Eldest: Inheritance, Book II by Christopher Paolini © 2005

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    Eldest:  Inheritance, Book II  by  Christopher Paolini  © 2005  Random House  704 pages  Hardbound  ISBN  0-375-82670-x  $21.00 (U.S.)

    My review of the first book in the series (Eragon) was very short, and I am afraid that this book will be similarly short.  I won’t make any attempt to summarize the plot line, since it is sprawling (although it does not wander).  The writing is tight.  The images are so vivid that the reader can’t help being swept away by them.

    I will quote my own earlier review when I say that this is a book to be savored.  Stock up on snacks, disconnect your phone, and tell your friends that you will call them when you are ready to return from this epic journey.

    I felt, after reading Eragon, that this series would compare well with The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I repeat that statement here and now.

    Eragon resumes his training, but is forced to confront a very strong enemy before he is fully ready to do so.  He finds strengths he never knew he had, loses allies while gaining new insights and allies.  His bonds with Sephira the dragon grow stronger, and even Sephira discovers strengths and weaknesses unexpected.  Both of them suffer the pangs of unrequited love.

    I eagerly await the completion of this series by this very young and very talented young writer.  It has taken Mr. Paolini six years to produce these first two volumes.  I just hope that he can continue the high quality of his work while, perhaps, speeding up the appearance of the final volume.  I don’t know if I can wait three more years.  I know I don’t want to wait that long.  Save a place on your bookshelf for the final volume.


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