Eldest

Eldest

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"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...."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
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ISBN: 9780375840401
9780440238492
0440238498
9780375826702
037582670X
9780375926709
0375926704
Call Number: PAOLINI
Characteristics: xvii, 681 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Dragons -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Good and evil -- Fiction.
Kings and rulers -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Fantasy fiction.

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sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 6/10
Writing: 7/10
The pace was much slower than the first book. There were significant portions that I think really could have been trimmed down. Eragon's descriptions of the dwarven and elven cultures and settings, while beautiful, were difficult to get through. Althou... Read More »


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sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 6/10
Writing: 7/10
The pace was much slower than the first book. There were significant portions that I think really could have been trimmed down. Eragon's descriptions of the dwarven and elven cultures and settings, while beautiful, were difficult to get through. Although I appreciated the depth of training that he went through, it was slow. The conflict really got delayed until far too late, in my opinion.
Adding in chapters from Roran's and Nasuada's perspectives was an interesting change, although I'm not sure it was for the better. I liked the conflict brought up between Roran and the Ra'zac, but it felt like a big let-down after the height of Eragon's conflicts. Similarly, it felt silly to have this strong female leader get preoccupied with lace (I understand the usefulness and how it was a unique solution to a problem, but at times it felt like Paolini was just looking for the girliest way to present her). The introduction of Elva was very interesting, and I'm curious as to how that will play out.

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