||A sensational avalanche of shifting political alliances, unexpected bombshells, and intense relationships races through this gripping, fast-paced sequel to the phenomenal bestseller ERAGON (which was written when Christopher Paolini was just a teenager). The Varden's struggle to end the reign of the villainous King Galbatorix continues as they and their numerous allies prepare to fight the Empire for control of Alagaesia. Still reeling from the intense battle of Farthen Dur, the young Rider, Eragon, and his shimmering blue dragon companion, Saphira, must continue their training in magic with the elves in the great city of Ellesmera. There, amidst the enchanted forest, the two are privy to an incredible secret that will aid in their growth as warriors and leaders. In the meantime, Eragon's hometown of Carvahall is under siege, with Galbatorix's soldiers and the dreaded Ra'zac pursuing his cousin, Roran, who is forced to decide between taking the easy path of cowardice and the difficult road to heroism. A whirling cauldron of intrigue, combining themes of personal and political power, coming-of-age drama, and family bonds, bubble at the heart of this intense, captivating story of good versus evil.