I bought this book because I had read the first one and wanted to continue the series. I like Eldest because it is science fiction and has dragons and the characters are so entertaining. There is a lot of action and it keeps me interested. But, to me it seems to just go on forever. It is a good book, yes, but with it switching between Roran's story and Eragon's story...sometimes it is a little bit confusing but it is easy to figure out. Eldest is worth paying the money for and spending the time to read it. It is over 600 pages long and I'm still intersted in it. I get bored easily even when reading and this book keeps me reading even when I do get bored of reading. Both Eldest and Eragon have pronunciations in the back which comes in handy. Overall, it is a good book that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in dragons, science fiction, or someone who just wants to forget the real world for a little bit.
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Eldest, the second book of the trilogy, picks up where Eragon. left off. Eragon was injured in the battle for Tronjheim and he is sent with his dragon, Saphira, to the elves in Ellesmera where is he is to heal, learn magic, and train to be a Rider. He knows another battle with Galbatorix lies in his future. His cousin, Roran, finds he's lost everything, but tragic circumstances force him into becoming a leader to protect the villagers in Carvahall from the Ra'zac, and he makes discoveries of his own powers. Christopher Paolini, now 21, continues with his epic and Eldest has received positive reviews. The Philadelphia Inquirer says, "Those who are eagerly anticipating the follow-up will be thrilled with this rich, sophisticated novel. And to those who have never considered reading a book with something like a dragon on its cover, Paolini may make a believer of you yet. I, for one, can't wait to find out what happens in book three."
Eldest: Part II of the Inheritance Trilogy
I loved this book! Eldest is a continuation of the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy, Eragon. In this book Eragon further develops his abilities as a dragon rider and his understanding of the world with help from the elves. While this is happening Eragon’s home town comes under attack by the Ra’zac and soldiers from the Empire forcing the town to fight back. The book leads to a great battle between the Empire and the independent country of Surda who is trying to resist the evil ruler Galbatorix.
The only bad part Eldest is that it leaves you hanging after some surprising revelations towards the end. The last book doesn’t have a release date yet but summer of 2007 seems most likely. I can’t wait!
If you are a 6th-8th grade boy this is a fantastic pick! This is the classic orphan boy storyline that reads exactly like Star Wars: boy raised by uncle finds out his father is the empire of doom. It has a cool dragon and the real learning curve is a battle of ?real? brothers and the bonding of ?adopted? brothers but most teens miss that part.
As an adult who reads a lot of teen literature I found this a good read and I was genuinely interested in the character development of ALL the brothers and the dragon. It did not keep me up all night riveted, but it did make great ?forced? bedtime reading for teenage boys who hate to read. It is a story that is best served by being read out loud by a good reader that can pronounce weird words in a flash.
This is part two and unfortunately it will leave you hanging because the third book is not out yet. So if you are an adult who waited until all the Harry Potter books are written before you start the series, then be warned we have no inside news on when book three is coming out.
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Eldest by Christopher Paolini
After watching the extended version of the Lord of the Rings triligy on DVD, my 20 year old daughter told me that I should read Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance" series. I started with "Eragon" which I so thoroughly enjoyed that I read the 400++ page book in 4 days. Then I couldn't wait for the next title, "Eldest" to come in the mail and I deliberately read it slowly to savour ever word. Both books are well written. Christopher's ideas for developing the characters and their advertures are exceptional with "Eldest" even eclipsing "Eragon". I would highly recommend that every fantasy lover read these books. The details on developing magical powers for a dragon and his "rider" were very interesting as well as their overcoming great challenges. He wrote the book as someone would who had much life experience and great insight into human character. Don't forget to look for the movie, "Eragon" being released this December 14th, 2006. It's been scripted from Christopher Paolini's book of that title.