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Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) Paperback – 27 Dec 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books (27 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038560792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385607926
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (420 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,832,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's always room for another fantasy quest trilogy--as long as it has distinction, originality and a cracking plot. This has. Eragon, Paolini's first book in his Inheritance Trilogy, which he began writing when aged only 15, is an amazing debut that demonstrates a written maturity beyond its creators' 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 days' 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 chooses to hatch in Eragon's company--making him the first new Dragon Rider for many, 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.

(Age 12 and over)--John McLay

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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)

"Teenagers will love Eragon . . . thrills, spills and danger. . . . Who could resist?" (Kati Nicholl Daily Express) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 9 April 2005
Format: Library Binding
God Bless Chris Paolini for this amazing book. Yes its that good. I first came across this book when i was wondering around WHSmith and i saw the front cover with a dragon on it. Being a 'dragon' fan i picked it up read the back, paid for it and started reading on the journey home. Chris' opening in the book is amazing combining amazement and confusion to keep the reader hooked enough to continue. The story has a suprising number of twists and turns which can only be a good thing. His description of the magical world of Alagaesia is superb. Eragon is a fantastic read and recomended to all fans of 'Lord Of the Rings'. Becareful though it can be hard to put down to the point where your mum shouts at you!
BRING ON 'ELDEST'
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Format: Audio CD
I love the book Eragon, I think its an absolutely fabulous story, and I highly recommend the book and its sequel, Eldest to anyone, but I have to say that the narration of this audio book is not very good at all. Despite wining an award for other work that he has done, in this recording, Kerry Shale seems not to be able distinguish voices and characters in any other way than by giving them strongly defined accents, which ends up with Roran sounding like a hillbilly, Ajihad and his daughter Nasuada have some sort of cross between Indian and welsh, and many of the other characters have charicatured exaggerated accents that I find spoil a great story. I also think that too much of the Saphira/Eragon interaction has been edited, reducing Saphira's influence and her presence in the book, as well as the bond between Saphira and Eragon, although this maybe because in an attempt to show the telepathic communication between Saphira and Eragon, the narrator has made Saphira's voice too ethereal and washed out most of the time, so she loses a lot of her humour and sharp-wittedness. I don't like giving a bad review to Eragon, but as I said, this is not a criticism of the book or the story, but of this audio version and Kerry Shale's narration of it.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a difficult book to review. However, I will try to make my comments as helpful and balanced as possible - fully aware that many may well disagree.

When I read that this book had been written by an Author aged fifteen (when he started), I approached it with enthusiasm - and an open mind. Surely, I thought, for it to get published, it must be way beyond the talents of most young writers. In many ways it is; I certainly cannot imagine many people of that age having the patience to write something of this length. So, five stars for effort!

However, I have not awarded this book five stars. Why? Well, although an excellent effort for one so young, it undoubtedly reads as the work of an immature writer with much still to learn ... and when I pay good money for a book, I would prefer not to be reading someone's apprenticeship material, no matter how valiant the attempt. There are countless other reviews all saying the same kind of thing and quoting specific examples of immature writing style - so I won't bother to do the same. I just genuinely wish I'd taken notice of them, instead of being lured by the marketing - and a nicely illustrated front cover.

Undoubtedly, this young man is a bookseller's/marketer's dream. In interviews he comes over as intelligent and engaging. And this is, at least partly, what is helping to sell what would otherwise be a rather amateurish and overlong book. At several stages whilst reading, I tried to analyze how it got as far as publication. Tightening Eragon by about a third could have worked wonders alone - but that would be just the beginning.
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