Eragon is the book I always wanted to read. It has wonder, awe, villains, and beauty. Not to mention dragons and magic! When I graduated from high school at fifteen, I was bored and looking for a project. So I started a trilogy! It took three years to finish this beast, but it was well worth the time.
My whole intent with Eragon was to capture the awestruck feeling I always have at the end of a great book or movie. I wanted it to be so that when you, the reader, set Eragon down, you can only say, "Wow!" And if you think I've succeeded, spread the word! Dance naked in the streets with Eragon! Anything to spread the word!
My favorite part of Eragon is the link between the hero, Eragon, and Saphira, the dragon. Saphira is wry, humorous, savage, and she loves Eragon utterly. And he her. Their relationship forms the central pillar of the story. As I wrote her, Saphira seduced me with her wit and intelligence. At times I felt she could see me, as if she were watching over my shoulder as I wrote the book. Talk about pressure to make it right!
I hope you enjoy my land of Alagaësia. It's as real and complex as our world, and perhaps a little bit nobler. If you've always dreamed of adventure, true love, and stunning vistas, then let me invite you into these pages. Only remember, it's much deeper than you think, or expect.
Katherine Stuart, January 28, 2009 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
This book is everything a good fantasy/fairy tale/epic should be. Our young hero has a lot of growing up to do – toughening of both the body and mind. A beautiful woman is in need of rescue. There are good guys, and bad guys and those who may be somewhere in between, and of course those we’re just not sure of yet. Fantastic cities have been built and there are the requisite fairy tale creatures: elves, dwarves, a werecat, a dragon, magic and sorcery abound.
Paolini paces the work nicely and though his style lacks some maturity it does not drag the story down. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Horser8, October 15, 2008 (view all comments by Horser8)
all of the inhertance cycle is good personally i thought eragon was the best of the three but i havent read the third books so i dont know about brisingr
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reignofchaos_frozen_123, June 14, 2007 (view all comments by reignofchaos_frozen_123)
Ireally enjoyed the story and its very exciting. I read 252 pages in 6 days!! I love this story and I think that the author is an example, because his book is very good
and to be honest, this is the most wonderful book I have ever read. I would appreciate if you give an e-mail to contact him. I'M A BIG FAN!!!!!!!!! I was so envolved in the story that i felt bad when I heard his uncle has died and mostly Brom...
Please contact me.
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Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers -
"This first novel is dynamite; it makes a great read for the young adult in you. This is a classic 'sword and sorcery novel' with a boy, a dragon, and a sword. Paolini's book is a little reminiscent of other books you may have read, but his own voice comes through. And I believe his voice will only get clearer as the trilogy progresses."
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."
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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