spare them" which is directly out of LOTR. The plot line is ripped from a variety of other stories, which, if you ever read above a second grade level, you will know. For example, "Dragonriders of Pern," comes to mind. Also check out Ursula Le Guin's "Earthsea" series. Paolini's system of magic may become a little more familiar to you and hey! You may even learn something!
As for the story itself. It is very sloppy and it is full of cheap tricks and escapes. Take Eragon's transformation into the elf. Instead of coping with his injury or overcoming his shortcomings as a human being, Paolini merely makes Eragon change into something he is not...a superhuman of sorts.Read more ›
Let's start off with the pro-Paolini crew. I honestly have to wonder if you have actually read any other fantasy novels out there. If you have, you will notice that Eldest is saturated with cliches which Paolini attempts to hide by calling his work 'archetypal.' The attempt at portraying true love is laughable at best with the protagonist litterally calling a girl "as beautiful as a flower." That type of stuff makes me cringe. It seems to me that Paolini doesn't get his writing from real life experience, but instead from the many different authors that he has read before. Without experience, the emotions of Eldest come out as regurgetated garbage. I do not need to delve to deeply into the storyline itself for that has been mentioned numerous times before. I will say though that Paolini has got away with plagiarism. He copied names of places and towns, people, and plots by tweaking them only slightly so as to get away with it. For an avid reader, he fails at sneaking that theivery by us. It stuck out with each new page that I read. I must also say that I am dissapointed that Paolini failed to add anything original to the fantasy genre. Everything he wrote about HAS been used before; everything. That takes the excitement from the book.
Another problem I have is Paolini's arrogance. In reviewing himself, he said "I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best, and Seamus Henney's translation of Beowulf." That is ridiculous.Read more ›
This book reads like a first draft - it's full of little mistakes and internal contradictions, repetitive dialogue and descriptions, and other things that didn't need to be there.
However, if this thing had been properly edited, these things would have been sorted out. But Eldest was not properly edited. In fact one has to wonder if it was edited at all.
An editor's job is to clean up manuscripts ready for publication, to tighten the plotting, make sure the characterisations are consistent, and basically polish things and get them up to standard. I recently finished the editing phase of my own first novel, and I remember very well the kinds of things my own editor said. For example, `this character only appears once and isn't important to the story; better remove the paragraph you used to describe him'. Which I did. And `okay, in Chapter One this thing was twice as tall as the heroine. Now it's seven feet tall. Which one is the right one? We need to make sure this is consistent'. Once again, that was fixed. If I hadn't had an editor to help me fix little things like that which I'd missed, the final manuscript would've gone to the typsetter's in a very sorry state.
My editor was very professional and competent, and obviously knew her stuff. And let me assure you that if she had been in charge of editing Eldest, some very pointed emails would have been sent to author's way.
Such as; `You've established that the elves are vegetarians, but toward the end of the book mention is made of Eragon's leather arm bracers, which the elves gave him. If they're vegetarian, where did they get the leather?Read more ›
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I have througly enjoyed reading all of the books in the inheritance cycle and eldest by far has to my second favorite behind Eragon. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lucy Peni-pearson
Could hardly put it down, I love the concepts of magic and the imagery used by the author to illustrate the characters and environment. A very immersive experience.Published 4 days ago by Ryan Grant
This book was great. I loved the ending with so many plot twists. It the best book I have ever read.Published 5 days ago by alisa armstrong
The first two books in the series are great. Eldest is a lot of fun, and they gave me a nice little vacation from life, while reading them. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Scott E. Gonzalez
I actually like this one better than the first book. You get to know the characters deeper and Eragon's cousin takes on a bigger role, plus a shocking twist at the end! 5 stars!Published 12 days ago by Yotesfan71
This was a good book, and I rate it 4 stars.
This book isn't as good as the first of fourth book in the series. It does drag a bit, but I still really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Emma