Eldest by Christopher PaoliniEldest by Christopher Paolini


byChristopher Paolini

Paperback | March 13, 2007

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Don’t miss the latest book from the author of EragonThe Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia, coming December 31, 2018!

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. With newly updated interlocking art across the spines of all four books!

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 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. . . .

Praise for The Inheritance Cycle:
"An authentic work of great talent." --New York Times Book Review
"Paolini is a spellbinding fantasy writer." --The Boston Globe
"A breathtaking and unheard of success." --USA Today
"Christopher Paolini is a true rarity." --The Washington Post
“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic.” –People
“The new ‘It’ book of children’s lit.” –U.S. News & World Report

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A #1 USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Christopher Paolini’s abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen after being homeschooled all his life. Both Eragon and Eldest, the second book in the Inheritance cycle, became instant New York Times bestsellers. Christopher is current...
Title:EldestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 1.38 inPublished:March 13, 2007Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375840400

ISBN - 13:9780375840401

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book The story was great, but I found it a lot more boring and dry than the first book.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eldest A good sequel. I like the introduction of new characters.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it It was a very good sequel. Again, there is a lot of description... The pace may be a little slower, but the grand finale make up for the longest part of this story. The chjaracters are well developed, you get attached to them quite fast... even those that you did not like that much in the first book.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from blah really boring. WAY TOO MUCH DETAIL. I dont care that much what the freaking room looks like. You dont need to describe even the dust molecules... the ending was the only interesting part
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from can't put it down some very shocking revelations for eragon and saphira and a sequel that is very deserving of being called equal to the first book
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD Probably my favorite book in the series, really well done
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful adventure. A strong second installment in the series. Perfect for young fans of fantasy. The world continues to expand, and so do the adventures of Eragon and Saphira. If you enjoyed the first novel, you will be enjoying the second.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Yet! I love this book! It is definitely the best book in the series. I was so happy when we heard about Roran. A book to be read over and over.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel Strong follow-up to Eragon - broadens and deepens the story, world, and characters.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great follow up I love the first book, this is a strong squeal. Strongly recommend
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So amazing! This was much slower than the first book. The first was mostly an adventure. Eragon getting from Carvahall to Farthen Dur, on opposite sides of the kingdom. The second is almost entirely Eragon's training with the elves. I found it all very interesting and it kept my attention as much as the first, if not more. Even though there wasnt any action for the first 90% of the book there were lots of memorable events and we really got to know the characters more. Eragon has really grown and I love him even more. Not only has he matured as he naturally would at his age, but he has been forced to grow due to everything that has happened to him, as well as due to his Rider training on top of everything else. He has grown into a very impressive Rider, warrior, and man. He is pretty awesome. Although he continues to be adorable towards Arya, we unfortunately still don't know her very well. She is very guarded and we have only glimpsed her personality. But, she is still interesting, being a beautiful female warrior is enough for me. And the last 20% or so of the book was so amazingly epic! One of the best battles I have ever read! I kept picturing Eragon fighting in 300-style slo-mo! It would be so awesome to see on the big screen! No chance of that now, though. Even if they tried to make the sequel I don't know if they could. They set up such a weak ground for the story in the first movie, they would have nowhere to go from there. They left way too much out. Not to mention the huge casting blunder. Chris Egan and Garrett Hedlund should have switched roles. My one issue with this book is the twist at the end. It really irks me because of how much of a coincidence it is. It is so ridiculous how unlikely it would be to actually happen, but at the same time so terribly cliched. It's like Paolini wanted this obvious twist in his story so badly that he disregarded all reason. It is technically possible, but just so terribly unlikely. I now somewhat understand the Star Wars comparisons, but at least in Star Wars it was hereditary! Anyways, I enjoyed this way too much to let that ruin it for me, especially since it was at the very end. Awesome book! *edit* There was a twist in the twist, and the twist was revealed in the next book to not be true. So, that is redeeming and far less cliched. I did not see it coming. I much appreciate the clarification and it improves on the series as a whole.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome A great continuation of the first book. It has even more action and adventure and is full of plot twists and events that you don't see coming. Super exciting with a great cliff hanger in the end.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It takes along time to finish
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Memories I remember reading this in 6th grade and really loving it.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel! A great continuation to Eragon's journey, full of magic and dragons
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sequel The first book really set the bar for the series. Although Eldest wasn't as good, it was still a fun to that will help to transition into the remainder of the books.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Fun, fast read. Good YA fantasy.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmmm.... #plumreview - This one is a hard one to review. For the vast majority of the book I was thinking "boring boring boring" but the ending captivated me enough that I was left thinking "I wonder what happens next!" I decided to rate the book a three instead of a two because I liked it enough to continue with the series. This is a long story and the majority of it is about politics and training for war, which aren't subjects I find interesting. Someone who likes Game of Thrones might enjoy this one. I loved the dragon and the complicated relationship of Eraton with Aria, but other than that it was just alright. I listened to this on audiobook which I think was essential...if I had read a physical copy I'm not sure I would have made it to the end.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Terrific sequel, even better than the first
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Fantastic! You really can get lost in this magical world.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I was lost in this world of magic, dragons and other creatures!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Sequel This book is a great continuation of Eragon and introduces a lot of new and interesting topics. To me it did seem like a bit of a filler novel between Eragon and Brisingr but for the most part I was quite pleased with it. There are quite of few scenes that are well-thought out, and deliver exactly what you would want without seeming too predictable. Overall, a great story
