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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.
"An authentic work of great talent."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut."--"People"
"Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid."--"Booklist," Starred
"An auspicious beginning to both career and series."--"Publishers Weekly"
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller "From the Hardcover edition."
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 754 pages
  • 146 x 178 x 31mm | 358g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0440240735
  • 9780440240730
  • 8,241

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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." ─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>
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About Christopher Paolini

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 Alagaësia.

You can find out more about Christopher and Inheritance at
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Rating details

1,550,078 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 38% (596,331)
4 30% (464,493)
3 20% (314,092)
2 7% (112,032)
1 4% (63,130)

Our customer reviews

Paolini's characters and story telling abilities are almost rivaling those of JRR Tolkein and George RR Martin. Eragon really captures your imagination and the suspense, mystery and humor of the book won't allow you to put it down until you've finished. All the characters that Eragon meets along the way are fantastic, both creatures and people alike and really contribute to make this book an in depth epic. Eragon's relationships with Brom, Murtagh, Arya and of course - Saphira, the queenly Dragon in the thick of it are spellbinding. Side note: Don't watch the film, dig a hole in your garden and bury it now. Here's hoping Paolini comes forward with another fantasy more
by Victoria Brown
This is just an amazing book, a really interesting story with vivid characters and an intense story that is just unbelievable! A must have book for fantasy loversshow more
by Naomi Impellizzeri
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