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Eldest : Inheritance : Book Two
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2005
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  Booklist Review

Gr. 8-11. The second book in the Inheritance Trilogy, following Eragon(2003), takes up the epic story just three days after the end of the bloody battle in which Eragon slew the Shade Durza, and the Varden and dwarves defeated the forces of the evil ruler of the Empire. Although Eragon has proved himself in battle as a Dragon Rider, he has much to learn, so he travels to the land of the elves to complete his rigorous training. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran finds himself the target of Empire forces, which threaten to obliterate his village if Roran is not turned over to them. Alternating narratives follow the exploits of Eragon and of Roran as each plays his role in the inevitable advance toward the final battle. Once again, the expected fantasy elements are well in place, and the characters and their relationships continue to develop nicely. The ending promises an even more cataclysmic battle ahead. --Sally Estes Copyright 2005 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Eragon continues his Rider training in this dense sequel. After the epic battle at Farthen Dûr, Eragon travels to the elven city Ellesméra to complete his magical education. There he learns from Oromis and Glaedr, a wounded Rider and his dragon who have been hidden for years, ever since Galbatorix overthrew the old order and slew the Riders. Meanwhile, inhuman servants of Galbatorix have invaded Eragon's home village Carvahall, hoping to capture Eragon's cousin Roran. Roran leads the villagers to join the Varden rebellion against Galbatorix's tyranny. Another epic battle concludes the story and brings the cousins together just in time for a revelation of dark secrets. Suffused with purple prose and faux-archaic language, this patchwork of dialogue, characters and concepts pulled whole cloth from the fantasy canon holds together remarkably well. Dramatic tension is maintained through the interweaving of Eragon's and Roran's adventures, though too much time is spent on the details of Eragon's training. Derivative but exciting. (Fantasy. 12-15) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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Don't miss the latest book from the author of Eragon , The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia ! <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> <br> Darkness falls...despair abounds...evil reigns...<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle-one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.<br> <br> Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .<br> <br> <br> Praise for Eragon : <br> "Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish." - Booklist , Starred<br> "Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut." - People <br> "The new 'It' book of children's lit." - U.S. News & World Report <br> "An auspicious beginning to both career and series." - Publishers Weekly <br> <br> A #1 New York Times Bestseller<br> A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller<br> A USA Today Bestseller<br> A Wall Street Journal Bestseller<br> A Book Sense Book of the Year<br> A #1 Book Sense Selection
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