Eragon, Roran, and Saphira rescue Roran's betrothed, Katrina, who is held prisoner at Helgrind, the dwelling place of the Ra'zac. Eragon also finds Sloan, Katrina's imprisoned father and a traitor to Carvahall. While Saphira, Roran and Katrina return to the Varden, Eragon slays the remaining Ra'zac. Using Sloan's true name (discovered by accident), Eragon commands him to travel towards the Elves' domain before returning to the Varden himself. Meanwhile, Arya finds Eragon in a town named Eastcroft, and together, they return to the Varden. At the Varden's camp, Eragon reverses the curse he accidentally set upon Elva and repays small debts, and settles other minor affairs. Thus, the subtitle, The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular.
Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn, attack the Varden shortly after Eragon's return, but Elven spell-casters, sent by the Elven Queen Islanzadi aid Eragon and Saphira, forcing Murtagh to flee. After the fight, Roran marries Katrina. Nasuada then orders Eragon to attend the election of the new dwarf king, insisting Saphira stay behind. Among the dwarves, Eragon is reunited with Orik, who is now the chief of his clan, Dûrgrimst Ingeitum. An unsuccessful attempt to kill Eragon is found to be the work of the clan Az Sweldn rak Anhûin. Orik successfully forces Az Sweldn rak Anhûin into exile. Having won the trust of the dwarves, Orik is elected the new dwarf king. At Orik's coronation, Saphira mends Isidar Mithrim, which Arya had shattered while rescuing Eragon from Durza.
Eragon and Saphira go to Ellesméra to continue their training. There, Oromis and Glaedr reveal that Brom, not Morzan, is Eragon's father. Oromis also reveals the source of Galbatorix's power: Galbatorix controls hundreds of Eldunarí, or the Heart of Hearts, which preserve Dragons' consciousnesses until destroyed, even after the Dragon's physical demise. Though a Dragon cannot physically exist through its Eldunarí, a dragon could still channel its energy into the bearer of the heart, and also impart its knowledge and wisdom. Eragon then visits an Elven blacksmith, Rhunön, who helps forge Eragon a new sword, which he names Brisingr, using the substance brightsteel found under the Menoa Tree. Whenever Eragon says the name Brisingr his sword ignites in blue flames, just like when Saphira breathes fire. Before Eragon and Saphira set off to return to the Varden, Oromis says that the time has come to openly oppose Galbatorix alongside Islanzadí. Glaedr gives his Eldunarí to Eragon and Saphira before they part.
Meanwhile, after marrying Katrina, Roran is sent on various missions as part of the Varden's military. One of his targets, a convoy of the empire's supply wagons, was guarded by soldiers who feel no pain, and Roran's unit suffers extreme casualties. Only nine return to the Varden, and the commander is replaced after losing his hand. Later on, on a mission to take back one of the Surdan cities, the new commander's plan almost kills the soldiers, but Roran takes over and gives new orders. Despite saving the mission, and killing one hundred and ninety-three men on his own, Roran is charged with insubordination, and is relieved of his duties. When they arrive back at the Varden, Nasuada promotes Roran to commander and sends him on another mission. When he returns he joins the siege of the city of Feinster.
Eragon and Saphira return to the Varden in the midst of the siege of Feinster. Eragon and Arya find the leader of the city, Lady Lorana, but discover that her three magicians are attempting to create a Shade. While racing to kill the magicians, Eragon passes out as Glaedr's Eldunarí shows Oromis and Murtagh fighting near the city of Gil'ead. Galbatorix takes control of Murtagh as Oromis suffers a seizure, and Eragon watches as Oromis is slain by Murtagh. Glaedr furiously charges at Thorn, who evades and kills him. Eragon regains consciousness, and he helps Arya kill the Shade, much like Arya did in Farthen Dur. After the successful siege, Eragon tells Nasuada and Arya about Oromis and Glaedr. Nasuada then tells Eragon that the Varden plan to march to Belatona, then to Dras-Leona, and finally to Urû'baen, where they plan to kill Galbatorix.
About the Author Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini (born November 17, 1983 in Southern California) is an American writer. He is best known as the author of the Inheritance Cycle, which consists of the books Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and an as yet untitled fourth book. He lives in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he wrote his first book.
Christopher Paolini was raised in the Paradise Valley, Montana area. His family members include his parents, Kenneth Paolini and Talita Hodgkinson, and his sister, Angela Paolini. Home schooled for the duration of his education, Paolini graduated from high school at the age of 15 through a set of accredited correspondence courses from American School of Correspondence in Lansing, Illinois. Following graduation, he started his work on what would become the novel Eragon the first of a series, set in the mythical land of Alagaësia. In 2002, Eragon was published by Paolini International LLC, Paolini's parents' company. To promote the book, Paolini toured over 135 schools and libraries, discussing reading and writing, all the while dressed in "a medieval costume of red shirt, billowy black pants, lace-up boots, and a jaunty black cap." Paolini created the cover art for the first edition of Eragon, which featured Saphira's eye. He also drew the maps on the inside covers of his books.
In Summer 2002, the stepson of author Carl Hiaasen found Eragon in a bookstore and loved it, and Hiaasen brought it to the attention of his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. Knopf subsequently made an offer to publish Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance cycle. The second edition of Eragon was published by Knopf in August 2003. At the age of nineteen, Paolini became a New York Times bestselling author. Eragon has since been adapted into a film of the same name. Paolini's essay "It All Began with Books" was included in the April 2005 anthology Guys Write for Guys Read.
After an extensive United States and United Kingdom tour for Eragon that lasted into 2004, Christopher began writing his second book, Eldest, which continues the adventures of Eragon and the dragon Saphira. Upon publication of Eldest in August 2005, Christopher toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy
Eldest, the sequel to Eragon, was released August 23, 2005. The third book in the cycle, Brisingr, was released on September 20, 2008. Although the Inheritance Cycle was planned as a trilogy, the details for Brisingr had to be expanded to include a fourth book which has yet to be titled. Paolini's literary inspirations include the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, E. R. Eddison and the epic poem Beowulf. Paolini said that Eragon was "specifically inspired" by the work of Bruce Coville. Other literary influences include David Eddings, Andre Norton, Brian Jacques, Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist, Mervyn Peake, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Frank Herbert. Other favorite authors include Jane Yolen, Philip Pullman, and Garth Nix.
Nature influences much of Paolini's writing. In a three-way interview with Philip Pullman and Tamora Pierce, Paolini said that Paradise Valley, Montana is "one of the main sources" of his inspiration. In the book Eldest, Paolini described his Elves as vegetarians. When asked about his own diet, Paolini answered, "No, I am not vegetarian, although I lean in that direction." In the acknowledgments of Brisingr, Paolini acknowledged the influence of Leon and Hiroko Kapp's The Craft of the Japanese Sword for his description of the forging of Eragon's sword. Additionally, Paolini admitted he is a Doctor Who fan, which inspired his reference to the "lonely god" (the epithet given to the Doctor by the Face of Boe in season 2, episode 1, "New Earth").
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