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Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Random House Children's Books | April 26, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Eragon is rated 4.369 out of 5 by 84.
Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.19 × 5.62 × 1.14 in

Published: April 26, 2005

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375826696

ISBN - 13: 9780375826696

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good introduction to fantasy books Let me start my saying that this is not a bad book. I can see this book being engaging and exciting to first time fantasy readers and young teenagers. However, as a fantasy text it is a predictable and somewhat contrived 'high fantasy' world and even plot. The writing mechanics are sometimes obvious, which I personally found detracted from my overall enjoyment, and the characters are largely two-dimensional. That having all been said, Eragon is still a fairly enjoyable book and worth checking out.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to read and get into. It's mostly for teenagers. Good story, looks like nothing new but still it's fun to read and I've enjoyed the characters. It's also fun to know there's 3 more books in this series. If you like dragons,medieval,monsters,magic,knights etc...you will enjoy Eragon. DO NOT BE LIKE ME and say...Argh forget it,,,, i've seen the movie.... This is the first book-movie that I've seen with a COMPLETE different story. The movie is FAR FAR FAR from the book. There's so many differences and it's way better too in the book. So enjoy reading it.....
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What to say... I read it, and it was nice. Interesting, really, because all the while I was reading this, I kept thinking, have I read this before? Why does it seem so familiar? And it hit me, Lord of the Rings? Star Wars? Upon further consideration, I see characters that are too similar, a plot that looks suspiciously like Star Wars, and names either taken straight out of the text or with some letters switched around. It's like Star Wars plays out in Middle- Earth. Is it merely coincidence? Ignoring all that, the book itself is written poorly. With excessive flowery, unnecessary descriptions that happen all too often, leaving one to begin skimming the page, poor character development, and several inconsistencies, it is distracting and off-putting to the reader. Believe me when I say that he used four paragraphs describing the elves and their weaponry. "Elegantly slanted eyebrows" do not move the story forward. (Eragon, prologue) Words that could have been spent elsewhere. But really, you can't expect much when it was written by a 15-year-old and when it was published by his parents, and it is easy to be be influenced by such works, it wasn't Paolini's intention either, every author is to some extent. All that being said, it's a lot better than what most 15-year-olds can do, it's impressive and Paolini obviously has an innate skill for writing and the best part of Eragon, really, the whole Inheritance Cycle, is that it's much more fast-paced than LOTR. It's an easier read, geared towards young adults (or readers who are ignorant of/ too young for LOTR and Star Wars) but definitely worth trying if you're into fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's a respectable book/series, and I'd recommend it too.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Words. I am in awe of Christopher Paolini's amazing series.Venturing in to the world of Eragon is one of the greatest books choices of all time. Follow him through fighting, despair and romance of a sort. Eragon was a book I couldn't put down. There are no words to describe this book other than breathtaking!
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell short of expectations As an adult who does enjoy youth fantasy I had high hopes for this book after all the reviews but it unfortunatly fell short of my expectations. I found the book very slow to get into and it spent at first more time sitting on my table rather then being read. I will give it credit that it does pick up towards the end. I found that the book generally lacked in depth character development and that the characters didn't evolve throughout the story. I also had minor issues with the language. Although written predominatly in a modern language tone the author would randomly insert more medival phrases that felt out of place. As a "PG" adventure I still think this book would appeal to a younger audience. I just felt it lacked depth which made it hard to relate to the characters or make this created world believable.
Date published: 2012-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good.... I found "Eragon" to be a fairly decent read. For an amateur writer who was just beginning his career when he started the book Paolini does fairly well, although it is a bit hard to get into the story at first. Once you do get into the story though, it steadily becomes a more interesting and engaging read.I find that some fantasy writers really excel when describing battles and fights, and it seems that Paolini is a good example of this,his talent really begins to shine through near the end of the book, where there is more fighting involved.Even though the writing leading up to the climax is not amazing, it is still interesting to see Paolini's progress and growth as a writer. If you found that you did not like the first book very much and merely found it OK, then I suggest you read the sequel,"Eldest",as it is much more intelligently written.
Date published: 2012-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for everyone Personally I loved the loved the book but that is because I'm a fantasy fan. That being said obviously I've read LOTR and right now everything else will fall short. I mean you just cannot create a new world, with elves, dragons, orcs (or orc like creatures) after it was already created once. I was very skeptical about Eragon even after hearing many good reviews ( or after hearing all of them). After I finished the book I thought that it was for a good reason. Even tough the story was original everything else felt familiar. I gave Eragon 5 stars because when you forget all the other fantasy noves you ever read it's a really amazing story to be part of. I didn't want it to finish.
Date published: 2010-12-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unsatisfied I heard many good reviews about this book and maybe my expectations were too high. I just kept hoping it would get better and it never did. The story was ok but I think it could have been more exciting...It's about dragons come on! There are definitely better fantasy books out there. I might have enjoyed it more in elementary school. Perhaps I need to read the other ones before I give a proper opinion.
Date published: 2008-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible This book came to me, highly recommended, and it severly let me down. For someone who is well read in the fantasy genre, this just seemed like a collaboration of a bunch of different stories. The whole mental connection between rider and dragon..."Dragon Riders of Pern" anyone? The Urucs remind me of orcs from "Lord of the Rings" or the trollocs from "The Wheel of Time" series. P.S. Is it just me or does every fantasy world have a mountain range named "the Spine of the World"?
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding A great book for Tolkien fans. Paolini has written one of the best fantasy novels I have read since Lord of the Rings. The fact he wrote this book at the age of 16 is astonishing. Please don't think this is just another fantasy like others in the genre that are punted out every 5 or 6 months with no individuality. I believe he has given the genre a much needed boost in the arm with creative spirit. Looking forward to reading his other books "Eldest" and "Brisingr".
