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Eldest by Christopher Paolini
  

Eldest

Part of the The Inheritance Cycle Series
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This Christmas there is a real feast in store in the fantasy arena and Christopher Paolini can only be described as a precocious new find. He began his debut novel, Eragon, the first in The Inheritance trilogy at 15 and now at only 21, Eldest, the second in the trilogy has been published and with it he has also won the prestigious Quiller Book Prize. Eldest is sweeping epic fantasy at its best, beautiful writing coupled with an extraordinary storyline with immensely memorable and powerful characters. Fantasy aficionados, both teenage and adult will devour this writing and be eager for more. With filmic quality I’m not surprised to hear that a film OF ERAGON has been made starring Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich and Jeremy Irons among others. IT’S BEING RELEASED ON DECEMBER 15TH AND GIVEN THE HYPE It should be good.

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Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eragon and his dragon, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the forces of King Galbatorix. Now, Eragon must travel to Ellesmera for further training in magic. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance?


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A compelling and action-filled adventure . . . A galloping good example of its genre * Daily Telegraph * This book is an achievement. Readers will be transported * The Sunday Times * A portrayal of true affection between boy and dragon . . . Paolini writes like someone gripped by his own story * Guardian * A stirring fantasy of epic proportions * The Bookseller * Bound for the bestsellers * Publishing News *


About the Author

Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini was born in 1983 in California where he still lives. Home schooled for the duration of his education, Paolini graduated from high school at the age of 15 through a set of accredited correspondence courses from the American School in Chicago, Illinois. Following graduation, he started his work on what would become the novel Eragon and its sequel Eldest, both set in the kingdom of Alagaësia.

In 2002, Eragon was published in a small way by Paolini International LLC, Paolini's parents' company. However, his big break was to come in Summer 2002, when the stepson of author Carl Hiaasen found Eragon in a bookstore and loved it, and Hiaasen brought it to the attention of his publisher, who subsequently made an offer to publish Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance Cycle. The second edition of Eragon was published in August 2003. At the age of nineteen, Paolini became a New York Times bestselling author. Eragon has since been adapted into a film of the same name.

Eldest, the sequel to Eragon, was published in 2005. The third book in the cycle, Brisingr, was released in autumn 2008. The fourth and final title in the series has yet to be given a date for publication.

Paolini's literary inspirations include the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, E. R. Eddison and the epic poem Beowulf. Other literary influences include David Eddings, Brian Jacques, Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist, Ursula K. Le Guin. Other favourite authors include Philip Pullman and Garth Nix. Paolini notes that in his writing he ‘strives for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf.’

In this video, Christopher delivers the manuscript for the very last book in the Inheritance sequence to his publisher. Press play to watch:

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Publication date

7th September 2006

Author

Christopher Paolini

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Author's Website

www.alagaesia.com/
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Publisher

Random House Children's Books

Format

Paperback
704 pages

Categories

Fantasy
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Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780552552110

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