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Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship.
Home-schooled by his parents, Christopher Paolini was 15 years old when he began writing ERAGON, a project he began to entertain himself and which eventually become his first published novel. Inspired by such diverse works as "Beowulf" and Bruce Coville's fantasy story JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER, Paolini's novel tells of a poor peasant boy named Eragon who discovers he is a descendent of the Riders, a band of dragon-riding warriors. Many of the characters in ERAGON speak in languages created by Paolini (with the help of his younger sister, Angela) and which were inspired by Old Norse languages. Originally self-published, ERAGON was brought to the attention of publishing company Alfred A. Knopf by author Carl Hiaasen, who was impressed with his stepson's enthusiastic reading of the book. The book was made into a film in 2006.
From the Publisher
A sensational avalanche of shifting political alliances, unexpected bombshells, and intense relationships races through this gripping, fast-paced sequel to the phenomenal bestseller ERAGON (which was written when Christopher Paolini was just a teenager). The Varden's struggle to end the reign of the villainous King Galbatorix continues as they and their numerous allies prepare to fight the Empire for control of Alagaesia. Still reeling from the intense battle of Farthen Dur, the young Rider, Eragon, and his shimmering blue dragon companion, Saphira, must continue their training in magic with the elves in the great city of Ellesmera. There, amidst the enchanted forest, the two are privy to an incredible secret that will aid in their growth as warriors and leaders. In the meantime, Eragon's hometown of Carvahall is under siege, with Galbatorix's soldiers and the dreaded Ra'zac pursuing his cousin, Roran, who is forced to decide between taking the easy path of cowardice and the difficult road to heroism. A whirling cauldron of intrigue, combining themes of personal and political power, coming-of-age drama, and family bonds, bubble at the heart of this intense, captivating story of good versus evil.