Ahhh. I hate to say anything disparaging about this book now that I know a 15 year old wrote it...but I have to say that I really struggled through this one. I thought to myself several times that the book seemed to be written by a teenage fanboy or an older someone trying desperately to mimic every classic fantasy novel in the last 50 years. It is impressive that a 15 year old was able to write this hefty book...and even more admirable that he was able to capture the imaginations of so many young people who read it. I suppose that since I'm in the minority, there's something I'm just not 'getting' about it...and that's okay. I root for the authors continued success. He's an inspiration, even if his book was less so for me.
I don't read a lot of this kind of fantasy , but I enjoyed it. It had all of the typical fantasy elements and likable characters.
This book has received much criticism for being too much like other works in it's genre, but isn't that true of almost anything? I don't know, like I said, I'm not really big into this sort of fantasy, so maybe to hard core Pern and LOTR's fans it doesn't measure up.
I enjoyed the story and I liked the sequel even better.
The moved sucked sweaty dragon balls, so don't even bother.
This book is, in my opinion, terribly over-rated. Don't get me wrong: it's not a bad book, but any avid reader of the fantasy/sci-fi genre will feel like they're watching an old re-run throughout the entire book. All the themes seemed tired out and over-used, and it really doesn't contribute much to the genre. Honestly, I think the success of this book can only be credited to it's similarities to Harry Potter, and thusly how it managed to ride it's coat tails to get a fan-base. It doesn't surprise me at all that the story comes from a fantasy Paolini had as a kid: I think any highly imaginative child could have come up with the same plot.
I started reading this book but I just could not get into it. I think I gave up after a couple of chapters in and I think that is the first time I've stopped reading a book. I'm not sure if I'll list it because I might want to go back and try it again, but we'll see.
Excellent book! Wonderful read for younger and older fantasy readers. This young writer has a long future ahead of him. It says something when a person who as a general rule doesn't read hard fantasy has become a fan of his.
I enjoyed this book. I found it easy to see what the characters were doing and I even cried when a character died in the book. I am looking forward to read the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone who looking for a good fantasy book.
Without the added press of the author being 17, I cannot see how this book was ever published. The writing is childish (as in, elementary school), the characters generally unlikeable, and the story unoriginal in every respect. That said, I did finish the book and read the next one to find out what happened.
A farm boy named Eragon finds a mysterious stone in the forbidden forest near his home. Assuming that it was just as it seems, a polished stone; he takes it home with him in hopes of a new futureâ¦ He was right.
Shortly after, he finds out that the stone holds many adventures and will change his world forever. When the baby dragon is born, his world is turned around and he finds himself with many responsibilities, a new life, and choices that will change the world.
This book is full of adventure, magic, humor, and battles. You feel as though you're in the story, and keep you wanting more. Recommend this book for anyone who loves Dragons, fantasies, and adventure.
A very well written book for a 15-year-old author. I hope that as Christopher Paolini matures as a writer he develops his own voice. Though entertaining and a fast read, Eragon is not very original. Paolini draws heavily upon the ideas of Tolkien, Terry Goodkind and Anne McCaffrey.
Absolutely fascinating world and quite believable. Yes, it is the typical young farm boy hero in over his head against the evil, tyrannical ruler, but the setting and the races are just atypical enough to be fascinating (elves more western than european for instance). Saphira (the dragon) is wonderful--a book to revisit often...this series begins here but before it ends, can easily stand tall next to Harry Potter and need not feel ashamed in the company of The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia.
I didn't finish this book--I found it very boring and was having to force myself to pick it up and read it. On the flip side, I read it for an online reading group and everyone else seemed to love it. I'm not sure what I was missing, but I don't want to torture myself anymore to find out.
This book was fun, and, for the first novel of a very young author, impressive. However, I found it too be too heavily steeped in LOTR and Star Wars, because many of the characters and situations are similar to that kind of story and world. A bit overly epic for my tastes as well.
This is the same review for all of the books in this series.
This book is part trilogy called the Inheritance Cycle although it must be pointed out that it's four books, not three and should be called a tetralogy. The books are (in order) called Eragon, Eldest, Brisinger and Inheritance. For best effect, read them in order as it is in part a coming of age story.
Our protagonist is Eragon -- a 15 year old boy -- and his dragon is Saphira and they struggle to overthrow the evil King. If you are in to these fictional fantasy books set in a world far away, this is one series you should definitely you should read.
I loved each book and I loved the rich characters, the clarity of the fight between good and evil, the variety of species who must work together, and the visions of glorious battles with dragons and their riders.
I'm a big fan of the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Star Wars, and these books rank right up there.
Horrible, horrible, horrible! This isn't inspired by Tolkien, it's a poor regurgitation of Tolkien. I appreciate that the author was very young when he wrote this and to have written a book that young is very impressive. However, it doesn't mean it should have been PUBLISHED. Go read the "Lord of the Rings".