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Eldest (Inheritance, Bk 2)
Eldest - Inheritance, Bk 2
Author: 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 swordsmans...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780375826702
ISBN-10: 037582670X
Publication Date: 8/23/2005
Pages: 704
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 620 ratings
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Eldest (Inheritance, Bk 2) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is the story of Eragon and Saphira's adventures. I liked reading about the deepening bond between the two, and watching Eragon grow up. The story centers around Eragon's visit to Ellesmera, the land of the Elves, where the two continue learning about their skills.
I well recommend this book!
reviewed Eldest (Inheritance, Bk 2) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
One of the best books ever, but Eragon was better. Love how it twits adventure, battle, excitment, a hint of romance, and fantasy in a wonderful world called alageasia. Beautifuly written
reviewed Eldest (Inheritance, Bk 2) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I had put off reading this book for the few years I've had it because I was so disappointed with the first one in the series. This one fulfilled all my expectations of failure because what little does happen is overly explained to the point of it being boring. I got to 100 pages and had to stop torturing my mind. If I'm lucky, they'll improve this story, like they did the first one, by making it into a movie.

Eragon and Saphira are just annoying. They both are exceedingly immature and when they don't get their way, they pout. Yet, they are both made to seem so worldly that they know everything as well. Such as when the council of wanted the pair's support and they knew they were being used. It was irritating at how Eragon's character is written to always know what others are planning/thinking when he himself hasn't the experience on his own to feasibly know all these things. It's like the author has made him too omniscient because the writer is too immature in his ability to be able to use foreshadowing and employ deeper plots effectively.

The dialogues in this book are also very corny and stereotypical. It's like the author pulled everything he's seen in movies when it comes to what the characters in the book have to say. There's a lot of over-dramatization that leaves you rolling your eyes and it got old fast--like within the first 20 pages.

This book also reminds me of playing an RPG game where you are lead along by your nose. Such as when Eragon has to travel to the elves and he has to travel with Arya because communications aren't able to reach the elves due to wards that only allow messages out... What?!?! It's just stupid. There's a lot of this in the book for other situations as well and it just made for a poor read.

Overall, I'd avoid this book because there are a lot of other fantasy writers out there who have proved their worth because they can write and not because they're bragging about graduating at fifteen as a result of being home-schooled. It's obviously affected his ability to see things outside the box.
reviewed Eldest (Inheritance, Bk 2) on + 70 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Second book provides the reader with a more in-depth look into the mastermind behind this trilogy. The plot thickens as Eragon continues his journey and inner struggle over his responsibilities involved in being a dragon rider. Impossible to put the book down until it has been read from cover to cover.
reviewed Eldest (Inheritance, Bk 2) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
If you liked Eragon, you're going to like this too. Sometimes stilted, but also compelling.
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reviewed Eldest (Inheritance, Bk 2) on + 38 more book reviews
My son and I loved it.
reviewed Eldest (Inheritance, Bk 2) on + 2 more book reviews
This was not as good as the first one in the series, but it is still an amazing book, with an exciting plotline and an excellent writing style.
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This book was great, except for one chapter which was very inappropriate.

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