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Paw Prints, Aug 11, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 754 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.

“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

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Eragon lives with his uncle and cousin in a modest farm house. They lead a simple, poor life until one day while hunting Eragon finds a jewel in the woods. When he attempts to sell it to get money to ... Read full review

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Audiobook narrated by Gerard Doyle From the book jacket: 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 ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California.  Aside from a few years in Anchorage, Alaska, he spent his entire life in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he still lives with his parents and younger sister, Angela. They have two pets, Otis, a black and white cat, and Annie, a frisky cocker/Australian shepherd mix.

Tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains rise on one side of the Paradise Valley.  Snowcapped most of the year, they inspired the fantastic scenery in Eragon.  A few years ago, Christopher hiked to the top of one peak and could see the Grand Teton mountain range, 100 miles to the south.

Christopher was homeschooled by his parents.  He often wrote short stories and poems in attempt to put his thoughts into words.  He made frequent trips to the library and read widely.  Some of his favorite books were Bruce Coville's Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, Frank Herbert's Dune, Raymond E. Feist's Magician, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, as well as books by Anne McCaffrey, Jane Yolen, Brian Jacques, E. R. Eddison, David Eddings, and Ursula Le Guin.

Christopher grew up listening to a variety of music, but classical music fired his imagination and helped him write.  He often listened to Mahler, Beethoven, and Wagner while writing Eragon.  The final battle of Eragon was written while listening to “Carmina Burana,” by Carl Orff.

The story of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher's love for the magic of stories led him to craft a novel that he would enjoy reading. The project began as a hobby; he never intended to be published.  He took a month to plot out the entire trilogy, then sat on the sofa and began writing in a notebook.  When he reached sixty pages, he gained enough confidence to transfer his work to his Macintosh computer, where most of Eragon was written, although he sometimes found that the story flowed better when he wrote by hand.  All the characters in Eragon are from Christopher's imagination except Angela the herbalist, who is loosely based on his sister.

It took him a year to write the first draft of Eragon. He took a second year to revise the book and then gave it to his parents to read.  The family decided to self-publish the book and so a third year was spent with another round of edits, designing a cover, typesetting the manuscript, and creating marketing materials.  During this time Christopher drew the map for Eragon, as well as the dragon eye that appears inside the hardcover edition.  Finally, the manuscript was sent to press, and the first books arrived.

The Paolini family spent the next year promoting the book themselves.  Beginning with presentations at the local library and high school, they then traveled across the U.S.  In all, Christopher gave over 135 presentations at libraries, bookstores, and schools in 2002 and early 2003.  He did most of the presentations dressed in a medieval costume of red shirt, billowy black pants, lace-up boots, and a jaunty black cap.

In summer 2002, author Carl Hiaasen, whose stepson had bought and devoured a copy of the self-published book while on vacation in Montana, brought Eragon to the attention of his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, who subsequently acquired the rights to publish Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance trilogy.

Once the trilogy is completed, Christopher plans to take a long vacation, when he will ponder which of his many story ideas he will write next.

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