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Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Random House Children's Books | April 26, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Eragon is rated 4.3686 out of 5 by 274.
Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until 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 save—or destroy—the Empire.

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 1.09 in

Published: April 26, 2005

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375826696

ISBN - 13: 9780375826696

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horribly Written I wish I could get back the time I spent reading these books but sadly cannot. These books do not live up to their reputation. If you want extremely simplistic writing, unclear progression through the story and a story telling style that is more like stating facts than something to get your imagination engaged then this is the book series for you! In my opinion, these books should have never been published.
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Awesome read!!
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good introduction to fantasy books Let me start my saying that this is not a bad book. I can see this book being engaging and exciting to first time fantasy readers and young teenagers. However, as a fantasy text it is a predictable and somewhat contrived 'high fantasy' world and even plot. The writing mechanics are sometimes obvious, which I personally found detracted from my overall enjoyment, and the characters are largely two-dimensional. That having all been said, Eragon is still a fairly enjoyable book and worth checking out.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to read and get into. It's mostly for teenagers. Good story, looks like nothing new but still it's fun to read and I've enjoyed the characters. It's also fun to know there's 3 more books in this series. If you like dragons,medieval,monsters,magic,knights etc...you will enjoy Eragon. DO NOT BE LIKE ME and say...Argh forget it,,,, i've seen the movie.... This is the first book-movie that I've seen with a COMPLETE different story. The movie is FAR FAR FAR from the book. There's so many differences and it's way better too in the book. So enjoy reading it.....
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What to say... I read it, and it was nice. Interesting, really, because all the while I was reading this, I kept thinking, have I read this before? Why does it seem so familiar? And it hit me, Lord of the Rings? Star Wars? Upon further consideration, I see characters that are too similar, a plot that looks suspiciously like Star Wars, and names either taken straight out of the text or with some letters switched around. It's like Star Wars plays out in Middle- Earth. Is it merely coincidence? Ignoring all that, the book itself is written poorly. With excessive flowery, unnecessary descriptions that happen all too often, leaving one to begin skimming the page, poor character development, and several inconsistencies, it is distracting and off-putting to the reader. Believe me when I say that he used four paragraphs describing the elves and their weaponry. "Elegantly slanted eyebrows" do not move the story forward. (Eragon, prologue) Words that could have been spent elsewhere. But really, you can't expect much when it was written by a 15-year-old and when it was published by his parents, and it is easy to be be influenced by such works, it wasn't Paolini's intention either, every author is to some extent. All that being said, it's a lot better than what most 15-year-olds can do, it's impressive and Paolini obviously has an innate skill for writing and the best part of Eragon, really, the whole Inheritance Cycle, is that it's much more fast-paced than LOTR. It's an easier read, geared towards young adults (or readers who are ignorant of/ too young for LOTR and Star Wars) but definitely worth trying if you're into fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's a respectable book/series, and I'd recommend it too.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Words. I am in awe of Christopher Paolini's amazing series.Venturing in to the world of Eragon is one of the greatest books choices of all time. Follow him through fighting, despair and romance of a sort. Eragon was a book I couldn't put down. There are no words to describe this book other than breathtaking!
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eragon There are 4 books in this series and I loved all of them. They are long and full of detail, but a wonderful read. Some parts of each book I thought were a little boring because the author was writing in a non-fighting downtime. The development of Eragon’s and Saphira’s character grew well with each passing book. And the love for each other seemed fitting for who they are to each other, rider and dragon. The supporting characters are also well developed to the story and each piece fits well leading into the next book. I would recommend this series, as it is intelligently written and broaden your vocabulary.
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell short of expectations As an adult who does enjoy youth fantasy I had high hopes for this book after all the reviews but it unfortunatly fell short of my expectations. I found the book very slow to get into and it spent at first more time sitting on my table rather then being read. I will give it credit that it does pick up towards the end. I found that the book generally lacked in depth character development and that the characters didn't evolve throughout the story. I also had minor issues with the language. Although written predominatly in a modern language tone the author would randomly insert more medival phrases that felt out of place. As a "PG" adventure I still think this book would appeal to a younger audience. I just felt it lacked depth which made it hard to relate to the characters or make this created world believable.
Date published: 2012-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good.... I found "Eragon" to be a fairly decent read. For an amateur writer who was just beginning his career when he started the book Paolini does fairly well, although it is a bit hard to get into the story at first. Once you do get into the story though, it steadily becomes a more interesting and engaging read.I find that some fantasy writers really excel when describing battles and fights, and it seems that Paolini is a good example of this,his talent really begins to shine through near the end of the book, where there is more fighting involved.Even though the writing leading up to the climax is not amazing, it is still interesting to see Paolini's progress and growth as a writer. If you found that you did not like the first book very much and merely found it OK, then I suggest you read the sequel,"Eldest",as it is much more intelligently written.
Date published: 2012-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Most Amazing Book I've Ever Read! As the title states, this is, hands down, the best book I've ever laid eyes upon. This book is what allowed me to graduate from a casual reader to a serious one. Christopher Paolini's masterpiece will enthrall you and keep you flipping the pages until you reach the very last one. Everything is described in such beautiful detail that you would swear that you're watching a movie instead of reading a book! I picked up this book in the 7th grade, and now I'm a 1st year College student and I still love to reread this book as well as the 3 sequels. But if you decide to pick this book up, beware; tears will be shed, heart rates will rise, and adrenaline will coarse through your veins!
Date published: 2011-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for everyone Personally I loved the loved the book but that is because I'm a fantasy fan. That being said obviously I've read LOTR and right now everything else will fall short. I mean you just cannot create a new world, with elves, dragons, orcs (or orc like creatures) after it was already created once. I was very skeptical about Eragon even after hearing many good reviews ( or after hearing all of them). After I finished the book I thought that it was for a good reason. Even tough the story was original everything else felt familiar. I gave Eragon 5 stars because when you forget all the other fantasy noves you ever read it's a really amazing story to be part of. I didn't want it to finish.
Date published: 2010-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a book! Eragon Eragon by Christopher Paolini is a great book about war, dragons, elves, dwarves and much much more. It is quite the adventure book with tons of twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the end. This book is going to be one of the greatest books of the century. The book takes place back in the old days when swords and bows decided wars, not guns. It is about a boy named Eragon who is struggling through the winter with his family, but when he finds a blue stone it will change his life forever. Blake
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good Shur'tugal Eragon was written by a brilliant young author who goes by the name of Christopher Paolini. This book is one of the greatest of the decade. People all around the world are raving about this book. Eragon is about a boy named Eragon who finds a blue stone while hunting in the mountains around his uncles farm. Later at night the stone breaks and it turns out to be a dragons egg. When the dragon gets bigger he names her Saphira. Soon strangers come to town and kill Eragons Uncle. He meets Brom and they go of on an adventure to avenge Eragons Uncle. Andrew
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOK! this book was truely amazing, my all time favorite by far. this is saying alot because reading is my passion...never a day goes by when i dont read. I've read the all popular Twilight, but that story does not compare to this one. Very Unpredictable, well written and full of twists that will keep you turning those pages.
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have seen how there have been many different reviews for this book. I figure it all depends on you reading style. My opinion is that this book was simply amazing. I admit this is not the best book in the series, but that does not make it bad; that simply made it the starting block in a series that sure has become famous to be made into a major motion picture! To tell you the truth I did not find the movie that great. You see, I saw the movie before I had read the book, and gave it around a 6-7 out of 10. And then I read the book. That changed a 6 into a 3. I was amazed of how many important parts of the book were taken out! I mean, they could have made this into a lord of the ring's like movie series, but instead, they made a crappy family action movie *sigh.* I'm sorry, now to get back to the book. The book itself had a beginning that I admit does take out of other books, but in a new, fresh and unique way that caught me immediately. Then through many challenges, the book progresses to leave a perfect start for the next book (what, you think I would give away what happens IN Eragon?) Now for my suggestions. If you have a short attention span and refuse to read books or watch movies that build up through many "boring" parts as you would likely refer to them as, do not read this book. If you love a long, captivating story filled with suspense, action, drama and even some romance, read this book now! ---if you think you are smart becuase of what you know..... good job---
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre I don't know what happened. But all my reviews seemed to have been deleted. Anyways... Eragon reminds me a bit of LOTR. It is a good story, that is cluttered in overachieving writing and awful characters. I would still read it though, just to find out how everything wraps up in the end.
