Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Random House Children's Books | August 26, 2003 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Eragon is rated 4.3673 out of 5 by 275.
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.

“An authentic work of great talent.”—The New York Times Book Review

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

“Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.”—Booklist, Starred

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

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Published: August 26, 2003

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 037589036X

ISBN - 13: 9780375890369

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 3 out of 5 by from ggg this book was ok but completely unoriginal. i think the author read too much lord of the rings and harry potter before writing this story because it was too similar. it got boring and after reading some amazing books like LOTR, this book seems junior.
Date published: 2005-07-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok, I guess Personally, I think Eragon was a mediocre book. If you've read LOTR, Herry Potter, and 3 assorted epic fantasy authors, you've read this book. It is completely derived from other books. There is a young, bewildered hero, an old mentor who(naturally) dies, a cruel and powerful dictator, bestial enemy who make short, gutteral noises, mystical elves (who surpass everyone in everything - that bothers me), sturdy dwarves, a beautiful maiden who is rescued by the hero, a young man who's father was completely evil (thus inheritence), a traitor in the midst of a rebel movement.....etc. I really believe that there is not one thing in this book that is original. If anyone sais that there is nothing original these days two words: Terry Pratchett
Date published: 2005-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER This book was by far better then harry potter, lord of the rings and even Artemis Fowl. I loved this book the author created his own definition of magic and sorcery instead of copying off others and created original characters with few similerities to others exept the bad guy but then again almost all bad gus are the same. all these things as well as the wonderfully written story line make me think this is the best book ever and I can't wait for the sequel. P.S. I shake my fist in anger at all who give this less then FIVE STARS.
Date published: 2005-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! Awesome!
Date published: 2005-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! This book is ranked up with Harry Potter for me. It's amazing how it's just someone the same age of me who wrote this. where does he get his ideas! Everyone has to read this book if they get a chance to. Buy it if you want it is worth reading over and over agian! YAY!
Date published: 2005-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... This book was one of the most unoriginal books that I have ever read. I mean he might as well have titled it Star Wars(but with dragons) I mean how much closer could the plot get to the plot of Star Wars? This kid would never had gotten this garbage published if his parents didn't own the company. I can't believe that kids are actually giving this book a 5 or even a 3 for that matter, i was being generous just giving it a two, don't read it, you can watch Star Wars to get the gist of it.
Date published: 2005-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, So good This was such a good book. People if your looking at buying this book take my advice and buy it. You probably won't regret it unless your ten and can't understant a book. So you this is such a good book. :)
Date published: 2005-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book Awesome book!!!!! Do I need to say more.
Date published: 2005-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This book was fantastic! I would make it mandatory reading for everyone 10 and older!! Beautifully written.
Date published: 2005-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extreme This book blows Harry Potter out of it's league. You just can't take your eyes off it and if you can the next day you'll be up at 2 am reading it again. The Urgals, dragons, elves and magic are amazing and you'll be glued to it like a tongue to a freezing lampost. If you like Harry Potter or LOTR this is the book for YOU!!!
Date published: 2005-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Rules!!! I just loved the book! I read it a million times! It blew me away.
Date published: 2005-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's da best! It's the best book I've ever read! I liked it so much I read it 21 times! Just waiting for Eldest to come out. I encourage other readers that can't find other books to read, to try and read this book. There's a 99.9% chance that u'll like it!
Date published: 2005-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS EXCELLENT! Everything was perfect; characters, story, and etc.. I could't put it down. I can't wait for the next book!!
Date published: 2005-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon An awesome book, a must read for all people interested in myths and mythical creatures. I can't wait for the follow-up in Eldest. I hope for it to be even better then Eragon. I hope the adventers live on even after Eldest and there be a thrid and even fourth book in the series...
Date published: 2005-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extrordinary!! I loved this book! i read it twice and still i cant wait till the next one comes out! read this book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (i still think the dragon on the sequel looks ugly!)
Date published: 2005-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Eragon is by far the best book i have ever read. It is full of action and adventure. If you want a good book to read, read this!
Date published: 2005-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! As much as I love my Harry Potter I love this book so much more, everything about it was so unique. I recieved this book for christmas and read it in 2 days. And pre-ordered Eldest the day after! I work in a bookstore and i alone have probably sold this book to 2 dozen people each coming back and telling me how much they enjoed it! I am definately a fan and I feel it's a shame its coming out in paperback because it's worth so much more then 13$ I would kindly pay the hardcover price for such a great book!