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Whether your a child, or an adult, you will LOVE this book! Please did not judge this book on the movie (which did not do it justice) I was amazed that Christopher Paolini was only a teenager when he wrote it! This is a wonderful adventure for young and old alike...
Date published: 2008-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love fantasy books and this was was no exception. Definately not a childrens book. My only disappointment is that I saw the movie first. So my own imagination wasn't able to creat the world.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great!! I read the book before I even heard that they were making it into a movie. I enjoyed it very much. It was a good read and with the pronunciation at the pack of the book there was no need for guessing on how to say the characters name, or what they were saying or the meanings were. Very good book to read, would recommend it to any age. I'm currently 26 years old and just finished it, and just gave it to my dad for him to read and so far he is enjoying it.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This was an awesome book, I watched the movie and then someone told me the book was so much better I had to see for myself. After reading itI gave it to my mom and told her she has to read it. Needless to say, she loved it too.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book for all ages The movie didn't do justice to this book. This was such a great book that both myself and my husband were fighting to read it and couldn't put it down. It takes a hold of you and a real page turner.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from RIP OFF OF STAR WARS AND TOLKIEN CHARACTERS!!!!!!! I can't stand it. I mean yes ill read the last book and all, but i cant stand the plot. It's litteraly like Tolkien sneezed on Starwars, and Paolini just picked up the mess. -SPOILERS- I mean"Eragon! I am your Brother!" Murtagh screamed as he slowly jumped off of Thorn. "Eragon! Morzan is your father!" Murtagh nearly repeated as he laughed and inhaled so very ominously. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" Eragon cried as he grasped the collar of Saphira.
Date published: 2007-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inherit the awesome! In a land named Alagaësia, a young boy named Eragon discovers a strange blue stone while hunting. Little does he know that his new discovery is actually a dragon egg! Eragon is now forced into perilous adventures filled with fighting and sorcery. For he is the last Dragon Rider. This book is fantastic. It is the best fantasy novel out right now. The characters are amazing, especially Eragon. He is easy to relate to because he uses common sense to solve his problems. In the end it's a wonderful book. It's action, characters, and plot twists will have you reading it all in no time! Colten
Date published: 2007-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Captivating I received this book in hardcover format for my birthday when it first came out and needless to say I was hooked. Back then I couldn't put the book down and it took me just under a week to finish it, but oh what a week. The story that Mr. Paolini weaves about Eragon and Saphira is one that will keep you guessing and wanting more. Great book for any age!
Date published: 2007-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning and Spellbinding! Eragon is a normal boy whose life is entirely transformed when he discovers a shiny blue stone one fateful night in the relentless forest of the deadly 'Spine.' Out of curiousity and a tinge of greed, Eragon instinctively decides to keep the beautiful stone, hoping it will one day sell for fortunes--He couldn't have been more right; fortunes is precisely what this stone is worth. For one frightening night, when Eragon is abruptly awakened from his sleep, he realizes that his treasured stone is hatching into a legendary dragon! He soon learns that he possesses the only dragon in all of Algaesia, and it is Eragon's sole duty to fulfil his position as a 'Dragon Rider.' As he embarks on a treacherous journey across the plains of Algaesia, the reader will find it virtually impossible to be drawn back out of the world of Eragon, dragons, and beautiful Algaesia. I found this book an extremely rewarding read, as it touched me like no other, providing endless possibilities and adventures all the same. With creativitiy and skill close to the extent of J.K. Rowling's works, Christopher Paolini has created a world that will engross generations of children and teens to come!
Date published: 2006-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I had my doubts at first but later on I found this book interesting. There are mistakes here and there but for a young boy he is very good.
Date published: 2006-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from its awsome some people think that this book is a total waste of time but they are wrong... this book is full of mystery, adventure, and excitement. i loved this book and i cant waite to see what happends in the next two books. if i had to give one reason why i don't like this book it is that the print is too small!
Date published: 2006-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is a great book for mature readers who don't mind a long read.
Date published: 2006-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inherit a love for this first book! A great book from start to finish! Christopher Paolini pulls you into the book and lets you see and feel what's happening! Great for all ages!
Date published: 2006-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all ages This book is great for adults or kids! With a good balance of love, friendship, fantasy, nd war this book satisfies the readers hunger. I absolutely loved this book as did everyone I know who's read it. I give this book a double thumbs up and encourage anyone who's considering to read this book to read it as well as the sequel!
Date published: 2006-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!!! eragon is an exteremely captivating book, couldnt put it down, a must read, many twists
Date published: 2006-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the book, want to see the movie!!! this was a fantastic read with wonderfull depth, it had everything a first novel should have wonderfull charactor building and growth. Would love to have an audio version and waiting on the movie coming out in December 2006!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I found this story to be quite amazing. The way that all the little details work into all the twists and turns of the plot is fantastic. Once i started reading this book i couldn't put it down, i have even started to read it again. This is definately a trilogy that i will be keeping up with!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was a fairly good book. When I read this book i thought it was terrific but i would not read it a second time for a few reasons: 1. A couple of the chapters with Brom i could have done without, as they were very boring in certain parts. 2. I believe Mr Paolini could have included more detail throughout the book and i sometimes felt that he had just rushed through them. 3. Some chapters i could almost have pulled word for word from a Lord of The Rings book. 4. Lastly i believe some of the parts of the book were just too fantastical and not really believable. Considering your age Mr Paolini you did very well.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! This book is great! I could not put it down, and when i did, i couldn't wait to get back to it! It had me crying and laughing throughout the book. I love books that have magic in them and this one ranks up in the top five on my list of favorite books! The main character Eragon participates in some pretty amazing situations and meets a variety of other creatures and characters that enrich the book even more! This is right alongside Harry Potter for me!
