Eldest is by Christopher Paolini. The second book in the Inheritance Cycle finds Eragon and Saphira traveling to Ellesmera to study magic with the elves. There they make several discoveries that will change their lives forever. Roran, Eragon's cousin, attempts to lead the entire village of Carvahall through the Spine and to the safety of Surda when the village is threatened by the Ra'zac. The Varden discover that the Empire knows they are in Surda and is sending an army to attack them. This volume is definitely more exciting than the last. You'll find it hard to wait for the third installment.
Ratings: 7th grade - 8 out of 10.