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cliche and very predictable The story is your typical Hero's Journey (for more info, study up on Joseph Campbell) and that makes the plot fairly predictable. I know a lot of people compare it to Star Wars and say that Paolini copied the ideas from it and LOTR, but Star Wars follows the Hero's Journey almost verbatim and so does Eragon. Come on people. George Lucas and JRR Tolkein are/were no strangers to the idea either. Quit making stupid comments about how this author stole from that author. The hero's journey has been in existence since the Iliad and Odyssey and if you know the formula, you can write any plot line. What interested me the most was the "about the author" at the end in which it stated that it was the parent's publishing company that initially published the book. I can understand why. No one wants to tarnish the star of their own child and say something really isn't that good. Eragon isn't a bad story, but it is no different than every other adventure/fantasy book out there because no matter how you slice it, they all follow the Hero's Journey in the end. It is, after all, nothing special. The writing of the story isn't fresh. The characters try to be vivid and somewhat fail. There's action and teenage hormones. Eragon is every 15 year old boy's nerdy wish to be the sword wielding superstar with the sexy elf at his side. There was a lot of potential in this book, but it lacks life experience. And I think that's because its author does too. *** Note: Feel free to disagree with my analysis of this book, but don't use my reviews as a soapbox to complain about everyone else who leaves critical thoughts on this book. I reserve the right to have my own opinion about style, structure and the author himself. Reviews do NOT have to be happy and calling me names because I have said isn't funny or cute and only serves to make you look like a fool.
Date published: 2009-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner I couldn't put this book down and every fantasy lover should try it out!
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lord of the Rings, Jr! I wasn't too fond of the first book in the Inheritance Cycle, but after reading Eldest, I changed my mind and will continue to read it. Despite having a main male character, there's no shortage of strong female roles, and the series (thus far) seems to support a wide variety of views and beliefs about the world. It's the kind of series that will grow with a reader, the thoughts and subjects becoming more poignant and philosophic as the reader can begin putting the trials Eragon faces into a historiographical perspective. There are a lot of similarities to Lord of the Rings, in terms of plot and characters (such as the Forsaken and Eragon's nature being similar to Bilbo Baggins), which some people will like and some won't. Hopefully, however, the ease of Paolini's writing style and the way people seem to be able to relate to the main characters will help young readers (or adult ones) branch off and brave epic fantasy adventure, such as Tolkein, Goodkind, and Martin.
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kick A** Book A very good book. Absolutely worth buying so you can read it whenever you want. Much, much better than the movie which, compared to the book, is only good for fertilizer. Hard to believe that Paolini was only 16 when he wrote it. I already read Eldest and can't wait to read Bresinger.
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definately Recomend this read I recently finished reading this book and have started the second. Im 23 and I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend anyone to pick this one up. You may have read other reviews stating that the story, characters and setting are cliche and "lord of the ringish" and yes there are some parallels when comparing this story and other fantasies. However, the author draws you into the story and characters effectively and makes for a good read. The only suggestion I have is to be patient in the beginning parts of the book as it may seem a little slow, but trust me it picks up really well.
Date published: 2009-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good first novel This first novel by Christopher Paolini is a great start to a promising writing career. The first novel adequately sets up the characters, the setting and the conflicts presented within the story. i enjoyed this one immensely. However when I went to read the second book I was very disappointed. Overall, this is an interesting fantasy novel with solid characters.
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I loved this book a lot. In the beginning when Eragon was taking care of baby Saphira, I felt like I was right there with him. :P I hope Christopher has plans on writing many more books after the Eragon Series!
Date published: 2008-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eragon eragon is a good book and eldest and brisinger but i hope christopher paolini makes a fourth book
Date published: 2008-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Read Paolini offers the vast world of Alagaesia, with adventure at every turn. Although a great read, the story has elements some of us may have heard before, containing a few cliches. It has many similarities to Star Wars and feels LOTR-esque, and can be a challenge to remember all the ongoing events and names of people and places. Overall, if you want a book to keep you busy that has fantasy, adventure, and sword clashing, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2008-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A-MAZ-ZING!!!!!!! This book was just a-maz-zing! I tried to read it so many tome before book I always have thought that it was boring. Now I know better! OH MY GOSH! This book was awesome. Some parts were really predictable though, like how Brom was a rider himself and the elf in the prison was Ayra who, in the beginning carried the egg. But other parts it was really surprising like how Murtagh was Morzon's son and, this is just for me though, that Saphira was a girl! Like who'd ever thought that she was a girl. The cover made her look like a boy in my opinion, but all my friends said it made the dragon look like a boy. I seriously thought Eragon was the dragon's name. I can't wait to read the next book, Eldest. I hope it's as good as Eragon. Also, READ THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2008-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing World awaits you! Amazing, Breath Taking, Look out Tolkien here comes Paolini !!! Christopher Paolini has created a world that completely immerses the reader into a dimension of pure fantasy. The world of Alagaesia is full of magic and will keep you flipping pages at a fevered pace. You will never want to relinquish characters the likes of Eragon and Saphira, you will want to keep friends like this close to your heart for a long time to come...good thing this is only book one. This tale will steal you away to a world full of wonder. Great reading for the young and old, the whole family. I am so glad that my son shared this book with me, and now we can enjoy the whole trilogy together because I have purchased the final two novels Eldest and Brisingr, and can't wait to read them, that's if my son decides to share them.
Date published: 2008-10-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unsatisfied I heard many good reviews about this book and maybe my expectations were too high. I just kept hoping it would get better and it never did. The story was ok but I think it could have been more exciting...It's about dragons come on! There are definitely better fantasy books out there. I might have enjoyed it more in elementary school. Perhaps I need to read the other ones before I give a proper opinion.
Date published: 2008-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible This book came to me, highly recommended, and it severly let me down. For someone who is well read in the fantasy genre, this just seemed like a collaboration of a bunch of different stories. The whole mental connection between rider and dragon..."Dragon Riders of Pern" anyone? The Urucs remind me of orcs from "Lord of the Rings" or the trollocs from "The Wheel of Time" series. P.S. Is it just me or does every fantasy world have a mountain range named "the Spine of the World"?
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I loved this book it is so powerful and the story line is exciting and keeps you in totally involved in the fantasy
Date published: 2008-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! One of the best series I have ever read. Don't judge the book by the movie...they did not do it justice, at all. Eragon, the little farmer boy, causes quite the stir with teens and adults everywhere. This is a fantastic story about dragons, I picked this up while trying to satisfy my fantasy cravings. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I loved this book. Christopher paolini did an awsome job with this book. If you liked the movie you will love the book. I think that the movie that was made for the book wan't great. they messed up the story line a lot and for me since i read the book first i was dissapointed with the move.
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay... This book doesn't live up to any of the hype it has. It was really boring and Paolini takes too much time to thoroughly describe things you don't care about. It was basically and extremely boring 500pg lead up to an also extremely boring and BAD 5 page climax/battle scene. I don't think it's worth the money or the time to read.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding A great book for Tolkien fans. Paolini has written one of the best fantasy novels I have read since Lord of the Rings. The fact he wrote this book at the age of 16 is astonishing. Please don't think this is just another fantasy like others in the genre that are punted out every 5 or 6 months with no individuality. I believe he has given the genre a much needed boost in the arm with creative spirit. Looking forward to reading his other books "Eldest" and "Brisingr".
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So totally wicked!!!! ERagon is a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure.If i could marry this book i would but i think it is against the law to marry a possesion, so i'll make a pass on that. Eragon is one of my most favourite books i have read (for young readers) next to "DragonSpell" and "Harry Potter". so i must give a very strong accusation of needing to tell everybody of this book. so read it.
Date published: 2008-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Whether your a child, or an adult, you will LOVE this book! Please did not judge this book on the movie (which did not do it justice) I was amazed that Christopher Paolini was only a teenager when he wrote it! This is a wonderful adventure for young and old alike...
Date published: 2008-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love fantasy books and this was was no exception. Definately not a childrens book. My only disappointment is that I saw the movie first. So my own imagination wasn't able to creat the world.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Adventurous, but repetitive. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read, but after a while, the story gets kind of boring. It's really predictable too, a teen finds a dragon and goes on this wild adventure. Typical story, I recomend it to anyone in their early teens, otherwise you'll start to see an amaturish storyline. But hey, give it a try, this isn't really my forte in regards to book genres.
Date published: 2008-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's alright The first time I read it, I didn't notice how it was very simular to Star Wars in the beginning. For example, Eragon's Uncle dies by agents of the empire, and runs off to get revenge and is aided by an ex-rider, Luke Skywaker's uncle and aunt are killed by storm troopers of the empire and runs off to get revenge and is aided by an jedi in exile. Althoght the beginning was very simluar, I find that the rest of the story was original. Overall the book was good enough to keep me up to burn the midnight oil.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great!! I read the book before I even heard that they were making it into a movie. I enjoyed it very much. It was a good read and with the pronunciation at the pack of the book there was no need for guessing on how to say the characters name, or what they were saying or the meanings were. Very good book to read, would recommend it to any age. I'm currently 26 years old and just finished it, and just gave it to my dad for him to read and so far he is enjoying it.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This was an awesome book, I watched the movie and then someone told me the book was so much better I had to see for myself. After reading itI gave it to my mom and told her she has to read it. Needless to say, she loved it too.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book for all ages The movie didn't do justice to this book. This was such a great book that both myself and my husband were fighting to read it and couldn't put it down. It takes a hold of you and a real page turner.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ! Christopher Paolini is an excellent writer , he has created an beautiful fanatasy world that people will love for generations. An instant classic fanasty adventure!
