Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, Book 2)

Christopher Paolini
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 WeeklyA #1 New York Times BestsellerA #1 Publishers Weekly BestsellerA USA Today BestsellerA Wall Street Journal BestsellerA Book Sense Book of the YearA #1 Book Sense SelectionFrom the Hardcover edition.


Reviewed: 2021-05-22
Can I be a little insulting and say: to curses with the language? I know it add authenticity. And it's a such a feat to make a book AND make up a whole fictional language. And it's kind of cool when you have people and they speak this not-actually-existing language. Like elvish or Klingon or such.

But seeing it... and seeing familiar words and many different languages mangled together to form the weirdest and unnatural urge? It's like someone tried to form Esperanto just in the opposite direction! You can really see the way the author just kind of opened a dictionary and began throwing random or not so random words together.

If nothing else, a certain name convinced me - cause Tábor? A name of one of the characters? Well, guess what, it's a perfectly normal word in our lanugage. As in, it's from our language. As in, his name is Camp. A gathering of tents is what he is called and if it sounds exotic to English speaking people, it just seems weird to me.

But hey, this is Eragon, he would have to do far worse things for me not to adore the stuffing out of him! (And I still do not like as much the chapters from other POV and still feel unfair about it, especially knowing how they are both great and exciting).
Reviewed: 2020-06-29
I honestly hardly remember this book. But I know I'll need to re-read it before I read the last two.
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