Eragon (Inheritance Cycle Series #1)

Eragon (Inheritance Cycle Series #1)

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by Christopher Paolini, Kerry Shale, Kerry Shale

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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…  See more details below


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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Teen author Christopher Paolini breathes fire into the realm of fantasy -- whisking readers to a world of dragons, magic, and legends -- in his first impressive entry in the Inheritance trilogy. Following in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Goodkind, Paolini recounts the harrowing adventure of Eragon, a peasant boy who one day discovers a strange rock that happens to be a lost, coveted dragon's egg. Eragon finds himself raising the highly intelligent creature (which he names Saphira) and bonds with her both mentally and soulfully, but after a team of marauders sent by the land's conniving ruler destroys his family home and kills his uncle, the boy sets out to hone his skills as a Rider and claim his vengeance. Paolini pays meticulous attention to detail and to the characters' actions in the book, letting readers travel eagerly with the young hero along every step of his journey. Sure to sit memorably with lovers of the genre and worthy of every bit of praise it gets, Paolini's foray into fantasy writing will transfix and entertain. Shana Taylor

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Gardners Books
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Inheritance Cycle Series, #1
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12 - 17 Years

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Shade of Fear
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.
He blinked in surprise. The message had been correct; they were here. Or was it a trap? He weighed the odds, then said icily, “Spread out; hide behind trees and bushes. Stop whoever is coming . . . or die.”
Around him shuffled twelve Urgals with short swords and round iron shields painted with black symbols. They resembled men with bowed legs and thick, brutish arms made for crushing. A pair of twisted horns grew above their small ears. The monsters hurried into the brush, grunting as they hid. Soon the rustling quieted and the forest was silent again.
The Shade peered around a thick tree and looked up the trail. It was too dark for any human to see, but for him the faint moonlight was like sunshine streaming between the trees; every detail was clear and sharp to his searching gaze. He remained unnaturally quiet, a long pale sword in his hand. A wire-thin scratch curved down the blade. The weapon was thin enough to slip between a pair of ribs, yet stout enough to hack through the hardest armor.
The Urgals could not see as well as the Shade; they groped like blind beggars, fumbling with their weapons. An owl screeched, cutting through the silence. No one relaxed until the bird flew past. Then the monsters shivered in the cold night; one snapped a twig with his heavy boot. The Shade hissed in anger, and the Urgals shrank back, motionless. He suppressed his distaste—they smelled like fetid meat—and turned away. They were tools, nothing more.
The Shade forced back his impatience as the minutes became hours. The scent must have wafted far ahead of its owners. He did not let the Urgals get up or warm themselves. He denied himself those luxuries, too, and stayed behind the tree, watching the trail. Another gust of wind rushed through the forest. The smell was stronger this time. Excited, he lifted a thin lip in a snarl.
“Get ready,” he whispered, his whole body vibrating. The tip of his sword moved in small circles. It had taken many plots and much pain to bring himself to this moment. It would not do to lose control now.
Eyes brightened under the Urgals’ thick brows, and they gripped their weapons tighter. Ahead of them, the Shade heard a clink as something hard struck a loose stone. Faint smudges emerged from the darkness and came down the trail.
Three white horses with riders cantered toward the ambush, their heads held high and proud, their coats rippling in the moonlight like liquid silver.
On the first horse was an elf with pointed ears and elegantly slanted eyebrows. His build was slim but strong, like a rapier. A powerful bow was slung on his back. A sword pressed against his side opposite a quiver of arrows fletched with swan feathers.
The last rider had the same fair face and angled features as the other. He carried a long spear in his right hand and a white dagger at his belt. A helm of extraordinary craftsmanship, wrought with amber and gold, rested on his head.
Between these two rode a raven-haired elven lady, who surveyed her surroundings with poise. Framed by long black locks, her deep eyes shone with a driving force. Her clothes were unadorned, yet her beauty was undiminished. At her side was a sword, and on her back a long bow with a quiver. She carried in her lap a pouch that she frequently looked at, as if to reassure herself that it was still there.
One of the elves spoke quietly, but the Shade could not hear what was said. The lady answered with obvious authority, and her guards switched places. The one wearing the helm took the lead, shifting his spear to a readier grip. They passed the Shade’s hiding place and the first few Urgals without suspicion.
The Shade was already savoring his victory when the wind changed direction and swept toward the elves, heavy with the Urgals’ stench. The horses snorted with alarm and tossed their heads. The riders stiffened, eyes flashing from side to side, then wheeled their mounts around and galloped away.
The lady’s horse surged forward, leaving her guards far behind. Forsaking their hiding, the Urgals stood and released a stream of black arrows. The Shade jumped out from behind the tree, raised his right hand, and shouted, “Garjzla!”
A red bolt flashed from his palm toward the elven lady, illuminating the trees with a bloody light. It struck her steed, and the horse toppled with a high-pitched squeal, plowing into the ground chest-first. She leapt off the animal with inhuman speed, landed lightly, then glanced back for her guards.
The Urgals’ deadly arrows quickly brought down the two elves. They fell from the noble horses, blood pooling in the dirt. As the Urgals rushed to the slain elves, the Shade screamed, “After her! She is the one I want!” The monsters grunted and rushed down the trail.
A cry tore from the elf’s lips as she saw her dead companions. She took a step toward them, then cursed her enemies and bounded into the forest.
While the Urgals crashed through the trees, the Shade climbed a piece of granite that jutted above them. From his perch he could see all of the surrounding forest. He raised his hand and uttered, “Böetq istalri!” and a quarter-mile section of the forest exploded into flames. Grimly he burned one section after another until there was a ring of fire, a half-league across, around the ambush site. The flames looked like a molten crown resting on the forest. Satisfied, he watched the ring carefully, in case it should falter.
The band of fire thickened, contracting the area the Urgals had to search. Suddenly, the Shade heard shouts and a coarse scream. Through the trees he saw three of his charges fall in a pile, mortally wounded. He caught a glimpse of the elf running from the remaining Urgals.
She fled toward the craggy piece of granite at a tremendous speed. The Shade examined the ground twenty feet below, then jumped and landed nimbly in front of her. She skidded around and sped back to the trail. Black Urgal blood dripped from her sword, staining the pouch in her hand.
The horned monsters came out of the forest and hemmed her in, blocking the only escape routes. Her head whipped around as she tried to find a way out. Seeing none, she drew herself up with regal disdain. The Shade approached her with a raised hand, allowing himself to enjoy her helplessness.
“Get her.”
As the Urgals surged forward, the elf pulled open the pouch, reached into it, and then let it drop to the ground. In her hands was a large sapphire stone that reflected the angry light of the fires. She raised it over her head, lips forming frantic words. Desperate, the Shade barked, “Garjzla!”
A ball of red flame sprang from his hand and flew toward the elf, fast as an arrow. But he was too late. A flash of emerald light briefly illuminated the forest, and the stone vanished. Then the red fire smote her and she collapsed.
The Shade howled in rage and stalked forward, flinging his sword at a tree. It passed halfway through the trunk, where it stuck, quivering. He shot nine bolts of energy from his palm—which killed the Urgals instantly—then ripped his sword free and strode to the elf.
Prophecies of revenge, spoken in a wretched language only he knew, rolled from his tongue. He clenched his thin hands and glared at the sky. The cold stars stared back, unwinking, otherworldly watchers. Disgust curled his lip before he turned back to the unconscious elf.
Her beauty, which would have entranced any mortal man, held no charm for him. He confirmed that the stone was gone, then retrieved his horse from its hiding place among the trees. After tying the elf onto the saddle, he mounted the charger and made his way out of the woods.
He quenched the fires in his path but left the rest to burn.
Copyright© 2003 by Christopher Paolini

