This is the second in the trilogy that began with Eragon. Most of the buzz about Eragon was negative, for it being so cliché, but I did enjoy it enough that I bought Eldest. Don't try to read Eldest without having read Eragon.
The world is the same; it's cliché, it's predictable, but it has dragons and it's a good romp. If that's what you're looking for, it's fine; if you're looking for something original or deep, it won't do. 8 out of 10.
I just refreshed my flist in another window and got bad news. I don't feel like writing a plot summary right now.