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Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia by Christopher Paolini
  

Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia

Part of the The Inheritance Cycle Series

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Synopsis

Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia by Christopher Paolini

Greetings, Dragon Rider. It is a great honour to be chosen as a Rider. I have compiled these papers for you as an introduction to the most important peoples, places and things within Alagaesia. Study them most carefully, for some day your life may depend upon this information. Mine has, and more than once. Eragon Shadeslayer. This is a full-colour extravaganza, an exploration deep into the world of Alagaesia, as told by Eragon himself, hero of ERAGON, ELDEST and BRISINGR. In fifteen lavishly illustrated spreads, the reader is invited to explore the landscape and cities of Alagaesia and its many races, including dragons, humans, Urgals, dwarves and elves. Each spread is filled with special effects and stunning examples of paper engineering and other elements.

Reviews

'A compelling and action-filled adventure ... a galloping good example of its genre'
Daily Telegraph

'This book is an achievement. Readers ... will be transported'
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 It is a very exciting and thrilling book

-- Anthony Withington, Arnold School Teen Titles Issue 39


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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Book Info

Publication date

5th November 2009

Author

Christopher Paolini

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Author's Website

www.alagaesia.com/

Publisher

Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 12 from 12

Categories

Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780385617888

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