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome This would be about one of the best books that I have ever read. Everyone should read it.
Date published: 2007-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from RIP OFF OF STAR WARS AND TOLKIEN CHARACTERS!!!!!!! I can't stand it. I mean yes ill read the last book and all, but i cant stand the plot. It's litteraly like Tolkien sneezed on Starwars, and Paolini just picked up the mess. -SPOILERS- I mean"Eragon! I am your Brother!" Murtagh screamed as he slowly jumped off of Thorn. "Eragon! Morzan is your father!" Murtagh nearly repeated as he laughed and inhaled so very ominously. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" Eragon cried as he grasped the collar of Saphira.
Date published: 2007-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow beginning but good The book starts off kind of slowly but the story starts to build. Great for all Fantasy/Adventure readers.
Date published: 2007-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inherit the awesome! In a land named Alagaësia, a young boy named Eragon discovers a strange blue stone while hunting. Little does he know that his new discovery is actually a dragon egg! Eragon is now forced into perilous adventures filled with fighting and sorcery. For he is the last Dragon Rider. This book is fantastic. It is the best fantasy novel out right now. The characters are amazing, especially Eragon. He is easy to relate to because he uses common sense to solve his problems. In the end it's a wonderful book. It's action, characters, and plot twists will have you reading it all in no time! Colten
Date published: 2007-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from If only... Christopher Paolini writes very well, and the storyline and characters would all be quite good...if only practically the whole thing wasn't based on The Lord of the Rings. From the plot to his characters' actions to their NAMES (including place names as well), the whole thing ends up seeming like a ripoff. Perhaps Paolini would have exercised his talent in a better fashion by being original, or at the very least stealing less blatantly. It is good for younger readers, however.
Date published: 2007-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! im not even finished it, not even HALFWAY through it... but im tellin you, it's great! it eats you alive and does not spit you back out until youre finished.
Date published: 2007-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice This book was very nice. I like the dragons, i want a dragon :D It was exciting and nice, and i liked it, but i want the third to come out :(
Date published: 2007-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Captivating I received this book in hardcover format for my birthday when it first came out and needless to say I was hooked. Back then I couldn't put the book down and it took me just under a week to finish it, but oh what a week. The story that Mr. Paolini weaves about Eragon and Saphira is one that will keep you guessing and wanting more. Great book for any age!
Date published: 2007-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful ERAGON IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. IT PULLS YOU INTO THE WONDEROUS WORLD OF DRAGONS MAGIC AND MAYHEM THAT A YOUNG BOY CAN GET INTO FROM THE FIRST PAGE AND GETS BETTER FROM THERE. I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO THE WORLD. I ABSOULUTELY LOVED IT AND WILL DEFINTLY READ IT 2 AND 3 TIMES MORE AND SOON.
Date published: 2007-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Great! First I read the book... then I saw the movie... Totally Awsome!!!
Date published: 2007-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from earagon awsome earagon i wached the movie and instantly wanted the book. it was great. there were evil gods and great strong dragons. this is the next fantasy book series.
Date published: 2007-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book in the history of books!!! this is the best book i have EVER read!!! i heard about it from one of my friends at skool last year, and i thaught it waz just some odd book that waz just, u know, normal. then i went to Chapters and looked at it. i waz so surprised! one page in and i waz already hooked! so, of course i bought it, and then later purchased its sequel, Eldest. i am now patiently (or trying to) wait for the last book in the trilogy, Empire is what it's probably gonna b called. i'm getting my family to read Eragon and Eldest too, and my other friends. i highly recommend this to anyone who hazn't read it (surely u haven't heard of it already, otherwhise u would have read it, right...?), and Eldest. i beleive that Empire(?) is going to b coming out around June, or sumthing like that. READ IT!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2007-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it...Loved it! Want more... Want more!! I bow to you Christoher Paolini for writing the best book I have ever read... And I've read a lot of books! Couldn't put it down, rarely took my hand off it! if you havent read it you have to! If I were to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate it 200! Perfect for most age groups!!!!
Date published: 2007-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my Gitty Aunt!!! This book is, to summarize my huge praise for Paolini, is incredibly Gob-smacking. In short i just never expected it to be so breath taking, and written by a 15 year old! Makes me feel unutterably lazy i mean I'm 16, and i just sleep, and read...
Date published: 2007-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love this book I wish I could meet the author love it love it love it and did i say LOVE IT. Cant wait to see the next book that the author comes out with
Date published: 2007-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is awesome it is way better than all the books ive read, even if im a bookworm, don't forget to see this movie even if you already read the book!
Date published: 2007-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Book This book was amazing. When i started reading this book i wouldn't take my eyes of the page the whole day. I think everyone would like this book because when you start reading it your mind takes you to a world where you can escape and just be free and then brings you back. The charatchers in this book are all amazing and what i like about them they all have a story to them. for sure a 5/5.
Date published: 2007-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book is really good. I really like it. This book would take you to a diffrent world and bring you back when you stop reading. This book would take you to places your mind would never could have taken you.. MUST READ..
Date published: 2007-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then Lord of the Rings I loved this book, it was a fast read, hardly took my eyes off the pages. I am so looking forward to reading the next book by Christopher and I hope that it is as good as this one. It has it all, dragons, wizards, secert's to come-undone, mistry and more, this book keeps it all together from the start to the end and keeps you wanting more.
Date published: 2007-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning and Spellbinding! Eragon is a normal boy whose life is entirely transformed when he discovers a shiny blue stone one fateful night in the relentless forest of the deadly 'Spine.' Out of curiousity and a tinge of greed, Eragon instinctively decides to keep the beautiful stone, hoping it will one day sell for fortunes--He couldn't have been more right; fortunes is precisely what this stone is worth. For one frightening night, when Eragon is abruptly awakened from his sleep, he realizes that his treasured stone is hatching into a legendary dragon! He soon learns that he possesses the only dragon in all of Algaesia, and it is Eragon's sole duty to fulfil his position as a 'Dragon Rider.' As he embarks on a treacherous journey across the plains of Algaesia, the reader will find it virtually impossible to be drawn back out of the world of Eragon, dragons, and beautiful Algaesia. I found this book an extremely rewarding read, as it touched me like no other, providing endless possibilities and adventures all the same. With creativitiy and skill close to the extent of J.K. Rowling's works, Christopher Paolini has created a world that will engross generations of children and teens to come!
Date published: 2007-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning and Spellbinding! Eragon is a normal boy whose life is entirely transformed when he discovers a shiny blue stone one fateful night in the relentless forest of the deadly 'Spine.' Out of curiousity and a tinge of greed, Eragon instinctively decides to keep the beautiful stone, hoping it will one day sell for fortunes--He couldn't have been more right; fortunes is precisely what this stone is worth. For one frightening night, when Eragon is abruptly awakened from his sleep, he realizes that his treasured stone is hatching into a legendary dragon! He soon learns that he possesses the only dragon in all of Algaesia, and it is Eragon's sole duty to fulfil his position as a 'Dragon Rider.' As he embarks on a treacherous journey across the plains of Algaesia, the reader will find it virtually impossible to be drawn back out of the world of Eragon, dragons, and beautiful Algaesia. I found this book an extremely rewarding read, as it touched me like no other, providing endless possibilities and adventures all the same. With creativitiy and skill close to the extent of J.K. Rowling's works, Christopher Paolini has created a world that will engross generations of children and teens to come!
Date published: 2006-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from awsome!!! I loved this book! I got it for christmas and finished it the next day! If your like me and you like fantasy, mystery, and adventure, you'll love this book! Now just to find the second one... Wow. I came back to look at my review, I'm reviewing my review. I was so silly. The book has a predictable storyline has unoriginal characters, but is alright for killing a few hours. Has a solid story. Don't even think about the movie! *shudder*
Date published: 2006-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Lord of the Rings In my opinion, this is better than even the Lord of the Rings books. Those books are amazing, but I enjoyed Eragon more. This book is suspenseful and "action-packed". You have to read it!!
Date published: 2006-12-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing new I found this book completely unoriginal. As I read it I kept feeling that I had read large parts of it before. Eragon is a hyped up young reader's book that adds little to childrens fiction. Maria
Date published: 2006-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Eargon ranks up there with so many of my favorite fantasy novels, the minute that I finished it I ran back to pick up Eldest, and now I am eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2006-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read Extremely well written novel! Its one of those books where you don't want to put it down until you've finished, then you wished it hadn't ended. Then I have to go out and buy the second and when you finish that book you have to buy the third.
Date published: 2006-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I had my doubts at first but later on I found this book interesting. There are mistakes here and there but for a young boy he is very good.
Date published: 2006-12-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dragons . . . again!? Good lord . . . another fantasy book about dragons!? While I can appreciate the author’s talent (relative to his age that is) I found this book wordy and completely unoriginal. If it wasn’t for the fact that his parents owned a small publishing company and spent years editing and promoting the book, this book would never seen the light of day. It’s just another example of an average (perhaps subpar) book being thrust into the hands of readers the world round, and not because of its merits, but rather because of the marketing force behind it. Eragon is an over-hyped and sensationalized children’s book that offers nothing new to the world of fantasy. In many ways, it rode the energies generated from the Harry Potter books. And like Rowling, it appeared that readers (parents in particular) were more interested with the story behind the book, about how Paolini started writing the book when he was fifteen years old, while being home tutored in the mountains of neverneverland. They are hundreds perhaps thousands of other books that would look better on the big screen, with a hundred-million-dollar budget, but unfortunately we are living in a time where people (readers and moviegoers) watch reality shows the same way they watch fantasy movies, the line blurring with each passing year. In other words, if Paolini had been a struggling writer in his late twenties, Eragon would not have hit the best seller’s lists. The only thing it would of hit is the bottom of the recyling can- Just pages and pages of endless drivel.
