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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (6 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552552097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552552097
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Paolini was educated at home by his parents. His abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen. He became a New York Times bestselling author at nineteen. Christopher lives in Montana, USA, where the dramatic landscape fed his vision of Alagaesia.

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There's always room for another fantasy quest trilogy--as long as it has distinction, originality and a cracking plot. Eragon has. This is the first book in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy, which he began writing when aged only 15, is an amazing debut that demonstrates a written maturity beyond its creator's years. Any rough edges borne through inexperience are quickly forgiven as his story takes the reader on an imaginative journey by way of a host of likable and interesting characters and several breathtaking and dramatic sequences of high fantasy.

Eragon's adventure begins when he is out hunting one day in the mountainous region of his world known as the Spine. While eyeing-up a tasty deer with his bow, his aim is disturbed by a polished blue stone that explodes from the sky and narrowly misses him. The oval shaped object, cool and frictionless to his touch, weighs several pounds and it turns out to be his only reward from his day's hunting session. Returning to his home town Carvahall, Eragon's unsuccessful attempts to exchange the stone for meat for his family begins a run of bad luck that will eventually force him to flee his place of birth. This heralds the beginning of a new destiny for him.

The stone is in fact a dragon's egg and it hatches in Eragon's company--making him the first new Dragon Rider for many years. Suddenly, the fate of the Empire rests in his hands and he must navigate a dark and dangerous terrain, and some formidable enemies, to challenge the might of a king whose evil is limitless.

Despite its classic quest format there are enough new ideas and twists and turns to make it stand out among its legion of competitors in the genre. Eragon begins a bigger story that continues with the follow-up Eldest. Suitable for readers aged 12 and over. --John McLay --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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"A compelling and action-filled adventure . . . A galloping good example of its genre" (Daily Telegraph)

"This book is an achievement. Readers will be transported" (The Sunday Times)

"A portrayal of true affection between boy and dragon - Paolini writes like someone gripped by his own story" (Guardian)

"A stirring fantasy of epic proportions" (The Bookseller)

"Christopher has created a complex and fascinating world in this first book of his Eragon trilogy . . . Filled with history, ancient tales, magic, magical creatures, and with a superbly crafted story "Eragon" is sure to delight many lovers of fantasy tales" (Through the Looking Glass)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By CarolP on 22 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
My daughter is 13 years old and she has decided to write the review.

The inheritance cycle is such a good journey that everybody in the world should read. It is easily my favourite series of all time squishing the harry Potter series into the dust, along with the spooks or the anthony rider series as well. I spent my read these books as much as I could during my summer holidays and i could never seem to put it down, reading hour after hour after hour. the detail is so perfect that I felt like I knew the characters myself and It made me want to join the Varden and fight Galbatorix.

I would recomend these books to anybody I knew and hope so much that there will be a continue of somesort from inheritance.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Shane Price on 7 April 2013
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I have battled alongside all within this adventure, I would recommend to everyone who likes to read and get their self lost in a different world.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. A. Sadd on 19 May 2010
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First Thing i should say is that i dont read very often, Its only since i started latest job ive had enough time to settle down with a good book.
I will tell you this much though i picked this book up and couldnt put it down. The whole world seemed to stop just because the story was so compelling.
Eragon is a story of an ordinary boy who (for reasons unknown in this book) was left with his uncle and cousin on a farm. His whole life is then changed when he finds a shiny rock in the forboding area the spine, where many dont dare enter for its ominance with magic and death.
his whole life changes from that day and when the stone hatches he embarks on the journey of a life time to become the first of a new line of dragon riders who were thought extinct. Well all excepting King galbatorix.
The best thing about Eragon is he is imperfect. he makes mistakes constantly to the point at some points you feel like shouting get some sense boy! fortunately he has a number of people around him that help him survive each encounter. The truyth of the matter is that even though eragon is the main character and the story revovles around him the other characters are what makes this book flow so well and there stories entwined with his are what make the story interesting.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy books even though many have told me its a cheap version of lord of the rings, I disagree this feels alot easier to read and spends less time talking about the history that takes you away from the story and more entwines history into the story always leaving you with questions that keep you interested
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pangela on 9 Oct. 2013
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Firstly, this is not a poor mans Lord of the Rings. I am a huge Tolkien fan, and this is as good as his work. I don't know if Paolini has created such an in depth world as Tolkien to the point where he has created whole new languages and extra books that provide back stories for everything, but that is not a fault. From a readers perspective, it is as good.

I am on the third book of the cycle and it is an epic. That is not a word to be used lightly in the world of literature but this truly deserves it. The characters are all so different, and real. The writing style is easy, dare I say easier to read than Tolkien. The writing draws you in very easily, and by the time you have read a whole book, you have lived every page with the characters.

I find the world created is so real that I use it as an escape. Somewhere I immerse myself in when I need to go and be somewhere else.

There are twists and turns, and sometimes you feel you might be one step ahead of the characters, but not often. The epic struggle between good and evil is played out, but there are shades of grey in some of the characters that make them somewhere in the middle, which is refreshing.

I know there is a film made, and I haven't watched it. I have my own idea what everyone looks like, and I am so fond of the books, that I think the only person who should ever be trusted to film it is Peter Jackson. He would do all the books and stay faithful to them.

Please note, there is a book available that is written by someone else as a resource bringing all the place names and characters together and providing a kind of dictionary of them. "Wonderful" you might say, "I am struggling to keep track of everyone". It is a good resource, but don't buy it until you have read all the books, it is full of spoilers. I bought it and found out something in it that I should not have known until the third or fourth book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pastychomper on 25 Sept. 2009
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I read this book because I thought the film rushed through the story too quickly. Sure enough, I liked the book a lot more - though I couldn't help thinking I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd read it when I was 13 instead of 30.

The plot has one or two weak points and there's a feeling of deja vu for anyone familiar with the genre, but for all that it is a good story. The only thing I struggled with was the author's style: he seemed to me to be trying too hard to make it impressive, so that the good characters use all their skill and spend every last shred of energy at every task, and always seem to have just enough time for some dramatic last words or last-minute action, while the bad guys have evil-sounding names and live in appropriately grim landscapes. I kept wishing that just once, someone would make a silly mistake or come across a landscape - or a tool - that looked ordinary. It was enough to put me off reading the next book, at least for a while, although as this appears to be Paolini's first book things might calm down a bit later on.

I liked the comparison between Eragon and Star Wars. It strikes me that the Star Wars film trigoly released in the '70s showed episodes 4, 5 and 6 because episodes 1, 2 and 3 just weren't as good. Now that the Inheritance Cycle has stretched to three and a half books, there may be great things ahead.
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