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Eldest / Christopher Paolini.

By: Paolini, Christopher.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Inheritance trilogy ; bk.2. Publisher: London : Corgi, 2006, c2005Description: 681 p. : 1 map ; 20 cm.ISBN: 0552552119 (pbk.); 9780552155526.Subject(s): Dragons -- Juvenile fiction | Premiers' Reading Challenge : 9-10Review: "Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger..." -- BOOK JACKET.
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"Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger..." -- BOOK JACKET.

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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, Jörmundur 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 Jörmundur? 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 Dûr, anyone at all. Excerpted from Eldest by Christopher Paolini All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

The second volume in Paolini's popular Inheritance Trilogy continues the story begun in Eragon. Eragon the dragon rider and Saphira, his dragon, are being trained in the forest city of Ellesmera while Roran, Eragon's cousin, helps the villagers escape Carvahall and flee the siege by the Ra'zacs. There is a large cast of characters and complex story lines, and listeners must be familiar with the first novel before beginning this sequel. But the clear narration of this abridgment makes the plot easy to follow, and little is lost in the production. Though there is not much differentiation in the characters' voices, it is always apparent who is speaking. The recording is evenly paced, the sound clean and clear, and the Spanish straightforward and smooth. Overall, this is a worthwhile addition to larger Spanish-language audio collections.--Roxanne Landin, Ferguson Lib., Stamford, CT (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Eldest (Knopf, 2005), Christopher Paolini's much-anticipated sequel to Eragon (Knopf, 2003; Listening Library, 2004) is filled with the magic of elves, dwarves, and dragons, as well as the human struggles of villagers beleaguered by the dark forces of Galbatorix, a tyrannical king. Opening on the battlefield where Eragon and his dragon companion, Saphira, have been victorious, the novel splits into two story strands that meet in the midst of another combat engagement at the book's conclusion. In the interim, Eragon and Saphira are involved in a bit of political intrigue, a little romance, and long periods of rigorous training, while Roran, Eragon's older cousin, joins with other farmers and tradesmen to defend and then flee their remote hometown of Carvahall. Ra'zacs, the treacherous creatures who killed Roran's father, are not only after him, they have also snatched his true love, Katrina. Eragon has not forgotten his friends and kin, but he is absorbed with his responsibilities as Dragon Rider. When the cousins' circuitous paths converge, they fight beside an army both human and magical to repel Galbatorix's forces again. The two strong-willed young men also resolve past misunderstandings surrounding the death of the man who raised both of them. Even with a plot that covers many detailed passages and a huge cast of characters, narrator Gerard Doyle masterfully sustains the intense personalities of the two questing men and the gravelly-voiced dragon. The sound quality and case are as solid and sturdy as the powerful-looking dragon who stares out from the cover. Reading and recalling Eragon will be very helpful for listeners as they try to follow the sequel's complex series of events and myriad characters. This fantasy/adventure has enough bloody battles and heroic rescues to keep fans of the genre happily engaged. Sure to be popular, especially since there's still one more book to come in the Inheritance trilogy.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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

Horn Book Review

(Intermediate, Middle School) The tale begun in Eragon with a young farm boy finding a dragon's egg, bonding with the dragon within, and traversing a mythic land (populated by elves, dwarves, an Empire, and a resistance) owed tips of the hat to many fantasy predecessors and suffered from immature and derivative prose. As the story continues here, Eragon and the dragon Saphira travel to the elves' sacred forest to be trained by the last remaining dragon rider; Eragon's cousin Roran leads his village against the Empire's soldiers; and the resistance gears up for the ultimate clash against the despotic ruler Galbatorix. There's lots of imaginative material: Paolini's detailed descriptions and his many digressions into (among other things) elf theology, dwarf social order, and the theory and language of magic give the 681-page volume a very deliberate pace, but the author's enthusiasm for his creation is infectious nonetheless. With a growing storytelling talent fulfilling the promise latent in his first book (though his style is still less than smooth), Paolini requites the devotion of his many readers and will leave them eager for the third volume. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book 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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