Eragon (Inheritance Cycle Book #1) by Christopher Paolini

Title: Eragon
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Release Date: August 26, 2003
Other Titles in Series: Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance

Characters: 20/20
Plot: 20/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 99/100 or A+
Source: Borrowed from friend ๐Ÿ˜‰

Synopsis: 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 soon 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. . . .

Summary: Epic is a word I use for only a few select fantasies, of which Eragon is included. For several years, I overlooked this spectacular book, every once in a while eyeballing it but never opening its cover. But by the Gods I am glad to have finally tasted Christopher Paolini’s magic.

I started Eragon with reverence, due mainly in part to the respect my good friend Eddie expressed toward this book. He offered to let me borrow it, surprised I hadn’t already read it. I was too, after I began the first chapter. Eragon is a spectacular fantasy, worth of much commemoration. The sheer complexity of the world Christopher Paolini has built is reminiscent of J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

The characters he has constructed are tightly entwined with the plot he has woven out of ink. A beautiful world of magical creatures and sorcery awaits the reader who plans to devour this fantastic adventure. Eragon is a truly marvelous read that enthralled my imagination and immersed my consciousness. I highly recommend this novel to any lover of the genre and epic adventures. You will soon come to know the true meaning of veneration. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eragon is the first installment of the Inheritance Cycle. Don’t miss my review of the next in the series, Eldest.    

Paolini, Christopher. (2003) Eragon. United States: Alfred A. Knopf

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