Date published: 2006-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from its awsome some people think that this book is a total waste of time but they are wrong... this book is full of mystery, adventure, and excitement. i loved this book and i cant waite to see what happends in the next two books. if i had to give one reason why i don't like this book it is that the print is too small!
Date published: 2006-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is a great book for mature readers who don't mind a long read.
Date published: 2006-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inherit a love for this first book! A great book from start to finish! Christopher Paolini pulls you into the book and lets you see and feel what's happening! Great for all ages!
Date published: 2006-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all ages This book is great for adults or kids! With a good balance of love, friendship, fantasy, nd war this book satisfies the readers hunger. I absolutely loved this book as did everyone I know who's read it. I give this book a double thumbs up and encourage anyone who's considering to read this book to read it as well as the sequel!
Date published: 2006-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!!! eragon is an exteremely captivating book, couldnt put it down, a must read, many twists
Date published: 2006-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Friendly Dragon Eragon is the first novel in the Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini. This is a story about a young farm boy who comes across a blue stone, which he soon realized is an egg. Once the egg hatches, he is shocked that it is a blue-scaled dragon. The dragon begins to come attached to the young boy. The boy he learns to ride the dragon, the only dragon rider in a very long time. The boy is faced with many decisions. This is an enjoyable fantasy novel, and I recommend it to anyone. It is really good, even though the writing can be weak at points. This is a very entertaining story, with a great plot!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the book, want to see the movie!!! this was a fantastic read with wonderfull depth, it had everything a first novel should have wonderfull charactor building and growth. Would love to have an audio version and waiting on the movie coming out in December 2006!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An ingenious story! I loved the book from head-to-tail. Once I opened the book and laid eyes on the first sentence, I was glued to the spot the whole day, flipping page-to-page until day six I was finished the amazing, fascinating fantasy. I would recommend it to people of every age!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring .. Christopher Paolini, I praise you. You were a year older than me when you finished the first draft of this extrordinary novel. It has inspired me, and now I am starting work on my own book, maybe even trilogy. This book is so awesome, I just want to read it over and over and over. I am going to get Eldest when it releases in Paper Back, but until then, I guess I'm stuck reading this book repeatedly. Thank you Christopher for blessing us with this amazing book. Those of you who do not have this book, I comand you to scamper to your nearest book store and buy it.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and exciting! Eragon left me constantly excited and nervous due to the non stop action that the book provided, I could hardly put it down!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it not only to teenagers but also to any one who enjoys a good fantasy book. My only complaint is that from reading Lord of the Rings there are too many similarities between the two books.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I found this story to be quite amazing. The way that all the little details work into all the twists and turns of the plot is fantastic. Once i started reading this book i couldn't put it down, i have even started to read it again. This is definately a trilogy that i will be keeping up with!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was a fairly good book. When I read this book i thought it was terrific but i would not read it a second time for a few reasons: 1. A couple of the chapters with Brom i could have done without, as they were very boring in certain parts. 2. I believe Mr Paolini could have included more detail throughout the book and i sometimes felt that he had just rushed through them. 3. Some chapters i could almost have pulled word for word from a Lord of The Rings book. 4. Lastly i believe some of the parts of the book were just too fantastical and not really believable. Considering your age Mr Paolini you did very well.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! This book is great! I could not put it down, and when i did, i couldn't wait to get back to it! It had me crying and laughing throughout the book. I love books that have magic in them and this one ranks up in the top five on my list of favorite books! The main character Eragon participates in some pretty amazing situations and meets a variety of other creatures and characters that enrich the book even more! This is right alongside Harry Potter for me!
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Amazing I've always been interested in fantasy and dragon tales - but this book takes it far beyond my imagination. Paolini has taken readers into an new world with this book, filled with wonder and mystery at every turn. Listed as a teen novel, this book can be read by children, teens and adults - I'm 18 and its one of my top choices for recommending books! Laugh, love and enjoy the thrilling adventure of Eragon and the Dragon Riders in this amazing book, continued on in Eldest.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great I read this cover to cover in about 3 or 4 days, it was absolutly great, I read the second one as well, an now I'm looking around for the 3rd book, but I think it might not be out yet, I'm gonna stay on the look-out. If anyone likes adventure and magic an all that sort of stuff, I'd highly recomend this trilogy.
Date published: 2006-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Fantasy Eragon is an addictive story of a young innocent boy thrusted into a world of adventure filled with elves, dragons, dwarves and a lot of magic. Eragon's world is turned upside down when he accidentally stumbles on a magically blue stone in the middle of a forest. The blue stone turns out out to be one of the most important artifacts in all of Alegaesia, and turns Eragon into one of the most significant beings alive. Eragon is one of the most pleasent novels I have ever read - and is filled with astounding events, and secrets as well as an array of interesting characters with different traits and personalities. The true boundaries between good and evil are set, as the characters develop. From that innocent boy to a hero, and a savior. The story, however does not end, and the second book Eldest continues this trilogy. It bares many similarities to acclaimed titles such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. The storyline seems quite similar to Star Wars and the characters have a lot of Tolkein's creativity, not to take away from Paolini's excellent creativity. Therefore, I encourage all readers of this review to take Eragon off the shelves. Give yourself something to smile about as you read all about this young boy's journey to defeat evil in Alegaesia.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon: A Fantasy Masterpiece This is a great book that is the start to a fabulous series that is sure to have a dedicated group of followers. Christopher Paolini has taken the traditional fantasy view of elves, dragons, and dwarves and added some of his own races, like the urgals. Eragon is a read for all ages and brings to life the story of an adolescent boy thrust into a role of great responsibility. As Eragon treks through the lands of Alaglaesia, Christopher Paolini draws you into an incredible story. This book is a must for any fantasy lover and I would recommend it to anyone who remotely enjoyed Harry Potter or Tolkien. It is the most incredible book I've ever read!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! This book was absolutely amazing!! I could not help but admire what an imaginative author Paolini is. This book will dazzle you in the first few chapters. The characters are so real and alive! This book was so awsome that I cryed while reading it, tears streaming down my face I labeled this one of the best books I've ever read. It will not disapoint!
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top 3 Favourites Although I found this in the young adult section, I don't believe it can really be designated to that age group. I was just turning 18 when I bought it and I enjoyed it whole-heartedly. This is definately the kind of book I'll have my children read. It shows so much passion, and realistic emotions that people can actually relate to. Christopher Paolini is an extremely talented writer, and at such a young age at that. Not many writers his age can accomplish so much with his first book. This book sits in second place on my list of favourites. His sequel "Eldest" sits at third.
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dragons, Elfs, Magic. Eragon is an extremely thrilling fantasy book, that will make you cry, laugh, and even scream. This book was mainly about a young 16 year old boy that finds an amazing object that changes his life forever. An amazing power is revealed as Eragon, his friend Brom and a few other allies make a long diffacult journey to get away from the empire. I think this book was a wonderful, exciting novel, that lots of fantasy loving readers would love to have. I liked this book because it was thrilling, sad, exciting, and magical. I love the ending Christopher Paolini gave the book, and I wouldn't change it. Reading this book made me feel more confident. I might have been closley related to Eragon if he wasn't in midevil times. I think this book would appeal to fantasy, and escape loving readers because it has lots of magic, fantasy creaters, amazing carecters, and traps. If I could change one thing about this novel I would make sure the names were less hard to pronounce. This book reminded me of another book series called Warriors; it reminded me of Warriors because it has lots of intense parts, and they both have wars. I would recomend this book to a higher reading level.
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing!!! For me, reading was never a task that i enjoyed. I could hardly ever find a book that made me not want to put it down. Eragon has changed my whole perspective on reading, it has taught me the joy in reading a great fantasy novel. Eragon is a book of great adventure, dragons, and magic. take my advice and read this book. Even if you dont enjoy reading, this book is for you!
