When Earagon finds a plished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. Little does he know it is a dragon egg and he will become the last of the dragon riders, destined to save the world. Filled with fantasy and imagination this is a very enjoyable book.
I actually saw the movie in the theater before I'd ever heard of the book. I thought that it translated so well to the screen that I was compelled to check out the book from my local library since books are usually so much better than their movie counterparts. I wasn't disappointed. I couldn't put it down. I was also very impressed by how young the author was when he wrote the book. I have since purchased a copy and added it to my permanent collection.
I will admit that my first attempt with Eldest did not capture my attention, but I recently checked it out from the library again and started over. For some reason, this time around I am totally hooked. I guess I just have to be in the mood for it.
I admit that it doesn't have fabulously intricate character and plot development like J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books where every tiny detail seems to have significance in later events. However, I still found it to be a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading future creations by this talented author.
This was a great story, and very formidable for such a young author. The book (ask usual) was soooo much better than the movie. A worthy, and entertaining read! (it'll make you want to follow the continuing story)
After I read someone else's criticisms of the book, I began to realize how often I'd gone "what?" or "but that doesn't make sense...well, okay, whatever" while I was reading it; in short, it's not worth the credit.
I heard this book was extremely popular so I bought it during one of my vacations. Needless to say, I was not very impressed. The characters failed to draw me in and the story is only so-so. I finished the book not even caring about what would happen in the sequel. Still, it's not absolutely terrible; it's just not all that great either.
This book is a part of a series. At no point must you think that most of the mysteries will be revealed by the end; nor must you think that any conflicts will be resolved, either. Personally, I think it's cruel to leave a cliffhanger at the end of 508 pages. This is yet another way that the author has poorly ripped off Tolkein. His depiction of Elven and Dwarf societies are very Tolkein-esque, his map of Alagaësia eerily similar to Middle Earth, and his dragonlore reminded me very much of Anne McCaffrey's Pern dragons. Sad thing is, I still want to read the next book, but only because the story isn't finished yet. If the Lord of the Rings movies hadn't done so well, I doubt this book would have made it onto the New York Times best seller list, much less reach number one.
So bad. Just so, so bad. Reading this was unbelievable - the level of plagiarism was absolutely astonishing. Not only did he try (and horribly fail) to imitate Tolkein, but he also ripped major details, plot points, and sometimes even names from two much lesser-known authors, David and Leigh Eddings. The plagiarism was just infuriating, and the writing itself was severely lacking - don't waste your credits or money.
I was given the book as a gift before I saw the movie, but I watched the movie before I read the book... the movie was horrible so that turned me off from reading the book.
Then one day my co-worker was going on and on about this book he was reading and it was Eragon. So i decided to go ahead and read the book i had.... good thing I didn't give the book away ! It was absolutely amazing.
I was pulled in from the start and I was so interested in learning everything about all the different types of characters.
This is a GREAT read if you are into fantasy like me. I couldn't put it down !
If Eragon is the first fantasy book you have ever read in your entire life, then you will probably enjoy it. Otherwise, you will find it to be a poorly rendered patchwork of various fantasy elements from other more well-known works, stitched together in a way that is neither cohesive or convincing. I think you'll probably be as disappointed in it as I was.
Eragon is the typical farmboy-turned-struggling-epic-hero who happens to come across the typical wise-old-hermit-turned-mentor who is able to mold Eragon into the shape of a slightly-less-struggling-epic-hero-who-rides-a-blue-dragon.
While I give Paolini credit for creating something like this at age 15, that doesn't make this book any better for what it really is: simple, cliche, predictable, and flat. I found Eragon's progress as a warrior to be too quick and easy to be really believable. Supporting characters are semi-likeable only because they are semi-developed. I found that I really wasn't pulling for anyone in particular. If I wasn't so stubborn about finishing books that I start, I probably would have given up on this one.
If you are in any way well-read in the fantasy genre, you will probably find this book to be little worth your time. But if you are looking to start reading fantasy for the first time (especially if you're 12) and want something of a kiddie pool warm-up in the genre, then this book might be an option. But if you decide to read it, just lower your expectations and expect very little. That way you won't be very disappointed.
