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Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

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

Eragon is rated 4.3647 out of 5 by 85.
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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 1.09 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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Eragon

Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 1.09 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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DISCOVERYEragon 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 forced to return home e
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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

From the Jacket

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

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
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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

Introducing Fantasy

Fantasy is a form of literature that presents psychological realities in an imaginative or fantastical way. Using myth and folklore as a background, modern writers of fantasy set their stories in an imagined world or in a real-life setting where magical events take place. Ask the group to discuss folktales and myths they remember hearing or reading in the past. Who were the characters who fought for good, and who were the evil characters? Ask them to describe to each other scenes they remember from those stories. How was magic used? What emotions did the stories evoke? What do they remember of dragons in those early tales? Make a list of character traits exhibited by heroes and villains from folktales and myths. Which of these traits are most important in real-life situations?

WARNING: This guide includes key plot points from both Eldest and Eragon. Should you wish to avoid spoilers, please read both books before this readers guide!

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Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17