Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
|New from||Used from|
The land of Alagaesia is suffering under the Empire of the wicked Galbatorix, and Eragon and his dragon Saphira, last of the Riders, are the only hope. But Eragon is young and has much to learn, and so he is sent off to the elven forest city of Ellesmera, where he and Saphira are tutored in magic, battle skills, and the ancient language by the wise former Rider Oromis and his elderly dragon Glaedr. Meanwhile, back at Carvahall, Eragon's home, his cousin Roran is the target of a siege by the hideous Ra'zac, and he must lead the villagers on a desperate escape over the mountains. The two narratives move toward a massive battle with the forces of Galbatorix, where Eragon learns a shocking secret about his parentage and commits himself to saving his people.
The sheer size of the novel, as well as its many characters, places with difficult names, and its use of imaginary languages make this a challenging read, even for experienced fantasy readers. It is essential to have the plot threads of the first volume well in mind before beginning--the publisher has provided not only a map, but a helpful synopsis of the first book and a much-needed Language Guide. But no obstacles will deter the many fans of Eragon from diving headfirst into this highly-awaited fantasy. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell
Meet Author Christopher Paolini The Eragon/Eldest Boxed Set Learn the Lingo
Good book, exciting, addictive, and you never know what will happen next
DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ERAGON! I don't want to spoil anyone!
This book remained me of a favorite of mine called lord of the rings. This book reminds me of lord of the rings ( lotr ) how it is a complete fantasy world made instead of some...
I read a lot of fantasy but this one had some new twists I really enjoyed. You'll like it. Good heroes.
I'm highly impressed by Paolini's series. I enjoyed this one a lot. Am already on the 3rd book and will finish it by the weekend.
While I still think that this is somewhat derivative, taking elements from both Anne MacCaffery and JRR Tolkien, still the work melds interesting plots and story lines into a tale...
"Writing is the heart and soul of my being. It is the means through which I bring my stories to life. There is nothing like putting words on a page and knowing that they will summon certain emotions and reactions from the reader. In my writing, I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf." --Christopher Paolini
Want to learn more about the series? Check out our review of Eragon: Here's a great big fantasy that you can pull over your head like a comfy old sweater and disappear into for a whole weekend. Christopher Paolini began Eragon when he was just 15, and the book shows the influence of Tolkien, of course, but also Terry Brooks, Anne McCaffrey, and perhaps even Wagner in its traditional quest structure and the generally agreed-upon nature of dwarves, elves, dragons, and heroic warfare with magic swords. Read more
Order your copy of the boxed set today
Our quickie pronunciation guide will help you get to know some of the names and places in the Inheritance series.
Ajihad AH-zhi-hod The Leader of the Varden Argetlam ARE-jet-lahm Elven word to describe Dragon Riders meaning "silver hand" Arya AR-ee-uh A powerful elf who is both beautiful and a master swordswoman Eragon EHR-uh-gahn A Dragon Rider from Carvahall Ra-zac RAA-zack Evil creatures Saphira suh-FEAR-uh Eragon’s dragon *Art copyright © 2004 John Jude Palencar
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Save up to 85% on more than 1,000 Kindle Books. These deals are valid until November 30, 2015. Learn more
More About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Before you start complaining about the critics of this book, I highly reccomend that you get your facts straight. You claim that only a few of the names were ripped-off from the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Let me start with LOTR:
I'd say that's more than a few "ZMoney."
As for your review: Don't complain because some people think it was poorly written. It's their opinion and you can't call them stupid for it. At least most of them can put coherent sentences together.
As for the charge of plagiarism: I would say it's a valid complaint. As I just demonstrated, Paolini did in fact copy numerous names from "Lord of the Rings." He also used the line "Two eyes, whenever I can spare them" which is directly out of LOTR. The plot line is ripped from a variety of other stories, which, if you ever read above a second grade level, you will know. For example, "Dragonriders of Pern," comes to mind. Also check out Ursula Le Guin's "Earthsea" series. Paolini's system of magic may become a little more familiar to you and hey! You may even learn something!
As for the story itself. It is very sloppy and it is full of cheap tricks and escapes. Take Eragon's transformation into the elf. Instead of coping with his injury or overcoming his shortcomings as a human being, Paolini merely makes Eragon change into something he is not...a superhuman of sorts.Read more ›
I'm not as mad at Christopher as I am at his editor. Why the heck didn't she/he tell him to include more genuine conflict? Why didn't she tell him that quitely simply, the book was BORING?
See, the reason all of us who have ranked this book low are mad is very simple. Going into it, we weren't expecting greatness. We didn't expect Tolkien. All we asked for, all we wanted, was a base-line decently plotted story that we could enjoy. That's all. And we didn't even get that.
So Christopher - I'm mad at you for not giving me your best. If you read this review, at the very least, please fill the next book with action, with stuff happenning. That's what made the first book what it was: stuff was happenning. They were getting chased for half the book. They were chasing people. New elements got introduced, and not just on the last 3 pages.
And for all of you who are mad at us for being harsh - we're not being mean. Once any artist of any kind enters their work into the public realm and on top of that asks money for it, they've chosen to have honest, critical feedback directed at them, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. That's the name of the game - NO ONE is owed a good review. They earn it through skill.
But of course, the fanatics will ignore me like they ignore every other intelligent review and they will continue to dream up sillier defenses for this unsalvagable series. But my heart goes out to these poor fools, who are so deprived of decent fantasy books that they actually think Paolini is good. You have my deepest sympathies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eragon has under gone drastic changes and even more drastic wounds from his battle. Read more
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
The Eragon/Eldest Boxed Set
Learn the Lingo
Good book, exciting, addictive, and you never know what will happen nextPublished 1 day ago by Jake
DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ERAGON! I don't want to spoil anyone!
This book remained me of a favorite of mine called lord of the rings. This book reminds me of lord of the rings ( lotr ) how it is a complete fantasy world made instead of some... Read morePublished 6 days ago by LF
I read a lot of fantasy but this one had some new twists I really enjoyed. You'll like it. Good heroes.Published 9 days ago by Karen
I'm highly impressed by Paolini's series. I enjoyed this one a lot. Am already on the 3rd book and will finish it by the weekend. Read morePublished 18 days ago by ks
While I still think that this is somewhat derivative, taking elements from both Anne MacCaffery and JRR Tolkien, still the work melds interesting plots and story lines into a tale... Read morePublished 24 days ago by srh