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Eragon (Inheritance Cycle Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 4381 reviews.
Eliz_L More than 1 year ago
Eragon is a blazing start to the wildly popular Inheritance saga. Paolini weaves a suspenseful, exiting tale that will keep you turning the pages! The book starts out a tad boring, and it might take a bit of effort to get beyond the first 10 pages, but after that, one event after another sends you to Aglaësia, experiencing Eragon¿s feelings like your own. As Eragon journeys from his home to avenge the death of a loved one, you learn more and more about the infamous Empire and Galbatorix, as well as his black dragon Shruikan. While Eragon studies magic and swordplay, he also learns some secrets better left unknown...

I couldn't put it down until I had reached the last page, and even then I hungered for the next book in the series. If you're in the mood for a fantasy book that¿s chock full of fighting, swordplay and good vs. evil, you¿ve come to the right place! I must warn you though, you're not going to like it when you've read all three and Paolini hasn't finished the fourth book!
BookWorm0327p More than 1 year ago
This series is fabulous!I honestly think you can't call yourself a fantasy lover until you've read this. When I first picked this up I was so excited that the third book (and what I thought was the last book) would be out in time, so I didn't have to wait for it, but then Paolini pulled a fast one and no I (and many others) have to wait in suspense for the 4th book to come out! I'm not to upset about it though because i know the last book will top them all and it keeps Eragon and his dragon Saphira's story going a little longer! If you're looking for a book filled with adventure, fantasy, and even some romance this is the 1st book i'd recommend!
Cressy More than 1 year ago
Eragon was a very organized book, with engaging characters, and a well polished plot. It is a good representation of a boy, not yet 15, becoming one of the almighty, but now nearly extinct dragon riders with lessons in life we should all consider. Eragon is about a young farm boy (named Eragon), who finds a polished blue stone while hunting for food in the Spine. The stone hatches, and from it emerges a dragon. Saphira, as she is later named, is the first dragon born after the famed dragon riders were destroyed by Galbatorix, who is now king, and his forsworn. He raises his dragon in secret, afraid the king may find him, but unable to disown the child dragon. Soon, Galbatorix's evil minions, the Ra'zac, pass through the town and learn of the dragon. While Saphira flees into the Spine with Eragon, his home is destroyed and his uncle mortally wounded. Eragon sets out to avenge the Ra'zac with the old storyteller, Brom, who may be more then who he says he is, leading full speed into this thrilling novel. I highly enjoyed Eragon, and cannot evaluate the book without high praise for the writing style, characters, and depth. Palini's writing is organized, and descriptive, enabling you to take part in the character's emotion, mind, and setting without overflowing you with information. His characters are full in depth, mind, emotion, and history, enabling you to feel as if they could be anyone in your classroom, or anyone walking through the street. Though you must not forget the plot itself, as it is upbeat, remarkable, and logical. Overall, I absolutely recommend this book to a friend, relative, or bookworm. I complement the style, plot, depth, and honesty of a book marking the journey of a young boy to a fierce warrior. Eragon is a read well worth the time, effort, and price.
Charliemum More than 1 year ago
I haven't been able to read books for a very long time because I'm allergic to ink and paper. Within 5 minutes of reading my eyes start itching, they start watering and I start sneezing. Then all I want to do is sleep, my brain will shut off. Now I have the NOOK, I'm reading everything I can. So, I'm really late at reading Eragon but I really love it. I only wish that the movie did it justice. I found that the writer made everything so exciting but the movie made it seem short and very unappealing. I love anything about dragons so when the movie came out I was excited but then when I saw it, it was a letdown. Now that I've read the book and seen the movie again, it is really a letdown. Hollywood needs to stick with the book and not change it so much.
VaBookworm More than 1 year ago
This book didn't disappoint! I saw the movie, and had been wanting to read the book for quite some time. I'm glad I finally found the time to read it, because it's probably one of the best books I've read in a very long time. It does a great job of filling that gap where Harry Potter used to sit :o) I love the characters, and the creativity of the story. It's got all of the classic elements: farm boy turned hero, romance, adventure, villains, and sidekicks... Chris Paolini is an imaginative writer with impressive skills, considering he started writing this when he was 15. I will definitely read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christopher Paolini is truley an artist. A , once, ordinary boy travels through a miraculous, life threatening journey that changes his life forever! Whoever is looking for a adventurous read, Eragon is the book for you! Eragon is truley a gripping read, as well as the rest of the Inheritance cycle.
Pheonixfly More than 1 year ago
This Book is so good! I have read it almost 10 times and never geet tired of it!
JaKobe More than 1 year ago
