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Eldest (Inheritance Cycle Series #2)

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by Christopher Paolini

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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 Galbatroix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is a journey of a lifetime,

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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 Galbatroix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is a journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust.

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Eldest, the shelf-bending sequel to Christopher Paolini's wildly acclaimed debut novel, Eragon (and the second volume in his Inheritance trilogy), continues the epic saga of Eragon and Saphira. The teenage boy and his blue-scaled dragon are destined to free the realm of Alagaësia from the clutches of the ruthless king Galbatorix -- or die trying. Even though Eragon and his misfit alliance of rebels have won minor victories against the nightmarish minions of the Empire, he realizes that without more training, he will never be able to defeat Galbatorix and his dark magic. With that in mind, he sets off for the awe-inspiring land of the elves on a quest to complete his education as a Dragon Rider. Like J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga, Paolini's epic fantasy -- although categorized as children's literature (for readers 12 and up) -- has attracted not only adult fantasy fans but also mainstream fiction readers. Paolini's fluid writing style, abundance of compelling characters, and utilization of age-transcendent themes like honor, friendship, responsibility, and forgiveness, will make this saga a huge hit with teachers and librarians, as well as lovers of dragon-powered fantasy à la Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin. The 650-plus pages of Tolkienesque adventure will almost certainly leave readers salivating for the third and final installment. Paul Goat Allen

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Inheritance Cycle Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 5.26(h) x 1.51(d)
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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By Christopher Paolini

Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0-375-82670-X

Chapter One

The Council of Elders

Saphira's breathing quickened, and she opened her eyes, yawning expansively. Good morning, little one.

Is it? He looked down and leaned on his hands, compressing the mattress. It's terrible ... Murtagh and Ajihad ... Why didn't sentries in the tunnels warn us of the Urgals? They shouldn't have been able to trail Ajihad's group without being noticed. ... Arya was right, it doesn't make sense.

We may never know the truth, said Saphira gently. She stood, wings brushing the ceiling. You need to eat, then we must discover what the Varden are planning. We can't waste time; a new leader could be chosen within hours.

Eragon agreed, thinking of how they had left everyone yesterday: Orik rushing off to give King Hrothgar the tidings, Jormundur taking Ajihad's body to a place where it would rest until the funeral, and Arya, who stood alone and watched the goings-on.

Eragon rose and strapped on Zar'roc and his bow, then bent and lifted Snowfire's saddle. A line of pain sheared through his torso, driving him to the floor, where he writhed, scrabbling at his back. It felt like he was being sawed in half. Saphira growled as the ripping sensation reached her. She tried to soothe him with her own mind but was unable to alleviate his suffering. Her tail instinctually lifted, as if to fight.

It took minutes before the fit subsided and the last throb faded away, leaving Eragon gasping. Sweat drenched his face, making his hair stick and his eyes sting. He reached back and gingerly fingered the top of his scar. It was hot and inflamed and sensitive to touch. Saphira lowered her nose and touched him on the arm. Oh, little one....

It was worse this time, he said, staggering upright. She let him lean against her as he wiped away the sweat with a rag, then he tentatively stepped for the door.

Are you strong enough to go?

We have to. We're obliged as dragon and Rider to make a public choice regarding the next head of the Varden, and perhaps even influence the selection. I won't ignore the strength of our position; we now wield great authority written the Varden. At least the Twins aren't here to grab the position for themselves. That's the only good in the situation.

Very well, but Durza should suffer a thousand years of torture for what he did to you.

He grunted. Just stay close to me.

Together they made their way through Tronjheim, toward the nearest kitchen. In the corridors and hallways, people stopped and bowed to them, murmuring, "Argetlam," or "Shadeslayer." Even dwarves made the motions, though not as often. Eragon was struck by the somber, haunted expressions of the humans and the dark clothing they wore to display their sadness. Many women dressed entirely in black, lace veils covering their faces.

In the kitchen, Eragon brought a stone platter of food to a low table. Saphira watched him carefully in case he should have another attack. Several people tried to approach him, but she lifted a lip and growled sending them scurrying away. Eragon pretended to ignore the disturbances and picked at the food. Finally, trying to divert his thoughts from Murtagh, he asked, Who do you think has the means to take control of the Varden, now that Ajihad and the Twins are gone?

She hesitated. It's possible you could, if Ajihad's last words were interpreted as a blessing to secure the leadership. Almost no one would oppose you. However, that does not seem a wise path to take. I see only trouble in that direction.

I agree. Besides, Arya wouldn't approve, and she could be a dangerous enemy. Elves can't lie in the ancient language, but they have no such inhibition in ours-she could deny that Ajihad ever uttered those words if it served her purposes. No, I don't want the position. ... What about Jormundur?

Ajihad called him his right-hand man. Unfortunately, we know little about him or the Varden's other leaders. Such a short time has passed since we came here. We will have to make our judgment on our feelings and impressions, without the benefit of history.