Date published: 2005-04-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... My friend lent me this book and she told me it was absolutely amazing. Desperate for a book and a fantasy lover, I quickly snatched it up. Little did I know that this book would be a waste of three days. While a pleasant enough read, I could not get past how the plot was patched together with the stories of other authors. In my opinion I felt that this book was “Star Wars: Dragon Edition.” The stories basically ran the same lines, and “The Empire” I mean come on. At least try to cover it up that you’re stealing other material. Not to mention the material stolen from Tolkien, granted that it’s pretty hard not to get criticized for using dwarves and elves; Tolkien almost owns them. I do not see the hype behind this novel, all it’s doing is stealing other peoples’ hype. Good effort for one so young, but not good enough for publication.
Date published: 2005-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXELENT!!! The book Eragon is by far the best and most : suspenceful, interesting and actionpack book i have ever read.For all those people who don't like this book don't know a good book.For all those people who know how to read i strongly recomebd this book IT IS WORTH THE MONEY!!!!!!BUY IT!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh... My friend lent me this book and she told me it was absolutely amazing. Desperate for a book and a fantasy lover, I quickly snatched it up. Little did I know that this book would be a waste of three days. While a pleasant enough read, I could not get past how the plot was patched together with the stories of other authors. In my opinion I felt that this book was “Star Wars: Dragon Edition.” The stories basically ran the same lines, and “The Empire” I mean come on. At least try to cover it up that you’re stealing other material. Not to mention the material stolen from Tolkien, granted that it’s pretty hard not to get criticized for using dwarves and elves; Tolkien almost owns them. I do not see the hype behind this novel, all it’s doing is stealing other peoples’ hype. Good effort for one so young, but not good enough for publication.
Date published: 2005-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING THIS BOOK WAS DA BOMB. YOU MUST READ IT.
Date published: 2005-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eragon how in gods name can u say that this book is bad. it's 1 of the best books I'v ever read and i love to read p.s. the cd just reads the words on the book
Date published: 2005-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the greatest book until the 2nd one comes out This book is the best book i have ever read(and i have read a lot). It has everything to be an amaving book, magic, swords, action and adventure.I have read this book at least four times and i still can`t stop reading it. I can`t wait till the second book comes out.
Date published: 2005-04-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... My friend lent me this book and told me that it was the best thing ever. I'm pretty into fantasy novels so I snatched it right up. Little did I know that this book would waste three days of my wek. Eragon, while a pleasant enough read, was a major disappointment. The story was extremely unoriginal. It might as well have been Star Wars, the dragon edition. It was almost the exact same plot as Star Wars and also borrowed ideas from other autors such as J.R.R Tolkien. But if you use elves and dwarves, you're going to be criticized for copying Tolkien. Sorry, it's just a fact of life. Nice attempt for one so young but not great enough to hold it's own.
Date published: 2005-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is without doubt the best book I have ever read. It has a fascinating storyline that no other book parallels. I have read the book numerous times and every time I do I enjoy just as much if not more than the first time I read it. My congratulations to Christopher on writing such an excellent story. The only thing that could be improved would be to move the release date on Eldest closer because the story was so addictive!!
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was pretty good It was a pretty good book and I shall be reading the second book (hopefully it'll pick up a little bit in the second book) but it really dosn't compair with JKR's genius work and description, or Jonathan Stroud's brilliant style and wonderful adventure, with a wicked twist of humor.... I find that this author jumps a little too much, he should allow for more development and a lot more description and emotion.. then it would really be a wonderful book!
Date published: 2005-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... My friend lent this book to me so I thought that I would give it a whirl, seeing as I like fantasy and all. Little did I know that this book would waste three days of my week. I'll admit it was a pleasant enough read despite how unoriginal it was. I picked up on the whole star wars thing right at the beginning and quickly began to notice ideas from other authors. I also thought this book was far too predictable. I predicted almost everything that happened in this book. The book also had a way too Tolkien feel towards the end, right down to the names of the dwarves and cities. I'm sorry but you can't really use dwarves and elves without a tolkien feeling so you're bound to get criticized for it. Don't buy it, borrow it. But good effort from one so young:)
Date published: 2005-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eragon I think that this was an excellent book.It had everything, a battle, a good story, and drama. I strongly recommend it and hope that whoever is reading this buys this book.