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Amazing I've always been interested in fantasy and dragon tales - but this book takes it far beyond my imagination. Paolini has taken readers into an new world with this book, filled with wonder and mystery at every turn. Listed as a teen novel, this book can be read by children, teens and adults - I'm 18 and its one of my top choices for recommending books! Laugh, love and enjoy the thrilling adventure of Eragon and the Dragon Riders in this amazing book, continued on in Eldest.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dragons, Elfs, Magic. Eragon is an extremely thrilling fantasy book, that will make you cry, laugh, and even scream. This book was mainly about a young 16 year old boy that finds an amazing object that changes his life forever. An amazing power is revealed as Eragon, his friend Brom and a few other allies make a long diffacult journey to get away from the empire. I think this book was a wonderful, exciting novel, that lots of fantasy loving readers would love to have. I liked this book because it was thrilling, sad, exciting, and magical. I love the ending Christopher Paolini gave the book, and I wouldn't change it. Reading this book made me feel more confident. I might have been closley related to Eragon if he wasn't in midevil times. I think this book would appeal to fantasy, and escape loving readers because it has lots of magic, fantasy creaters, amazing carecters, and traps. If I could change one thing about this novel I would make sure the names were less hard to pronounce. This book reminded me of another book series called Warriors; it reminded me of Warriors because it has lots of intense parts, and they both have wars. I would recomend this book to a higher reading level.
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing!!! For me, reading was never a task that i enjoyed. I could hardly ever find a book that made me not want to put it down. Eragon has changed my whole perspective on reading, it has taught me the joy in reading a great fantasy novel. Eragon is a book of great adventure, dragons, and magic. take my advice and read this book. Even if you dont enjoy reading, this book is for you!
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Thia book was absolutely amazing! I could not put it down. The world of Eragon was easy to picture in your mind's eye. I read it so fast that it seemed like ages untill the next one came out. My best friend was also in awe. It was great! I can't wait for the third book.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect read this is one of the all time master peices of childrens lit i have ever read in my life time. it is full of mystery and adventure, and to think that the person who wrote it was 16!!! this is the best book you can read and i hope more people find the specialness in it too. nick rudolph
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book This was a great book, it was like a buch of great novel smashed into one. I started out skeptical (as I always am when reading new books) but quickly the book got exciting and I was wondering what was going to happen next, Christopher must have spent a long time coming up with this amazing novel, I can't wait until the sequel comes out in paperback.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! Along with Eldest, these books are right up there with Harry Potter and The Edge Chronicles. Full to burst with suspence, and action coming out the ears. 10/10!!! Christopher Paolini writes like a pro, yet these are his first two books!!!
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An absolutely Great Fantasy! The Book has such a wonderful descriptiveness that you actually feel your there watching it all page after page. It's got magic, dragons, evil, destruction, love, family and friends. It keeps you definately wanting more.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to read this Awsome, Amazing! It is my favourite book I have ever read! Read it!
Date published: 2006-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was awesome! Has the perfect balance of Fantasy Suspense and much more! And for all the people that think that its just a one or two star book that wrote a review just chill and go bug some one else. Again AMAZING! Favorite Character though is Orik! So this is a must read!
Date published: 2006-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK highly overrated.
Date published: 2006-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome ^^ This is an excellent book, a twister, unlike a vortex. When I started to read this, I got sucked into it! I advise all who buy this book to give a good rating. Afterall. It does rock, and it traps you in a twister. Reading for hours. If you truly want to have the thrill of reading this book, go into a quiet, lighted room. Read, and imagine ^^. Thats my advice to all of you buyers! Read the epologe first. It contains mighty information about some monster description.
Date published: 2006-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read After reading this book I wanted more! I went straight to reading this book to the second and i couldn't belive some of the twists and turns and mysteries. The start of this book is really good, but if yer reading it right now and are still on the start...Keep on reading because it gets way better!
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon I think it is awesome. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy novels
Date published: 2006-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Start While many would say Christopher's writing style is an excellent one, I highly disagree. It's unseasoned and far too fast paced in certain areas and not enough in others. (His regular boring sessions of training with Brom being a key point of pains.) Keeping in mind he was only a teenager at the point of writing, I shall applaud this attempt. the battles were intense and kept me interested, Christopher is a semi-master on suspence. However, the mysteries he displays about the character's pasts are poorly introduced. I already knew who his father was before even finishing the first book. After reading the second, I found myself laughing that I was right. It was far too obvious to the keen eye, and it could have been someone so much less formulated. Overall, it's an enjoyable read for children. The genre of fantasy is indeed filled with this sort of story, they do tend to repeat themselves. Since it is to be expected, perhaps other aspiring authors will take heed of this and possibly change it in the near future. I will continue to read this triology, in hopes that Christopher will take care of those mistakes. -Sachi
Date published: 2006-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOOOOOO AMAAAAZIINNG! WOW! This book truely takes my breath away. I now understnad the meaning of that song. It was so good..I was caught up in my memory. In other words, there was a suspenseful twist of adventure and fantasy! Recommended to any book-loving kids!
Date published: 2005-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent This book is one of my favourite books its emmotional and its just awsome words cannot describe how great this book is. I think Paolini is a very talented auther and if I were to be a vote on best auther he would get mine.
Date published: 2005-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon I bought this book for my 9 year old son at the school book fair. Needing something to read one afternoon I picked up Eragon and could not put it down. I strongly recommend it for young and the young at heart. It was TERRIFIC!
