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Alfred A. Knopf, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 503 pages
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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.

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The strengths were a good plot and so good characters. - Goodreads
The writing was terrible. - Goodreads
His prose is not delicious and artistic. - Goodreads
The writing of the story isn't fresh. - Goodreads
The plot was wonderful. - Walmart
I was writing, mostly poetry. - Goodreads

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User Review  - gfurth - LibraryThing

This book is so exciting and full of adventure! It is the story of Eragon from the country Alagaësia. He is a simple farm boy who makes a magical discovery, a stone that one day hatches into a dragon ... Read full review

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User Review  - mdconway - LibraryThing

Having started writing at age fifteen and published by age nineteen, Christopher Paolini is a legend among many in the literary world--well, at least in my opinion. At 730 page (mass market paper ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

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 cycle, became instant New York Times bestsellers. Christopher is currently at work on Brisingr, the third volume in the cycle. He lives in Montana, where the dramatic landscape feeds his visions of Alagaësia.

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