Review: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The fantasy novel, Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, tells the enthralling story of a boy called Eragon and a dragon.

While hunting for food in the dangerous Spine Mountains, a poor farm boy, Eragon happens upon of a beautiful, large, blue stone. Hoping that the stone will pay for food, Eragon takes the stone with him back to Carvahall.

Eragon successfully obtains food, but fails to sell the stone. He decides to keep the stone until the traders come to Carvahall, thinking they might purchase the stone. But when a buyer cannot gauge the value of Eragon’s stone, Eragon continues to keep the stone.

During the evening, an old storyteller called Brom tells the story of the legendary, extinct Dragon Riders who used to rule the lands. Stories of what his world was like before the tyrannical King Galbatorix have always intrigued Eragon, who listens intently to Brom’s stories.

In the middle of the night, a peculiar sound from the blue stone awakens Eragon. Eragon tip-toes to the stone and discovers that it’s actually a dragon egg. Now that the dragon has chosen him and hatched for him, there is no turning back.

He is now a Dragon Rider from the stories.

Eragon is the first book of a four-book series (The Inheritance Cycle) and it was amazing. The story moved fast enough to maintain suspense, but slow enough so you could understand the story. The protagonists gained your sympathy and support. Eragon’s world was also well-developed and the book bore a resemblance to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Rating: Read It!

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