Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #2)
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 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...
The second thrilling volume in Christopher Paolini's bestselling Inheritance Cycle.
Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year 2006 and Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Children's Book of the Year 2007.
"A compelling and action-filled adventure ... A galloping good example of its genre" Daily Telegraph "This book is an achievement. Readers will be transported" The Sunday Times "A portrayal of true affection between boy and dragon ... Paolini writes like someone gripped by his own story" Guardian "A stirring fantasy of epic proportions" The Bookseller "Bound for the bestsellers" Publishing News
Christopher Paolini was educated at home by his parents. His abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen. He became a New York Times bestselling author at nineteen. Christopher lives in Montana, USA, where the dramatic landscape fed his vision of Alagaesia. Inheritance, the final book in the sequence, will be published in November 2011.