Eragon, Eragon, Eragon. Oh man this book is quite interesting in a good way. If you are into the whole magic and mystical creatures thing then you will love this book. So its pretty much about this boy, Eragon, who stumbles across a very rare stone looking thing that he is startled by while hunting in the mountains. He doesnt know what it is so he tries to sell it but nobody will buy it from him. So he takes it back home and it starts to hatch! And a little dragon comes out. So he takes care of it as it grows. And it becomes massive. So he then hears rumors of some evil forces in his town looking for this dragon egg that he had already found. So he starts to snoop around and finds out a lot of info and that he is a dragon rider. So he runs as fast as he can back to his house and finds that the evil forces have already burned his farm down and killed his uncle. So it goes on from there and Eragon learns how to be a true dragon rider and he becomes hope for the good guys. It is very interesting and fun to go along the journey with Eragon. It is a very facinating story and i cant wait to read the other novels in this series. The book is ten times better than the movie because the movie skips out on a lot of good scenes that are awesome in the book. If you have not read this book i strongly suggest you read it because it is very entertaining and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I give it probly a 9 out of 10. Very good read and a great action packed novel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Eragon is a fast moving adventure book of dragons and there riders, immortal evil kings, magic, dwarves and elves. There is only one word for this book "awesome". I recommend this book to everyone. This book starts out when an average farm boy Eragon is hunting in a mysterious mountain range called the Spine. He finds a blue rock that turns out to be a dragon egg. The egg hatches and he names the dragon Sapheria. It is soon after when two mysterious cloaked strangers show up and start asking questions about the egg, a death occurs. He is forced to flee his home with a mysterious story teller named Brom to hunt down the strangers. If you want to know more read the book! Overall this is one of the best books I have ever read, I give it a five out of five stars. There are no bad aspects of this books. It is adventurous and suspenseful read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eragon by Christopher Paolini is a novel about a boy named Eragon who finds a stone in the Spine. He soon finds out that the stone isn't exactly a stone, but a dragon egg. When the dragon hatches he names her Saphira. The two become attached and soon learn of the dragon riders and that they must rescue the eggs from Durza. The book talks about the adventures Eragon and Saphira have on their way to get the eggs. At the end of book they learn that Eragon can finish his training with the elves, so he goes to join the elves. A major theme of this novel is to believe in yourself and always think believe that you can do anything. I really liked this novel because it has a great story plot and it kept me interested throughout the entire novel. The thing that I disliked about the novel was that it was confusing at points and hard to understand. But overall I would recommend this book to everyone 13 and up. Some other books that should be read are the other books in the series by Christopher Paolini.
eli_the_bard More than 1 year ago
Eragon, a 15-year old farm boy, finds a mysterious blue polished stone while hunting to feed his family. Later, he is shocked to discover that it's a dragon egg. Not just any dragon egg, but one of the last three in all of the empire of Algaesia, for the rest are held by the evil king Galbatorix. He raises it in secret from his family until, one day, he returns home to find his uncle and cousin killed by Galbatorix's evil minions, the ra'zac. He leaves on a journey with his dragon, whom he had named Saphira, and the eccentric village storyteller with a secret or fifteen, Brom, who starts Eragon to on his training to become (Da da da dummmm) a dragon rider. At first, he only wants to avenge his family's death, but eventually it shifts into a power struggle between good and evil, and Eragon's attempt to save all of Algaesia. I like this book. The series breaks away from the standard "high fantasy" style of writing, particularly in how the author, Christopher Paolini, makes dragons feel more "real" (instead of using them as your standard cookie-cut monster) by having them speak and occasionally even allowing readers into the depths of their minds. Despite (or perhaps because of) all this, his dragons never lose that sense of mystery. On the downside, there is a bit too much Tolkienese influence for this young bibliophile's liking (though that could be called a good thing in moderation). I give the series an enthusiastic 4 stars out of 5.
OnlinerNotes More than 1 year ago
I have read this twice now and really enjoyed the series. I've also had friends read it aloud to their kids, with a good deal of discussion and sharing because of it. The story delves into the mythology of Europe, with an unusually kind, Buddhist like Dragon, typically gruff elder/teacher, a life-changing tragedy, and the young male who is searching for meaning in his life. There are a lot of things that are very common in this story, but it is paced well and uses language to engage rather than distract. It is a new classic, and should be on the life list of anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction.
CR33AJ More than 1 year ago
Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, was suspenseful and there was never a dull part. Eragon is a young man who is in his high teens. In the story all he wants is to avenge the death of a loved one at the hands of Glabatorix, an evil emperor that thirsts to control the remaining dragons and dragon riders left. This is a story about Eragon who during a venture into the spine, an infamous mountain range, finds a stone while hunting deer. Thinking that it will be a good trade for food, he takes it home to sell. He soon finds out that it was no stone and that it will be the ticket to one of the biggest adventures of his life. During his adventures he learns how to become a Warrior and the darkest secrets of Magic. He uses his newfound knowledge to overcome obstacles that he encounters along his way. He also encounters new friends and foes that follow him through his hard times and the entire story. The diction in this story is phenomenal and makes you want more. Once you start you will never stop. This was one of the best books that I have ever read and I do not like to read a lot of books. I could never put the book down, I never wanted to stop, not even to play basketball or baseball, a sure fire book. The one thing that I did not like about this book was all the words, names, and places that are included that are not regular names, words, or places; in order to understand, get the book with the gold dot on it that says, "Deluxe Edition, with foldout map and expanded language guide."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eragon is a fantastic and mystical adventure.Perfect for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eragons is one of the best books I have ever read. It is the perfect blend of fantasy and adventure. The main character (Eragon) is a boy who starts out as a farm hand and suddenly becomes a dragon rider. He then goes on an adventure to find out more about how to be a dragon rider. There are many suprises that will keep you enticed in the book. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes fantasy books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. Makes you want to read more and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are not sure about buying eragon because of some bad reviews, don't listen to those. Those people probably had different expectations than you would have. If you keep your expectations lower than theirs then you will be more amazed and hooked on to the book than you would. If you ask me..... i recommend this book to everyone over the age of 10 or 11 because of vilence but it really is a great book. I posted a review on the 1st and look how many times i said it was good..... 3 times...... This is a great book. There are plenty of good reviews also, look for the good ones and if they really are so manu bad ones, read a book that people who bought this also bought. Also take note that the author was fiftwen when he wrote Eragon and look at the book now! Go ERAGON!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of action, adventure and exitement, this book keeps you turning pages. Full of detail and descreption, you feel as if you are there. I wish i could give this book more than five stars!!!!!!!!
BookWorm8 More than 1 year ago
I really liked the idea of dragon riders, and the writing improves in the later books. I'm on the 3rd book of the trilogy and really liking it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paolini writes reasonably well. He adds some interesting ideas to fantasy writing, such as the idea that the energy used for magic must be derived from the user. While the plot of a poor farm boy rising against an evil king is used quite often, it is still workable and takes an interesting course in Eragon. His characters are complex, multifaceted people and don¿t always follow a predictable role. Brom, Eragon¿s mentor, loses to Eragon in a sparring match relatively early in the book. From that point on, Brom only improves on Eragon slightly, mentally and physically, but is a constant companion and acts like a father to Eragon rather than a teacher. Eragon also befriends a boy, Murtagh, who is a few years older than Eragon. Murtagh is an interesting character who always helps Eragon and is merciless to his enemies. He is exactly as skilled as Eragon at sparring and prefers to keep his past a secret. This added complexity is common to many characters in Eragon.
Paolini is descriptive throughout the book. His consistent use of figurative language painted a vivid picture in my mind. He writes in the style of many noted fantasy authors, such as J.R.R. Tolkien. In addition, a great deal of the Ancient Language, which controls magic and is spoken by the elves, seems to be reminiscent of the language of Tolkien¿s elves. I found that the names often define a person or a place; Teirm is a tiered port city, Helgrind is the focus of a barbaric religion, etc.
Eragon is a very compelling read. Occasionally there was a section that seemed like a segment of a children¿s book rather than teen or young adult fiction, but overall, Eragon is well written, descriptive, enthralling, and entertaining. I recommend this book for any lover of fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
¿The fable of dragon riders.¿ Told by a wise man, once only thought of as a silly storyteller. The beginning of a tale, that would change the fate of the world. Eragon, a poor farm boy with no parents or siblings, only his uncle and his cousin Roran left in his family. Eragon finds what he thinks is only a stone, which would be so much more. When he takes it into town and tries to sell it for meat to last the winter but no one dares buy it. But the next night the stone hatched, revealing a baby dragon. And the stone was also an egg. With this, it attracts the empire. While Eragon was in town, the empire burns down his home and kills his family. This starts the epic, plot twisted filled journey that takes Eragon across his entire continent trying to find the men who killed the last members of his family.