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! I liked this one, though I can't say whether I liked the first one better or not. Eldest IS somewhat more of a filler between the first and third books, but Paolini still made it interesting. The characters are pretty believable like in the first, and you're introduced to a few new ones. In this second installment of the series, you're introduced to the elves of Ellesmera, who don't really like Eragon at first. It's a funny contrast, as basically everyone loves him in the resistance. Great read!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh More of the same. Impressive that it was written by a kid, but that's about all it has going for it.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I enjoyed this one just as much as Eragon, a great continuation.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great An excellent continuation for the series, it did not disappoint. Equally imaginative and hard to put down!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book I truly enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fitting sequel This book is different than the first simply because the content is different. In my mind, it is better than the first because it is faster-paced, while simultaneously getting to know the characters better, and to see their quirks and motives. This read will require you to use the dictionary at the back of the book, though, as the languages Paolini created don't make much sense otherwise. Eldest is far better than Brisingr, and a notch or two above Eragon, but Inheritance is still the best, in my mind. Overall, a fitting sequel, and a good continuation of the conflict developed in Eragon.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Had a hard time putting it down. Loved it!!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :)! Another great book written with beautiful amounts of detail and effort put into such a unique and wonderful story.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling My imagination was on overload with this one. It did not disappoint.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book Amazing book just like the others of the series. Can't get enough. For sure a good book to reread.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK if you liked Eragon Basically you'll get what you came for if you enjoyed Eragon. There are some odd, awkward parts in it as well. Again, a lot of time was spent reading the thesaurus when crafting this book.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Probably one of the least favourite one in the series. I grew to dislike the characters more in this book.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first! Don't know if it is possible but I found this one better than the first one! Such a huge battle and amazing plot twists cannot wait for the next book!!!!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blew my mind It blew my mind.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is..... Fantastic, it leaves you gasping right up till the end. I reccomend it :-) .
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transformational Great story of Eragon and his cousin Roran transforming into leaders and rising to the increasing challenges that face them.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eldest Very good book had lots of good moments and always kept Kept you reading
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eldest Very good book had lots of good moments and always kept Kept you reading
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eldest A great read!
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definitely an Improvement! This second installment of the inheritance cycle is definitely an improvement over the first book. Paolini actually managed to throw in some surprising twists in there to grip the readers in. But that only happened near the second half of Eldest.
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive I wasn't too fond of Eragon, but I decided to stick with the series, and am quite glad I did. Eldest continues to prove that Paolini is influenced by Tolkein, as the second book in the Inheritance Cycle mimics the Two Towers by following three separate plotlines: Eragon, the Varden, and Roran. It was actually the development of Roran's character that made the book so addictive to me. Although it was a little bit predictable in terms of plot twists, Paolini writes so well that, although you predicted the outcome within the first few chapters of the story, the journey there is so engaging that you cheer over having figured them out, rather than becoming disappointed at what could have otherwise been a contrived plot.
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic continuation Loved it just as much as Eragon. The story continues with lots of action, although parts of the book (i.e. Eragon's training) move a bit slower than I would like. Can't wait for Brisingr!
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was a great story to read. The beggining was quite slow and you get kind of bored with it. But once you get into the middle of the book you can't put it down. i loved the twist at the end and can't wait until they make the third book. I am buying it right away.
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! My husband & I loved these books and are desprete for the next in the series. I could not believe how wonderful they are (even for adults!) I hate to admit it, but I enjoyed them more then my beloved Harry Potter! Amazing...thats all I can really say!
Date published: 2008-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the best book i've ever READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very captivating read If you loved Eragon, Christopher Paolini's first work, you will love Eldest. I wasn't overly thrilled with the beginning of the book. It felt as if the story was suppose to end with Eragon, but because of the success, it was decided to continue the story line. The beginning was too choppy, battle done, all of sudden, the leader of the Varden is killed, they have to select a new leader..... Once you got past the first few chapters, the story really takes off. Eragon & Saphira go to the elves to continue their training. But the part I really enjoyed was the story of Roran, and the events of the village of Carvahal. It shows the consequences on others of the choices/actions that we make. Even though I am not done the book yet, I am already looking forward to Book 3 of Inheritance.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better of the Two This book is so good, i've already read it twice, the more you read it the more hints and details you find.
Date published: 2007-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lenghy, but great eldest, the second book in his trilogy is as interesting as it gets. i love fantasy and this series is very rich in all the fantsay aspects that i love. elves, dwarves, dragons and magic make this novel a good read. a greater accomplishment then his first novel, can't wait for the last novel in the series.
Date published: 2007-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT This book was amazing!!!! Full of amazing thrills and suspense!!! I am going to recommend this to all my friends and I'm the most popular girl in school so imagine how many kids will want to read a book I read!!
Date published: 2007-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking When I first read Paolini's "Eragon" novel, I was surprised it was written for the young adults. These books are to be enjoyed by everyone who has an understanding of the heart and the obstacles one may go through in life. Eldest was nothing short of incredible. There were times where I cried, laughed out loud and grew so angry with some of the characters that I couldn't put it down, despirate to find out what happened next. The sequel to Eragon keeps you on the edge of your seat and always keeps you guessing. It's a rare person that would be disappointed with this book.
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from deadly!! when i say deadly i mean it in a good way. I mean if u want to read something with all the heart ,exitement and plot twist and turns you will ever need look for Eldest ! This book will send u carrening into another world full of magic , mysterious entities, long forgotten pasts and story of a person finding his true familly ! I love this book and wouldn't let any amount of gold in the world change my view. Eldest is a must read along with its prequle Eragon!!
Date published: 2005-08-10

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The Council of EldersSaphira'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.