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. . . .
"People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't" (Paolini, 1).
Eragon is about a young boy who finds a dragon egg in the forest and decides to keep it, sealing his fate and setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to the start of the greatest adventure of all.
The book opens with Eragon, young farmer of 15 years old, hunting in the Spine. We don't delay as he immediately finds himself in a magical situation - something to be wary of - and an explosion goes off, resulting in the apparition of a blue stone, as well as Eragon's decision to keep it.
Paolini's first novel is extensive - at 500 pages, I already knew I was getting into a deep story line and was honestly worried that I had potential to get lost. In reality, the story is very linear and easy to follow, while still being interesting and keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Eragon is the main character of this story. We follow him as he is pulled into this unknown life of adventure and violence. It's interesting to see his character arc, especially as it is linked to his dragon's growth and learning. I really enjoyed the link between Saphira and himself as we were able to learn his thoughts on certain things in a creative way.
Many of the characters were built in such a way that they could be expanded on greatly. I look forward to seeing if Paolini will spend time with characters such as Brom, Angela, Arya and Orik in the future. Each of the characters were very open ended and have real potential for so much more than the Inheritance series. I would love to see some spinoffs or prequels in the future.
I think it goes without saying that the theme for this novel is a bit overused, being along the lines of even a farm boy can become a big deal, however it didn't really bother me. A lot of the themes and messages came from either Brom's tales and advice, or Eragon's talks with his dragon Saphira. That made those talks so important to me as I read on.
I felt that the transitions between ideas were a bit sharp and sudden, taking me by surprise often. It didn't take me out of the story, but some were enough to make me conscious that I was reading rather than living it. Despite that, I think the novel was well crafted and very entertaining.
I love Paolini's work and I will always jump on anything new at the first chance I get. This novel is what introduced me to reading for fun when I was 10, and I will always hold it dear to my heart.
I look forward to reviewing the rest of the Inheritance series, and hopefully we get some new material soon to devour. I really loved Eragon, and all of the open ended characters that could lead to so many possibilities in the future. Paolini did a really great job with his first ever novel, and I commend him for it. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains rise on one side of Paradise Valley. Snowcapped most of the year, they inspired the fantastic scenery in the Inheritance Cycle.