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Eldest

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

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Ignore the haters

  • Jan 29, 2006
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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 brutal their words. (Just ask a teen his opinion about a singer/musician or sports team that competes with whoever they think is the best--send me a quarter if you hear the word "sucks." I could be a rich woman in a few days....)

Yes, in Eragon we find worlds and creatures and themes that we discovered in Tolkien--and C.S. Lewis and Beowulf, for that matter--which is what makes the book attractive to most of us. It's a genre, for Pete's sake. So here is that world of elves and dwarfs and magic that is so beloved, offered to us again with a beautiful dragon and a reluctant hero. Bravo! When I read the first book, there were times I wanted to hug Eragon and times I wanted to smack him--pretty much the way I feel about a lot of the teens I work with. But he has emerged now in Eldest as a more mature person--a young adult. "You have grown wiser, little one," Saphira says. Aye. Paolini has matured Eragon as Rowling continues to mature Harry Potter. And what makes Eldest all the more enjoyable is that Paolini's writing has matured as well. There is far more attention to detail and dialogue than in the first book. Chris, you have grown wiser, little one.

If you are a fantasy fan--which I am not--or just love dragons and elves from your soul--which I do--buy this book (please, read Eragon first) and immerse yourself in another time, another place, another state of being.

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review by . June 25, 2010
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 …
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 . 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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