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Nominated for the American Library Association 2003 Best Books For Young Adults Award
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When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.
"An impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish." Booklist (Starred Review)
"[An] impressive epic fantasy....[Paolini's] use of language dispenses with the floral, pastoral touch in favor of more direct prose....An auspicious beginning to both career and series." Publishers Weekly
"[A] vigorously written high fantasy epic....Legacies etched in stars and dreams guide his steps in this enchanting adventure. Eragon is highly recommended for dedicated fantasy enthusiasts." Midwest Book Review
Thrilling adventure full of magic, dragons, elves, monsters, and the battle between good and evil. Fifteen-year old Eragon believes that he is merely an orphan taken in by relatives — one among the masses. Soon he discovers that nothing is farther from the truth. When his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed, Eragon must flee the tyrannical King Galbatrorix. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save — or destroy — the Empire.
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.
"An authentic work of great talent." — The New York Times Book Review
"Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut." — People
"Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid." — Booklist, Starred
"An auspicious beginning to both career and series." -- Publishers Weekly
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
About the Author
Christopher Paolinis 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 trilogy, became instant New York Times bestsellers. Christopher is currently at work on the final volume in the trilogy. 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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