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The book, Macauley's project for the past two years, was published by Random House. It styles itself "an A-Z guide to the world of Eragon". The cover design features Shruikan (the only modern dragon not to have been previously depicted on a book cover) against a blue background. Material is taken from Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Eragon's Guide to Alagaësia, the Inheritance chapter King Cat and online interviews.
The book begins with a foreword by Mike Macauley which discusses the publication history of the Cycle and explains Macauley's motivation for creating the Almanac. The main text comprises an encyclopedic guide to the Cycle, interpersed with greyscale illustrations (many from Eragon's Guide to Alagaësia and Alagaesia.com) and photographs illustrating both the world of the Cycle and displaying some of Christopher Paolini's inspirations. Additional notes discuss references to other works in the Cycle and explore its origins. An appendix provides lists of Dragons and Riders, Dwarf clans, Elf families, mountains, residents of Carvahall, rivers and lakes. This forms a quick reference for much of the material not explicitly mentioned in the main text.
Shurtugal.com hosted a companion "Making of" feature centered on the production of the Almanac.
Page numbers refer to the paperback edition.
- Page 23: On the entry for Beloth the Wise/Belt of Beloth the Wise the word "belt" is excised in one instance.
- Page 30: Under the entry for "Brand", Risthart is rendered as "Rishart".
- Page 81: The entry Formora and the following entry on The Forsworn both refer to Formora as "Formosa".
- Page 127: Luthivíra is rendered as "Lithivíra" in the title of its entry.
- Page 154: The human Quoth Merrinsson is described as a "dwarf chef", though this could refer simply to his short stature.
- Page 200: Under the entry for "Varden", the name Deynor is rendered as "Deynon".
Mike Macauley has stated that he "always envisioned" a second, updated edition with information from Inheritance.