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Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #01)


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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.

Pre-reading Activity

Ask the group to discuss folk tales 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 about dragons in those early tales? Make a list of character traits exhibited by heroes and villains from folk tales and myths. Which of these traits are most important in real-life situations?

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Katherine Stuart, January 28, 2009 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
This book is everything a good fantasy/fairy tale/epic should be. Our young hero has a lot of growing up to do – toughening of both the body and mind. A beautiful woman is in need of rescue. There are good guys, and bad guys and those who may be somewhere in between, and of course those we’re just not sure of yet. Fantastic cities have been built and there are the requisite fairy tale creatures: elves, dwarves, a werecat, a dragon, magic and sorcery abound.

Paolini paces the work nicely and though his style lacks some maturity it does not drag the story down. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Horser8, October 15, 2008 (view all comments by Horser8)
all of the inhertance cycle is good personally i thought eragon was the best of the three but i havent read the third books so i dont know about brisingr
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reignofchaos_frozen_123, June 14, 2007 (view all comments by reignofchaos_frozen_123)
Ireally enjoyed the story and its very exciting. I read 252 pages in 6 days!! I love this story and I think that the author is an example, because his book is very good
and to be honest, this is the most wonderful book I have ever read. I would appreciate if you give an e-mail to contact him. I'M A BIG FAN!!!!!!!!! I was so envolved in the story that i felt bad when I heard his uncle has died and mostly Brom...
Please contact me.
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Product Details

Paolini, Christopher
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
ristopher Paolini
Jobin, Matthew
Action & Adventure
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Action & Adventure - General
Fantasy & Magic
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
For fans of Ranger s Apprentice and the Chronicles of Narnia.
The next great epic fantasy.
Edition Number:
Edition Description:
The Inheritance Cycle
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
August 26, 2003
Grade Level:
from 7
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:

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Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #01) Used Hardcover
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Product details 528 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375826689 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"This first novel is dynamite; it makes a great read for the young adult in you. This is a classic 'sword and sorcery novel' with a boy, a dragon, and a sword. Paolini's book is a little reminiscent of other books you may have read, but his own voice comes through. And I believe his voice will only get clearer as the trilogy progresses."

"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "An impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "[A] solid, sweeping epic fantasy..."
"Review" by , "The empathetic characters and interesting plot twists will appeal to the legions of readers who have been captivated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy and are looking for more books like it."
"Review" by , "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
"Review" by , "A promising new author finds his literary legs in this engaging story....Overwritten action sequences and occasionally forced dialogue do not detract too much from the interesting and entertaining tale."
"Review" by , "Paolini takes a little Tolkien, a little McCaffrey, a coming-of-age quest, and combines them with some wicked good storytelling....Fantasy buffs will find themselves immersed in a world of magic and sword fighting...eagerly awaiting Book Two."
"Synopsis" by , One boy
One dragon
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...

"Synopsis" by ,
When magic sleeps, darkness awakens.
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