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
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"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
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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
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Though they've been out for quite a while now, I have to be honest and say I bought them years ago, and only got them off the shelf a few months ago. Having been grown up as an avid fan of Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings, and the usual fantasy fare, I was pretty excited to re-enter that universe.
These have been reviewed ad infinitum; so I think I can really only add to the discussion my own experience with the four books as a 40-something-year old reader. I was a bit concerned that they might be written a bit too much for kids, as I'd heard they were. But, I have to say, I was definitely misinformed. These are as applicable to adults as the Harry Potter or Hunger Games books or any other well-written fantasy tales that were initially marketed to the teen reader market, but obviously found runaway success with readers from all age brackets.
In short, each of the four books was a very fun read, and I would absolutely recommend the series to anyone with an interest in the fantasy genre.
Eragon has under gone drastic changes and even more drastic wounds from his battle. The Varden lost a leader and must relocate. Eragon must continue his training with out Brom and with an injury that occasionally paralyzes him and sends him to a fit of utter pain. He goes to the Elves to receive this training and finds a door into the past of the Riders (not a literal door.) Eragon try's to regain his strength but it seems in vain. He must soon fight another war and Galbatorix, but he will not survive if he can't become stronger. Not just in strength but also in mind. Galbatorix is raising an army and the Varden is still weakened by the last onslaught. Will Eragon survive his training? Will the Varden survive the loss of their loved leader? Will Eragon be able to fight?
This book was hard to read after I got about half way though. It might have been just because I was in a reading slump or something. But after I got past my stubbornness and finished it I loved it! I was so engrossed in the book I didn't realize it was four in the morning when I finished it. Haha. The Plot twist was amazing (but totally infuriating!) and I feel like I should have seen it coming, but I didn't! (And I was so overwhelmed!) It was Very good! I'm in anticipation for when I read the next book and I'm expecting amazing things!
It is a jolly good yarn. A piece of high fiction fantasy that should be read by everyone that enjoys the fence.
My one worry is that characters, human and dragon, wield various forms of magic that remain unexplained. It's true that demonstration beats theory every time, but mention is made of training, training to use the magical powers some characters have or acquire. It leaves the reader wanting to know more, but vaguely dissatisfied at the same time.
Above all the writer uses Tolkien's eucatastrophe well, the culminating point of the story where a totally unexpected victory emerges from the jaws, if not the very guts, of defeat. And saves the world. He also includes, as is only proper, the hero's wounds and isolation after the victory, his need for distance, which in this book, fairy-tale fashion, takes the form of physical distance. I recommend this book very highly, although, because I have not read them, I cannot make any assessment of the previous books in the series.
I am now reading it for the 2nd time (because the first time I wanted to get to the end to see what happened ) and I am thoroughly enjoying it again!
My daughter has read the series 4 times....
We cannot wait for your new book & the continuation of the Inheritance cycle !
God bless you for the hours of enjoyment you have given so many people xxx
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