Don't you just love a great story well told?
This is a more than worthy sequel to the excellent Eragon. It builds more on the world of the elves and has some great turns of the plot. If you've read Eragon and liked it then this is simply more and better of the same quality writing and has the usual excellent narration as well.
The story is exceptional, I'm glad I picked this one up. The narrator does a decent job at using different voices for different characters, but sometimes tries a little too hard and falls flat. For example, to my ear, the voice of Sophira (the dragon) sounds just like one of the monsters from Sesame Street. Not exactly awe-inspiring. So, minus one star for narration that could have been better, but I would still recommend. I'm now hooked on the series, and likely won't be able to wait for the audible version of the final book, and have already pre-ordered the hardback from Amazon.
I couldn't get enough of this story. I read the first book but occasionally got bogged down in the details. I preferred the audio version and can wait for the next book to come out in Sept. Fingers crossed. I will continue the series with audio.
The good reading cannot make up for a mediocre story. Granted, the second part of any trillogy is usually slow, but this one bogs down in unneccesary descriptions and ramblings over post-modern angst. Those who enjoy rapid plot development and movement will probably find this book tiresome.
We listened to this as a family on a long car ride, and the kids were begging to get back in the car every time we stopped. Well read, well written, and enjoyed by everyone.
I really enjoyed the first book in the series except that the pace dragged a bit at various moments. This book took the sluggishness to a whole new level. There was barely any action or real intrigue. There were hours and hours of waiting around with little of real interest. I just wanted it to be over. The primary confrontation of this book - the moment you wait and wait and wait for - is VERY anticlimactic.