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Friday, December 18, 2009

Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia by Christopher Paolini

Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia by Christopher Paolini 4 of 5 stars.

From the creators of the bestselling books Dragonology, Egyptology, Piratelogy, and others, this is a never-before-seen glimpse into the world of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle. Alagaësia comes alive in a lush and detailed look at an unforgettable magical land. From elves, dwarves, Urgals, humans, and dragons, to the natural landscape and the magic it contains, Eragon himself offers the reader an unsurpassed tour. This oversized, full-color book provides 15 spreads chock full of spectacular artwork, engaging novelty elements, and fascinating insights into Eragon’s home. With gorgeous jewels adorning the cover and pages filled with envelopes, gatefolds, samples of dragon skin, and more, Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia is sure to appeal to the legions of fans of Christopher Paolini’s bestselling Inheritance cycle.

When I got Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia in the mail I was thrilled! It is a sapphire blue hardcover book that looks and feels like it is bound in “dragon skin”. I marveled at the beautiful pictures the book contained. My favorite of all would have to be the elves and the landscapes. While it is a beautiful and relatively informative book it verges on the corny side. Stuck in little packages on the different pages are paper flowers, “dragon knucklebones”, and other little things. You can feel a dragon’s wing (glitter), or a Fuldunost’s fur, which in all honesty reminds me of some little books my cousins had in preschool. Something about that just feels like they were trying to hard. This is a wonderful keepsake and a simply gorgeous book, but for a diehard Inheritance fan it might not seem much. On the other hand, I do think it could get younger readers interested in the exciting series by our much loved author Christopher Paolini. Overall, I enjoyed looking at it, and believe it is a nice collector’s item but doesn’t quite serve to satiate my thirst for CP’s thick and exciting prose.

For fans of: Inheritance Cycle


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