Eragon – Christopher Paolini

Hi!

Eragon is a YA (borderline Middle Grade) high fantasy by Christopher Paolini. I give it 7.5 stars. I liked it. I didn’t absolutely love it, but I liked it. I recommend it to fans of the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix, and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

Summary (Goodreads): 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.

I only want to give this a non spoiler review, because I can say everything on my mind without giving any plot points away.

I have friends who love this book so much, and I have friends who can’t stand it. I can certainly see why. Eragon is a story with action, adventure and intriguing fantasy. Of course there will be people who fall in love with it, and that is the reason I liked it.

However, I also found problems with it. The writing wasn’t amazing. There were some scenes that ran a little long, and I realized my mind was wandering and I was missing important parts because of it. The scenes could have been shorter and more concise, and that would have kept my attention as a reader. Unfortunately, that was not the case. There were also many times when I was wondering what his specific goal was, or why he was doing certain things. These are the main reasons, I think, that many people dislike this. It is the reason I didn’t love it. I still liked it, for reasons mentioned above, but I did not love it. Do I still recommend it? Yes, for hardcore fantasy fans this is definitely worth giving a shot, you might fall in love with it.  But I think you need to be very into fantasy to enjoy this.

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