Blurb (as on Goodreads):
A wanderer and a cursed child. Spells and magic. And dragons, of course.
Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia. It’s been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective. This volume features three original stories set in Alagaësia, interspersed with scenes from Eragon’s own unfolding adventure. Included is an excerpt from the memoir of the unforgettable witch and fortune-teller Angela the herbalist . . . penned by Angela Paolini, the inspiration for the character, herself! Relish the incomparable imagination of Christopher Paolini in this thrilling new collection of stories based in the world of the Inheritance Cycle.
In 2017, I got myself a copy of Eragon because I wanted to read about Dragons. But I haven’t read it yet (typical, I know). So when Penguin India asked me if they could send me this book for review, I grabbed the opportunity.
This review isn’t about how the book fits into the series, because honestly, I have no idea. But it did tell me a lot about Paolini’s writing. The book is divided into three sections and Paolini made it clear that he had written these stories here and there but could never really put it in the form of a full-fledged novel.
I loved the characters in this collection. Eragon is brave and charming, the dragons are mystical and quite the way I want them to be- ferocious and beautiful (do they like being called beautiful?) The stories are mostly about small adventures and folklore writing the Inheritance cycle. The writing was a mixture of good and bad, few paragraphs felt dry and unnecessary. But overall, the book kept me glued to the pages and that is very important to me as a reader.
This collection makes me feel positive about The Inheritance Cycle which I am planning to start sometime this year. I would love to know your thoughts about this series so, talk to me in comments sections.