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· 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

New magic and new threats take flight in the second book of the Inheritance Cycle, perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings! This New York Times bestselling series 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. Now Eragon must travel to Ellésmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. 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.

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

Features interlocking art that reveals an image across the spines of all four books! And don’t miss the most recent book set in Eragon's world, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia!

"Christopher Paolini is a true rarity." —The Washington Post

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Praise for The Inheritance Cycle:

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A #1 USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

"An authentic work of great talent." —New York Times Book Review

“The new ‘It’ book of children’s lit.” –U.S. News & World Report

"Paolini is a spellbinding fantasy writer." —The Boston Globe

"A breathtaking and unheard of success." —USA Today

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic.” –People

“Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.”—Booklist, Starred

“Will appeal to legions of readers who have been captivated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy.”—School Library Journal

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"Fans of the first volume will find...a wealth of descriptive detail, mythic archetypes and prolonged battle sequences" —Publisher's Weekly

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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 inspired him to write the Inheritance Cycle, which quickly became an internationally bestselling series. He began the first draft of the introductory book in the series, Eragon, at age fifteen. Christopher draws inspiration for the world of Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, from the natural beauty that surrounds his home in Montana: the tumultuous weather, the roaring Yellowstone River, and the soaring Beartooth Mountains. Find out more about Christopher and the Inheritance Cycle at paolini.net.

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