J. FitzGerald McCurdy is the author of the international best-selling fantasy trilogy comprising: The Serpent’s Egg, The Burning Crown, and The Twisted Blade. Her second trilogy, The Mole Wars, met with similar success. The Fire Demons and The Black Pyramid will be followed by Guardians of Fire in 2009. McCurdy lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Roran: The Reluctant Hero
By J. FitzGerald McCurdy
from Secrets of the Dragon Riders
This is one essay from the anthology Secrets of the Dragon Riders
Millions of readers adore Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle: its earnest hero, its breathtaking battles and, of course, its awe-inspiring dragon Saphira. But there’s so much more to the series than meets the eye—and Secrets of the Dragon Riders, edited by today’s second hottest dragon-writer James A. Owen, shows readers what they’re missing.
Why might Roran be the real hero of the Inheritance Cycle? What does Paolini’s writing have in common with role-play games and modern action films? Are teenage writers judged more harshly than their adult counterparts? The YA authors in Secrets of the Dragon Riders—some of them no older than Paolini when he wrote Eragon—each take on a different aspect of the series to engage and entertain Paolini fans.
About the Author
James A. Owen is the author and illustrator of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica—which includes Here, There Be Dragons, The Search for the Red Dragon and The Indigo King—as well as the Starchild comic series. He lives and works in northeastern Arizona.