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Eragon: Inheritance, Book I
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When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...
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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 fifteen after being homeschooled all his life. Both Eragon and Eldest, the second book in the Inheritance trilogy, became instant New York Times bestsellers. Christopher is currently at work on the final volume in the trilogy. He lives in Montana, where the dramatic landscape feeds his visions of Alaga�sia. You can find out more about Christopher and Inheritance at www.alagaesia.com.

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Gr 7 Up-Christopher Paolini creates memorable characters in a detailed fantasy world (Knopf, 2003) in this tale about Eragon, a teenager who is newly homeless and uncertain of his ancestry, but meets his destiny head on. The odd blue "stone" he found has hatched into a dragon. He and Safira are able to communicate telepathically, so even when they are parted during their high and low adventures with magicians, dwarves, inhuman monsters sent to do the evil king's bidding, elves, and simply crafty humans, they are able to work together as a team. Paolini has received some popular press because of his own youth, and indeed some of the details here are naive-Medieval common people certainly didn't retire to their own personal bedrooms!-but overall he has designed a well integrated epic, complete with a Latinate language, politically acute issues, and well-realized emotions. Narrator Gerard Doyle's extensive repertoire of voices provides a compelling atmosphere that will hold the audience's attention through Eragon's travails. His slightly British accent lends just the right storytelling texture, making the audio performance an extension of the story itself. In addition to fans of Tolkien and Bradley, this will appeal to listeners looking for psychological suspense accessible to teens and adults alike.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year A USA Today Bestseller A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller A Wall Street Journal Bestseller A Book Sense Bestseller "Full praise to Eragon, and I want more! A winner . . . tip of the hat to young master Paolini."--Anne McCaffrey, author of The Dragonriders of Pern series "Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut."--People "An authentic work of great talent . . . I found myself dreaming about it at night, and reaching for it as soon as I woke." â Liz Rosenberg, The New York Times Book Review "Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish." --Booklist, Starred "An auspicious beginning to both career and series."--Publishers Weekly "Will appeal to legions of readers who have been captivated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy."--School Library Journal

While exploring the forest, 15-year-old Eragon discovers an odd blue gemstone-a dragon egg, fated to hatch in his care. According to PW, "The author takes the near-archetypes of fantasy fiction and makes them fresh and enjoyable, chiefly through a crisp narrative and a likable hero." Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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