I really enjoyed Eragon, and Eldest was just as great, maybe even better, because of the changes the characters go through. I still don't understand why alot of people don't like it. This book had lot's of twists and turns and was nice and long so it lasted me more than a couple weeks. Can't wait to start Brisingr!
Story had some great twists & turns through out. Characters were believable. Plot kept me engaged. Again another good book for all ages.
The first book, Eragon, was well thought out and while clearly not the work of a seasoned writer, well worth the time. A fun read all around.
The second book however, Eldest, isn't as well thought out and tends to ramble on too long in spots.
While listening to Eldest, I herd an interview with Chirstopher in which he stated that he had outlined the first book down to the smallest detail, but the two later books he only did a general outline. It shows, he feels lost at times and this may explain why he was unable to finish the series in the planned three books. To be honest, two books should have been enough.
I have not decided if I'll buy the third book yet. I am irritated that there will be a fourth when clearly the series could and should have been finished in three. We'll see.
This book though, if you enjoyed the first is probably worth your time.
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.