Date published: 2005-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. My little sister showed me this book ,and I figured that since I liked dragons, I would read it. Well, I was blown out of the water. This book is in the same level as Harry Potter. I can't wait for the sequel, nor for the movie that is coming out soon. Also, for those parents who think sheltering their child from a little fantasy violence will protect them from life, stick it up your nose. The evening news is more violent, the Bible itself has more profanity. (Sorry to the good religous people) This book is so incredible, I think it should be snuck into beds at night to be read. WOW!
Date published: 2005-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great Anyone else getting Terry Brooks vibes? The only thing that made me keep reading was Paolini's excellent writing style. The plot and characters are groaners with every seterotype you can think of: ophan boy saves world, dragon riders, mysterious mentor, elf girl, desturbed sidekick... ugh. The characters are totally untouchable and nothing in this book is very realistic... If you're any kind of fantasy reader you know that the plot has been used a thousand zillion times and it is DULL. I can only hope that Paolini comes up with something more original... With his amazing writing anything original would be a great read!!
Date published: 2005-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeding This book is good! Even though I'm only on the first 40 or 50 pages, I'm already planning on buying Eldest. I hope there are a whole series coming soon! Say, what is the book after Eldest?
Date published: 2005-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whoever has not read this book you should its great read it if your into fantasy then buy it and read it and read it
Date published: 2005-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon As a reader I enjoy fantasy novels, and this is one of the best novels that has ever been written by a young writer. Paolini did an exellent job. I love the way the characters were so secretive, it kept me holding on and wanting to know the answers. All the characters were unique and just dismal. I enjoyed this novel to a great extent and have already began the 2nd and waiting for the 3rd to be released.
Date published: 2005-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding This book is a mix of Harry Potter magic with a bit of a twist and The Lord of the Rings put together to form an excellent book.
Date published: 2005-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book is difficult to put down...if you are interested in Fantasy books it is an interesting read. It is true that there are snippets of it that seem to be borrowed from Lord of the Rings or others but it doesn't seem to matter once you dragon has hatched. It is a compelling story and even more so for the fact that it was written by a 15 year old!! Good read.
Date published: 2005-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, solid debut This book was a pretty good debut for this author. I liked reading this book. It was a little on the cheesy side and it was also similar to many others in this genre. However, I am happy to say that it had a great plot and intrigueing characters. A friend told me that the ending was one the best he has read and left him wanting more. I agree with this because it was definetely a great cliffhanger. Great book; I reccomend this to anyone who is into fantasy stuff. :) !
Date published: 2005-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon: the awsomest book ever That book is great! its got romance, action, thrills and mystery; everything you could want in a book! Im always telling my friends that they have got to read it and i cant wait for the second one to come out!
Date published: 2005-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flush, dead. This book took forever to take off, at page sixty he had just got the dragon egg, which does lead to the dragon, if you read the back cover. Nothing happens! Dullsville! good potential, but needs to start sooner.
Date published: 2005-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible. This book is extremely difficult to finish because it’s so horrible. The vast majority of it is just rehashed from other fantasy books, but that's not the worst part of Eragon. The book would have been so much better if the characters weren't so dull. No matter what happens to them it's hard to care because they don’t seem real. I wouldn't mind that the plot has been done before if there were some original ideas along with some original characters.
Date published: 2005-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eldest will be so cool.... This is a great book! Paolini created a great fantasy world with dragons, dwarves, and evil emporers. I find it so interesting when I found out that the elf-women ERagon had seen in his dreams, was responsible for him getting the egg! The only problem is this book left you wanting to know what happend next.. I think everyone should at least TRY to read this book.
Date published: 2005-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!! IT WAS THE BEST BOOK IF YOU DON'T READ IT YOUR REALLY MISSING OUT!! EVERYBODY READ IT
Date published: 2005-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good not Quite Great I really enjoyed Eragon but found a lot of similarities to Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series. Can't wait to read Eldest. Hopefully it compares only to it self.
Date published: 2005-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Eragon is one of the most wonderous, exciting, descriptive and captivating books Ive ever read! It was so wonderful, I couldnt wait until 'Eldest', the sequel was released! Its finally here, and I can only imagine what wonders Christopher Paolini will create this time.
Date published: 2005-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MOST AWESOMEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book rocks,it's exciting, adventure, and dragons! *loves dragons* you got to check out this book,at the begining it's a bit slow, a bit of a breeze, but then it's so awesome it'll blow you away! nothing shall stop Eragon and Saphira from stoping the evil Galbotrix! i can't wait for the new book to come out, i'm even going to reserve a copy! and i never do that!
Date published: 2005-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will be the best book in history!!!!! This is the best book I have ever read in all my life! Way better than Harry Potter. I literally dove into this book!! It was so cool. Of course my fave character is Saphira...oh and of course can't forget Eragon. I can't wait until Eldest comes out I'll read it all day and night, cause I couldn't even put the book Eragon down it was too good to be true! Hopefully more action to come in the book Eldest.OOHHH...I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Inheritance Series Eragon was a fine book, it was well written. Most people either dislike this book or adore it. I am with the few people amust us whom is in the center. Yes it was great and made you never wish it to finish. At times though I felt I was re-reading a previous book I had recently read. I do agree with most people and I shall say it is an excellent book and I recommend it for everyone. The only reason I gave it four stars was because it was very original I felt like I was reading Lord of the Rings. Ah well. I still say, EXCELLENT JOB!!! I still cannot wait to read Eldest though... this book is up with HP and LR and Series of Unfotunate Events.... I already pre-ordered Eldest. ^.^ I just didn't like the way the author used some other author's ideas. I am very confusing at times o.O WAY TO GO CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI!!! (SP?)
