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 wonderful Antonia bought me the Inheritance Cycle for this past Christmas and we have spent most of this year attempting to buddy read them. I finally finished the final book last month. I requested the new novella, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm from my library so that I could finally say that I’ve completed all of the books in this world.
I think this novella was fun but a little too short. I enjoyed all three parts. In the first, we get to see Eragon struggling with the menial duties of being in charge. But he gets help from the Eldunari and I thought that story was fun. Next, we see Angela collects the girl that Eragon tried to bless, but didn’t use the right words. We finally get to learn a little bit more about Angela, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted more from her chapters. I wish it was a little bit longer. I just want Angela’s whole book. The final part of this novella was Eragon listening to a story told by one of the Urgal. I thought the story was beyond interesting. It was a great story that really gave us a piece of the Urgal’s history that we didn’t previously know.
Overall, this was a fun story. I enjoyed being back in the world that I’ve come to love (though later than most people). It was over too quickly. I enjoyed each of the stories but was left wanting just a little bit more. If you read and loved the Inheritance Cycle, you’ll love this short trip back into Alagaësia.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.