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was absolutely amazing! It redefines fantasy books. I was not a big fantasy reader, but this book was a Top Ten on my list. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something fresh and new. Anybody who loves adventures will love this book!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Thia book was absolutely amazing! I could not put it down. The world of Eragon was easy to picture in your mind's eye. I read it so fast that it seemed like ages untill the next one came out. My best friend was also in awe. It was great! I can't wait for the third book.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totaly The Best Ever Book! I you love Adventure Stories to Make you laugh, cry, and jump, you will ABSOLUTELY love this book. It really couldn`t be better, and I really couldn`t say enough about this book. Truly, If you are satisfied with a simple book, this on ewill knock you right off your feet! Eragon is so exciteing, I just CANT WAIT to see the next book that is now out and said to be even better (which I can`t emagine possible,) called Eldest. I warn you, It isn`t the quickest of reads thiough, It will have you on your toes for weeks! (If you are a very fast reader. This book is huge!) So Out of all the books at Chapters or Indigo, I deffenetly say that this one is the best. If you need another book to read, or for a gift, there could never be a better book. sorry, if I sound a little obsessed with this book, but really, you will seriously be amazed if you read it. I couldn`t put it down the whole time I read it, and it is all I could think about while reading. If you are interested, I garantee It is great. Really.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definately a favourite Eragon is no doubt one of the best books I have ever read. I borrowed it from a friend and after I was so captured by the medieval novel of dragon lore and so much more that I had to buy it and keep re-reading it until the sequel Eldest came out. Eragon is a perfect blend of adventure, mystery, suspense, and thrill from the first page until the very last, ending at a cliffhanger ready to be carried along in the sequel.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect read this is one of the all time master peices of childrens lit i have ever read in my life time. it is full of mystery and adventure, and to think that the person who wrote it was 16!!! this is the best book you can read and i hope more people find the specialness in it too. nick rudolph
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book This was a great book, it was like a buch of great novel smashed into one. I started out skeptical (as I always am when reading new books) but quickly the book got exciting and I was wondering what was going to happen next, Christopher must have spent a long time coming up with this amazing novel, I can't wait until the sequel comes out in paperback.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! Along with Eldest, these books are right up there with Harry Potter and The Edge Chronicles. Full to burst with suspence, and action coming out the ears. 10/10!!! Christopher Paolini writes like a pro, yet these are his first two books!!!
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unbelieveable work of Art Chistopher Paolini first work of absolute genius. The characters, plot and vast land in this book is described with such awe and detail it is mindblowing. He is an unbelieveable writer and the fact he wrote this book when he was only 15 is amazing and inspiring to someone who wants to be a writer as well. He paid very close attention in describing things with such awe inspiring detail. I recommend this book to any and everyone.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An absolutely Great Fantasy! The Book has such a wonderful descriptiveness that you actually feel your there watching it all page after page. It's got magic, dragons, evil, destruction, love, family and friends. It keeps you definately wanting more.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest book of the century! When I heard of this book about 1 year ago, I thought it would be another usless book that I would not enjoy, but after getting it out of my school library I can say it's the best book since Lord of the Rings. Deep in enchanting magic that will keep you coming back for more, I highly recomend it.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from magnificent story Praise to Christopher Paolini for his amazing novel Eragon. This is one of the best books I have read all year. I loved it so much, that I read it over and over and then lent it to all my friends. I can't wait for the movie!!!!
Date published: 2006-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb this book was the best book i ever read it had great dialouge and you could understand the book perfectly i recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2006-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to read this Awsome, Amazing! It is my favourite book I have ever read! Read it!
Date published: 2006-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one word "amazing" i got this book a year ago and i couldn't stop reading it! i got the other one after that and couldn't put it down either.
Date published: 2006-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was awesome! Has the perfect balance of Fantasy Suspense and much more! And for all the people that think that its just a one or two star book that wrote a review just chill and go bug some one else. Again AMAZING! Favorite Character though is Orik! So this is a must read!
Date published: 2006-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK highly overrated.
Date published: 2006-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from none This was the worst book i ever read and it is not anything like it looks like so i recommend not to buy it!
Date published: 2006-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Rules!!!!! I read this book over the Summer. I like this book for the dragons and the medevel theam. I have already started the second. This book is great for any body who likes mythology and magic.
Date published: 2006-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome ^^ This is an excellent book, a twister, unlike a vortex. When I started to read this, I got sucked into it! I advise all who buy this book to give a good rating. Afterall. It does rock, and it traps you in a twister. Reading for hours. If you truly want to have the thrill of reading this book, go into a quiet, lighted room. Read, and imagine ^^. Thats my advice to all of you buyers! Read the epologe first. It contains mighty information about some monster description.
Date published: 2006-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read After reading this book I wanted more! I went straight to reading this book to the second and i couldn't belive some of the twists and turns and mysteries. The start of this book is really good, but if yer reading it right now and are still on the start...Keep on reading because it gets way better!
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing fantasy i think it is an amazing book. you really get into it. Alot of adventure and fighting. if u like harry potter then you'll love this book.
Date published: 2006-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon I think it is awesome. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy novels
Date published: 2006-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eragon this book was absouloutely exellent and i advise anyone who likes adventure books to read this book ,i am looking forward to reading eldest and most of all book 3!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome book! I thought this book was simply wonderful! I't was as great as; if not better than all the Harry Potter books! Whoever is a fan of the H.P series, do not miss out on this book! I can't wait untill I can read Eldest! This book was wonderful, I KNOW it will be one of those books that I will read many times! I've been up late many nights, unable to tear my eyes from this book. The entire world sould read this book! PS: If there was a option to rate this book with 100 stars I would do it!
Date published: 2006-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantasy again! Although this book's myth was very close in content to that of Tolkiens LOTR. Its characters and relationship between Eragon and his Dragon was very well written. I think any avid fantasy fan should read this book, even though the mythology is a tad weak.
Date published: 2006-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Start While many would say Christopher's writing style is an excellent one, I highly disagree. It's unseasoned and far too fast paced in certain areas and not enough in others. (His regular boring sessions of training with Brom being a key point of pains.) Keeping in mind he was only a teenager at the point of writing, I shall applaud this attempt. the battles were intense and kept me interested, Christopher is a semi-master on suspence. However, the mysteries he displays about the character's pasts are poorly introduced. I already knew who his father was before even finishing the first book. After reading the second, I found myself laughing that I was right. It was far too obvious to the keen eye, and it could have been someone so much less formulated. Overall, it's an enjoyable read for children. The genre of fantasy is indeed filled with this sort of story, they do tend to repeat themselves. Since it is to be expected, perhaps other aspiring authors will take heed of this and possibly change it in the near future. I will continue to read this triology, in hopes that Christopher will take care of those mistakes. -Sachi
Date published: 2006-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon I've been reading all the reviews and I've read the 2 books. Yes, some people gave it a low rating but some gave it a high rating. i did agree it did get some things from LOTR and Star Wars but in my opinion, i only minded about the book. i thought the book wasn't perfect, but it had suspense, action and adventure. 3 thumbs up for this book!
Date published: 2005-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazzzzzzyyyyyyyy....... This book ruled. It was the at most best. This is my fav book in the world. I got it 7 days ago and i done. I was glued to this book. You should read it. My mom use to beg me to pick up a book and read it. But as i started reading i could not let go. I was even reading it on pizza night. No matter what book type you like you have to give this book a try. I am just about to start Eldest. Even my best friend Smarth read it and he fliped.
Date published: 2005-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eragon rocks! Eragon is the best book ever! IT is a journey that will want you reading more. Why cant you rate higher than 5? 1000 ____ 1000
Date published: 2005-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOOOOOO AMAAAAZIINNG! WOW! This book truely takes my breath away. I now understnad the meaning of that song. It was so good..I was caught up in my memory. In other words, there was a suspenseful twist of adventure and fantasy! Recommended to any book-loving kids!
Date published: 2005-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eragon eragon is good for alot of people into fantasy and mythical creatures and magic. It is an amazing book!! P.S. you should read eldest(2nd book) too!!
Date published: 2005-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent This book is one of my favourite books its emmotional and its just awsome words cannot describe how great this book is. I think Paolini is a very talented auther and if I were to be a vote on best auther he would get mine.
Date published: 2005-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon I bought this book for my 9 year old son at the school book fair. Needing something to read one afternoon I picked up Eragon and could not put it down. I strongly recommend it for young and the young at heart. It was TERRIFIC!
Date published: 2005-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best damn book ever this book is magical it will take you on a ride you've never been on before!
Date published: 2005-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Awsome!! I loved this book it was the best book i ever read !!! but i read it when i was 11 so it took me 3 months to finish it i hope that eldest dont take me that long to finish!! HaHa ya well this book is the best!
Date published: 2005-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from all that hype for a ripped off book? people who write stuff like Lord of the RIngs took 50 years to be made into a movie but eragon only took 2 are not looking at the big picture. Do you think they had special effects in the 1950s to make LOTR into a movie? Better yet, did most movies even have COLOUR back then? Anyways, the main point im trying to make is that Eragon (and Eldest) are overrated. I enjoyed Eragon the first time, but now that i am older i can see that it rips other books off. A lot (I cringed at the Luke, i am your father rip off in ELdest ) If all i have to do is take STar WArs, Lancedragon and LOTR and put them together to get fame, i might as well try it. Lastly, i do have to say that Paolini DOES have his own distinct style of writing thats somewhere between LOTR and Harry Potter, and i think that is why the younger readers cant tell that hes ripping off every fantasy known to man.