Date published: 2005-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece!!! Eragon is a wonderful, well written tale of a young boy who finds himself growing up and taking part in riveting adventures with the discovery of a dragon's egg that will change his life forever. Eragon is a must read for any Fantasy lover. Full of adventure, suspense and everything that a wonderful fantasy book should contain. Paolini is an excellent author in his first novel. I'm sure Eldest will be just as interesting and absolutely fantastic as the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy. You have to read Eragon!!!!
Date published: 2005-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon This absolutely has to be the best book I have read in my life and i have read alot of books! I can't wait until the next one comes out!!!!!
Date published: 2005-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon I read this book and it made me think wow. It has inspired me to write my own book, which i am currently working on. I thought it compared with probably my favorite author, David Eddings. Im now a very big fan of Christophers writing and I very badly want his next book to come soon. Please finish quickly. A great fan, Colin
Date published: 2005-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's the Best of the best! When I started reading this book, I just couldn't put it down until I finished. It's the most exciting book I've ever read, so good in fact, that I read it 21 times! I encourage all readers that haven't read this book, to read it now. 99.9% of the people will absoultley love this book after reading it. I can't wait for Eldest and Empire to come out.
Date published: 2005-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GrEaT BoOk This is a really good book about a boy names eragon and finds an egg. When the egg hatches he finds a blue dragon. Wanting to know more about the dragon, he figures out that him and his dragon are chosen to save the world. What i did not like about it was i wanted it to be longer, i could not put it down! And also i read it when it came out so i am STILL waiting for the Eldest (the newest book) to come out in Augest 2005..... Christifer Paoloni (i dont think i have Christifer spelled right) you made a great book and you have a talent for writing books......
Date published: 2005-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is one of the best books I have ever read, and trust me, I've read a lot, all going from the Da Vinci Code, to Harry Potter. I can't wait until Eldest comes out, Eragon was such a great book, I'm sure Eldest will be too. To all you readers out there, who don't know what to read, I highly reccomend eragon, trust me, you'll enjoy it, no matter what age you are.
Date published: 2005-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book ever There are know words for how good this book is. I could not put it down. The best part is when the war breaks out. if your are look for a good medeviel book this is the one.
Date published: 2005-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavily Influenced Epic While this book is not as poor as some say, it is also not the awesome, original book as exclaimed by some of the reviewers. A child, or someone not familiar with the fantasy genre, would be the only one to think the storyline of this book is a new concept. Typical orphan boy discovers only he has the power to save the world kind of plot. The writing is obviously heavily influenced by the author's favorite authors: Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Etc. I applaud Paolini's efforts, as the book was written in his mid teens (a very impressionable age), and I hope as he is now beyond that stage, that in his sequel 'Eldest' his writing has matured as well.
Date published: 2005-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon wow!! what a great book. it is the best book i have ever read. one of my friends was reading it and said it was good. pretty soon he lent the book to me and holy cow!!!!! it was awsome!!!!! i now have my own one and have read it over and over again. i have read the other reviews and some say that it is the worst book ever!!!! what liers!!!!!!!!!! when the Eldest comes out i will be first in line to get it!!!!!!! Nice one Chris!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book i ever read(^_^) this book has a gripping story line and loads of deatails clearly the best book u will ever read
Date published: 2005-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER How can people not see that this book was written so great i was glued to it it even got me into trouble because i wasnt doing my chores the best part was when Eragon slayed the Shade! ECCELeNT BOOK CHRIS!!
Date published: 2005-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AAAAAAAAWWWWWWSSSSOOOMMMMEEEEEE This is a great book!
Date published: 2005-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book is AWESOME! at first i kept wondering why it kept popping up all over the place, but then i read it and it's GREAT! it don't get why a few people think it's boring... Because they're totally WRONG!
Date published: 2005-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT This book had me stuck to my couch for hours-i just could NOT put it down. I suggest it for all readers, especially those who love medieval fantasy-it's filled with magic, dragons, swords, and, and epic battles. INCREDIBLE book, i can't wait until Eldest is out!
Date published: 2005-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watch out boys and girls!! an exciting new read with a combination of the magical harry potter and the irresistable dragon rider. This tale of a young boy who loses everything because of his pet dragon is admirable and breath taking. Its one of those books which you want to read over. BUY THIS BOOK ITS WORTH THE COST!. Fantasy lovers will be pleased.
Date published: 2005-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not too shabby Even though it reads like several authors all backed into one book, I recommend it to those who enjoy this genre of writing.
Date published: 2005-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Im not really into fantasy books but I loved Harry Potter and thought I would Eragon a chance. I absolutely loved it! I couldnt put it down at all! Its definitely a book for all ages as well.
Date published: 2005-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Bad at All The book kept me interested right through to the end, even though I found the beginning a little slow and hard to read. The book flows relatively well even though it is divided into a whole bunch of little chapters. The plot in itself was concrete and I found very few discrepencies, the only thing was the timeline was hard to follow, you think a huge amount of time had to of passed and then the author gives you a time frame of which everything happened and it is almost unbelievable. All in all I read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down, so that in itself says all the relevant stuff that needs to be said.
Date published: 2005-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yuk. What a bad book! Why does everybody love it? Can't they see that it's poorly written? That it's not original in the slightest? That it's boring? I weep for the state of our nation when Eragon is as wildly successful and popular as it has been. The only reason I finished this book was because I was fooled into thinking it was THE GREATEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (as you will read in many of the reviews for it on this website, among other places), and shelled out a wad of cash to buy the hardcover. Please, for your own sake, do not be as easily conned as I was.
Date published: 2004-11-17

