From School Library Journal
Grade 5–9—Designed in the style of such books as Ernest Drake's Dragonology
(Candlewick, 2003), this large, colorful, well-illustrated volume has many foldouts and removable pieces. It is an attractive browsing item, although it may not hold up well in long-term circulation. The cover, which looks as if it were bound in the scaly blue skin of Eragon's dragon, Saphira, adds a slightly creepy touch. The drawings, while not spectacular, are nicely done and appealing. The Guide
's contents, presented as if written by Eragon, introduce readers to the peoples and creatures of the realm—elves, humans, Urgals, Dwarves, and Dragons—along with quick overviews of the series' history and culture. While not necessary for fiction collections, the book will be popular wherever the "Inheritance" series (Knopf) is in demand.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
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Paolini’s humongously successful Inheritance Cycle gets a visual counterpart in this splendidly illustrated guide for the newly minted Dragon Rider (that’s you). The journey begins and ends with sealed letters from Eragon Shadeslayer himself. Crammed with detailed maps, insightful bestiaries, time lines, and legends, this might be problematic for some libraries who won't want to circulate an edition with delicate mini books and physical samples featured on nearly every spread. These textural asides include soft Feldunost fur, scratchy dragon wing, elven fabric, glittery star-sapphire dust, and a genuinely surprising gift at the book’s end. Obviously nonessential but nevertheless grandly conceived. Grades 4-8. --Daniel Kraus