Date published: 2005-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Review AMAZING BOOK. there has never been a better book on the face of the earth. this is a four time bestseller and a booksense of the award winner. Movie will come out in '06. EVERYONE MUST READ THIS TRILOGY.
Date published: 2005-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The best series I have ever, and most likely will ever, read! Both books were amazing. It's one of Heather's picks and I think she picked right, although I'm not sure why she didn't pick the sequal as a pick.
Date published: 2005-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Eragon is the best book I have currently ever read. As a fan of the LOTR trilogy, I found great intrest in this book. Christopher Paolini really brings the characters and enviorment to life. Many others have tried to recreate a fantasy book such as LOTR, but many, in my opinion, have done poorly. Eragon is one of my favorites due to the facts of fantasy and epic battles scenes. Eragon keeps you tied to the book the entire time and has many twists and turns. I also can't belive the content of this book which is absolutely fantastic and an incredible job well done. I can't wait until I get my hands on book two: ELDEST!
Date published: 2005-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. My little sister showed me this book ,and I figured that since I liked dragons, I would read it. Well, I was blown out of the water. This book is in the same level as Harry Potter. I can't wait for the sequel, nor for the movie that is coming out soon. Also, for those parents who think sheltering their child from a little fantasy violence will protect them from life, stick it up your nose. The evening news is more violent, the Bible itself has more profanity. (Sorry to the good religous people) This book is so incredible, I think it should be snuck into beds at night to be read. WOW!
Date published: 2005-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great Anyone else getting Terry Brooks vibes? The only thing that made me keep reading was Paolini's excellent writing style. The plot and characters are groaners with every seterotype you can think of: ophan boy saves world, dragon riders, mysterious mentor, elf girl, desturbed sidekick... ugh. The characters are totally untouchable and nothing in this book is very realistic... If you're any kind of fantasy reader you know that the plot has been used a thousand zillion times and it is DULL. I can only hope that Paolini comes up with something more original... With his amazing writing anything original would be a great read!!
Date published: 2005-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeding This book is good! Even though I'm only on the first 40 or 50 pages, I'm already planning on buying Eldest. I hope there are a whole series coming soon! Say, what is the book after Eldest?
Date published: 2005-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good While I do agree that he has used character types like McCaffrey's dragon riders of pern and LOTR he uses them in different ways, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2005-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Being ADD and Dislexic i do not read much. But my Nephew brought Eragon when he came to visit. One day i picked it up, thinking I would just see what it was about. In a few days I had the book read from cover to cover and LOVED it. Had me hooked from the beginning and kept me hooked. Which no book has EVER done for me. THANK YOU
Date published: 2005-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whoever has not read this book you should its great read it if your into fantasy then buy it and read it and read it
Date published: 2005-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon As a reader I enjoy fantasy novels, and this is one of the best novels that has ever been written by a young writer. Paolini did an exellent job. I love the way the characters were so secretive, it kept me holding on and wanting to know the answers. All the characters were unique and just dismal. I enjoyed this novel to a great extent and have already began the 2nd and waiting for the 3rd to be released.
Date published: 2005-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding This book is a mix of Harry Potter magic with a bit of a twist and The Lord of the Rings put together to form an excellent book.
Date published: 2005-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great book I LOVE this book i got addicted to it and could not put it down it made me feel like i was living in the book i dreamed eragon when i slept and read it during the day i have read it 3 times and i always learn something new!
Date published: 2005-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is...... I got about sixty pages in, fighting the urge to close it every time i read another one of Paolini's Thesaurus loaded sentences, like -- His contenance was resigned --. I kept going, thinking that although this was only book one in the series, perhaps at the very least, Paolini would learn how to write sometime before the second book. But i can't finish it. The story-line seems interesting and it's a very nice book to look at, but the the writing is just too constipated to bare. My contenance is resigned.
Date published: 2005-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book is difficult to put down...if you are interested in Fantasy books it is an interesting read. It is true that there are snippets of it that seem to be borrowed from Lord of the Rings or others but it doesn't seem to matter once you dragon has hatched. It is a compelling story and even more so for the fact that it was written by a 15 year old!! Good read.
Date published: 2005-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK EVER Eragon is my favorite book of all!!!!! It has action, adventure, awesome characters and iyou just can't stop reading it. It is an excellent book and I recommend it to any adventure book lover!!!!!
Date published: 2005-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Eragon was truly a wonderful read. You were never quite what the somewhat rash Eragon would do next. But some how no matter what he did he always found some way out of his mess. (One way or an other.) Eragon was one of my personal favourites and I am eagerly awaiting the next release in this epic trilogy.
Date published: 2005-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, solid debut This book was a pretty good debut for this author. I liked reading this book. It was a little on the cheesy side and it was also similar to many others in this genre. However, I am happy to say that it had a great plot and intrigueing characters. A friend told me that the ending was one the best he has read and left him wanting more. I agree with this because it was definetely a great cliffhanger. Great book; I reccomend this to anyone who is into fantasy stuff. :) !
Date published: 2005-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon: the awsomest book ever That book is great! its got romance, action, thrills and mystery; everything you could want in a book! Im always telling my friends that they have got to read it and i cant wait for the second one to come out!
Date published: 2005-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flush, dead. This book took forever to take off, at page sixty he had just got the dragon egg, which does lead to the dragon, if you read the back cover. Nothing happens! Dullsville! good potential, but needs to start sooner.
Date published: 2005-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding, Excellent, Book!!!!! Eragon, is the book of the year. It has a deep story line that you can plunge yourself into. Some people may try to give it a neutral rating, but i disagree. Eragon is a book that i would recommend to anyone. Although, i wouldn't recommend it to someone young. The book would probably be difficult for young people to follow. Eragon is a great book. Everyone should read it...Excellent book!
Date published: 2005-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I hate it...??? I love it...??? I have noticed while reading through the Eragon reviews that most people tend to give Eragon an outstanding 5 star review without really judging or criticizing anything whithin the book. While there are a few people who are judging the book more harshly, they appear few and far between. I don't think the book is total junk or the most outstanding piece of litarature ever seen in 200 hundred years. I am going to attempt to give it a somewhat neutral rating and to present both the good and the bad sides of the story. While it is true that Eragon is a bit overated it may still be worth your time to read it. I would suggest bowering it first in case you end up becoming one of the I totally hate its guts type person.While it is true that a lot of Eragons story line is based upon other, relativley well-known fantasies such as Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, it also has a certain original flair of its own. As for what people have been saying about the fact that most/all of the characters have very one-dimensional personals, it is partly true, but I think perhaps in the next book we may hope to see more and deeper character development. And yes, being young is not really an excuse for mediocre literature, but you should also take into account that he is probably very inexpeirenced(though that's not really an excuse either...). All in all, I would say that you should at least try reading Eragon before you let your mind be made up for you that Eragon is most defiantly not worth your time. It is actully a very interesting story once you get into it. You never know, you just might decide it's one the best thing you've read all year...
Date published: 2005-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible. This book is extremely difficult to finish because it’s so horrible. The vast majority of it is just rehashed from other fantasy books, but that's not the worst part of Eragon. The book would have been so much better if the characters weren't so dull. No matter what happens to them it's hard to care because they don’t seem real. I wouldn't mind that the plot has been done before if there were some original ideas along with some original characters.
Date published: 2005-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eldest will be so cool.... This is a great book! Paolini created a great fantasy world with dragons, dwarves, and evil emporers. I find it so interesting when I found out that the elf-women ERagon had seen in his dreams, was responsible for him getting the egg! The only problem is this book left you wanting to know what happend next.. I think everyone should at least TRY to read this book.
Date published: 2005-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical, a real page-turner I've read Eragon about four times, and every time was even better. I think everyone should read Eragon, because your mind gets lost in every chapter.
Date published: 2005-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!! IT WAS THE BEST BOOK IF YOU DON'T READ IT YOUR REALLY MISSING OUT!! EVERYBODY READ IT
Date published: 2005-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good not Quite Great I really enjoyed Eragon but found a lot of similarities to Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series. Can't wait to read Eldest. Hopefully it compares only to it self.
Date published: 2005-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review This is by far the best fantasy book I have ever read. I didn't find it similar to LOTR or Harry Potter, just better. This writer has amazing talent and I'm absolutely dying for the next book to come out.
Date published: 2005-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Eragon is one of the most wonderous, exciting, descriptive and captivating books Ive ever read! It was so wonderful, I couldnt wait until 'Eldest', the sequel was released! Its finally here, and I can only imagine what wonders Christopher Paolini will create this time.
Date published: 2005-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MOST AWESOMEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book rocks,it's exciting, adventure, and dragons! *loves dragons* you got to check out this book,at the begining it's a bit slow, a bit of a breeze, but then it's so awesome it'll blow you away! nothing shall stop Eragon and Saphira from stoping the evil Galbotrix! i can't wait for the new book to come out, i'm even going to reserve a copy! and i never do that!
Date published: 2005-07-13