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Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.19 × 5.62 × 1.14 in

Published: April 26, 2005

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375826696

ISBN - 13: 9780375826696

About the Book

This deluxe edition of "Eragon" includes an excerpt from "Eldest," the next volume in the Inheritance trilogy; an exclusive foldout map of Alagaesia; never-before-seen art by the author depicting Zar'roc, Eragon's sword; and an expanded pronunciation guide to the Ancient and Dwarf languages.

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DISCOVERY Eragon knelt in a bed of trampled reed grass and scanned the tracks with a practiced eye. The prints told him that the deer had been in the meadow only a half-hour before. Soon they would bed down. His target, a small doe with a pronounced limp in her left forefoot, was still with the herd. He was amazed she had made it so far without a wolf or bear catching her. The sky was clear and dark, and a slight breeze stirred the air. A silvery cloud drifted over the mountains that surrounded him, its edges glowing with ruddy light cast from the harvest moon cradled between two peaks. Streams flowed down the mountains from stolid glaciers and glistening snowpacks. A brooding mist crept along the valley’s floor, almost thick enough to obscure his feet. Eragon was fifteen, less than a year from manhood. Dark eyebrows rested above his intense brown eyes. His clothes were worn from work. A hunting knife with a bone handle was sheathed at his belt, and a buckskin tube protected his yew bow from the mist. He carried a wood-frame pack. The deer had led him deep into the Spine, a range of untamed mountains that extended up and down the land of Alagaësia. Strange tales and men often came from those mountains, usually boding ill. Despite that, Eragon did not fear the Spine–he was the only hunter near Carvahall who dared track game deep into its craggy recesses. It was the third night of the hunt, and his food was half gone. If he did not fell the doe, he would be for
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Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

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A #1 New York Times Bestseller

2004 Book Sense Book of the Year

A USA Today Bestseller

A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

“Full praise to Eragon, and I want more! A winner . . . tip of the hat to young master Paolini.”—Anne McCaffrey, author of The Dragonriders of Pern series

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.”—People

“An authentic work of great talent . . . I found myself dreaming about it at night, and reaching for it as soon as I woke.” ─Liz Rosenberg, The New York Times Book Review

“Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that’s sure to flourish.” —Booklist, Starred

“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.”—Publishers Weekly

“Will appeal to legions of readers who have been captivated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy.”—School Library Journal

About the Author

Christopher Paolini’s abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen after being homeschooled all his life. Both Eragon and Eldest, the second book in the Inheritance cycle, became instant New York Times bestsellers. Christopher is currently at work on Brisingr, the third volume in the cycle. He lives in Montana, where the dramatic landscape feeds his visions of Alagaësia.

You can find out more about Christopher and Inheritance at www.alagaesia.com.


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From Our Editors

Junior Booklover Contest Winner Bobby, 15, from Vancouver, BC After finding a mysterious blue stone, Eragon is throttled into a new life entirely. The stone, he later discovers, is in fact not a stone at all, but is that of legends; a dragon egg. The egg hatches, and a dazzling creature, complete with piercing blue eyes and shimmering scales emerges. While attempting to conceal his new found companion from his family, Eragon discovers that he and the dragon share a telepathic connection; theyre able to communicate without using a single word. As the newly named dragon, Saphira, grows, Eragons troubles do accordingly. Disaster strikes when Eragons family farm is destroyed, and his Uncle is brutally murdered. The culprits behind the heinous attack are an elusive duo of assassins, employed by the inhumanly evil King Galbatorix, ruler of all Algaiseia. Why such eminent figures would bother with a mere peasant family is a mystery to Eragon. Perhaps the attack is has something to do with the hatching of his dragon, Saphira? Enraged and confused, Eragon vows to avenge his Uncle. Eragon sets off in pursuit of the assassins, accompanied by Saphira, as well as an old man called Brom. Their epic adventure is chalk full of battle, fantasy, suspense, which ultimately changes Eragons life for ever. Wow, what a read! Eragon was written with eloquence and style, to be rivalled by a select few. The story is told in third person narrative, which is extremely effective in telling the complex st
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Editorial Reviews

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

2004 Book Sense Book of the Year

A USA Today Bestseller

A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

“Full praise to Eragon, and I want more! A winner . . . tip of the hat to young master Paolini.”—Anne McCaffrey, author of The Dragonriders of Pern series

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.”—People

“An authentic work of great talent . . . I found myself dreaming about it at night, and reaching for it as soon as I woke.” ─Liz Rosenberg, The New York Times Book Review

“Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that’s sure to flourish.” —Booklist, Starred

“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.”—Publishers Weekly

“Will appeal to legions of readers who have been captivated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy.”—School Library Journal

Bookclub Guide

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1. History and Beliefs

- Compare the different historic traditions of Alagaësia as they are explained in Eldest. Why do the dwarves, the elves, and the humans all have such different mythologies? What do their stories tell us about each of their races?