Date published: 2005-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER I CANT WAIT TILL THEY MAKE THE MOVIE IT IS A MUST READ AND IS GOING TO BE A MUST SEE!
Date published: 2005-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Eragon's a waste of time There are two types of opinions on Eragon, first are the people who say Eragon is the best book they' ve ever read. Second are the people who say Eragon is sloppily written and full of clichés. Anyway, I'm going to make my review an argument against the arguments of people who liked the book. 1- First are the people who say that you should enjoy Eragon and not let the things wrong with it get in your way of liking it. But that's not how books work. You can't just ignore things that are wrong with a book, but even if you could it wouldn't matter, because there's almost nothing good about Eragon. 2- Second are the people who say something along the lines of So what if Christopher Paolini has things from other books, lets face it, what hasn't been done before? Plenty of things haven't been done before, pick any book written in the last few years (other then Eragon) and in it you will be able to find loads of things that haven't been done. On the other hand, look at Eragon, I wasn't able to find a single new idea in it. 3- Then there are the people who say the book is unpredictable and suspenseful or whatever. It's only unpredictable if you've read very few fantasy books before this one. Otherwise pretty much everything that happens is foreseen. 4- Fourth are people who say you can't get all mad at Eragon because it was only written by a teenager. Published books are supposed to be good, not good in perportion to the authors age. Would you rather read a great book by a sixty year old or a mediocre book by someone your age? Anyway, this is taking too long, I'm going to end my review by just saying that this book is okay to introduce people to fantasy, but anyone who's reads more often should avoid this book.
Date published: 2005-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon a great book , read it for hours. And some more hours, long but it truly was a fantasy book.
Date published: 2005-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time fave book of all time I am a real fantasy lover and this book was perfect. it mixed fantasy creatures with the greed and hatred of an evil king it also has its own language i enjoyed it alot
Date published: 2005-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great book! This book kept me in suspence the whole time! I was told i could read for 5 miniutes and then go to bed and i wound up reading for an hour and a half! I loved how Christopher Paolini made it keep going on instead of Ending the book at page 200 then make another 2 books.
Date published: 2005-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waow The great thing about Eragon is that I wasn't able to put it down. I started reading it because my sister had her friends on the computer and tv and then I couldn't stop reading. I didn't eat anything that day because #1, I didn't want to let go of it and #2, because I was afraid some Urgals would attack me. = | I hate to compare it to LOTR, but it is much like it, yet in the same ways, so unbelievably different that I don't know WHY we even bother comparing it to LOTR. And the Harry Potter connection that people make is sort of out there. That is about a much different subject alltogether. I love this book too much for words.
Date published: 2005-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever Best Book Ever.
Date published: 2005-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon, I liked it Wow, What a great book. A kinda Harry Potter meets Lord of the rings with a dragon. I can't wait to read Eldest.
Date published: 2005-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is amazing I read it twice so far and loved it more the second time then the first. I can't stop reading it when I start it's just so incredible and full of details I was also quite surprised at the timeline but then again Christopher Paolini wrote about almost everyday so it was extremely detailed. Only I can't think of why it’s a children’s book..... I don't know too many 12 yr olds reading this but I do know allot of 14-16 yr olds that are since it was kind of oriented toward teens. Anyway don't let the ‘children’s book’ thing scare you off this book is amazing for any age. And this book really shouldn't be compared to Harry Potter since Harry Potter was really oriented toward younger kids and so on but I thought this book was a little better as I am a fan of detail. The only problem is the second book is taking too long to come out I bought Eragon about a year and a half ago and still have to wait another half a year!!!
Date published: 2005-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest book ever I enjoyed this book a lot. This is the best book I've ever read.
Date published: 2005-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Eragon is an awesome book whether your a frequent or a seldom reader.This magical world entrances all ages and is a cant-put-down type of read.You get addicted to the amazing adventure.You may also get into trouble for reading this while your in Math and and other class.There are alot of Eragon-aholics out there!
Date published: 2005-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best book I ever read I would recomend this book to any one. I just finished it and I can't wait for Eldest, the second book to come out, in August.