My daughter has read this book and this is her review (shes in 6th grade):
I absolutely love this book! I am on the 3rd book and love that one too. This is not a challenging book for me. I was so surprised to find out about Brom! Brom has so many secrets and there's so many different fantasy creatures in this book! The Ra'zac, Urgals, Shades, Dragons, Dwarves, and Elves are all cool fantasy creatures. I love fantasy books and now I have three of my friends reading the book. I especially love how the book has swords, spears, and arrows, but not guns. I give this book five stars because it deserves it.
The connection between Eragon and Saphra, his dragon, makes this book worth reading. The random scenes of no particular importance make the book rather uninteresting and the shabby attempt to describe falling in love and being in love truly shows this author as a boy of fifteen. Christopher Paolini doesn't know the first thing about medieval mentality and fails completely as a Tolkien wanna-be. Still, this book has some merit. It's worth reading once, but does not compel me to read the other two in the series.
Too much text in a story that could have been a fun read. I ended up taking a pencil to this and the sequel & editing out huge chunks of unneeded overly descriptive text. Couldn't make it through book 2 or 3.
A fun, fun read. Never thought I would read it until an elderly volunteer in a thrift store saw me holding the book. That is really good, he said, my grandson recommended it so I read it. I bought Eragon and decided to read it for this challenge. Paolini was 15 when he began writing the book and it was published nationally when he was 17. It's the story about a boy who finds a dragon egg. (He thinks it's just an unusual stone.) Of course, everyone knows that dragons choose who they will bond with don't they? So Eragon becomes linked to Saphira, the dragon, and the boy's life changes entirely. There is an evil king who had destroyed the dragonriders so his life is threatened by his very existence. There is adventure, excitement, and a good story that flows well. Paolini writes well and, yes, you can tell a young person write the book. My favorite clue was when the hero refers to mushrooms as toadstools. Nevertheless, I plan to read the rest of the series. Two members of my family are alreading reading the final book in the series which came out in November. I am certain to get a critique when they finish it.
Totally disagree with Darcie C. and her put down of this book. Have read all 3 books in the series and want more. Found the whole world that Paolini created as thoroughly engrossing. I don't think she is a real fan of the fantasy world. I find it easy to suspend belief in the natural world.
Eragon is an interesting, albeit bland, blend of a lot of the things that are considered the origins of contemporary fantasy. Unfortunately Paolini has little comprehension of what it takes to make a compelling character, and Eragon himself is not only obnoxious at most times, but often too perfect for anyone to feel any kind of connection toward. The world and it's people are shallow at best, which only heightens the sense that the lead character is some kind of untouchable fanfiction character that the author has created to enact his personal fantasies of being in Lord of the Rings, Dragon Riders of Pern, or Star Wars.
While this is decidedly children's literature, I think it has underestimated even it's target audience's intelligence.
One would be better served - if one is an adult that sometimes enjoys young adult fiction (as I do), by simply tracking down copies of the original works that inspired this.
This book is disgustingly terrible. Paolini rips off his 2-dimensional characters and flimsy plot from his betters; writers such as J. R. R. Tolkian, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Anne McCaffrey to name but a few. Had he ripped off these authors and still managed to display a marked talent for creative composition, as many young writers that have not yet tapped into their talent are wont to do, one might be compelled to forgive him. Yet his writing is almost painful to read. The type of purple prose that makes most sensible people bash their heads against a wall in a vain attempt to get the words out of their memory.
It's garbage like this "novel" that causes the dumbing-down of society.
I picked this up at my High School library when the librarians told me about it. They often suggested books to me. Eragon was the first fantasy book I've read, that didn't contain a bunch of romance in it. I thought it was great and then learned he was so young when he wrote it.
In the past few days I've been reading reviews on how Paolini plagiarized. I've never seen most of the things mentioned but I think this is close to Cassandra Clare's deal.