- What does Saphira tell Eragon about the dragons’ beliefs in Eldest? Compare what the dragons believe with what the dwarves and elves do.

- After reading Eldest, explain the origins of the animosity among the races of dragons, elves, dwarves, and humans. What are the effects of those ancient wars on the present day situation in Alagaësia?

- Why are the elves vegetarians? Why does Eragon become a vegetarian after living with them and studying with Oromis in Eldest?

- Compare the ways the different races live–the elves in the forest, the dwarves in their caves, the humans in cities and towns. How does the habitat of each of these peoples affect their way of life and their connection with their environment?

2. Family and Home

- Discuss who his parents might be. Why is his father’s identity a mystery, and why did his mother bring him to her brother to raise and then disappear? How does the reader’s understanding change after reading Eldest?

- What was Eragon’s life like before he found the dragon’s egg in the Spine in Eragon? How did his discovery of the egg change his life?

- Why was Eragon comfortable exploring the Spine when everyone else in his village was afraid of the place? What does the Spine represent to the other inhabitants of Carvahall? How does Roran convince them to overcome those fears in Eldest?

- Is it hard for Roran to convince the villagers to leave their homes in Eldest? What does he hope to find for them when they do leave? Why do some insist on staying behind?

- Does Nasuada take control of the Varden because she is Ajihad’s daughter or because she has special qualities of leadership? Compare Nasuada’s relationship with her father in Eragon with Arya’s relationship with Islanzadí in Eldest.

- Why does Hrothgar make Eragon a member of his clan before he leaves Farthen Dûr in Eldest? What does this mean to Eragon?

- What feelings do Eragon and Roran experience when they meet again at the end of Eldest? Why is Roran so angry with Eragon? Can he forgive Eragon for Garrow’s death?

- When Murtagh tells Eragon who he really is at the end of Eldest, what effect does it have on him? Do you think what Murtagh tells him is true? What does it mean for Eragon’s future?

- In the last chapter of Eldest, Eragon thinks: “Fathers, mothers, brothers, cousins . . . It all comes down to family.” What does he mean? Who is Eragon’s true family? Where has he found his greatest sense of belonging?

3. Destiny and Responsibility

- The first line of Eragon reads: “Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world.” What does this opening tell you about the meaning of destiny in the tale? What does the author mean by a “scent that would change the world”?

- Discuss the importance of names in Christopher Paolini’s novels. How does it affect Eragon to learn that his name was also the name of the first dragon rider? How does he choose Saphira’s name in the first book? In Eldest, how is Eragon affected by others calling him “Shadeslayer”? How has Galbatorix gained control over Murtagh and why is that control so complete?

- What does Saphira mean in Eragon when she says, “It is our destiny to attempt the impossible, to accomplish great deeds regardless of fear. It is our responsibility to the future.” Is this true for everyone? What is the responsibility of each of us to the future?

- In Eragon, Angela the fortuneteller says, “To know one’s fate can be a terrible thing.” Would you want to know your future if someone could tell you? Why does Eragon decide to hear her predictions? What does she mean when she says, “That freedom [to choose your fate] is a gift, but it is also a responsibility more binding than chains”? Which of her predictions (in the chapter titled “The Witch and the Werecat”) actually come true as the story continues in Eldest?

- How does it affect Roran when people start to call him “Stronghammer” in Eldest? Why does Roran take most of the village of Carvahall with him in his quest to rescue Katrina?

- How does Eragon change in the course of his studies with Oromis in Eldest? Which of his new powers are the result of hard training and which are the result of learning more about the use of magic? Is he, indeed, fulfilling a destiny or responding to his sense of duty and responsibility–or both?

4. Trust and Fear

- In Eragon, how does Eragon know that he can trust Brom enough to travel with him? Why does he leave his home and all that is familiar to him?

- Who are the Ra’zac and what do they represent to Eragon when he first encounters them in Eragon? Why do the Ra’zac return to Carvahall in Eldest? Why do they take Katrina away with them? Is it trust or fear that makes the people of Carvahall follow Roran into the wilderness?

- In the first book, when Eragon realizes that Arya is an elf, does it change his feelings about her? Why does he rescue her from the prison even though it puts his own safety in jeopardy? What is it that keeps Arya from returning Eragon’s affection in Eldest?

- When Eragon finds the stronghold of the Varden in the first book he is challenged and his mind probed by the Twins. Why did Ajihad trust the Twins? Are there clues in Eragon to indicate that the Twins were actually working for Galbatorix, as we discover in Eldest?

- How does Eragon feel when he learns about Murtagh’s parentage in Eragon? Does the fact that Murtagh’s father was Morzan affect Eragon’s trust of him? Does it affect your feelings about his character? What does Eragon feel when he realizes who he is fighting at the end of Eldest? Will he ever be able to trust Murtagh again?