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Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 1.09 in

Published: April 26, 2005

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375826696

ISBN - 13: 9780375826696

About the Book

This deluxe edition of "Eragon" includes an excerpt from "Eldest," the next volume in the Inheritance trilogy; an exclusive foldout map of Alagaesia; never-before-seen art by the author depicting Zar'roc, Eragon's sword; and an expanded pronunciation guide to the Ancient and Dwarf languages.

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DISCOVERY Eragon knelt in a bed of trampled reed grass and scanned the tracks with a practiced eye. The prints told him that the deer had been in the meadow only a half-hour before. Soon they would bed down. His target, a small doe with a pronounced limp in her left forefoot, was still with the herd. He was amazed she had made it so far without a wolf or bear catching her. The sky was clear and dark, and a slight breeze stirred the air. A silvery cloud drifted over the mountains that surrounded him, its edges glowing with ruddy light cast from the harvest moon cradled between two peaks. Streams flowed down the mountains from stolid glaciers and glistening snowpacks. A brooding mist crept along the valley’s floor, almost thick enough to obscure his feet. Eragon was fifteen, less than a year from manhood. Dark eyebrows rested above his intense brown eyes. His clothes were worn from work. A hunting knife with a bone handle was sheathed at his belt, and a buckskin tube protected his yew bow from the mist. He carried a wood-frame pack. The deer had led him deep into the Spine, a range of untamed mountains that extended up and down the land of Alagaësia. Strange tales and men often came from those mountains, usually boding ill. Despite that, Eragon did not fear the Spine–he was the only hunter near Carvahall who dared track game deep into its craggy recesses. It was the third night of the hunt, and his food was half gone. If he did not fell the doe, he would be for
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Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until 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 save—or destroy—the Empire.

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

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A #1 New York Times Bestseller

2004 Book Sense Book of the Year

A USA Today Bestseller

A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

“Full praise to Eragon, and I want more! A winner . . . tip of the hat to young master Paolini.”—Anne McCaffrey, author of The Dragonriders of Pern series

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.”—People

“An authentic work of great talent . . . I found myself dreaming about it at night, and reaching for it as soon as I woke.” ─Liz Rosenberg, The New York Times Book Review

“Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that’s sure to flourish.” —Booklist, Starred

“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.”—Publishers Weekly

“Will appeal to legions of readers who have been captivated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy.”—School Library Journal

About the Author

Christopher Paolini’s abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen after being homeschooled all his life. Both Eragon and Eldest, the second book in the Inheritance cycle, became instant New York Times bestsellers. Christopher is currently at work on Brisingr, the third volume in the cycle. He lives in Montana, where the dramatic landscape feeds his visions of Alagaësia.

You can find out more about Christopher and Inheritance at www.alagaesia.com.


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From Our Editors

Junior Booklover Contest Winner Bobby, 15, from Vancouver, BC After finding a mysterious blue stone, Eragon is throttled into a new life entirely. The stone, he later discovers, is in fact not a stone at all, but is that of legends; a dragon egg. The egg hatches, and a dazzling creature, complete with piercing blue eyes and shimmering scales emerges. While attempting to conceal his new found companion from his family, Eragon discovers that he and the dragon share a telepathic connection; theyre able to communicate without using a single word. As the newly named dragon, Saphira, grows, Eragons troubles do accordingly. Disaster strikes when Eragons family farm is destroyed, and his Uncle is brutally murdered. The culprits behind the heinous attack are an elusive duo of assassins, employed by the inhumanly evil King Galbatorix, ruler of all Algaiseia. Why such eminent figures would bother with a mere peasant family is a mystery to Eragon. Perhaps the attack is has something to do with the hatching of his dragon, Saphira? Enraged and confused, Eragon vows to avenge his Uncle. Eragon sets off in pursuit of the assassins, accompanied by Saphira, as well as an old man called Brom. Their epic adventure is chalk full of battle, fantasy, suspense, which ultimately changes Eragons life for ever. Wow, what a read! Eragon was written with eloquence and style, to be rivalled by a select few. The story is told in third person narrative, which is extremely effective in telling the complex st
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Editorial Reviews

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

2004 Book Sense Book of the Year

A USA Today Bestseller

A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

“Full praise to Eragon, and I want more! A winner . . . tip of the hat to young master Paolini.”—Anne McCaffrey, author of The Dragonriders of Pern series

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.”—People

“An authentic work of great talent . . . I found myself dreaming about it at night, and reaching for it as soon as I woke.” ─Liz Rosenberg, The New York Times Book Review

“Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that’s sure to flourish.” —Booklist, Starred

“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.”—Publishers Weekly

“Will appeal to legions of readers who have been captivated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy.”—School Library Journal

Bookclub Guide

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1. History and Beliefs

- Compare the different historic traditions of Alagaësia as they are explained in Eldest. Why do the dwarves, the elves, and the humans all have such different mythologies? What do their stories tell us about each of their races?

- What does Saphira tell Eragon about the dragons’ beliefs in Eldest? Compare what the dragons believe with what the dwarves and elves do.

- After reading Eldest, explain the origins of the animosity among the races of dragons, elves, dwarves, and humans. What are the effects of those ancient wars on the present day situation in Alagaësia?

- Why are the elves vegetarians? Why does Eragon become a vegetarian after living with them and studying with Oromis in Eldest?

- Compare the ways the different races live–the elves in the forest, the dwarves in their caves, the humans in cities and towns. How does the habitat of each of these peoples affect their way of life and their connection with their environment?

2. Family and Home

- Discuss who his parents might be. Why is his father’s identity a mystery, and why did his mother bring him to her brother to raise and then disappear? How does the reader’s understanding change after reading Eldest?

- What was Eragon’s life like before he found the dragon’s egg in the Spine in Eragon? How did his discovery of the egg change his life?

- Why was Eragon comfortable exploring the Spine when everyone else in his village was afraid of the place? What does the Spine represent to the other inhabitants of Carvahall? How does Roran convince them to overcome those fears in Eldest?

- Is it hard for Roran to convince the villagers to leave their homes in Eldest? What does he hope to find for them when they do leave? Why do some insist on staying behind?

- Does Nasuada take control of the Varden because she is Ajihad’s daughter or because she has special qualities of leadership? Compare Nasuada’s relationship with her father in Eragon with Arya’s relationship with Islanzadí in Eldest.

- Why does Hrothgar make Eragon a member of his clan before he leaves Farthen Dûr in Eldest? What does this mean to Eragon?

