Series: Tales From Algaesia #1
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: 1st January 2019
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Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
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.
The Inheritance Cycle is a series that is very close to my heart. I read it multiple times growing up and I have long been awaiting more books from Christopher Paolini. I was so surprised and excited to find out that we would be returning to Alagaesia with this beautiful collection of short stories. After reading just a few pages I felt immediately transported into this world that I loved so much as a child. I honestly never wanted to stop reading.
The book is divided up into three parts (the fork, the witch and the worm), with the second part of the book being a memoir of the witch Angela. This part was particularly intriguing because it was written by Angela Paolini who was the inspiration for that character in the original books.
I enjoyed all three parts of the book and it was wonderful to catch glimpses and hear more about characters that I already adored so much. Each story provides a really unique perspective – The Fork follows a child narrator, The Witch Angela’s own memoir and my personal favourite The Worm is a tale told from the perspective of an Urgal. These stories are really memorable and are a wonderful addition to this much loved series.
The stories are beautifully written and really transport you to this magical setting that fans of Eragon will know and love. Finding out what Eragon and Saphira have been up to since the Inheritance finished was also fascinating and if you’re a fan of the books then this is definitely not to be missed. The mix of old and new characters really brought the story back to life for me and I am honestly just dying for more from Christopher Paolini already.