- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Corgi Childrens; 1st Corgi Edition edition (7 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552552119
- ISBN-13: 978-0552552110
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Theres a keenness in the storytelling, and an excitement for pure adventure and magic, that will ensure fans of Paolinis Eragon will find its much-anticipated sequel every bit as readable and captivating. This young author, who wrote that debut (very long) novel aged fifteen, has shed some his earlier less convincing turns of phrase and tendancies to homage other inspirational works, to come up with a deeper second novel that is more assured, better balanced and distinctly original.
Picking up from the exact point where its predecessor gave way, Eldest begins with dragon rider and now shade slayer, Eragon, on the battlefield of his greatest triumph. He is saddened by the death and carnage before him, and fearful for the future. King Galbatorix is, despite this battle won, still the cruel ruler of the Empire and must be defeated. Together with the beautiful and elegant dragon, Saphira, with whom he can communicate without speech, they must travel to Ellesmera fabled land of the Elves to undergo further training in magic, swordsmanship and other worldly necessities.
Meanwhile, in his homeland, in the village of Carvahall, Eragons cousin Roran faces challenges of his own. The kings men, and the dark creature that instructs them, lay siege to the tiny mountain community in the hope of finding Roran, and thus lead them to Eragon. After fierce resistance, Roran leads the villagers on a long, arduous journey to salvation (hopefully) with the community known as the Varden.
Told in alternate chapters, the stories of both young men on separate missions give this difficult second novel a refreshing feel. Eragon is still the star, but has a substantial second cast to make this novel a worthy sequel to the first book and a tantalising bridge to the final chapter in volume three.
(Age 12 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A compelling and action-filled adventure . . . A galloping good example of its genre" (Daily Telegraph)
"This book is an achievement. Readers will be transported" (The Sunday Times)
"A portrayal of true affection between boy and dragon . . . Paolini writes like someone gripped by his own story" (Guardian)
"A stirring fantasy of epic proportions" (The Bookseller)
"Bound for the bestsellers" (Publishing News)
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Top Customer Reviews
Read Eragon first, you will not understand Eldest, as it is filled with infomation and parts referring to the 1st book, Eragon.
Despite critics literally screaming "this is a weak copy of the LOTR trilogy!", these 2 (and hopefully 3) books are entertaining, absorbing, and serious fantasy. The unfortunate thing about these 2 books is that they do take a lot of influence from the LOTR trilogy. From the characters (Orcs) to the writing style (similar type of writing, and so on). But, as I said in my 'Eragon' review, no-one intentionally tries to copy, resemble, or poke fun at another book, unless the author is writing a parody.
Eragon seemed a little slow and dreamy at the beginning, but Eldest thrusts you into the action the moment you start. In Eldest, you follow the stories of two people, Eragon Shadeslayer, the slayer of Durza and rider of Saphira, and Roran Garrowsen, the uncle of Eragon. Eragon decides to travel to the land of the elves (ellesmera) to train his magic and swordsmanship. But along the way there is plenty of danger, magic, fights, sarcasm, and of course, adventure. Far away, Roran must defend Carvahall from Ra'Zac and orcs who invade almost everyday, trying to find, or even collect infomation about Eragon or Roran.
The one noticable difference between Eragon and Eldest is that Poalini's writing style has changed again. His writing has become noticeably more mature and darker, depicting scenes of evil more powerfully. In Eldest, Eragon is more like a man on a mission, rather than a teenager who is trying to find a certain area. There are less carefree moments for Eragon, and more 'I must follow my destiny' determination.Read more ›
The end of the book really took things up a notch and made a welcome contrast.
I'll repeat this section from my review of 'Eragon':
"A few small details in the novels stood out as being a bit strange to me, but not enough to affect my enjoyment (and there may be reasons for them). For example, capitalisation seems to be inconsistent. Some races are capitalised (e.g. Urgals) but not others (dwarves or elves); some titles are capitalised (e.g. Riders) but not others (kings). It's strange. Another little detail was the sword Zar'roc - it means "misery" in the "ancient language", appropriate for the sword of the most evil of the Forsworn. Except... the swords get named after the rider completes training. Morzan was a normal rider back then, not an evil one. Morzan wasn't fully evil until Galbatorix corrupted him. So why did he name his sword "misery"? It's one of those things that seems okay on the surface, but bizarre when you question it. Okay, I'll stop being overly critical now, since these kinds of things might have explanations I missed, in which case they are caused by my ignorance."
***I own a hard cover copy, but I borrowed the Playaway audiobook from my local library
The cover is a beautiful red dragon, so I love it :)
This is the 2nd book in the series. It is narrated by the same narrator as Eragon which is usually best since you get used to how a narrator does each character :)
I loved listening to this as much as when I read it in 2006. I spent most of my weekend listening to it. It is 23 hours long, but I needed to finish it so I could return it to the library so I sequestered myself to my room :)
Eragon is a great role model and at times seems like a typical teen with his mistakes, but he has been given a lot of responsibility which forced him to grow up very quickly. I love that this book has the characters from the first book, but it had a lot more of Carvahall’s characters especially Roran’s journey. There is lots of action, training, and battles throughout the book. You learn a lot of things and there were many surprises along the way, but as always, I will not spoil your journey. This fact irritates my mom because I won’t tell her what happens even when she says it doesn’t ruin her the story for her. I told her she had to listen to it or read it :)
When I read a story such as this, I am amazed at the creativity of authors especially Christopher to build such an awesome world with different languages and creatures. It is just fantastic how wide his vocabulary is :)
I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves magical adventures such as the Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, and other such adventures.
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