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Inheritance, Book II
Written by Christopher PaoliniAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Christopher Paolini


· Knopf Books for Young Readers
· Hardcover · Ages 12 and up
· August 23, 2005 · $21.00 · 978-0-375-82670-2 (0-375-82670-X)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


Darkness falls…despair abounds…evil reigns…

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle–one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .


Praise for Eragon:
“Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that’s sure to flourish.” –Booklist, Starred
“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.” –People
“The new ‘It’ book of children’s lit.” –U.S. News & World Report
“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.” –Publishers Weekly

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Book Sense Book of the Year
A #1 Book Sense Selection

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NOMINEE 2005 - Disney Adventures Book Award
NOMINEE 2007 - Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
WINNER 2006 - Quill Award
SUBMITTED 2007 - Wisconsin Golden Archer Book Award
NOMINEE 2007 - Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award
NOMINEE - New York State Three Apples Award
NOMINEE - Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award
NOMINEE - Iowa High School Book Award

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

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.

You can find out more about Christopher and Inheritance at www.alagaesia.com.

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