Random House has released an excerpt from Eldest, the next book in the Inheritance trilogy, due to hit stores on August 23. The excerpt was taken from the chapter “The Council of Elders”:
Eragon rose and strapped on Zar’roc and his bow, then bent and lifted Snowfire’s saddle. A line of pain sheared through his torso, driving him to the floor, where he writhed, scrabbling at his back. It felt like he was being sawed in half. Saphira growled as the ripping sensation reached her. She tried to soothe him with her own mind but was unable to alleviate his suffering. Her tail instinctually lifted, as if to fight.
You can read the entire excerpt at Alagaësia.com. Enjoy!