Eragon pushed his fish around a lump of mashed tubers. Don't forget Hrothgar and the dwarf clans; they won't be quiet in this. Except for Arya, the elves have no say in the succession-a decision will be made before word of this even reaches them. But the dwarves can't be-won't be-ignored. Hrothgar favors the Varden, but if enough clans oppose him, he might be maneuvered into backing someone unsuited for the command.

And who might that be?

A person easily manipulated. He closed his eyes and leaned back. It could be anyone in Farthen Dur, anyone at all.


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Eldest (Inheritance Cycle Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2473 reviews.
VaBookworm More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book! It's GREAT! I actually cried at one part... I loved Eragon, and I'm glad Eldest didn't let me down. I wish they'd continue producing the movies. The Eragon movie is what got me to read the books in the first place. Chris Paolini is an incredible writer! I still can't believe these monstrous books, with their incredible characters, languages, lands, and creatures was created by a guy younger than me! I don't usually read these sorts of books, but I'm glad I did. It's been a nice change of pace in terms of reading material, and it's been an awesome adventure.
2Electic More than 1 year ago
...I read Eragon. I was hooked so I had to read this one too. Then of course I just couldn't wait to read the next. I really am enjoying this series and am looking forward to the conclusion book. This is my idea of escapism. You find yourself pulled into the story and loving or hating the characters as they appeal to you. I would recommend this not just to young adults but to older readers as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books in my time, and Eldest, along with the other books in the Eragon series are some of the best i have seen in a long time. If you like fantasty, adventure, and a hint of love stories, you will love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great theme/story. Love it
banksa More than 1 year ago
I have reread this book several times! Enjoy it alot! Characters are well made and allow you to really get into the story!
JakeH More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing follow up of Eragon! As with Eragon, it was thrilling and action packed which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and unable to put the book down. I would (and have) suggest this series to anyone and everyone because it is perfect for anyone who can read at this level! I can't wait to see what Paolini comes out with next, heres hoping for more stories from Alagaesia!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, but itcould use some improvements where Roran is concerned. But Eragon's story is fantastic, a wonderful sequel to the first book, Eragon. I really enjoy reading this and it kept me entertained for over 9 hoirs on a car trip. Even after reading it for so long, I still read before I went to bed that night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book!!!!!!
Soulman820 More than 1 year ago
Eldest is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone of my friends. The whole Inheritance Cycle is very good. I have just started to read Brisingr and I like it very much. Eldest has action, fantasy, and suspense just like Eragon which is a good book also. Kids will love this book and so will parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't decide which is better, Inheritance Cycle or Heroes of Olympus. Click yes if you like both and want minecraft pe for nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much i think i cried when it was over! I could not believe the ending!!! You have to read this! No matter how old u are! Read it!!!
Skey More than 1 year ago
My son talked me into starting the series and I thought it would be too geared to young people for me to enjoy, but then I thought that about Harry Potter books too. Love the atmosphere, the scenery, and the depth of characters. Makes me feel like I'm there. I'm currently reading Brisingr and haven't regretted any money spent on these ebooks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Hope Paolini goes on to do great things.
Chancy More than 1 year ago
I wasn't expecting to like this series so much! What a pleasant surprise! I had been reading some really good series' lately and didn't think anything could top them but Christopher Paolini has done an amazing job with this series. I feel like the characters are like old friends. I would highly recommend this book (and series) to everyone!
-Love_Books- More than 1 year ago
This book just picked off where Eragon left off and kept going... As always I love this book and it is just as good if not better as Eragon. Great twist at the end that you dont see coming! If you liked Eragon then definitly take the time to read this sequel!
sfarrell More than 1 year ago
I read Eragon because everyone else had already read Eragon. It was a fun read, although I agree that you can see every fantasy classic mimiced within the pages. However, with Eldest, Paolini matures as a writer. Funny how his protagonist transforms into a Rider while the man behind the curtain gains his writing chops. Can't wait to read the final installment. (And if you like Paolini, you gotta try Lloyd Alexander. I've included the Prydain series with this review. They rock.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You annoy me. Now when i find out while i'm Reading, it will take all the surprise out. A$sholes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is the best! I love eragon and saphira XD :D
KMolitor More than 1 year ago
The second book Eldest of the Inheritance Cycle Series is just as amazing as the first! The story continues right where it left off and you will whip through it. The great thing about all these books is they are thick so you get to read the book for a while. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Filled with EPIC proportion!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello i recommend this book to you i am only 10 and i love this book. Good byye Harry Potter fans! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the book it gets somewhat confusing but its still a good book. Its a must read if liked Eragon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, this book is really good. I loved it, although when roran was being boring i skipped that. I went back to it later though. I mean roran and eragon are really two different stories. Over all it is an amazing book. Not as good as the fourth one, but i wont spoil it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written series... the writing flows with imagination and details of a spectacular quest where good must overcome evil. Eragon's character is believable and has you rooting for him throughout the saga. From the moment I picked up the first book, Eragon, I was lost in this world of humans, elves, dragons, dwarfs and enjoyed every page. Would Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantistic book. Detailis always important to lure many readers to do what readers do read!!!! and that exactly what the serises does, leaves you hanging. Great it is a must read for everyone willing to read. GO ERAGON!!!!!!!!!!!