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Eragonby Christopher Paolini
Nominated for the American Library Association 2003 Best Books For Young Adults Award
Synopses & Reviews
A world of adventure
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 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
"An impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish." Booklist (Starred Review)
When fifteen-year-old Eragon comes to learn that he is a gifted Dragon Rider, he realizes that his destiny is to fight the evil powers that will bring complete destruction to the Empire and so leaves his quiet life as a farm boy to succeed in his one true mission in life. Reprint.
In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters
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.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Shade of fear — Discovery — Palancar Valley — Dragon tales — Fate's gift — Awakening — Tea for two — Name of power — Miller-to-be — Strangers in Carvahall — Flight of destiny — Doom of innocence — Deathwatch — Madness of life — Rider's blade — Saddlemaking — Therinsford — Thunder roar and lightning crackle — Revelation at Yazuac — Admonishments — Magic is the simplest thing — Daret — Through a dragon's eye — Song for the road — Taste of Teirm — Old friend — Witch and the werecat — Of reading and plots — Thieves in the castle — Costly mistake — Vision of perfection — Master of the blade — Mire of Dras-Leona — Trail of oil — Worshipers of Helgrind — Ra'zac's revenge — Murtagh — Legacy of a rider — Diamond tomb — Capture at Gil'ead — Du Sundavar Freohr — Fighting shadows — Warrior and a healer — Water from sand — Ramr River — Hadarac Desert — Path revealed — Clash of wills — Flight through the valley — Horns of a dilemma — Hunting for answers — Glory of Tronjheim — Ajihad — Bless the child, Argetlam — Mandrake root and newt's tongue — Hall of the mountain king — Arya's test — Shadows lengthen — Battle under Farthen Dr — Mourning sage — Pronunciation guide and glossary — Special preview of Eldest.
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