Harry Potter meets the Lord of the Rings. If you have read Eragon, you will enjoy this sequel. After the battle at Tronjheim (presented in the last book), Eragon travels to Ellesmera to continue his training as a dragon rider. While Eragon is training, the Varden are preparing for battle with Empire. Back in Carvahall, Eragon's childhood home, Eragon's cousin Roran has to defend himself from the Empire who thinks Roran knows something of Eragon. Roran must either turn himself in or put the whole of Carvahall in danger by defying the empire. This story in lots of ways is better than Eragon. It's more developed and there is more action to keep the story interesting and moving along. I predicted the twist and revealed secret at the end, but it didn't take away from the story at all. A thoroughly enjoyable read and I can't wait for the sequel.