Eldest by Christopher Paolini
(Inheritance Cycle, Book 2) (The Inheritance Cycle)

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15 Critic Reviews

Eragon is a wonderful opening chapter to what promises to be a spellbinding trilogy. Not only has Christopher Paolini showed that he can write action and adventure, but he has the required empathy to create characters, both human and non, that are easy for a reader to identify with.
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Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


Darkness falls…despair abounds…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 Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle–one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .


Praise for Eragon:
“Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that’s sure to flourish.” –Booklist, Starred
“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.” –People
“The new ‘It’ book of children’s lit.” –U.S. News & World Report
“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.” –Publishers Weekly

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Book Sense Book of the Year
A #1 Book Sense Selection


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About Christopher Paolini

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Christopher Paolini is the author of three other bestselling novels about Alagaësia: Inheritance is the fourth and final volume in the cycle. Christopher lives in Montana, where the natural landscape has been a major inspiration in the creation of his stories. You can find out more about Christopher and the Inheritance cycle at alagaesia.com.
 
Published August 23, 2005 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 1042 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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All: 15 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

Suffused with purple prose and faux-archaic language, this patchwork of dialogue, characters and concepts pulled whole cloth from the fantasy canon holds together remarkably well. Dramatic tension is maintained through the interweaving of Eragon’s and Roran’s adventures...Derivative but exciting.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Nov 05 2008

Eragon is a wonderful opening chapter to what promises to be a spellbinding trilogy. Not only has Christopher Paolini showed that he can write action and adventure, but he has the required empathy to create characters, both human and non, that are easy for a reader to identify with.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on Jan 21 2011

While a 704-page book might appear daunting for readers, ELDEST roars along from beginning to end. The author's writing has matured and he has developed great skill at layering his themes as they build to an exciting climax...Wizards, monsters, dragons, elves, dwarves, magic forests...all combine to make ELDEST a sure winner for fantasy fans.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Reese on Aug 24 2005

I swear on Helzvog’s stone girdle that I have not for many a year read anything so mind-numbingly silly as Eldest...Paolini dawdles, with long, self-indulgent asides about the proper components of a dwarfish bow (Feldûnost horns, skin from the roof of trout’s mouths) and Eragon’s romantic yearnings for emerald-eyed Arya...

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Reviewed by Carol Ann Chybowski on Jul 27 2015

Christopher Paolini has managed to give us a sequel to Eragon that lives up to this promise and more. It is a pleasure to see that Paolini is developing as a writer along with his characters...Fans of Eragon will be pleased with this new chapter of the Inheritance trilogy.

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Reviewed by Carol Ann Chybowski on Aug 31 2005

Fans of Eragon will be pleased with this new chapter of the Inheritance trilogy. The heroes are flawed, which adds to their believability and heightens their achievements.

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Common Sense Media

Good
Reviewed by Matt Berman on Jul 27 2015

ELDEST is considerably longer and more dense than its predecessor, Eragon, but it's exciting, dark, suspenseful, and imaginative. This is a considerable step forward in Christopher Paolini's development as a writer. Eragon and Roran are compelling characters, and the relationship between Eragon and Saphira can be touching.

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SF Signal

Below average
Reviewed by John DeNardo on Oct 29 2005

The thread involving Eragon’s cousin was entertaining. The last 10% of the book was the best part...The other 90% was slow-moving, boring and lacked many qualities which would have otherwise immersed the reader...the final book in the Inheritance trilogy will have to have to work extra hard to attract my attention.

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Kidz World

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Reviewed by KidzWorld on Dec 27 2006

It has a ton of classic fantasy stuff from elves to dwarves, wizards, dragons and even a villain with a funky name - Galbatorix...If you dig fantasy novels, it's a terrific, if slightly slow, book. Christopher Paolini's writing is full of fantastic details and tons of imagination.

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The Army Rumour Service

Above average
Reviewed by terroratthepicnic on Aug 11 2015

Eldest wasn’t as fast paced as the first book Eragon, but saying that, it was still a good read...Over all, the book is well written and easy to follow. The 2 paths the book follows, intertwines nicely but there does tend to be an obvious ending. I enjoyed reading Eldest but not as much as Eragon...

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Teen Ink

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on Aug 08 2015

I had a great time reading the fantasy, Eldest, by Christopher Paolini...This book is a well written book filled with action and excitement that any fantasy lover should read...I would recommend this book to any fantasy lover who has the patience to finish it and understands more complicated plot lines.

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Reviewed by Floresiensis on Jul 05 2015

Eldest will once again thrill and excite young fantasy authors around the world. The tale is full if excitement, awash with swords and sorcery, full to the brim with friendship and betrayal...reading a book is all about enjoyment and if Eragon worked for you then you will not be disappointed by Eldest.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on May 01 2014

This second installment in the Inheritance series is another satisfying read for fantasy lovers who are not intimidated by a very long book. Readers who power through the 700+ pages will be rewarded with a cast of richly drawn characters and lots of action.

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Reviewed by Denise Kitashima Dutton on Aug 03 2015

As with every second book of a trilogy, this novel has a whole lot of moving and shaking...And there's the cliffhanger that seems to be present in every series novel...But how else are we going to want to tune in next time? The author does well with this installment, and the novel doesn't feel like the throwaway book of the series...

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Reviewed by Paula NicIomhair on Aug 11 2015

The plot takes as its focus the character of Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, and their journey to the land of the elves to train in magic and swordsmanship...Older neophytes of the genre will devour this with relish, although the plodding pace, unformed style and overloading of detail will be obstacles for the average reader.

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Raphael J.k 19 Feb 2015

The Inheritance series is one of the best I have ever read... Loved the way the author keeps you guessing and leaves clues that come into play later on, in the other books

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