- What is Eragon’s greatest fear? What is Roran’s greatest fear? Do their fears affect the way they act and interact with others? Discuss their reunion in the last chapter of Eldest. Why does Roran strike Eragon? How do they regain their trust for each other?

5. Use and Abuse of Power

- In Eldest, Oromis says: “As Galbatorix has demonstrated, power without moral direction is the most dangerous force in the world.” What does he mean by this? By the end of Eldest what other characters have “power without moral direction”?

- Discuss the connection of magic to power in this story. Why does Eragon have to learn the use of magic so slowly, first from Brom (in Eragon) and then from Oromis (in Eldest)? Who are the other characters that can use magic and what are the limits on their magical powers?

- Why does the use of magic drain the energy of the person performing the magic? What are the ways that Eragon learns to control his use of magic and his energy in Eldest?

- In Eldest, is Murtagh able to use magic more effectively than Eragon? Why do you think this is so?

6. Good and Evil

- Many fantasy novels deal with the struggle between forces of good and evil. Discuss the ways in which the Inheritance books explore this theme and which characters represent good and which represent evil. Are there some characters that you are still not sure about by the end of Eldest?

- Eragon begins with the Shade and his ruthless ambush of the elf we later learn is Arya. How did this Prologue affect your anticipation of the story to come? Why is the Prologue titled “Shade of Fear”? What do we learn of the Shade’s past when he is killed at the end of Eragon?

- How did Galbatorix establish his rule of Alagaësia? According to the history Brom shares in Eragon, what experiences turned Galbatorix into a cruel and feared ruler?

- The Urgals seem to be completely ruthless, yet Eragon is hesitant to kill them with his magic in Eragon. In the chapter called “A Costly Mistake,” why does he only use his magic to stun them? Why is he so upset when Murtagh kills Torkenbrand, the slave trader? By the end of Eldest, Eragon has different feelings about the Urgals. What has changed his mind?

- In Eldest Roran commits crimes in his efforts to save the people of Carvahall who have placed their trust in him; he kills, steals, and uses trickery to get what he needs. Can he justify what he has done in the name of helping others? How does he feel about the men he has killed?

- Why is Oromis so angry about the blessing that Eragon gave to the child in Farthen Dûr? What is the place of Elva in the story by the end of Eldest? Is her blessing/curse a force for good or for evil? How can it work both ways?

7. Character Study

- Compare Eragon and his cousin Roran. How do Eragon’s and Roran’s journeys in Eldest parallel each other and how are they different? Describe the changes in each of them from the beginning of Eragon to the end of Eldest. What influences are most important on their growth? Which people and events are most important to their development?

- Compare Brom (in Eragon) and Oromis (in Eldest). How are they similar and how are they different? What does each of them contribute to Eragon’s training? Which of them, do you think, has the most influence on Eragon’s growth as a Rider?

- How would you describe Arya? Why does Arya reject Eragon’s romantic feelings in Eldest? What aspects of her personality contribute to their friendship and what keeps them from having a romantic relationship? How does Arya feel about being the daughter of the queen?

- Compare the magical qualities of Angela and Elva as we see them in Eldest. What do we know about each of them and how do their magical abilities contribute to the story? How do you feel about these characters–in terms of their trustworthiness?

- Compare the leadership styles of Nasuada and Orrin, the king of Surda, in Eldest. Why do the Varden go to Surda, and what help do they expect from Orrin?

- Describe the character of Saphira. How has she grown from the time she was a hatchling? What does she learn from Glaedr and how does she grow during her training? What are some of the difficult feelings and pain that Saphira and Eragon share? What are some of the joys that they share?

8. One Step Beyond: Predictions

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Do you think Eragon will ever be able to return to the Palancar Valley and Carvahall? He longs for his home in the midst of his adventures, but will he and Roran be able to return to the farm when their adventures are over?

- At the end of the first book, Eragon hears a voice in his head, someone helping him to escape the horrors of Durza’s memories. In Eldest, we learn that person is Oromis, who will become Eragon’s trainer. What foreshadowing comes at the end of Eldest? Predict some of the plot of Book Three of Inheritance. What do you expect to happen?

- Who are the characters that might play a major role in the next book? Will Eragon come face-to-face with Galbatorix? Will he fight Murtagh again? Will Eragon and Roran be able to rescue Katrina? Who will provide the most assistance to Eragon?

- Why do you think Galbaltorix continues to gain strength, and how is he able to make Murtagh stronger than Eragon? How do you think Eragon and Saphira can develop the strength to combat the evil powers of Galbatorix?

9. Connecting Fantasy to Real Life

- What kinds of good and evil do you hear about in the news of our world? Discuss examples from news stories that report events representing the good and evil in our society and in international news.

- What circumstances can bring people together to become friends and what can make those friendships grow and develop? What circumstances can hurt a friendship? What are some of the ways people have difficulty with family members?

- Do you feel that some people have a destiny to fulfill or a special reason for living? Name people in history who had a strong responsibility to a cause for good or evil. (Possibilities might be Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King for good causes and Attila the Hun, Adolf Hitler, and Josef Stalin for evil.)

- Name some characters from legend, literature, or film who represent the causes of good or evil. (Possibilities might be Luke Skywalker, King Arthur, Frodo for good; Darth Vader, Mordred, Sauron for evil.)



Guide prepared by Connie Rockman, Children’s Literature Consultant, adjunct professor of literature for youth, and editor of the Junior Authors and Illustrators series (H.W. Wilson).

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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