Sillyhead, February 16, 2007 (view all comments by Sillyhead)
This book took too long to get where it was going, though it impressed me a great deal as a first book by a very young writer. Now that I have read many fantasy genre books, I am disappointed to see how much of this, and even more of his second book, ELDEST, were outright plagerism (only the names have been changed, and at that, not much) taken directly from Star Wars by way of LOTR. Save your money. Go for something original, without a powerhouse machine set up to push it. I highly recommend FABLEHAVEN by Brandon Mull. It has had virtually no press or push, (a small publishing house) but is a far better read.
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my name is jonas, January 11, 2007 (view all comments by my name is jonas)
This was a great book. Actually, I listened to the unabridged book on tape (first time i've ever done that) and found it thoroughly enchanting. I looked forward to it every time I got in the car. I read it again much later, and while I still enjoyed it, it's not the best fantasy novel I've ever read (i.e. it's not LOTR). But, for a 15 year old, the writing is very good. The sequal (Eldest) is better than Eragon and I will be very curious to see how Paolini finishes out the series.
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mcknight689, January 10, 2007 (view all comments by mcknight689)
This book was just as good as any of the Wheel Of Time books, it pulled me in from the start. I liked the fact that Eragon thought he would always be afarmboy, but he found Saphira's Egg and thought that it was a rock. I also like that Brom was a dragon rider the whole time, but didn't reveal it to Eragon until the very end. The Ra'zac in the story present a threat now and again, but Murtaugh finally shows and saves them. The visions that Eragon kept having of Arya are ironic to me. he thinks he is seeing the girl of his dreams, but he is seeing a girl that he most likely won't get.
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Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers -
by Publishers Weekly,
"[An] impressive epic fantasy....[Paolini's] use of language dispenses with the floral, pastoral touch in favor of more direct prose....An auspicious beginning to both career and series."
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"An impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish."
by Midwest Book Review,
"[A] vigorously written high fantasy epic....Legacies etched in stars and dreams guide his steps in this enchanting adventure. Eragon is highly recommended for dedicated fantasy enthusiasts."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[A] solid, sweeping epic fantasy..."
by School Library Journal,
"The empathetic characters and interesting plot twists will appeal to the legions of readers who have been captivated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy and are looking for more books like it."
"A promising new author finds his literary legs in this engaging story....Overwritten action sequences and occasionally forced dialogue do not detract too much from the interesting and entertaining tale."
"Paolini takes a little Tolkien, a little McCaffrey, a coming-of-age quest, and combines them with some wicked good storytelling....Fantasy buffs will find themselves immersed in a world of magic and sword fighting...eagerly awaiting Book Two."
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy — until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power.
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy— until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save— or destroy— the Empire.
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 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...
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