| AUTHOR: || Christopher Paolini |
| CATEGORY: || Book |
| MANUFACTURER: || Knopf Books for Young Readers |
| ISBN: || 037582670X |
| TYPE: || Action & Adventure - General, Animals - Mythical, Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Science Fiction, Children's Books - Young Adult Fiction, Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9), Dragons, Fantasy, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Science Fiction / Fantasy (Young Adult), Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic, Youths' writings, Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic |
| MEDIA: || Hardcover |
| # OF MEDIA: || 1 |
Customer Review of Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2)
As a long time fan of Chinese fantasy books, I found it interesting that Eragon and Eldest also follows that tradition. Of cause I know that the author borrowed much of the elements from The Lord of the Rings. But who else didn't?
>The part of tedious journey and detailed descriptions of elf world can get you bored. However, even in the Lord of the Rings you can find that element. Excellent story teller wouldn't jump into careless action scenes. So don't complain too much for lack of any action.
>The sufferings of Eragon and his eventual transformation is in line with the typical Chinese fantasy nobles but still hilarious.
>As a reader we somehow identify with the main character and it's good to know that Eragon, a humble boy, is overcoming hardship and becoming everybody's hero.
>I greatly expect the final book of this wonderful series by such a young author. You should not forget that the great SF writer Asimov also started his first volume of Foundation just when he was 20.
I love the social commentary!
Great book! Engaging enough to finish in one day. I love what appears to be the social commentary throughout the book (i.e. critical thinking vs. superstition & the lack of appreciation for that which is too easily gained). A great read! The only thing I'm annoyed about is having to wait for book 3.
A Solid Sophmore effort, though I understand the negative review too
I just finished reading Eldest and thought I would state my 2 cents about the book. I personally enjoyed it, though, I can completely understand why so many didn't.
>First the bad:
>-It was Very long and there was a lot of information that seems useless (though no one will know until the last book is out)
>-Most of the book is about Eragon's training and there were some long droughts where it got boring.
>-Though you may see this in the good too, the ending. I liked and disliked the ending, here is what I disliked: The main battle that the whole 700+ page book gears you up for is WAY too short!!! I am talking like 50 - 75 pages!!! Don't get me wrong, it was an excellent 50 - 75 pages but it did disappoint me a little, especially the outcome.
>Ok, now here is what I liked:
>-Rorans adventure was excellent!! I found myself hurrying through the chapters of Eragons training just to find out what happened to Roran and the people of Carvahall! So the book does have some action and adventure throughout it's just not Eragon's.
>-Unlike so many, I believe Paolini has set himself up for an excellent third novel if he does things right. All series' have that one book or episode that is worse that the others b/c it's more about advancing the story than anything else. This, in my opinion was more about learning more in depth about the characters, especially the elves and Roran. It was a bit much but I feel he used this book to give us the base knowledge that will allow the last book to focus on the adventure itself(don't make me eat my words Paolini).
>-Now, the part I liked about the ending. It has a twist that I kind of felt was going to happen all along but when it occurred I still had to lower the book and say "Aw Man!" to myself. Also, it leaves you hanging and wanting to read the third book to see what happens, that is always a positive when finishing a book.
>All in all, I liked the book. I feel that in the long run all the seemingly overdone detail and explanations provided in this book will very helpful in book 3. I could be wrong though I hope not. It wasn't that boring either, you had Rorans adventure and there were a few action scenes during Eragons training. One last thing, for all the people who claim he is a Tolkien rip off I have one question. How do you write a epic adventure with dwarves, elves, dragons, etc.. without borrowing ideas from Tolkien b/c he pretty much covered most everything!
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