As a avid fantasy reader I feel the the author just reused old fantasy ideas with creating anything new in it. I enjoy reading it but would not recommend to avid fantasy readers. This book to me was such a cliche that almost every fantasy stereotype was in this book. This book is meant for those reading fantasy for the first time.
This is a story about a boy named Eragon who finds a stone while hunting. He takes the stone back home with him and after awhile the stone "hatches". Turns out it was a dragon's egg. After this we find Eragon's life changed. He goes through many adventures and heartaches, all the while growing into a man. This book swept me away and found it hard to put down. I do agree with some of the reviewers that think the story is a lot like LOTR, Star Wars, etc. but that does not take away from this story at all. I cannot tell you how many stories I've read that I could compare them to different book or a movie I watched. This book is still original enough to stand on it's own!
See Dick, Jane and Spot walk. See Spot run. Dick and Jane run after Spot.
Sadly, "Eragon" as a fantasy novel falls into the "Dick and Jane" books category I learned to read from as a small child; if only slightly better. For those few here, along with the fandom online, I wonder if they have read less than a handful of fantasy novels to give "Eragon" such rave reviews?
Read Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien), Dragonriders of Pern (Anne McCaffrey), Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula LeGuin) and Starwars (George Lucas), then take a second look at "Eragon." Use cut & paste, change a few letters around, and wall-ah - "Eragon" is the result.
When I forget to feed the dogs or to change our cat's litter-box, the punishment I have chosen for myself is to read portions of "Eragon". Since then our cat has the cleanest litter-box on the planet and the dogs our well-fed.
Read this book with my grandson so we could discuss it. Great for young adults with a good imagination. I enjoyed it enough to follow the rest of the books. But not a good plot to get really involved in.
I admit that âEragonâ strike a chord with me when I first came upon its summary on the newspaper during my last year of High School. I finally obtained a copy during my freshmen year of college (I actually printed it out of the College Computer Lab, all 200 pages of it). However, I put it aside after several chapters when I was sidetracked with something else. Recently I acquired a copy (the actual book) via Paperbackswap.com and it all came to me that the novel contains numerous of clinches that it should be sue for plagiarism.
Obviously Paolini was imitating Tolkien's style when he attempted to create languages and elvish, however it obviously couldn't compare to Tolkien's Sindarin or Quenya. Upon reading other reviews from the web, I also noticed that Paolini copy large amount of âStarwarsâ too. The writing style is also dull and dry, with childish solutions to seems impossible tasks (such as rescuing Eragon from the prison of the Capital City).
Understandable, the author wrote most of the story while he was 15 and 16 (as the book proudly stated), however I failed to see how it gain so much fame and there is actually a large database for him. Aside from that, it seems that the fame had gone over the young author's head, in a interview he said that he âstrives to achieve Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf and Tolkien at his bestâ in his âEragonâ as quoted from Anthony Tardiff, owner of âHard Sayingsâ, while he also statement âthat one of the pleasures of reading Harry Potter is getting to see Rowling mature as a writerâ. Such arrogance. Pity.
The book seem overly boring after I have read many other great novels, I actually skipped last 90 pages or so.
I enjoy Fantasy Fiction and it was a good read. The author has a very good imagination, captive, kept me interested. Him being a young author, was easily detected by the writing and his voice. I enjoyed it thouroughly, maybe I'll read the sequel. I felt it was more for young readers.
If you are a fan of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings this is the book for you. This modern plot is much more approachable for today's young readers and is a truly magnificent story. This reader cannot wait until the final chapter of the trilogy is made available.
Destined to become a classic in Fantasy/Fiction genre and written when Paolini was only 17, the book is a great read. In it Eragon and a fledgling dragon battle those proverbial forces of evil on their way to becoming Dragon Riders.
