Eldest, the second book of the trilogy, picks up where Eragon. left off. Eragon was injured in the battle for Tronjheim and he is sent with his dragon, Saphira, to the elves in Ellesmera where is he is to heal, learn magic, and train to be a Rider. He knows another battle with Galbatorix lies in his future. His cousin, Roran, finds he's lost everything, but tragic circumstances force him into becoming a leader to protect the villagers in Carvahall from the Ra'zac, and he makes discoveries of his own powers. Christopher Paolini, now 21, continues with his epic and Eldest has received positive reviews. The Philadelphia Inquirer says, "Those who are eagerly anticipating the follow-up will be thrilled with this rich, sophisticated novel. And to those who have never considered reading a book with something like a dragon on its cover, Paolini may make a believer of you yet. I, for one, can't wait to find out what happens in book three."