The second thrilling book of the Inheritance cycle.
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 Ellesméra, 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, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, 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.
Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life . . .
“A compelling and action-filled adventure . . . a galloping good example of its genre”
“This book is an achievement. Readers . . . will be transported”
“A portrayal of true affection between boy and dragon ... Paolini writes like someone gripped by his own story”
“A stirring fantasy of epic proportions”
“PRAISE FOR ERAGON: 'A winner ... tip of the hat to young master Paolini'”
Anne McCaffrey, author of The Dragonriders of Pern series
“Named by the Bag of Books bookshop as a strong summer title”
“Bound for the bestsellers.”
“The plot of Eldest is dense with detail, action and magic. paolini's serious storytelling style combines well with his creation of compelling characters and dramatic set pieces.”
South China Morning Post
“This is an incredible book for people aged 10-17 years old...”
Books for Keeps
“Deeply engaging and full of intimate and extraordinary details about the characters and the world they live in, this is a tale which will leave the reader asking for more. There is no doubt that Christopher Paolini is a very skilled writer who is continuing the tradition set by J.R.R. Tolkien when he wrote his famous "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.”
Through The Looking Glass
“A fantastic thrilling adventure that transports you to another land with a young boy and his trusty dragon.”
“This is action packed stuff, and much like Harry Potter, the kind of entertaining fantasy that anyone can enjoy.”
The South Wales Argus
“A fast-paced, action-packed, well-plotted fantasy adventure”
Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle
“A grand, fantastic tale. 4 stars.”
“...a joy to read.”