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.
Angel of Starlight, December 9, 2007 (view all comments by Angel of Starlight)
True though it is that Tolkien set the standard for modern fantasy, I have never encountered an author who borrowed so heavily from him as Paolini. Really, it is laughable that the publishers went ahead with this novel. Laughable, and also rather pathetic....
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naomi0040, November 23, 2007 (view all comments by naomi0040)
The plot was good and I liked how it twisted, but the book could have done with a little less tedious dialogue.Overall, the book was good...not great, but good.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In the first volume in Paolini's planned Inheritance trilogy, 15-year-old Eragon discovers an odd blue gemstone while exploring an infamous stretch of forest. It is a dragon egg, fated to hatch in his care. Eragon quickly develops a psychic connection with the female dragon that emerges, whom he names Saphira ('His emotions were completely open to her mind, and she understood him better than anyone else'). Eragon narrowly escapes doom with Saphira's help, but the uncle who raised him is killed, setting up a robust revenge/adventure tale. The scope quickly expands: Eragon turns out to be the first of a new generation of Riders, a lodge of legendary dragon-riding warriors killed by the evil King Galbatorix. As a result, he becomes the focal point in a war between Galbatorix's forces and the resistance efforts of the Varden. Paolini, who was 15 years old himself when he began this book, takes the near-archetypes of fantasy fiction and makes them fresh and enjoyable, chiefly through a crisp narrative and a likable hero. He carries a substantial Tolkien influence — fanciful spellings of geographical names, the use of landscape as character, as well as the scale and structure of the story itself. But his use of language dispenses with the floral, pastoral touch in favor of more direct prose. The likeness does not end there: the volume opens with a detailed map of Paolini's world, and ends with a glossary and pronunciation guide for his invented language. An auspicious beginning to both career and series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by The New York Time Book Review,
"An authentic work of great talent."
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"An impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[A] solid, sweeping epic fantasy..."
by Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,
"Paolini manages to combine his own characters with prototypical plot developments in relatively original ways, and makes up for all the scene-setting with a rousing battlefield payoff. That should be enough to satisfy the insatiable appetites of hardcore fantasy readers..."
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."
"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."
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."
"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."
"Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut."
This deluxe edition of Eragon includes an excerpt from Eldest, the next volume in the Inheritance trilogy; an exclusive foldout map of Alagaesia; never-before-seen art by the author depicting Zar'roc, Eragon's sword; and an expanded pronunciation guide to the Ancient and Dwarf languages.
Now in paperback!
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.
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