Author: Christopher Paolini
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)
Summary: When young 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 adopted family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon 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 inescapable destiny, magical forces, and powerful people. With only an ancient sword and the instruction of an old,mysterious, hermit storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a Emperor whose evil and power knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands….
My Review: Eragon is your average farm boy of Carvahall, that is, until he finds a mysterious blue stone in the forest. At first, he tries to sell it, but to no avail. No one will buy it. When it hatches a baby dragon, however, people become a bit more interested. Too interested. When Eragon’s uncle is murdered, and farm destroyed he realizes he must leave, if only to protect those left behind. What begins as a ‘simple’ quest for revenge, soon turns into much more and thousands of lives rest in his hands. Can Eragon do what is necessary to save Alagaesia? If not, many will die.
It took me a long time to finally pick up this book, but I’m really glad that I did. See, I watched the movie first, and frankly, I hated it. So, despite all my friends telling me it was amazing, it was really hard for me to pick up Eragon.
This book is a bit difficult to get into, and it took a while, but once I did, I really liked it! Paolini is an incredible author, and created a intriguing, believable, dangerous, high fantasy world. I love how much detail Paolini puts into his work, it really makes you feel like you’re there, fighting, side-by-side with young Eragon.
His characters were incredibly well-written, and you really grow to love them and feel as if you know them personally, and, well, I’m not going to spoil anything, but it gets pretty emotional in a couple scenes. This book, once it got started, was very-fast paced, and, all in all, quite an enjoyable read.
To Sum it up: Paolini masterfully wove many different aspects and feelings into this book, and I’m really looking forward to reading the second one! I would recommend this book for 11+.