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The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

Tales from Alagaësia Volume 1: Eragon
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Series: Tales from Alagaesia, Book 1, Inheritance Cycle, Book 4.5
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini.

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.

©2019 Christopher Paolini, John Jude Palencar (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Great

This book is fantastic.it's great to return to this series. Gerard Doyle is a great narrator and Paolini a superb author

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Enjoyable set of stories

I really enjoyed listening to this, and I have been inspired to reread the original stories.

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Good but shallow

As always Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator and it was great to listen to the tales of the amazing characters created by Christopher in the Inheritance cycle. However, the story lacked depth and seemed to skim along the surface of events. I look forward to future stories.

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Over all really good and long awaited

Really enjoyed it, it’s different from the usual and I can’t wait for number two.

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Not as good

I really want another book! I really do like it but it was so short! Please make another one

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Amazing Book

I love this book and the series written before it I generally love this world and series please write more books I thoroughly enjoyed this and it was I great way to come back into the world thank you!😄

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Bring back kerry shale

I love the inheritance cycle but please please please bring back kerry shale as the narrator

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okay

it's an okay story nothing compared with the original series just feels a bit lost in its self

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disappointed

I love the inheritance series and picked this up to see what happened next. I was lost on the mini-stories and hoped it would tie off 1 or 2 main characters, not what felt like bits and pieces. it's a shame there is not a continuation of Eragon's next steps.

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Great Book! Perfect for Inheritance Cycle Fans

An excellent continuation of the World of Alagaësia. Though the story picks up not long after the Inheritance Cycle ended and has many characters from the original Cycle, it does not feel like Paolini changed his mind about finishing the Inheritance Cycle where he did and decided to just keep writing. Rather The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm comes across as a brand new adventure. Yes, you almost certainly need to have read the Inheritance Cycle to be able to fully appreciate this book, but it does stand on its own and feels like a new chapter in the world of Alagaësia with many potential avenues to pursue and discover how they interweave as the story unfolds.
I particularly like the stylistic setup or the medium in which the Paolini’s choose to engage with the various storylines. Because everything was not solely present-first-person in nature (as the inheritance cycle books were) it meant that the narrative could smoothly jump between storylines, bringing in history to explain/expand our engagement as readers, and alter the tone of the particular chapter depending on what part of the world was being covered. It gives the book an enjoyable variety.
The story looses 1 star, simply because by the end of it everything felt a little disjointed. While I understand that this is just the beginning of a set of books (trilogy, cycle, saga, whatever it turns into), it left me unsatisfied as each of the four storylines broached in this book where only barely introduced and left many questions. And while being left wanting more is a good thing, I also think a bit more substance would have given the book that rounder feel, rather than just a collection of short stories. Nonetheless, if the Paolini’s continue to publish books like this one consistently, I suppose my unsatisfied feelings would be sated. I have similar thoughts about Andrzej Sapkowski’s books though, which could mean I am just impatient, so take that as you will.
Overall, an excellent read (listen).

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  • Seif
  • 03-01-19

A very good hold over until another book is made

This book is extremely entertaining and filled with amazing new tales. If you enjoy the Inheritance Cycle you'll enjoy this. My only complaint is after getting use to the way the reader voices characters in the main series to have him suddenly change it in this is slightly offputting. But even so still a great story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Good listen

It was fun to firther follow the story of Eragon, and the writing was a good listen

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 18-04-19

What a disappointment after the long wait!

A horrible incoherent rambling. I only managed to get 3/4 through this book before my utter disappointment drove me to put it down and stop listening as to not continue to foul my mood. I'm an extremely big fan of the Inheritance cycle books and read the whole cycle through at least 5 times and enjoyed the story and quality of writing every time.
However, after the wait of 7 years to be presented with this... Rather keep quiet until another quality work kan be published than to do this, and loose the confidence and support of you fan-base.

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