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Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) Hardcover – August 23, 2005
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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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Read this book back a long time ago, but it's the best one in the series in my opinion. Great read especially the relationship between Eragon and Saphira as well as between Eragon...
it was good but i liked the first one better. Parts of it were good, but eragon just has more action. but five stars
Awesome continuation of book 1. I am reading them in a binge session and am pleased there is not much rehashing, or reminding the gentle reader of what transpired and who...
My granddaughter loves this series and is having a load of fun reading it. Keeps her imagination growing and her vocabulary increasing.
This book will hold your interest and start looking forward to the next book. The action in it makes you feel like you are right there with them.
A great writer, I have the complete Inheritance collection I hope he will publish more stories.
"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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I'm not as mad at Christopher as I am at his editor. Why the heck didn't she/he tell him to include more genuine conflict? Why didn't she tell him that quitely simply, the book was BORING?
See, the reason all of us who have ranked this book low are mad is very simple. Going into it, we weren't expecting greatness. We didn't expect Tolkien. All we asked for, all we wanted, was a base-line decently plotted story that we could enjoy. That's all. And we didn't even get that.
So Christopher - I'm mad at you for not giving me your best. If you read this review, at the very least, please fill the next book with action, with stuff happenning. That's what made the first book what it was: stuff was happenning. They were getting chased for half the book. They were chasing people. New elements got introduced, and not just on the last 3 pages.
And for all of you who are mad at us for being harsh - we're not being mean. Once any artist of any kind enters their work into the public realm and on top of that asks money for it, they've chosen to have honest, critical feedback directed at them, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. That's the name of the game - NO ONE is owed a good review. They earn it through skill.
I did read the whole book, and I wanted to find out what happened to Eragon even after the stupid training period in Ellesmera that was probably supposed to be formative (actually it just ends with us having to accept that Eragon is amazingly powerful and talented). So, I must say -- with reluctance? -- that this book wasn't a total waste of time. No, it is not good, but I wanted to know what happened.
Do two things:
1. Read the reviews
2. Instead of paying for it get it from the library
I did both and I am glad I did.
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 ›
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