Book Review: The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm

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Title: The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publication Date: 2018
Publishing House: Penguin Books

I read the Inheritance Cycle books starting in middle school and the last one, Inheritance, was released in 2011. I’ve known about The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm for a while but I hadn’t stumbled across it until recently. It was perfect timing as a new book set in the world of Alagaësia is set to be released later in 2023, Murtagh.


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!

This is a super short book, less than 300 pages and the font type is rather large. Point being, it is a short read. That being said. It is a fun jaunt into some of the non-war aspects of the world of Alagaësia. We get to see the start of the world after the fall of Galbatorix.

Paolini dives into the world where all the people may not be friends but they aren’t exactly enemies anymore either. All the races of the land work together and to their strengths. This books gives hints that there are more mysteries waiting to be uncovered.

I really love the stories inspired by Angela, Paolini’s sister. She is a wonderful inspiration for the mysterious herbalist that likes to pop up in Paolini’s books. The talk of the stars and how the universe works is beautiful.

I recommend this book for fans of dragons, for fans of Alagaësia, and for fans of Paolini’s writing. This book is – hopefully- a great segue into the next book. Happy reading!

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