Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia

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From the creators of the bestselling books Dragonology, Egyptology, Piratelogy, and others, this is a never-before-seen glimpse into the world of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle. Alagaësia comes alive in a lush and detailed look at an unforgettable magical land. From elves, dwarves, Urgals, humans, and dragons, to the natural landscape and the magic it contains, Eragon himself offers the reader an unsurpassed tour. This oversized, full-color book provides 15 spreads chock full of spectacular artwork, ...

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Overview

From the creators of the bestselling books Dragonology, Egyptology, Piratelogy, and others, this is a never-before-seen glimpse into the world of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle. Alagaësia comes alive in a lush and detailed look at an unforgettable magical land. From elves, dwarves, Urgals, humans, and dragons, to the natural landscape and the magic it contains, Eragon himself offers the reader an unsurpassed tour. This oversized, full-color book provides 15 spreads chock full of spectacular artwork, engaging novelty elements, and fascinating insights into Eragon’s home. With gorgeous jewels adorning the cover and pages filled with envelopes, gatefolds, samples of dragon skin, and more, Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia is sure to appeal to the legions of fans of Christopher Paolini’s bestselling Inheritance cycle.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This twelve by ten inch book has a cover of faux blue dragonskin with a diamond-shaped medallion on the front illustrating a winged dragon carrying a small rider across a swamp. The overall appearance of the inside pages is of a scrapbook, but, with the exception of many small lift-the-flap booklets, a few areas of texture, and some notes designed to be pulled out of envelopes, the words and pictures are printed onto the pages. There are fifteen double-page spreads and several flaps that fold out to make the pages wider. The note found in an envelope on the first page is from a man named Eragon to introduce the reader to a new world called Alagaesia where the reader will apparently learn how to ride a dragon, however, there is only one spread that even mentions dragons. The remaining pages describe Alagaesia, its landscape and its population of elves, groats, dwarves, humans, and various other beasts and dragons. There is a page of maps and another of a city where it appears that the residents live in trees with bridges leading from one tree to another. There are no characters, and there is no story. This book will be of interest only to those who would enjoy exploring a non-existent world of someone else's imagination. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
Publishers Weekly
This eye-catching interactive companion book to Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle is designed to provide newly elected Dragon Riders with background about the world of Alagaësia. A map and drawings of the natural terrain provide mise en scène, while flaps reveal mininarratives, and envelopes contain personal notes written by Eragon Shadeslayer. A time line of formative events, like the beginning of the Dragon War, and a taxonomy of Alagaësia inhabitants—humans, elves, dragons, and numerous species of animals—will intrigue enthusiasts. Ages 9–up. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Designed in the style of such books as Ernest Drake's Dragonology (Candlewick, 2003), this large, colorful, well-illustrated volume has many foldouts and removable pieces. It is an attractive browsing item, although it may not hold up well in long-term circulation. The cover, which looks as if it were bound in the scaly blue skin of Eragon's dragon, Saphira, adds a slightly creepy touch. The drawings, while not spectacular, are nicely done and appealing. The Guide's contents, presented as if written by Eragon, introduce readers to the peoples and creatures of the realm—elves, humans, Urgals, Dwarves, and Dragons—along with quick overviews of the series' history and culture. While not necessary for fiction collections, the book will be popular wherever the "Inheritance" series (Knopf) is in demand.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375858239
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Series: Inheritance Cycle Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 155,433
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: IG1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.04 (w) x 12.44 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini is the author of the Inheritance Cycle books. He lives in Montana, where the landscape continues to inspire his visions of Alagaësia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

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    WHAT?

