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Eldest: Book II

Eldest: Book II

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New magic and new threats take flight in the second book of the Inheritance Cycle, perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings This New York Times bestselling series has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.

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. Now Eragon must travel to Ell smera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn't know whom he can trust.

Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .

Features interlocking art that reveals an image across the spines of all four books And don't miss the most recent book set in Eragon's world, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alaga sia

Christopher Paolini is a true rarity. --The Washington Post

Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: 08/23/2005
Pages: 704
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.10lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.40w x 2.30d
ISBN: 9780375826702
Age Range: 12-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 7
Point Value: 36
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 89884 / Eldest

Award: Buckeye Children's Book Award - Winner
Award: Quill Awards - Winner
Award: Colorado Blue Spruce Award - Winner
Award: Golden Archer Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Ingram Children's Advance 07/01/2005 pg. 64
Kirkus Review - Children 07/15/2005 pg. 795
Ingram Advance 08/01/2005 pg. 17
Publishers Weekly 07/25/2005 pg. 78
Booklist 08/01/2005 pg. 2016
Entertainment Weekly 08/26/2005 pg. 64
Time 08/29/2005 pg. 71
Kliatt 09/01/2005 pg. 12
School Library Journal 10/01/2005 pg. 170
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2005 pg. 724
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2005 pg. 416 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2006 pg. 81 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw

About the Author
Christopher Paolini's abiding love of fantasy inspired him to write the Inheritance Cycle, which quickly became an internationally bestselling series. He began the first draft of the introductory book in the series, Eragon, at age fifteen. Christopher draws inspiration for the world of Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, from the natural beauty that surrounds his home in Montana: the tumultuous weather, the roaring Yellowstone River, and the soaring Beartooth Mountains. Find out more about Christopher and the Inheritance Cycle at

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