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....
©2005 Christopher Paolini; (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks
Let the Wookiee win.
There were some very interesting elements and explorations of life with Elves, but that's about it.
At times it was very preachy on ideals but the worst was to have the Deus Ex Machina be trumped by something even greater. Ever heard of escalation? It's where you have to have more weapons/power than the bad guys, and when they get more you need even more again. The ending was cheap in that our protagonist was given these night godly powers by the Dragon spirits themselves, only to be trounced by someone else who had not been "touched by dragons"..
Very disappointed and very suspicious that I'll ever come back and finish this series.
Gerrards' performance was spectacular and definitely worth the price of admission if the book itself was not.
I don't feel that it was worth it. Even though I praised the first book Eragon, this book is very much a poorer cousin.
Thanks for my brief stay in Alagaesia Christopher, but I don't think I'll be coming back any time soon.
Kind of like when you have a great holiday somewhere and then go back later and see it's been ruined by developement/tourism/pollution etc etc.
"Very long and detailed"
This book is very detailed and I have to confess I got a bit bored at times. Maybe I should have downloaded an abridged version. Story is great, it just gets a bit heavy going in places.
Like the other books in this series, I can't stand the gruff voice given to Saphira.
Paolini has brought us a magical world, and Doyle has brought it to life. He has a good speaking voice and gives each of the characters individuality and strength however small their part.
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