Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2)

Christopher Paolini
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


Reviewed: 2020-12-01
In the second book of the Inheritance Trilogy, Eragon, through his rider training, finds his body and mind being transformed in ways he never thought possible. When the Varden finally need his services, Eragon finds a dark family secret as well as being reunited with his cousin, Roran. The high level of gore and romance in Eragon's life keep the reader pulled into the story, but limit its understandability for younger readers. A little more story and a little less battle make "Eldest" more difficult to read than the first book of Inheritance, "Eragon", but these same qualities help the reader understand the life of Eragon as a Dragon Rider and the lives of the Riders before him. My high school students are begging for this book!
Reviewed: 2019-11-30
Alfred A. Knopf
Reviewed: 2016-06-16
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