A New Adventure: Read Our Review of Murtagh by Christopher Paolini

A New Adventure: Read Our Review of Murtagh by Christopher Paolini

Master storyteller and internationally bestselling author Christopher Paolini returns to the World of Eragon in this stunning epic fantasy set after the events of The Inheritance Cycle series.

The world is no longer safe for the Dragon Rider Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn. An evil king has been toppled, and they are left to face the consequences of the reluctant role they played in his reign of terror.

Now they are hated and alone, exiled to the outskirts of society. Throughout the land, hushed voices whisper of brittle ground and a faint scent of brimstone in the air – and Murtagh senses that something wicked lurks in the shadows of Alagaësia. So begins an epic journey into lands both familiar and untravelled, where Murtagh and Thorn must use every weapon in their arsenal, from brains to brawn, to find and outwit a mysterious witch. A witch who is much more than she seems.

In this gripping novel starring one of the most popular characters from Christopher Paolini’s blockbuster Inheritance Cycle, a Dragon Rider must discover what he stands for in a world that has abandoned him. Murtagh is the perfect book to enter the World of Eragon for the first time… or to joyfully return.

I’ve been a fan of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle series ever since I read Eragon as a kid. I was thrilled when I heard that he was writing a new novel set in the same world, focusing on one of the most intriguing characters: Murtagh, the conflicted dragon rider who fought for both sides in the war against Galbatorix.

Murtagh is a standalone novel that takes place a year after the events of the Inheritance Cycle series. Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn, are living in exile, trying to escape from their past and find a new purpose in life. But when a mysterious threat emerges that could endanger the peace of Alagaësia, Murtagh must decide whether to remain hidden or to face his enemies and his own demons.

One of the things I loved most about this book is how Paolini delves deeper into Murtagh’s personality, motivations, and emotions. Murtagh is a complex and conflicted character, who has gone through a lot of suffering and manipulation in his life. He’s not your typical hero, but neither is he a villain. He’s a human being who makes mistakes, learns from them, and tries to do the right thing.

Paolini has done a remarkable job of expanding the lore and history of Alagaësia, introducing new cultures and characters. He also explores the psychological and emotional consequences of war, trauma, and betrayal, giving Murtagh a depth and complexity that makes him a compelling protagonist. Murtagh’s journey is full of twists and turns, surprises and revelations, and plenty of action and adventure.

Murtagh is a masterpiece of fantasy literature that will captivate you from the first page to the last. It is a thrilling adventure, a moving drama, and a profound exploration of the human condition. It is also a tribute to the fans of the Inheritance Cycle series, who have supported Paolini throughout his journey as a writer.

If you’re a fan of Paolini’s work, or if you are looking for an epic and engaging fantasy novel, you should definitely read Murtagh. You won’t regret it. We recommend it for children aged 12+.

Buy a copy of Murtagh here.

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Publisher details

Murtagh
Author
Christopher Paolini
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
07 November, 2023
ISBN
9780241651346

Synopsis

Recommended for ages 12+.

An epic new fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of ERAGON

Master storyteller and internationally bestselling author Christopher Paolini returns to the World of Eragon in this stunning epic fantasy set a year after the events of the Inheritance Cycle.

The world is no longer safe for the Dragon Rider Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn. An evil king has been toppled, and they are left to face the consequences of the reluctant role they played in his reign of terror.

Now they are hated and alone, exiled to the outskirts of society. Throughout the land, hushed voices whisper of brittle ground and a faint scent of brimstone in the air - and Murtagh senses that something wicked lurks in the shadows of Alagaësia. So begins an epic journey into lands both familiar and untravelled, where Murtagh and Thorn must use every weapon in their arsenal, from brains to brawn, to find and outwit a mysterious witch. A witch who is much more than she seems.

In this gripping novel starring one of the most popular characters from Christopher Paolini's blockbuster Inheritance Cycle, a Dragon Rider must discover what he stands for in a world that has abandoned him. Murtagh is the perfect book to enter the World of Eragon for the first time . . . or to joyfully return.

Christopher Paolini
About the author

Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini was educated at home by his parents. His abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen. He became a New York Times bestselling author at nineteen. Christopher lives in Montana, USA, where the dramatic landscape fed his vision of Alagaesia. He is at work on the final volume in the Inheritance trilogy.

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