Eldest

Eldest

Book - 2005
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After successfully evading an Urgals ambush, Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to finish his training so he can further help the Varden in their struggle against the Empire.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780440238492
9780375840401
9780375826702
Branch Call Number: PAO
Characteristics: xvii, 681 p. : ill., map

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Borealis7
Aug 14, 2017

I really liked it and the book really expands on to the world from Eragon. I am really anticipating the next book and what will happen.

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Ratsarecool3
Aug 02, 2017

Better than the last book for sure, with better character development. The whole "brother turning against him" thing has been overused, but since Murtagh has more depth than most of the "evil brothers" of literature, this can work. The fact that Eragon got turned into an elf-human hybrid was a little bit like deus ex machina. He escaped the pain from his scar too easily, and it made him too powerful. However, I like how Paolini greatly expanded on his world in this one, and focused on Roran as well as Eragon, giving him his own story and personality.

sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 6/10
Writing: 7/10
The pace was much slower than the first book. There were significant portions that I think really could have been trimmed down. Eragon's descriptions of the dwarven and elven cultures and settings, while beautiful, were difficult to get through. Although I appreciated the depth of training that he went through, it was slow. The conflict really got delayed until far too late, in my opinion.
Adding in chapters from Roran's and Nasuada's perspectives was an interesting change, although I'm not sure it was for the better. I liked the conflict brought up between Roran and the Ra'zac, but it felt like a big let-down after the height of Eragon's conflicts. Similarly, it felt silly to have this strong female leader get preoccupied with lace (I understand the usefulness and how it was a unique solution to a problem, but at times it felt like Paolini was just looking for the girliest way to present her). The introduction of Elva was very interesting, and I'm curious as to how that will play out.

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Deathbringer
Mar 05, 2017

awesome series! great if you like reading big books. i didn't really like the cover but it was just as good as the first one by Paolini!

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janelllim
Dec 15, 2016

Well, the first book was really good but Eldest just dropped my expectations to rock-bottom. Firstly, the Twins' and Murtaugh's disappearance is way too brief. Oh yes, one paragraph should do it. Secondly, Eragon's infatuation with Arya. His words are beautiful, poetic and just.... well, Arya is over a 100 years old. He is 16. anyone see the gap? There isn't exactly a lot of action and introduces more of the politics of this world.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 17, 2016

Eldest is the second book in the Eragon Quintilogy and it’s everything and more you would want in a sequel to such a grand book. In Eldest we don’t just see things from Eragon's perspective, but his cousin’s as well, as both struggle to keep what they hold dear and fight for what they feel is right. We are given even more in Eldest as the world is given more life and Eragon, as well as others find new purposes. All the while we build up anticipation for a great battle to come, but not without some much needed information on the various peoples of this amazing world. Overall, Eldest was a fantastic sequel to Eragon and I would recommend anyone who enjoys fantasy to give this series a try.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The second book in the Inheritance Cycle, Eldest continues the story from the cliffhanger in the epilogue of Eragon. The book is, albeit perhaps slightly, better written than its predecessor and keeps the exciting plot while having a darker and more imaginative theme. There is also a better and more prevalent sense of suspense throughout this book. The characters and relationships between them are developed in a less crude and more powerful way through dialogue and events, and the book’s story is as compelling as ever, even if it is longer than the first one. The author’s writing style is still inexperienced and awkward at times, as Paolini is still quite young, but it matures and strengthens as he gains experience and shows how good this book really is. There is still a significant amount of graphic violence and war in the book, with many fantastical elements still being generic and likely inspired from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other classic fantasy novels. However, Eldest packs more suspense, secrets, and development into its longer and slightly better written pages, and that gives it a rating of 4.5/5.
- @interneuron of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Eldest by Christopher Paolini was one of the best sequels I have ever read. Eragon a dragon rider and his dragon Saphira just defeated the evil cruel ruler Galbatorix and saved the empire. Now he has to move to Ellesmerea (elf village) to get further training in his skill of sorcery and swordsmanship. When tragedy strikes, Eragon must fight to for his life and regain the peace. This was an amazing book that keeps you reading. I give the book a three out of five star rating. 
- @SDJ of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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seaatly
Feb 05, 2016

great series

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GabrielKarasik
Jan 17, 2016

Most series get worse over time, but this one just keeps getting better and better.

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EvelynCai123
Dec 16, 2015

Amazing ending! I mean Wow! It totally blew me off but I guess that's why the book's called " Eldest " with a red dragon as the cover xD. The chapters on Eragon were extremely boring which literally made me somewhat skim over the words and right at that moment, a new part of the story was uncovered ( Tarnag, Ûndin, Quan ) and I still don't know much about it. Although the chapters on Roran made me come back to life; they were so good. I never thought Surda would be so important.

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deb56
Aug 04, 2015

Excellent book keeps you wanting more. Didn't want to put it down

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Deathbringer
Mar 05, 2017

Other: huge book! only read if you have lots of time or like big books!

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Deathbringer
Mar 05, 2017

Violence: contains fantasy violence

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crossroadskeeper
Aug 09, 2013

Violence: It's basically a fantasy book about war

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JihadiConservative
May 03, 2013

Violence: battles some bloody and brutal some sad betrayals and EPIC scenes

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Green_Wolf_5
Jul 26, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Green_Wolf_5
Jul 26, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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crossroadskeeper
Aug 09, 2013

Eragon continues his fight against the evil empire in the second book, which willmake little sense without the first. In this books he meets up with all kinds and shapes.

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EBeaudoin
Feb 10, 2012

The second book in the Inheritance series, Eldest, is about Dragons and the people who ride them, called Riders. The main characters are Eragon, a human and Saphira, who is his dragon. In this story Eragon and Saphira travel to Du Weldenvarden to train with the Elves. When they are done training they fight in a big battle in Surda.

henry02 Dec 15, 2011

After defeating the shade Durza in the battle of Farthen Dur, Eragon and his dragon saphira must travel to the guarded realm of the elves to learn the secrets of magic and the Ancient Language. Meanwhile in Carvahall, his old home, his cousin Roran must fight against the vile Ra'zac and take his own place at the head of his people

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Campbell
Jul 26, 2008

The adventures of a young man and a dragon that include elves, dwarves, monsters, other dragons and of course the enemy king.

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“Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.”

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