- What feelings do Eragon and Roran experience when they meet again at the end of Eldest? Why is Roran so angry with Eragon? Can he forgive Eragon for Garrow’s death?

- When Murtagh tells Eragon who he really is at the end of Eldest, what effect does it have on him? Do you think what Murtagh tells him is true? What does it mean for Eragon’s future?

- In the last chapter of Eldest, Eragon thinks: “Fathers, mothers, brothers, cousins . . . It all comes down to family.” What does he mean? Who is Eragon’s true family? Where has he found his greatest sense of belonging?

3. Destiny and Responsibility

- The first line of Eragon reads: “Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world.” What does this opening tell you about the meaning of destiny in the tale? What does the author mean by a “scent that would change the world”?

- Discuss the importance of names in Christopher Paolini’s novels. How does it affect Eragon to learn that his name was also the name of the first dragon rider? How does he choose Saphira’s name in the first book? In Eldest, how is Eragon affected by others calling him “Shadeslayer”? How has Galbatorix gained control over Murtagh and why is that control so complete?

- What does Saphira mean in Eragon when she says, “It is our destiny to attempt the impossible, to accomplish great deeds regardless of fear. It is our responsibility to the future.” Is this true for everyone? What is the responsibility of each of us to the future?

- In Eragon, Angela the fortuneteller says, “To know one’s fate can be a terrible thing.” Would you want to know your future if someone could tell you? Why does Eragon decide to hear her predictions? What does she mean when she says, “That freedom [to choose your fate] is a gift, but it is also a responsibility more binding than chains”? Which of her predictions (in the chapter titled “The Witch and the Werecat”) actually come true as the story continues in Eldest?

- How does it affect Roran when people start to call him “Stronghammer” in Eldest? Why does Roran take most of the village of Carvahall with him in his quest to rescue Katrina?

- How does Eragon change in the course of his studies with Oromis in Eldest? Which of his new powers are the result of hard training and which are the result of learning more about the use of magic? Is he, indeed, fulfilling a destiny or responding to his sense of duty and responsibility–or both?

4. Trust and Fear

- In Eragon, how does Eragon know that he can trust Brom enough to travel with him? Why does he leave his home and all that is familiar to him?

- Who are the Ra’zac and what do they represent to Eragon when he first encounters them in Eragon? Why do the Ra’zac return to Carvahall in Eldest? Why do they take Katrina away with them? Is it trust or fear that makes the people of Carvahall follow Roran into the wilderness?

- In the first book, when Eragon realizes that Arya is an elf, does it change his feelings about her? Why does he rescue her from the prison even though it puts his own safety in jeopardy? What is it that keeps Arya from returning Eragon’s affection in Eldest?

- When Eragon finds the stronghold of the Varden in the first book he is challenged and his mind probed by the Twins. Why did Ajihad trust the Twins? Are there clues in Eragon to indicate that the Twins were actually working for Galbatorix, as we discover in Eldest?

- How does Eragon feel when he learns about Murtagh’s parentage in Eragon? Does the fact that Murtagh’s father was Morzan affect Eragon’s trust of him? Does it affect your feelings about his character? What does Eragon feel when he realizes who he is fighting at the end of Eldest? Will he ever be able to trust Murtagh again?

- What is Eragon’s greatest fear? What is Roran’s greatest fear? Do their fears affect the way they act and interact with others? Discuss their reunion in the last chapter of Eldest. Why does Roran strike Eragon? How do they regain their trust for each other?

5. Use and Abuse of Power

- In Eldest, Oromis says: “As Galbatorix has demonstrated, power without moral direction is the most dangerous force in the world.” What does he mean by this? By the end of Eldest what other characters have “power without moral direction”?

- Discuss the connection of magic to power in this story. Why does Eragon have to learn the use of magic so slowly, first from Brom (in Eragon) and then from Oromis (in Eldest)? Who are the other characters that can use magic and what are the limits on their magical powers?

- Why does the use of magic drain the energy of the person performing the magic? What are the ways that Eragon learns to control his use of magic and his energy in Eldest?

- In Eldest, is Murtagh able to use magic more effectively than Eragon? Why do you think this is so?

6. Good and Evil

- Many fantasy novels deal with the struggle between forces of good and evil. Discuss the ways in which the Inheritance books explore this theme and which characters represent good and which represent evil. Are there some characters that you are still not sure about by the end of Eldest?

- Eragon begins with the Shade and his ruthless ambush of the elf we later learn is Arya. How did this Prologue affect your anticipation of the story to come? Why is the Prologue titled “Shade of Fear”? What do we learn of the Shade’s past when he is killed at the end of Eragon?

- How did Galbatorix establish his rule of Alagaësia? According to the history Brom shares in Eragon, what experiences turned Galbatorix into a cruel and feared ruler?

- The Urgals seem to be completely ruthless, yet Eragon is hesitant to kill them with his magic in Eragon. In the chapter called “A Costly Mistake,” why does he only use his magic to stun them? Why is he so upset when Murtagh kills Torkenbrand, the slave trader? By the end of Eldest, Eragon has different feelings about the Urgals. What has changed his mind?

- In Eldest Roran commits crimes in his efforts to save the people of Carvahall who have placed their trust in him; he kills, steals, and uses trickery to get what he needs. Can he justify what he has done in the name of helping others? How does he feel about the men he has killed?

- Why is Oromis so angry about the blessing that Eragon gave to the child in Farthen Dûr? What is the place of Elva in the story by the end of Eldest? Is her blessing/curse a force for good or for evil? How can it work both ways?

7. Character Study

- Compare Eragon and his cousin Roran. How do Eragon’s and Roran’s journeys in Eldest parallel each other and how are they different? Describe the changes in each of them from the beginning of Eragon to the end of Eldest. What influences are most important on their growth? Which people and events are most important to their development?

- Compare Brom (in Eragon) and Oromis (in Eldest). How are they similar and how are they different? What does each of them contribute to Eragon’s training? Which of them, do you think, has the most influence on Eragon’s growth as a Rider?

- How would you describe Arya? Why does Arya reject Eragon’s romantic feelings in Eldest? What aspects of her personality contribute to their friendship and what keeps them from having a romantic relationship? How does Arya feel about being the daughter of the queen?

- Compare the magical qualities of Angela and Elva as we see them in Eldest. What do we know about each of them and how do their magical abilities contribute to the story? How do you feel about these characters–in terms of their trustworthiness?

- Compare the leadership styles of Nasuada and Orrin, the king of Surda, in Eldest. Why do the Varden go to Surda, and what help do they expect from Orrin?

- Describe the character of Saphira. How has she grown from the time she was a hatchling? What does she learn from Glaedr and how does she grow during her training? What are some of the difficult feelings and pain that Saphira and Eragon share? What are some of the joys that they share?

8. One Step Beyond: Predictions

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Do you think Eragon will ever be able to return to the Palancar Valley and Carvahall? He longs for his home in the midst of his adventures, but will he and Roran be able to return to the farm when their adventures are over?

- At the end of the first book, Eragon hears a voice in his head, someone helping him to escape the horrors of Durza’s memories. In Eldest, we learn that person is Oromis, who will become Eragon’s trainer. What foreshadowing comes at the end of Eldest? Predict some of the plot of Book Three of Inheritance. What do you expect to happen?

- Who are the characters that might play a major role in the next book? Will Eragon come face-to-face with Galbatorix? Will he fight Murtagh again? Will Eragon and Roran be able to rescue Katrina? Who will provide the most assistance to Eragon?

- Why do you think Galbaltorix continues to gain strength, and how is he able to make Murtagh stronger than Eragon? How do you think Eragon and Saphira can develop the strength to combat the evil powers of Galbatorix?

9. Connecting Fantasy to Real Life

- What kinds of good and evil do you hear about in the news of our world? Discuss examples from news stories that report events representing the good and evil in our society and in international news.

- What circumstances can bring people together to become friends and what can make those friendships grow and develop? What circumstances can hurt a friendship? What are some of the ways people have difficulty with family members?

- Do you feel that some people have a destiny to fulfill or a special reason for living? Name people in history who had a strong responsibility to a cause for good or evil. (Possibilities might be Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King for good causes and Attila the Hun, Adolf Hitler, and Josef Stalin for evil.)

- Name some characters from legend, literature, or film who represent the causes of good or evil. (Possibilities might be Luke Skywalker, King Arthur, Frodo for good; Darth Vader, Mordred, Sauron for evil.)



Guide prepared by Connie Rockman, Children’s Literature Consultant, adjunct professor of literature for youth, and editor of the Junior Authors and Illustrators series (H.W. Wilson).

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17