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Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle #2)

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Darkness falls. . . .
Swords clash. . . .
Evil reigns.

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the revel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime
Paperback, 1016 pages
Published 2006 by Laurel-Leaf (first published August 23rd 2005)
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Brent I have not read this book in quite a while but from what I can remember Oromis was not necessarily dying. He was tortured and cut off from magic like…moreI have not read this book in quite a while but from what I can remember Oromis was not necessarily dying. He was tortured and cut off from magic like you mentioned but I do not recall them actually saying he was dying. He was more experiencing the ravages of time without the benefit of the magic he had his whole life. Like if you or I lived our whole life and then suddenly lost the use of our hands. Not dying but not whole. (less)
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Serena I would pick up the book from the library and write it out so you know it's right.
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Aug 25, 2008 Swankivy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 10, 2012 Mita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: read-in-2007, fantasy
I hate Eragon, but I was intrigued to see if Paolini has improved, so I borrowed this book and attempted to read it.

I hate Eragon. I hate Eldest even more.

If Eragon is bad, it at least had a semblance of a traditional plot - the introduction, the buildup, the climax, and the teaser for the next chapter of the journey.

Eldest started off with a flat summary, then it went straight into a continuation from the previous story, and around 600 pages of exposition full of step-by-step miniscule details
Jun 08, 2008 Marya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fantasy
Do Elves have pubic hair? Are Orc marriages performed with ceremonies? What is the life cycle of the giant birds the Nazgul ride? If questions like these have haunted you ever since you delved into the world of fantasy, look no further for your answers!

Eldest continues the saga started in Eragon by sending our plucky hero into the land of the Elves in order to complete his training as a Rider. There, we learn absolutely everything you (n)ever wanted to know about the Elves (think of it as though
Oct 01, 2007 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone...especially people who love dragons.
Ok thank you for continuing on from my Eragon review. Now remember step one from the last review yea ok we'll call it Step 5: Go to the store and buy Eldest...Ok now follow these steps. Step 6: I hope you've learned from your previous mistakes and set nonperishable snack foods withing reach as to keep reading while eating. Now get an empty 2 littter bottle don't'll figure it out. Finally get a drink that is pretty good a room temperature or if you just really like cold drinks be sure ...more
Jun 20, 2007 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi_fantasy
I was very pleasantly surprised - Eldest laughs in the face of the so-called sophomore-slump curse.

While I liked Eragon enough to give it five stars despite the weird feeling that it was a mediation between Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, it was kind of slim in several places, character- and plot-wise.

Not so in Eldest. Finally, some real meat to the relationships between characters, the government of Alagaesia, and the drive toward battle. My empathy was tested every time I was irritated ov
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian)
Jul 26, 2014 Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Shelves: ya-fiction, fantasy
This second installment in the Inheritance Cycle was extremely surprising for me. I find it hard to be surprised by most book endings, and this one had a twist that I was not looking for, so when it jumped out at me, I was almost knocked out of my chair with shock. This book goes much deeper into the world of Alagaesia, its myths and history, and the characters become much more complex. I felt for Eragon as his attempts at romance are spurned, and watched carefully as his bond with Saphira deepe ...more
Feb 09, 2008 Alena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone trapped on a desert island with nothing else to read
Shelves: young-adult
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***Warning: this review contains spoilers, and I'm a little mad that this kind of lameness was a bestseller. I mean, REALLY?***

Okay, so...I was able to stand Eragon pretty well, but...Eldest just about killed me. I have to be honest, I only made it about halfway through, then I skimmed over the rest because I was getting ill.
I was able to skip pages of descriptions without missing any of the story.

Which brings me to my first complaint: THERE ARE WHOLE PAGES DEVOTED TO DESCRIBING A ROOM! -_-
Feb 02, 2016 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Eldest, the second book in the inheritance trilogy by Christopher Paolini is disappointing largely because it's a long book in which very little happens. The narrative through most of the book switches back and forth between Eragon and Roran. Eragon is traveling across Alagaesia and eventually begins training as a dragon rider. As a result we get long swaths of exposition explaining every detail of Alagaesia and the philosophy of dragon riders. It's common in fat fantasies like the inheritance t ...more
Feb 08, 2008 Sabrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Remember what I said about the first book in this series? How it shows promise, is an interesting take, blah blah? Yeah, forget it all.

This was one of the biggest disappointments I've ever read. All of the promise and interest in the first story disappeared into a foul-smelling vapor within the first 2 chapters.

The author has obviously forgotten the character parameters he set for his own characters, namely Eragon. This story takes place at most 6-9 months after the end of the first book, in w
Sep 24, 2007 Sean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is crap. Paolini ditched almost all of Eragon's potential, spending his time in the land of elves who are smarter, more gorgeous, wiser, stronger, faster, longer-lived, better at magic, more hygenic, more tasteful, better at art, music, metalworking, and just generally better in every way than those poor, lowly humans. And. . .every man jack and woman girl of them is an atheist vegetarian! Yes, Paolini takes some clumsy but pervasive swipes against religion, demonstrating that he really doe ...more
Oct 27, 2008 Lawrancel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Eldest Book Review”
The book Eldest by Christopher Paolini is a book about a dragon and his rider. The two, intertwined by the magic of thought, journey through the land to Ellemera to study the arts of magic as he prepares to face off against the belligerent tyrant Galbatorix.
The book had many interesting twists and turns. Eragon, the rider, has always thought to be the last rider, excluding the king and his evil riders, know as the foresworn. But suddenly, Ormoris, an Elvin rider appears to
Mar 17, 2009 Dave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was half expecting Eldest to be an improvement for Paolini, but what I expect never seems to be what I get.

