Jan 30



Part 1 of the Inheritance Cycle

by Christopher Paolini

Fiction / Fantasy / Teenage or Adult Fiction
First Published in 2002
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
New York Times Best Seller

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Book Synopsis:

A poor farm boy counts himself lucky when he stumbles upon a shiny blue stone. But little does Eragon realize that his find is actually a rare dragon’s egg. He has chanced upon a legacy as old as the Empire.

Eragon’s simple life is turned upside down as he is plunged into an unknown world of dragons, magic, destiny and power. Eragon has to leave all that is familiar and find his way through the Empire ruled by the evil king.

With the future of the empire resting in their hands, Eragon and his young dragon must step up to the challenge and the live up to the legend of the Dragon Riders.

My Book Review:

I was amazed to find out that Christopher Paolini began writing Eragon when he was 15 years old.

Paolini’s clear use of language and his precise descriptions of the landscape, fight sequences and emotions are simple yet (without insulting the capabilities of teenagers) sophisticated for the writing of a 15 year old. What an ambitious and exciting task for Paolini to have embarked on!

I enjoyed reading Eragon whilst on holiday in Bali. It’s perfect for pool-side and bedtime reading. Eragon is the first part of the Inheritance Cycle trilogy and I have yet to read Eldest or Brisingr.

It’s strange how fictitious beings like elves and dwarves have come to be so formed in our minds, from books like Tolkein’s The Lord of The Rings and Raymond E. Feist’s Magician: Apprentice, that once the word ‘elf’ is mentioned we know exactly what it entails: pointy ears, magical powers, ethereal, mysterious…And dwarves are obviously short and carry hammers. In this sense, Alagaësia, the world in which Eragon is set, is familiar. When I was reading Eragon, I felt like I had visited his world before. However, I did find the dragons and the politics of the land new and fresh (especially the telepathic communication between dragon and rider).

Although this is a fun fantasy book with much adventure – dragons, magic, and a hidden legacy, traveling across vast deserts and fighting cruel enemies – oddly, it seemed like not much actually happened. I know this is totally untrue, but the feeling I got while reading was that the true events hadn’t started yet. This was just the set up. I think what contributed to this feeling of occasional monotony in the book was that Eragon got into so many scrapes during the course of their long journey that, for me, they eventually started melding a little into each other.

I guess this is my frustration with some trilogies. You get to the end of the first two parts but you don’t feel the satisfaction of an ending, because you are only in the middle of the adventure. Trilogies are like one really really long book. I get so hungry to find out what happens next that I can’t read fast enough!

So, my conclusion is, I can’t complete this book review, nor do the series any justice, without finishing both Eldest and Brisingr. Till then…

x Julie

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  1. Mitch says:

    Hi Julie, have you completed Eldest and Brisingr yet?

    • juliewee says:

      Hi Mitch,
      No, not yet, I got distracted by other books. I will get onto reading them soon though. They are sitting on my shelf calling to me!