Fair warning, don't take this review too seriously because I am SUPER biased about this book. As in, "this-book-introduced-me-to-'grown-up'-books-and-dragons-and-everything-that makes-my-heart-happy" biased. That doesn't mean it's not the best fantasy book you could ever read though. 😉
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Knopf Publishing
APC: 504 pages
Map in book: Yes
Epic battles and mythical creatures: Hell yeah
Favourite quote: "People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't." - Brom the Storyteller
I LOVE Eragon. It's the reason I love dragons and elves and giant fantasy maps and old grumpy men... well you get the point. The book is perfect for any age, and anyone who is against the killing of dragons.
Eragon follows a young boy (named, you guessed it, Eragon) through his journey of finding a dragon egg and becoming a Rider - when Riders have been extinct for as long as anyone can remember, wiped out by King Galbatorix. To see the official blurb, click here.
I really enjoy Paolini's writing style. He uses a well rounded vocabulary while still keeping the language comprehensible enough for young teens to follow.
Paolini's first novel is extensive - at 500 pages, it can be daunting to tackle. The story line is very linear and easy to follow, especially with the built in map. You don't need it to follow the story but it's interesting to see where and how the characters travel throughout the land.
Paolini has a way of really making you care about his characters. Brom the Storyteller, Saphira the dragon, Arya the elf. I could read book upon book on these characters alone! The book is definitely made to be able to take multiple different routes in terms of spin-offs, prequels, and sequels, which excites me.
If reading a huge 4 book series with books over 500 pages long is daunting to you, I would suggest picking up Eragon anyway and giving it a try. I think it could be enjoyed on its own despite some unanswered questions at the end.
To conclude, Eragon is great. It has everything you could want in a fantasy series: Elves, Dwarves, and Dragons, and new creatures like the Ra'zac, Urgals and Kull. It has great, detailed writing, and enough dialogue to keep you from getting bored. What more could you ask for?
I give Eragon 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐╰(*°▽°*)╯
Check out my review for Eldest here 👉🏻📖 (coming September 23)
B.O.O.K. Project Analysis
Writing Style - Paolini's writing style is narrative, with a lot of descriptive writing to describe scenes, locations, and events. The level of writing is more appropriate for older teens, however the story itself pertains to young adults.
Plot Structure - The exposition and inciting incident were standard. I found that the rising action events were plentiful and exciting, keeping people interested in the very long story. The long, action filled rising action was necessary due to the length of the novel.
Character development - The character development is very well done. The book stayed focused on Eragon's growth, as we got to see him go from a young farm boy to a strong, independent warrior. Saphira's growth followed with Eragon's, which solidified the theme of the story.
Worldbuilding - Worldbuilding is prominent in this novel. Every village is described in detail and a map is featured at the beginning of the book. Every scene is set with great description of surroundings and historical background so that the reader can get the most context.
Theme/Message - The theme of Eragon is friendship. Eragon and Saphira, his dragon, create an unbreakable bond that is tested and grown throughout the book. Eragon's relationship with Brom, as well as Brom's long friendship with Jeod both demonstrate the theme. Almost every relationship in this book revolves around friendship and its importance.
Stick around the blog to see me review the rest of the series, and much more!
Until then, read on.
~ Hayley's Reviews, xo