Date published: 2005-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome this is a great book im dont like reading but this book sucked me right in i couldnt stop reading it also all my friends have read one of the m got so into it he read it in one day this is a must read for 12 year olds
Date published: 2005-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Higest Praise This books is one of the best reads I've had the pleasure to experience in the recent past. Don't let the perhaps childish cover mislead you. I found similarities to Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern a standard if there is one for Human/Dragon bonding. The story is interesting from beginning to end, a Can't put it down type book. Accurate map and Pronunciation Guide plus a dictionary at the back of the book help with terms and phrases from the old language. Of course if you haven't figured it out by now, I strongly encourage you to hop on the band wagon, and strap in for the series, cause there is no way your gonna want this to end.
Date published: 2005-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Read You are either going to love it or hate. I chose to sit back and enjoy it and not pick it apart to pieces. If you are looking for a serious heavy plot thickening read then maybe yeah you will not enjoy it. But the story was good and for what I was in the mood to read it was perfect. No the grammar is not perfect, but that does not affect the story itself one bit!! The only thing that bugged me was the timeline, what seemed like a long period of time ended up shorter than you thought. I really enjoyed reading it; the story was enjoyable and the plot was solid. I read it in two days and that counts for something! I couldn't put it down enjoying the situations that they got into. The only thing I am wondering is why Eragon throughout the story was portrayed as someone who made a whole lot of stupid mistakes and fumbled his way through the situations?? And then at the end being portrayed as a hero?? To me he has yet to prove himself a hero, and so I am waiting patiently to see that happen in the next book; which I will buy in hardcover, and to some yes waste my money. The book was worth every penny I spent on it, because it was an easy read and the story was enjoyable and really all in all I couldn't put it down. And on that fact alone it is worth every penny and the five star rating!
Date published: 2005-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not up to the hype Thankfully this book was read by a talented actor. Otherwise i would not have been able to get through even listening to it. At first I thought that the length was impressive, having never written anything longer than 150 pages myself. However, that was before listening to the tape. This story drags on endlessly because the exposition must be given in very tedious conversations. Tolkien was a tad tedious at times with his exposition, but at least it was confined to only a few chapters. In this, each tape had a rather annoying question and answer period. It was almost as if the author was figuring things out as he wrote it rather than planning it out then writing it, which he may very well have done. The most annoying thing about this was the protagonist's existentilist questioning of himself and life, which does not belong in an adventure story. Well, sure you can have it, but it just seemed so out of place here. It would be better to just show his struggle with these issued than having him question it openly. Show, don't tell. I can't critisize him for borrowing details from his favourite stories because I do it all the time. Even so, any good writer should be able to disguise it so that readers can't tell what he borrowed at what he made up. Basically, the boy did not know what he was doing, and hadn't been exposed to enough of a variety of material to write something with obvious similarities. This was Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings with a bit of Dragon Riders mixed in with it. (or so I have been told, since I have not read that third one). The thing that gets me is how much praise this book recieves despite its obviously immature voice and poorly plotted story-line. Teens who write novels are not unusual. The unusual part is getting published. I have read several books by teens, published and unpublished. This is by far the worst that I have read. The boy is obviously brilliant, but is not a good writer.
Date published: 2004-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Eragon is an excellent book for both the young and old. My nephew recommended it to me and I absolutely love it despite the fact that I am an adult. The plot is captivating and the characters are interesting. The book provides enough detail to give a very good picture, but not enough to be condsidered boring. I think it is unfair that people are compring this book to the Harry Potter series. They are very different books focusing on different things.
Date published: 2004-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book There are a lot of people saying that this book is good for younger kids but I just loved this book. I've read it two times and i just about cried when i seen the second book was just about out. I love how the story line is so intersting. Of how Eragon found the egg and that everyone thought it was a stone. I just loved this book and I would recommed it to anybody and everybody.
Date published: 2004-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Urgh. This book either gets great reviews or lousy reviews, so I'll try and do one that's in-between. Yes, Paolini did some good stuff. I'll grant him that. He does not, however, deserve the attentino that's being put on him; half of it is there because of his age. Paolini has an irregular writing style, and seems to exist on large descriptions and overused plot devices, and he seems highly inexperienced. His prologue apparently underwent extreme editing, but I can't see it, unless it was alot worse beforehand. His age comes along in many reviews, which I find to be moot. Your age means nothing; it is your talent, and skill, and experience. Can you guess how old I am? Perhaps. This book had potential, but only if it wasn't so cliched, and was written with a steady hand. Don't bother to buy the book; borrow it from somewhere, because I don't want you wasting your money. Paolinin has already hit the jackpot, anyway, because someone that is was fabulous a kid had wrote such a big book, so they decided to make a movie, even though you'd be better off just renting Fellowship of the Ring.
