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THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Text copyright © 2011 by Christopher Paolini

Jacket art copyright © 2011 by John Jude Palencar

Illustrations on endpapers,this page ,this page copyright © 2002 by Christopher Paolini All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Page 6

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