The Inheritance Almanac

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Christopher Paolini's world of Alagaësia is a magical land, full of mysterious people, objects, and places-one that has captivated millions of fans across the globe. Now, with the Inheritance Fan Book, those fans have a resource in the form of an A-to-Z almanac, where they can find everything they ever wanted to know about this fascinating world.  From Arya to Zar'roc, this is an exhaustive encyclopedia about the land of the Inheritance cycle that also offers little-known ...

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Overview

Christopher Paolini's world of Alagaësia is a magical land, full of mysterious people, objects, and places-one that has captivated millions of fans across the globe. Now, with the Inheritance Fan Book, those fans have a resource in the form of an A-to-Z almanac, where they can find everything they ever wanted to know about this fascinating world.  From Arya to Zar'roc, this is an exhaustive encyclopedia about the land of the Inheritance cycle that also offers little-known facts gleaned from dozens of interviews with Christopher Paolini.
 
Did you know . . .
-that Helgrind, the den of the Raz'ac, is based on a real rock formation?
-that Saphira's blue-tinted vision was inspired by Paolini's own color blindness?
-that the Broddrings are the original humans who traveled to Alagaësia with King Palancar?
 
A must-have book for every Inheritance fan!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Macauley is the creator of Shurtugal.com, a fan site covering Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance" series (Knopf). He has written a great deal about the books over the last few years and has compiled the information into a reference work. Although called an "Almanac," the volume is a simple A-to-Z directory of the characters, creatures, concepts, and places introduced in the books. Many of the listings under a name or word are simple definitions of 25 words or less; only a few dozen of them, such as "Dwarves" or "[Princess] Arya," are longer than a page. Among the names and places, Macauley drops bits of trivia, such as "Helgrind was inspired by Shiprock Peak in New Mexico." While it would not take long to find all of this information online, many true fans of Paolini's works will appreciate having it all in one place.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The creator of the first website for fans of Christopher Paolini's blockbuster "Inheritance" series, Macauley (who created the website when he was a teenaged fan of the teenaged author) offers a "compendium of knowledge and information from the known to the unknown," cataloging features of the characters, episodes, geography, demography, and other features of Paolini's imagined world. From A (Aberon, "the walled capital city of Surda") to Z (Zar'roc, "See DRAGON RIDER SWORDS"), readers will find an exhaustive collection of series trivia that should delight hard-core fans. Macauley draws on his friendship with Paolini to provide insider insights into the creation of the series such as: "nearly half of BRISINGR was written with an ink-dip pen" and "in the first draft of Book One, Eragon was named Kevin." At points readers may wish for more detail than is given: e.g., when they are told, "Angela's theorizing about the existence of toads and frogs in Eragon is based on a real incident with Paolini's sister," they might like know more about the incident; when they are told "Brom is named after an American fantasy artist," they might like to know more about that artist and his/her work. But they will certainly be getting three hundred well-filled pages to pore over, including a number of reproductions of Paolini's own early concept sketches for the series—enough to keep devoted readers of the series busy for a good long time. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375866722
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 700,237
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Macauley was inspired to start Shurtugal.com when he read Eragon in high school.  Shurtugal has since become the premier Inheritance cycle fan site and a major source of information for the online-fan community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    WTF

    Come on paphetic humans,, this is ****

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Alright and a good reference

    I did enjoy the culmination of knowledge arranged into alphabetical order footnoted by convenient links. It has some very interesting illustrations and facts about paolini's creative resources, but it is not insightful nor as revealing as the commercial review connotes. It is not a must have but it is most definitely nice to have if you haven't read the books in a while.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Recomended Read

    If Your into the Inheritance cycle then this is a must have, because it gives an insite to much to who's who in there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    disappointed - was expecting more

    as an almanac to a complex series I was expecting more. most entries said to go to other entries. maybe it should have waited till the last book was out so that it could have been more through without giving anything away.

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