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Inheritance 3-Book Hardcover Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) Hardcover – September 20, 2008


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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Slp edition (September 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375846158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375846151
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 15. He lives in Paradise Valley, Montana. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. As a child, he often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. The idea of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher's love for the magic of stories led him to craft a novel that he would enjoy reading. The project began as a hobby, a personal challenge; he never intended it to be published. All the characters in Eragon are from Christopher's imagination except Angela the herbalist, who is loosely based on his sister. Christopher was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. He took a second year to revise the book and then gave it to his parents to read. The family decided to self-publish the book and spent a third year preparing the manuscript for publication: copyediting, proofreading, designing a cover, typesetting the manuscript, and creating marketing materials. During this time Christopher drew the map for Eragon, as well as the dragon eye for the book cover (that now appears inside the Knopf hardcover edition). The manuscript was sent to press and the first books arrived in November 2001. The Paolini family spent the next year promoting the book at libraries, bookstores, and schools in 2002 and early 2003. In summer 2002, author Carl Hiaasen, whose stepson read a copy of the self-published book while on vacation in Montana, brought Eragon to the attention of his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, which is part of Random House. Knopf published Eragon in August 2003. Eldest, which continues the adventures of Eragon and the dragon Saphira was published in August 2005, and in December 2006, Fox 2000 released their movie adaptation of Eragon in theaters around the world.

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Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller/fantasy.
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The author's use of common fantasy characters is good, because of the detail paid to the different types of characters and how they intereact.
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I love the first two books (borrowed them) and wanted to get the series so I could read them again as well as the last one.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Aditya Anupkumar on October 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I personally like the Inheritance series of books. They aren't quite as sophisticated as The Lord of the Rings, or The Wheel of Time, or Dune. They lie somewhere between the Harry Potters of the World, and The Lord of the Rings.

Are some of the names inspired by other series? Sure. The point isn't to find fault with work on the basis of what was written in other works, but to see whether it can stand by itself, and tell its own story.

I think Brisingr was a brilliant addition to the series (I would agree that Eldest was a little off); and FWIW, the last 5 chapters by themselves would make the book worth it.

Having read Inheritance, I can hardly wait for the last book in the series (Empire) but that's still a couple of years away.

With regards to this hard cover set, the only reason I can imagine you wouldn't want it, is if you're waiting for the final four-box set, which will surely be released with the last book; or already own hardcovers of Eragon and Eldest.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Badge on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Don't get me wrong. I love these books.

But the boxed set is horrendously misleading. I'd expect a three book boxed set to indicate either a trilogy, or 6 books.

There is a fourth (and final) book. The cover of the boxed set gives no indication of this, and until I was about half way through Brisingr I was unaware that Paolini had changed from the planned (and announced) trilogy, to a 4 book series.

So by all means buy these books, but don't buy the boxed set thinking you've got them all. It may be cheaper than buying the three books seperately, but it is going to look dodgy on the bookshelf.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ps2goat on October 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Unlike what the previous commentor wrote, this epic stands alone. While I have not read the third book yet, Brisingr, this has been the best experience of a saga in my lifetime.

The original Star Wars trilogy came out before my time, and the original episodes that came out were crap compared to the B-style of the true originals.

While The Hobbit was easy to read, the rest of the Tolkien trilogy was far too nerdy or geeky to get into. There were too many words, in my opinion, that convoluted the story line.

The main thing the previous commentor forgot to mention, or perhaps didn't know, was that this is a set of books aimed to children. The age group is more of the latter Harry Potter series, where the readers are supposed to have grown up a bit and the plot begins to take a serious turn.

These books were intriguing, and the author pays such great attention to detail that you can't help but get lost in reading. The best part of the stories so far is that the author doesn't leave you completely hanging at the end of each book, for those of us who had to read the books as they have been released. Unlike the Matrix: Reloaded, each story has a sub-plot with its own story, climax, and resolution. Each book is part of the entire story, but the sub-plots make it feel like you haven't wasted a part of your life, a la the Matrix 2 where the movie ended at the middle of a climax; I had to rewatch this movie before watching the third Matrix movie in order to remember what was going on. However, looking back I can remember what the first movie was about because it was a contained story and not just a third of an epic story. (And now The Pirates of the Caribbean movies have had the same fate.)

To summarize, these are good books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Quijas on October 2, 2009
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An absolutely amazing set of books. I could easily leave it at that and hope readers will take my word, but for the sake of it, I'll say a little more.

Paolini is a prodigy of the fantasy genre if ever there was one. It is an wonder that, having started Eragon at age fifteen, the series has come out as wonderful as it is. The trilogy (with a fourth book coming sometime in the future) follows a young adolescent, Eragon, in a fantasy world of elves, dwarves, and of course, dragons. Eragon's quest begins when he mysteriously receives what he believes to be a valuable blue stone that turns out to be an extremely rare, almost extinct dragon egg. From there he must fight, and sometimes flee, the wrath of an evil king who has held Eragon's world in an iron grip for far too long. On the way he makes powerful friends, enemies, and uncovers his own shrouded past.

If you're looking for good, strong, well-written fantasy, this is the place to go. Paolini creates a world with a history, governed magic, and ancient languages possibly bested only by Tolkein-a world that you should not miss out on if you are at all a fan of the fantasy genre.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on October 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent way to purchase the three hardcover books in the ongoing Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini.

My only quibble is the boxed set has no additional features to entice a reader who has previously purchased the books separately. Though it seemingly eliminates one market of readers/collectors, the avenue is open for those wishing to purchase three hardcover books at a nice price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Smits on February 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
i have read these books many times now, but oooo, they stay one of the best books i have ever read! i waited a few months before i could read Brisingr, but its was really worth waiting that long.
the books are really good quality and so it the box itself, when i bought this, they said i might had to wait almost a months to get it, but i got it in less then a week.
im reading Brisingr now, and it truelly is one if the best books i have ever read!
for those people who loves to read fantasy books like this, just buy this, and i promise you, you wont regret it=)
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