    What is going on? First Mr. Paolini fakes us out by making the series a set of four books rather than a trilogy. I guess thats okay but what bugs me is WHY IS HE WASTING HIS TIME WITH A 32 PAGE "GUIDE" WHEN ALL WE WANT IS THE NEXT BOOK? I just do not understand the logic in this.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2009

    Beautiful Companion to a Wonderful Series

    I am in love with this. The artwork is stunning and is the perfect book to further feed Inheritance Cycle fans' imaginations.
    Many reviews of this book say it is time wasted when Christopher should be writing the fourth installment of his series, but I disagree. Writing the final book is easier said than done and I rather imagine he needed something to do during some inevitable writer's block sessions. I too am anxiously awaiting the final book but that does not mean THIS one is a waste of time. It is extremely fascinating and highly recommended just for fun.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

    View of an Inheritance Fan

    I have not bought this yet, but I have looked at it in person and I would love to own it. As not only do I find these books to be fun to look at and read, but because I am a HUGE Inheritance fan. And for those that said this is a waste of time and for Paolini to write faster really need to show a little respect. Writing a good book, or a good series at that which the Inheritance Cycle is, takes TIME. If you want the fourth book to be everything you were hoping for and to be a great read like the first three you need to be patient. I'd love to read the fourth book now, but I also know that writing takes time. And to say that Paolini tricked us by turning it into a Cycle after it was a Trilogy is a bit bold. I'm quite happy it's one book longer as that means I get another chance to read about these fantastic characters and it also spikes my curiosity as to all the things Paolini couldn't fit into three long books. If you are a true Inheritance Fan, you will understand the hard work Paolini is doing and wait patiently like the rest of us.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2010

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    Great Addition to the Series

    I bought this for my 14-15 year old niece for Christmas. She is a huge Eragon fan. Needless to say she was thrilled! It will be a great addition to her Christopher Paolini collection.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

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    An adult's view of Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia

    Beautifully written and illustrated! The book contains beautiful drawings, things to touch, see and feel in order to help the young reader to better understand and visualize Christopher Paolini's fantasy world of Alagaesia, written as seen through Eragon's eyes. "Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia" is also very informative and helps the young reader to both identify with and learn about the unusual people and characters dwelling within Alagaesia. This book is a marvelous companion to the book, "Eragon", and is a must for any young reader who wants to experience Eragon's Alagaesia beyond simply reading the book or seeing the movie.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Pretty Good

    Some say Paolini shouldn't have written this and concentrated on the fourth book, but it helps understand what happens in various locations (ex. Ellesmera, Farthen Dur). The picture of Farthen Dur helped me the most!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Eragon's Alagaesia

    If you have read Christopher Paolini's other books about Eragon and Alagaesia, then this is a must to add to your collection. I can't wait for his next book to be out later this year!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Excellent addition to the Inheritance Cycle

    I have all the books and must say that anyone who likes those books will love this. This book descibes more in detail some of the things that people want to know more about. This book is a great addition to anyones collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    Great for younger Eragon fans (like the little brother of the one who read it and talked about it)

    This is a fun book for ERagon fans. I don't think there is much new knowledge you gain from it. I gave it to my 8 year old for Christmas. He loved it. I originally bought it for my 13 year old who loves the Eragon books, but decided it was too young for him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    This is a beautiful book. My grandsons were thrilled with it.

    I purchased 2 of these books, one for each of my grandsons who are Paolini fans. The book is beautiful and detailed. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2009

    A well done companion book

    I purchased this book as a gift for a friend. I was so very pleased with the graphics and the contents - all the "hands on" applications within is great. It puts a face to many characters to make the story seem more real. My friend was so thrilled all she could say was, "this is so awesome!".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    good referance book

    good book to use for and in referance to his other 3 books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Could have been better, but still worth having

    I was hoping that the writing and information would include a large amount of material that was not covered in the books. I was disappointed to find that most of the information was nothing that I didn't already know from reading the books. However, the artwork is great to have and the fold-outs and other extra items help make this book worth having. If you are a fan of the series then I would say that you should definitely purchase this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2009

    searching for the end

    Fun, but where is the rest of the story. How long do we have to wait on news about the end of the story. I read them all on a suggestion of my son and now I have waited over a year to finish the story. please

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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