The characters, themselves seem normal enough. Eragon, a perfect protagist. He wouldn't steal from a baby, if he was starving. He always tries to do the right thing and almost rips his own hand off when he can't. As he grows older, in time he gains cunning, the ability to think things through. But not with some training and role model from Brom. The old man himself is highly intelligent, quick thinking, and is usually seen saving Eragon's life multiple times. When Brom is no longer 'available,' a new character is introduced, Murtagh. He hides many secrets, but that does not interfere with his protagist attitude. Having a shadowy past makes him very interesting to watch and see the reason behind his decisions.

Eragon is a book that one will enjoy from the second they finish the first page. The reader will be enticed by the fantastical vocabulary of the author. With plot twists and very interesting characters that seem to have always something to hide, this book will drive you insane with curiosity. No doubt in my mind that you will not only love this book, want to go out and buy a three different copies just for an excuse to reread it over and over again. You'll shed tears of joy when you hear about Eldest the sequel to Eragon. You will be entrapped by this fascinating fanasty, bewildered by how a powerful book can change you. Unimaginable joy, you will be a mad page turner for the tale of Eragon, the dragon rider.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish i could give it more stars but i cant. Do not listen to the people who thibk this book is bad. I read it at the local library so no need to buy it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting, and I suggest it to all dragon and fiction lovers. I love the idea of dragons and loved the book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this book series, dont bother watiching the movie they tried to cram the whole series into one crappy movie