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Eragon: Inheritance, Book I
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0375826688
ISBN-13: 9780375826689
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August, 2003
Length: 528 Pages
Weight: 1.58 pounds
Dimensions: 9.13 X 6.57 X 1.11 inches
Language: English
   
   

Eragon: Inheritance, Book I

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Here's a great big fantasy that you can pull over your head like a comfy old sweater and disappear into for a whole weekend. Christopher Paolini began Eragon when he was just 15, and the book shows the influence of Tolkien, of course, but also Terry Brooks, Anne McCaffrey, and perhaps even Wagner in its traditional quest structur...
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  Simply Amazing

Let me say this right now--whoever reads this book will be amazed by it. Not by the young age the author was when he wrote it, but by the fact that it is as good as (or better than) any other modern fantasy book on the market today. The world that Christopher Paolini has created is so absorbing that you won't be able to put this book down. His characters are complicated and very human. The story begins when a young man named Eragon, who is out hunting in a section of his country known as The Spine, discovers a dragon's egg. I really don't want to spoil the story for anyone who hasn't read the book, so I'm not going to say anything more about it. Paolini's beautiful use of the English language is complimented perfectly by his tremendous creative ability. Other than the use of some common fantasy creatures (elves, dwarves, dragons, etc.), this story is completely original. I never found myself complaining about the fact that I had read something like this a thousand times before because, well, I hadn't. Every chapter of this book is intelligently written, without even the slightest hint of monotony. I strongly recommend this book to everyone. Go buy it now. You won't regret it.
 
  Bedtime story

I purchased a signed copy of Eragon from the author at the Northwest Bookfest last month in Seattle. I was intruiged by this young man dressed in a Renaissance-era outfit. He was personable and talked me into getting a book. How could I not buy his book? It's not every day you meet an 18 year old who has a book published.

I read the first two chapters while eating at the Bookfest. I brought the book home and my children, 8 and 10, wanted to know what the book with the blue eye was. That night I read the first two chapters to them as their bedtime story. They wanted me to keep reading. Instead, I promised to read Eragon to them each night.

That was two weeks ago. I have held myself back from jumping ahead to find out what adventure Eragon, Brom, and Saphira have next, so I can read to the children their bedtime story.

Soft light shines into their bedroom while Eragon is read. The children never want me to stop reading. From dinnertime to bedtime, they constantly are asking when can we go upstairs to our bedroom to hear the next installment of Eragon.

The children are so taken with Eragon and Christopher Paolini, they ask questions about who he is, where he lives, what he eats, what color pen or pencil does he write with, does he use a computer? They never stop.

When I read to them at night, Eragon is a novel in technicolor. We all see the story in our mind's eye. I feel like I go about my daily business with an Eragon DVD inserted into my head.

I want to know how Eragon finishses, but we are savoring each chapter like fine wine. I love this book!

 
  A Definite Must Read!

Elves, dwarves, dragons, evil Urgals and terrifying shades, love, revenge, and adventure all wrapped up into one intricate tale of enchantment that leaves the reader breathless and wishing for more--this is Eragon, by Christopher Paolini.

Right away I was pulled in by the professional and artistic cover, the giant blue eye of the dragon Sapphira drawn by the author himself, and when I opened the book, I was not in the least disappointed. Once you pick this book up, you can't put it down. Immmediately you are swept off into the vast world of Algaesia and into the life of a young fifteen year old boy, Eragon; his path takes you to new and fascinating places filled with magic and mystical creatures.

I finished this book in three days--going to school full time and trying to stay awake after reading until one or two in the morning. I am sure I would have finished in a day if it hadn't been for school.

I would absolutely encourage spending the money to buy this book. You will be pleasingly surprised by his new, fresh style, as well as his deep understanding for the realm of fantasy and his apparent love for writing.

But be warned, this story is addicting!

 
  I wish I could write a novel this great!

I can't believe that people would rate this book so low! It's hands down the best book I've ever read; I like Eragon even more than Harry Potter! This book was incredible as soon as I started it. It was filled with rich details and a great character development. I just can't get enough! Bravo Cristopher Paoloni, for your wonderful use of fantasy, and I hope that people would consider buying Eragon for a wonderful read.
 
  Fun and Entertaining. Can't wait for the next book!

I should say up front that I gave this book 5 stars in part in reaction to the 1 star reviews which are simply overstating their cases. I can't say this is the best fantasy book I've read, but it was great fun. I can't go with the idea that there's nothing new. If a fantasy book doesn't have dragons, elves, and dwarves, I'm probably not going to be interested. Paolini's approach to the genre is a patient development of the characters while maintaining the pace and fun. If you have to criticize this book because perceived picky editorial snafus--well you're probably hopelessly mundane and thus you're probably not going to have fun with this book. However, if you like battles and swordfights and all that fun stuff--this book delivers the goods. I didn't learn about the backstory of this book until I was about half way through so I was even more impressed. I eagerly look forward to the next book along with, it appears, many other budding Paolini fans.