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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 rebel 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 futher training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, fil
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Audio CD, 24 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by Listening Library
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Swankivy
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Mita
Nov 10, 2012 Mita rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Marya
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
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Eric
Oct 01, 2007 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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 worry..you'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
Allison
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
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Kerry (The Roaming Librarian)
Jul 26, 2014 Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fiction
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
Alena
Feb 09, 2008 Alena rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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Hope
***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! -_-
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Josh
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
Sabrina
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
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Sean
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
Dave
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
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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.
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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!
Lawrancel
“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
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Aerin
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
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Celtic Vira
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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.
Caroline
I went out and bought this pretty much right after it was released, because I assumed that with a few more years under his belt Paolini could have developed some real skills.

In short, no. He actually got worse, for me. While the first one had some pretty major faults, this one had just as sloppy writing and an even worse plot. It felt like a 200 page novel that was prolonged to be almost 800 pages, and the love story that dominated the plot was forced and just gag-worthy.

Boo to Christopher Paoli
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Briana Patterson
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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Jonathan
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
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Werner
May 26, 2011 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Nathan
Apr 12, 2010 Nathan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Chaotician
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*~Lan Lan~*
2.5 stars.

Top Five Points to Consider:
-1. Yes, Mr. Paolini, you have one, large, monstrous, gag-worthy vocabulary and mine just does not compete. You make mine look so small I can’t really say that I know the English language. You win. Now that we have addressed this, can we kindly get back to the story?

-2. I thought that my reading block was due to personal issues and hectic live events. After completing this I can say with certainty that my reader’s block was due to this book.

-3. This could h
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Josh
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Ilsa
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Ademilson Moraes
I am giving this fours stars only because, despite it being perfect, it was a little too slow at some points, like when Eragon was traveling to land of the elves. Too many nights having small talk around a campfire for my taste, you know? Regardless, in all other aspects this book is beautiful. Paolini has created a world of its own; even though people sometimes accuse him of copying a little of the work of others, I disagree. Alagaësia doesn't feel like anything I've read before. It is a uni ...more
Valerie
It took me foooreeeeeeeeeeveeeeeer to finish this book. 6 months I’d guess. It wasn’t exactly that I didn’t like it. I just didn’t like it as much as some other book I might be reading. It is also that this sort of book isn’t exactly my cup of tea. This is hard core fantasy. I can take a lot of fantasy as long as there is something that I can hold on to that is similar the real world. This book didn’t really have anything for me to hold onto. The book basically starts right were Eragon left off. ...more
Juliana
Sep 01, 2008 Juliana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who finished Eldest
Recommended to Juliana by: SUSANNAH!!!!!
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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.

Christopher is grateful to all his readers. He is especiall
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