One boy . . .
One dragon . . .
A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.
So Eragon is the boy, not the dragon–just so we’re clear. How it usually goes when I recommend this book:
My friend: “Hey, so I was wondering if you could reccomend a good dragon book to me.”
Me: “Sure. Have you heard about Eragon by Christopher Paolini? That’s a pretty cool one. It’s about–”
My friend: “Oh yeah, I’ve heard about that one. The blue stone one, right? Something about an empire..and a boy…I’ve always thought Eragon was such a cool name–especially for a dragon.”
Me: “Yeah, well, actually, Eragon is the boy–not the dragon.”
My friend: “Wait, seriously?”
And that’s how it goes, folks. Anyway, this is actually a really great dragon book. So is Dragon Keepers, but the review for that is coming up later. This is a great fiction/adventure/fantasy novel. Anyone who is a Lord of the Rings would truly have an appreciation for this book. I, personally, would give it four stars. It had a lot of a certain charisma and fantasy feel. I really love that about Christopher Paolini’s writing.
And really, what this book is about is Eragon finding his way as he learns what being a Rider, and dare I say being a hero, really means. One of the subtler things I liked about the writing is that when Paolini begins this story, his protagonist is clearly a boy even if by Alagaesian standards he’s only a year from manhood. By the end of the novel, though, Eragon is a man. The writing changes subtly to reflect this important change from beginning to end.
Eragon is literally finding his way too–the novel features a lot of long, perilous journeys and long, dangerous battles. All of which were good to read but did leave me burnt out when I finally made my way to the end of my paperback copy (on page 503). So this book is fairly long, as are all in the Inheritance series, but it was worth it for me. A genuinely enjoyable read with well-formed characters, a nice plotline and a well-though through adventure plot. To be honest, I think Christopher Paolini was too focused on the main characters. This series gets much better as it goes on. A good Fall read.
series: Inheritance Cycle
pg count for the paperback: 503