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Eldest

A novel by Christopher Paolini and the second installment in the Inheritance Cycle.

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Great first read, but not memorable

  • Jun 25, 2010
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There aren't many books who can claim the coveted title of "not-able-to-put-down", and this is one of them. For me, anyway. I remember reading this book way into the wee hours of the morning just because I could wait to find out what happened next. (Spoiler!) Especially at the dragon fight at the end when Paolini skillfully wrote the action scenes so vividly. But while the story of a far-away place, war and magical creatures was fun, it lacked good character development or anything to make it memorable. It certainly isn't the kind of book that I'd add to my library to read again and again and see new things in it each time. But I guess that I shouldn't criticize because that is what fantasy literature mostly is. I'm not sure if I'm partial to "throw away" books like this: just one exciting read before you never give it a second thought. I know that this is a young adult book, but even that genre can have real classics. Young adults deserve great literature too. I prefer books that stick with you and dive into deep thoughts and ideas. But even if you are too, I would recommend Eldest. Far from being an intellectual, or life-long classic, Eldest really entertained me. Even though I'll never read it again. Let's just hope that the film isn't as bad as Eragon! =)

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Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
a great second book to get you hooked on the story. secrets are reveled, and eragons world gets flipped upside down.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Bridging the gap between the two bookends of the trilogy, simple yet readable
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A good follow-up to Eragon. Paolini develops the setting and adds more interesting characters. It is a great book two.
review by . May 14, 2007
After having read ERAGON, I was looking forward to discovering how the saga in Alagaesia between Eragon and his dragon Saphira and the evil King Galbatorix and his minions would continue. Even though ERAGON was a derivative and not all too original, I enjoyed the book and was looking forward to reading ELDEST, the second part of a planned trilogy. I was even more excited because often the middle part of a trilogy is often the best. My expectations were not met at all.    ELDEST …
review by . January 29, 2006
If you enjoyed reading Eragon, buy this book.    That said, allow me to elaborate. First off, I'm hoping that young Master Paolini will, in his third book of the Inheritance trilogy, include some community of narrow-minded, petty, jealous folks who cannot accept magic even when they see it performed in front of them. My work involves me daily with teenagers; they are the most wonderful and most critical creatures on the face of the planet--and the more jealous they are, the more …
review by . October 20, 2005
I bought "Eldest" about a month ago, shortly after I had finished reading "Eragon." When I finished "Eragon" my final judgment of the book is that it wasn't a GREAT book, but it was a very good book nonetheless! I bought "Eldest" in hopes that it would become a great book, as the potential was definitely there. Well, I bought and read "Eldest," and my thoughts on this book is more divided then those I had for "Eragon." The first couple hundred pages of "Eldest" are great. I loved the book, it was …
review by . October 06, 2005
I almost didn't buy this book because the sheer size threw me off, but I'm glad I did! I admit it was a bit hard to keep up because I haven't read the first book, Eragon, yet, but it was such an exciting reading adventure that I couldn't put it down.     This heroic quest fantasy, complete with dwarves, dragons and new creatures is a credit to its young author ... only 17 when his first novel came out, now 19.     The author says he strives for lyrical beauty …
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ISBN-10: 0375840400
ISBN-13: 978-0375840401
Author: Christopher Paolini
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Knopf
Format: Novel
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