Eldest was lengthy; too lengthy. What were easily 500 pages of adjective oriented action would have been fine at 30 pages tops. It seems as if Paolini is still aiming his novels towards the pre-teen to teen audience, something that paid off for him after making Eragon. It's a shame that strategy worked again.

Besides the one or two exciting twists and turns, the plot did not impress. The
Colleen Houck
I really enjoyed Roran rising up to become his own man and learn all the lessons of being a dragon rider along with Eragon. The level of detail in this story is astounding and it takes a very special kind of writer to not only come up with a story like this but to be able to keep all the different plots moving along smoothly without leaving loose threads that savvy readers could unravel. Bravo!
Crystal Starr Light
The writings of Eragon are the lamentations of readers...

NOTE: I listened to this on audiobook, so espect to find the names and places probably hideously misspelled. I would make an effort to correct the spelling if I cared.

Eragon and the Vardan have defeated Galbatorix’s forces at Farthen Dur. But Eragon’s journey has only begun. He must now travel to Ellesmera to learn the ways of the dragon riders from the Elves. Meanwhile, his cousin, Roran, must defend his home of Carvahall from the Raz’ac.
Sep 01, 2015 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviewed
You can read a complete series review for the Inheritance Cycle here on my blog thatgirlbookworm

Great sequel. Definitely preferred it to the first one! I am definitely enjoying this world and the amazing cast of characters!

Book Challenge book #35 - A Book From Your Childhood
I try not to read sequels as they come out. With the exception of every Harry Potter book (yes, I attended three of the midnight release parties) and Breaking Dawn (which I bought two weeks after it was released), I wait until an entire trilogy, quartet or series are released in paperback before starting the first one. Like the Faerie Wars or the Derkholm books. I mean, I’m a Tamora Pierce junkie, but I'm still waiting to start the Terrier series.

(Note on paperback v. hardback – it’s a prefere
Shobhit Sharad
"They had won, but he had lost."

At several points through the book, I had made up my mind about giving this book no more than 2 stars. The story kept on dragging, and even though most of it was essential to the development of the story and characters, the writing wasn't appealing enough to keep you interested all along.

But the end turned out to be better than I was expecting. We get a lot of answers, and get concerned about the future.

As is the case with any good fantasy, there should always be
Celtic Vira
Dec 18, 2008 Celtic Vira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Kim (The Book Sanctuary)
Reviewed on 26/07/2015

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Just a heads up to those who are really impatient; do not, I repeat, DO NOT ever read this book, or should I say this particular series. This apparent book has bloody 679 pages, and for those of you who hate books which are so painfully slow you could just rip them into shreds, please, run far away and never come back. Don’t even think about hesitating; just run for your life .

While reading Eldest, I had the most awe-inspiring major conflict/ dilemm
Cassandra Lê
May good fortune rule over you
Peace live in your heart
And the stars watch over you."

This book was quite amazing. The plot was good, the story made me gasped with amazement. Beautifully written. Although I found some sentences were really descriptive and drag through pages and pages.
I still don't like the elves somehow. They are too perfect.
But Roran's story was quite amazing.
And the title of the book - "Eldest" was really meaningful.
Better than the first book.
Jun 07, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one better than Eragon. The plot really thickened! I started to get bored about halfway through, until Eragon was "changed" and Roran was in Teirm is where it got interesting. The last half of the book was better than the first. The first half felt so dark and hopeless, then finally you started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Great plot twists, and very believable fantasy!
May 26, 2011 Werner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
This is a strong continuation to Paolini's Inheritance series, and it isn't (unlike the second volumes of some series) just a time-marking exercise between the beginning and the conclusion; significant events happen here, which move the plot in major ways. All of the strengths of the first volume continue to be present here: brilliant, detailed world-building (we get to see much more of the society of the dwarves, and especially the elves), fully-realized characterization, attention to relations ...more
As previously noted I am a fan of this series. And yet at the same time I am a fan of literary masterpieces. How does a series that dips occasionally into overuse of fantasy cliche and borrows ideas from epic masterpieces break into my personal favourites shelf? Well read on and I shall explain.

The answer is simple. Despite all the petty flaws in the writing, the borrowing of ideas and occasional overuse of cliche Christopher Paolini succeeds in creating a living breathing world that is in no wa
Apr 12, 2010 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy enthusiasts, aspiring writers, patient readers
Okay, so most of what I said about Eragon still applies... the main change here seems to be that the author has reduced the amount of action and plot events, and replaced them with exposition. This isn't completely horrible, as it's somewhat well done, but having done it at all really just resulted in hundreds of pages where very little actually happens, while the author fleshes out the setting and history of the world through lessons with Oromis, casual conversations with Arya, informational mo ...more
Rivka Ray
Once again the ending made the book.
That ending though!!
Briana Patterson
Feb 01, 2008 Briana Patterson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I had a lot of problems with this book when I read it. Okay, the Inheritance series is not the most original pairs of books in the bunch, but I at least managed to enjoy reading Eragon, and was interested enough to pick up this one.

There's a certain shallowness that comes out in this book that demonstrates clearly, Paolini's immaturity. Characters behave with teenage idealism and immaturity - particularly when it comes to romantic situations. It's not hard to tell what Paolini's political and re
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This was much slower than the first book. The first was mostly an adventure. Eragon getting from Carvahall to Farthen Dur, on opposite sides of the kingdom. The second is almost entirely Eragon's training with the elves. I found it all very interesting and it kept my attention as much as the first, if not more. Even though there wasnt any action for the first 90% of the book there were lots of memorable events and we really got to k
Mar 03, 2016 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
semplicemente magnifico, perfetto *-*
La fine o mio dio, sono rimasta alzata tutta la notte a pensarci!
Feb 22, 2009 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains rise on one side of Paradise Valley. Snowcapped most of the year, they inspired the fantastic scenery in the Inheritance Cycle.

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