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5.0 out of 5 stars Eragon's guide to Alagaesia
The Eragon's guide to Alagaesia was a very fantastic book. This book was all about what I read in the Eragon's sequal. I found it very interesting to read because you can find everything in this book, for example the elves, the urgals, the humans, the dragons etc. Everything about them was all written in this book.
There was a lot of images such as maps, the Spine...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weak text, lovely pictures
My immediate reaction to Christopher Paolini's newest book: Is this a blue edition of "Dragonology"?

No, apparently it's "Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia," a rather bare-bones encyclopedia of the history, peoples, creatures and assorted trivia of Christopher Paolini's imaginary world. The text doesn't tell the readers much that the books haven't also told them, but...
Published on 24 Mar. 2010 by E. A Solinas


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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak text, lovely pictures, 24 Mar. 2010
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia (The Inheritance cycle) (Hardcover)
My immediate reaction to Christopher Paolini's newest book: Is this a blue edition of "Dragonology"?

No, apparently it's "Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia," a rather bare-bones encyclopedia of the history, peoples, creatures and assorted trivia of Christopher Paolini's imaginary world. The text doesn't tell the readers much that the books haven't also told them, but it's a prettily arranged book with some extremely impressive pictures and intriguing clarifications of known facts (like what the heck a shrrg is).

It opens with a little envelope with a letter from Paolini's protagonist, promising to show readers more about Alagaesia. After a brief welcome page, Paolini explores the various aspects of his imaginary world, each with their own little section: Alagaesia's maps and cities, geographical features (the Forest of Stone), plants (the Fricai Andiat mushrooms), animals (the dragonesque fanghur), the dragons and the Dragon-riders, the city of Tronjheim and the forest of Ellesmera, and so on and so forth.

It also studies the various bipedal races of Alagaesia, and (of course) the Elves are vastly overrepresented -- humans and Urgals each get one page, while the Elves get four and the Dwarves get two. Paolini also informs readers about their weapons, their homes, their language (complete with a very short fold-out "Dwarvish/Elvish for Beginners"), their clothes, and unique qualities like Isidar Mithrim (I still don't understand why it was so high up).

If you've read the books of the "Inheritance" series, then you probably will know about 95% of the information contained in "Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia." It's a prime opportunity for Paolini to expand his universe with historical, magical and character information that wouldn't fit neatly in a novel, but would work nicely in a guide. Buuuuuut... he doesn't do this. Almost all of what he tells us is in his novels -- the Menoa Tree, Blagden, and anybody hoping for New Cool Revelations will be disappointed.

But he does expand some stuff -- there's a rather bare-bones timeline of Alagaesian history, an interesting section on Dwarf mythology and gods, and he finally tells us just what "shrrgn" are.

And while the actual info is lackluster, there are some truly lovely illustrations in this book -- lovely watercolors and pencil drawings, ranging from pale pencil sketches to full-page color pictures (like Glaedr and Saphira). You can tell which creatures are evil, like the Empire dragons, the Kull and the Lethrblaka -- they're all black'n'white, spiny and scabby-looking. The highlights are the vast pictures of Ellesmera and Tronjheim -- the former is a grassy, misty-green tangle of lacy dwellings and tree houses reminiscent of Peter Jackson's Lothlorien; the latter is an epic view of the sunlit, glittering city in a circle of light, surrounded darkness, shadows, farmland and rolling clouds.

Physically, this book is made in the "Dragonology" mold -- faux scale cover, faux gems, shiny "gedway ignasia" and lots of little pockets, envelopes, fold-out sections, and hidden items (fur, a polyester flower, an elf token, paper dragon-knucklebones, "jewel" glitter dust) as well as some "letters" from Eragon to the reader.

"Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia" is essentially a glittery bonus for Paolini collectors, because virtually all of the information is pretty much old news (we KNOW the Menoa tree story!). But it has lovely, lovely pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, must-have edition to any Dragon Rider's library, 1 May 2013
This review is from: Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia (The Inheritance cycle) (Hardcover)
Fabulously fun and full of such wonderful, exquisite detail this brilliant book is a wonderful edition to the Eragon series by Christopher Paolini. What began in Eragon and continued in Eldest, Brisinger and Inheritance now comes together in a single companion volume for the younger reader. Specifically targeted more towards the child/ teenager, this fact filled book is stunningly beautiful with its textured cover (blue Dragon skin) and shiny jewels as to stand-out on any bookshelf. At £17.99 (UK pricing) I do feel that it is however extremely overpriced, and so I would highly recommend purchasing a secondhand copy as supposed to one that is brand new ~ as there are only 29 pages.

Within the comprehensive guide to Alagaėsia you will find...

Information on the four races ~ Elves, Men, Dwarves and Urgals. From their clothing and customs to in-depth history and languages.

A full-color map of Alagaėsia

Textures (such as Feldūnost fur, petals from Ellesméra and a Dragon's wing)

Additional tokens such as a scroll from Eragon Shadeslayer and Dragon knucklebones!

The hand-drawn illustrations within this book are so splendid that they bring Eragon's world vividly to life; from the diverse array of creatures to the land and various places, mountains and oceans. There is so much that one can learn within this book and discover, which is both extremely exciting and highly entertaining hence I can honestly state that this book is highly readable. There is nothing new that is not included within the books but it is displayed in such a way as to enchant many children/ young adults, by transporting them with the pictures and pull-out treats strait into this magical world of Dragons and Dragon Riders.

I simply love this book but due to how costly it is, for the amount of content and quality of writing, I have rated it accordingly.

*Note: the writing inside is very small.*
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eragon's guide to Alagaesia, 5 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia (The Inheritance cycle) (Hardcover)
The Eragon's guide to Alagaesia was a very fantastic book. This book was all about what I read in the Eragon's sequal. I found it very interesting to read because you can find everything in this book, for example the elves, the urgals, the humans, the dragons etc. Everything about them was all written in this book.
There was a lot of images such as maps, the Spine mountain and also the dragons.
The book was generally written by Eragon the Shadeslayer perspective.
It was the best book that you should definitely need to get and read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 7 Nov. 2013
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this is one detailed book! it is helpful, interesting and has a lot of pull-outs. it begins with a letter from eragon, explaining what the main theme of the book is, then goes through the various races, plants, places and animals in alagaesia. there are some detailed drawings, little trinkets( an elven token) and some touch-and feel things( e.g an elvish fabric)
the only trouble is the "heart of hearts" at the very back. it doesnt look like the description in the books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Feb. 2014
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Bought this for my 7 year old son who is a big fan of Eragon - the writing is minute, but he has no trouble reading it! It's lovely, lots of little pockets and details, my son absolutely loves it - it's a shame there aren't more books like this for other reading material popular with children (as well as adults!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia, 18 May 2011
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This arrived quicker than expected and I am pleased with the condition it came in. IT is a beautifully presented book and is extremely fascinating. I highly recommend this to people how love the Christopher Paolini books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 15 Oct. 2013
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It was really nice to see all the illustrations and get loads of little pieces of information along with it! It also has many little interesting pull outs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all young Eragon Fans, 25 Aug. 2013
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What a beautiful book this is. We have a huge Paolini fan in our household so this was a perfect gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing addition to your Inheritance Cycle!, 9 Feb. 2013
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This book is really interesting to look and reading through! It provides a much needed visual fix for readers of the Inheritance cycle. Contains many quirks and pop ups meaning that it is not just a reading book but a fun book too. Really enjoyed. Art work is great as are the descriptions. Would recommend to Eragon Fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, 29 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia (The Inheritance cycle) (Hardcover)
This is a beautiful book containing great illustrations and information about the different races in Alageasia. The best page for me was the map after the Welcome page. I had this open while I was reading the fourth book - Inheritance - and was able to use it to trace where all the events were happening. Brilliant!
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