Eragon (Hardcover)

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AUTHOR INFORMATION: 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 fifteen. Now nineteen, he lives with his family in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he is at work on Eldest, the next volume in the Inheritance trilogy.


Publisher Random House Childrens Books
Mfg Part# 9780375826689
SKU 33789439
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0375826688
Release Date 8/1/2003
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.5H x 9.5L x 1.5T
Author Info
Christopher Paolini
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.
"[P]aolini manages to combine his own characters with prototypical plot developments in relatively original ways, and makes up for all the scene-setting with a rousing battlefield payoff. That should be enough to satisfy the insatiable appetites of hardcore fantasy readers, who will certainly be on the lookout for the upcoming sequel."
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Annotation Life changes drastically for 15-year-old Eragon when he finds a dragon egg from which a female dragon named Saphira soon hatches. This is the first book in the Inheritance trilogy.
Editors Note Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.This deluxe edition of Eragon includes an excerpt from Eldest, the next volume in the Inheritance trilogy; an exclusive foldout map of Alagaësia; never-before-seen art by the author depicting Zar’roc, Eragon’s sword; and an expanded pronunciation guide to the Ancient and Dwarf languages.“An authentic work of great talent.”—The New York Times Book Review“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.”—People H “Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.”—Booklist, Starred“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.”—Publishers WeeklyA New York Times BestsellerA USA Today BestsellerA Wall Street Journal BestsellerA Book Sense Bestseller
First Line Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world. A tall Shade lifted his head and sniffed the air. He looked human except for his crimson hair and maroon eyes.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 12
Number of Pages 0544
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series Part 01

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