I got this for Christmas, as I've been eyeing it for quite some time. The cover is too alluring to ignore, and I must say...I like dragons. So, once I finished The Jane Austen Book Club, I promptly dove into this one, and read and enjoyed all of it. Magic, intrigue, danger, dragons, elves, evil kings and monsters, what's not to like? Eragon is the main character whose life as a simple farmer boy is ripped in two as he finds a strange blue stone and unrest ripples through the Empire. Little did he know that his life could never again be the same. As he goes on his quest, he grows physically, mentally, and emotionally, and we're there to watch it all as he must fight his inner demons and the physical ones around him. This is certainly a good introduction to a trilogy, and I'm already reading book 2. However, I was sad to discover that I'm older than this author, and that he started writing this when he was 15. ::sigh:: Ah well, at least I can still enjoy the book, right?
The first half was pretty good, but it went downhill from there. Anyone else see the similarities to Tolkien? It's as if he copied from him. Not cool! It was a quick and enjoyable read, though, if you've never read Tolkien.
The story is well-crafted, but Christopher Paolini's style is turgid, relying too much on adjectives and descriptions that bog down the writing. I hope that with time and more publishing experience he can develop a more natural style. This being said, I will read the rest of the books in the trilogy to see what happens to the characters and I think the movie will be great.
One of the reasons I think that 15 year olds shouldn't publish what they write. I ended up finishing the book only because I was having a perverse sort of fun naming where all his ideas came from. "Oh, hey, that's one from Earthsea!" "Oh man, look, Dragonriders of Pern." "...LoTR much?" Yeah. Not really very good at all, I wasn't in any way motivated to read the rest of the series. "Poor farmer boy discovers his magical destiny to save the world" is only good when everything else in the story didn't come from somewhere else, too.
The beginning was slow, but as the story went on, I really got into it. The only thing that I didn't really like about the ending was the "cliffhanger." I think even if a story is part of a series, it should exist as its own story without strange hints at what is to come. That's more something I would expect from a TV show. All the same, fun, easy read.
I have to say that I flat out hated this book. I admire Mr.Paolini for being able to write such a large book at a relatively young age, but I couldn't even make it twenty pages through the book. It's a good read if you like Harry Potter and need an okay intro to science fiction.
My biggest problem is that he should have been sued for plagarism. The concept of dragonriders, particularly the idea that the boy and dragon bond and are destined for each other is STRAIGHT out of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series. The map, the names, the languages and too many other things to count are yanked right of Tolkien.
So...if you're even fairly well read in the genre, this book can irritate the heck out of you. If you've never read Tolkien or McCaffrey and need an okay intro into the genre (the writing is really only so-so), then Eragon is the book for you.
Please DO NOT bother to read this book. It has a plagiarized storyline, wooden dialogue, two-dimensional characters, and many worn out cliches of the fantasy genre, all rolled up in a overlong novel which is at best amateurishly written. Paolini's writing style feels condescending toward the reader. He "tells" much more than he "shows", which makes for a clunky and awkward reading experience. This book is not worth your time or your Paperback Swap credits.
Trite and simplistic in style and story. The author obviously read too much Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and bad D&D novelizations when he was younger. Obviously written by a teenager. Don't waste your time. Re-read the "Narnia" books instead. Even if you know how those end, you'll still have more fun reading those than this pap.
A backwoods farm boy finds something special out in the woods one day, and after that his once-simple life gets very, very complicated. In a way ERAGON is a typical coming-of-age story, and it's called a Young Adult novel. I still enjoyed it (and I passed legal drinking age more decades ago than I want to admit.)
ERAGON is a rather startling first novel considering it was begun when the author was (I think) only 15 years old. It's been on the Best Seller Lists of the New York Times, the Publisher's Weekly, The USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. It was also the Book Sense BOOK OF THE YEAR.
From back cover: 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 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'm not big on the genre, but even I could play Fantasy Novel Derivative Bingo while reading this book: 'Hey-- that's from Lord of the Rings', 'and that's from Star Wars', and 'that's straight from Earthsea'. Unfortunately, a house elf never showed up so I couldn't yell "Bingo!".
Nevertheless, it's still an enjoyable fantasy read and I'll put myself in line for the next book in the series...
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boyuntil his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could saveor destroythe Empire.
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 stubmled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Emprie itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and pwer. 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 Empre ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.