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The Inheritance Cycle
Release Date: April, 2005
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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 structure and the generally agreed-upon nature of dwarves, elves, dragons, and heroic warfare with magic swords. Eragon, a young farm boy, finds a marvelous blue stone in a mystical mountain place. Before he can trade it for food to get his family through the hard winter, it hatches a beautiful sapphire-blue dragon, a race thought to be extinct. Eragon bonds with the dragon, and when his family is killed by the marauding Ra'zac, he discovers that he is the last of the Dragon Riders, fated to play a decisive part in the coming war between the human but hidden Varden, dwarves, elves, the diabolical Shades and their neanderthal Urgalls, all pitted against and allied with each other and the evil King Galbatorix. Eragon and his dragon Saphira set out to find their role, growing in magic power and understanding of the complex political situation as they endure perilous travels and sudden battles, dire wounds, capture and escape. In spite of the engrossing action, this is not a book for the casual fantasy reader. There are 65 names of people, horses, and dragons to be remembered and lots of pseudo-Celtic places, magic words, and phrases in the Ancient Language as well as the speech of the dwarfs and the Urgalls. But the maps and glossaries help, and by the end, readers will be utterly dedicated and eager for the next book, Eldest. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell
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Posted by Anonymous on 5/23/2007
I love Eragon If you like fantasy adventure Books this book is definetly a good book to read!Eragon is a poor farm boy who lives with his uncle in a town called Caravahll.When Eragon finds a polished mysterious blue stone in the forest during a hunting trip he dosent know it will change his like forever.Soon eragon reavels a dragon hatchling that has been stolen from the empire. Eragon raises the dragon secretly and the two become inspirable.Overnight Eragon is transformed from poor peasent boy to noble dragon rider.Accompanied by the wise Storyteller Brom Eragon sets off with his noble steed dragon Sapphara to seek his destiny,Avenge the empire,And navagate Dark terraines and enimies that lurk through the empire. Dont miss a chance to read this thriller of a story.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/11/2006
Eragon is one of the best fantasy books I've ever read so far. It has all of the qualities of a fantasy book I look for. Compared to Harry Potter it has a great story line with a quick learning character. It has battles, magic, dragons, and monstrous creatures. Christopher Paolini is one of the best authors I've heard of, because he uses great imagery, awesome descriptions, and he keeps you intrigued through the whole book. I recommend this book to any fantasy lover adult, teen, or child. I do understand that this is one of the best accomplishments among someone of young age. So if you love fantasy or you just want a classic in motion take up Eragon.
Posted by H. Walsh on 10/26/2006
While filled with Fantasy Clichés Paolini is able to build sympathetic characters we care about. His characters are complex enough for adult readers without being too complex for younger readers. Although some of his segments drag they are few and far between and do not negatively affect the plot. If you find yourself bogged down feel free to skim a bit. In my opinion this is one of the better-written fantasy novels of the last five years. Surprising when you find it was written by a teen. Based on raw talent expect Paolini to be a force for years to come as his style, creativity and life experience mature.
Posted by Rebekka, High School Student on 4/18/2002
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!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/2/2002
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!