Date published: 2004-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Eragon is a good book. It's full of adventure and excitement. You should buy the book and read it. It is great for a 12 year old boy who likes to read.
Date published: 2004-12-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from eragon is bad Do the people who reviewed this book on this page listen to the cd? I don't think they did, I think they just read the book. I didn't listen to the cd either, but I didn't like the book. Maybe the cd is really good, but the book is really bad. Don't buy the book, but maybe you should buy the cd, maybe it's good.
Date published: 2004-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad bad bad book Based on reader's reviews, you either love this book or hate it, and it should be fairly obvious where I stand (I almost didn't review this book because it meant I HAD to give it one star - hey Chapters, why can't we give books zero stars?). If you like books that are poorly written, use characters and plots from hundreds of other books, and move at a snail's pace, then Eragon is the book for you. If you like well written, original and exciting books, pass on Eragon.
Date published: 2004-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mystical with a hint of deja view I read this book not long after it had first showed up in book stores here, I had no preconceived ideas nor had I heared or read anything on it. The cover drew me in but I will agree with others that the little blurb on it does not do it justice. The story's style does hint at some vaguely familiar settings and some of the characters may cause you to reminisce about previous block buster hits, I won't name names, but there was still alot of originality to it, and you can sense the thought and passion that the author put into the characters. It took about a chapter or two to realy get going but then it was an intersting read all the way to the end. I would read it as well as its sequel which will be out soon I hope, I love cliff hangers, and as for the love interest someone mentioned in their review I expect that there will be more to that story as well, it will be something I am looking foward to seeing how it will unfold. Overall a good summer read and the younger kids I think will realy go for it but it does have an older audience appeal as well.
Date published: 2004-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I hated it I'm ten and this is one of my least favourite books. I liked other books better. So did my two friends who read it, and so did my dad, he read it too. There's a lot of books that I liked better. Somebody said this book is better then Harry potter, and I think that's just crazy!!! Read Harry Potter instead of this book!
Date published: 2004-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from book cover is hot Ok first of all, I just have to say, if you read the book jacket, it sounds boring, I mean, ooo a stone. So I bought the book anyways cuz it was on sale...plus the book looked pretty. I wasn't anticipating anything great but just something considerable, but it is a really good adventure. I get the feel, it's fantasy but kind of a toned down fantasy, not the hard core fantasy where it's all about wars and all that crap, I liked the book and the only thing I don't really like, is the fact that eragon's love interest is an elf. I just know that ain't gonna turn out good.
Date published: 2004-11-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wonder... I wonder how such a ripped-off, poorly written, boring book was ever published. I wonder why so many people have bought the book. I wonder why so many people have raved about the book. I wonder why it is one of Heather's Picks. I wonder why more people have read Eragon than Phillip Pullman's Golden Compass (His Dark Materials trilogy), or Martine Leavitt's The Dollmage, or T.A. Barron's Merlin Saga, etc., etc., etc. I wonder if you'll take my advice: avoid this book like the plague and read one (or all) of the aforementioned titles. I wonder why we can't give a book a zero star rating. I wonder...
Date published: 2004-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting adventure... I just finished reading Eragon and I am totally anticipating the next book. There is nothing boring about this book.. It captivated me from the first chapter right to the end.. No one chapter was predicatable... a very good read for young and old!
Date published: 2004-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from its another harry potter I really like this book because it's a great adventure and it's like another harry potter. The characters are well developed and the descriptions paint a clear image in the reader's mind. For a teenager's book I can't believe how good it is and how high the quality of writing is. I LOVE IT AND CANT WAIT TiL THE NEXT ONE COMES OUT
Date published: 2004-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE GREATEST BOOK OF ALLTIME THE BEST) i love this book. The words that Christopher uses and the way that he explains stuff. It's a great book and I strongly suggest that you read it. If you haven't, its just as good as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and I never thought I'd say that when I picked it up. THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2004-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Forget The Hype This book is not worth the hype. It is average. It's bland and not worthy of a second read. The characters are flat, one dimensional and I found myself simply not giving a damn what happened to Eragon or any of the characters. Christopher Paolini's youth and lack of life experience shines through in many sections of this book especially with the love story where his writing simply lacks maturity. His influences are obvious and many sections of his book appear to be simple rip-offs of other authors, namely Tolkien, McCaffery, Eddings and the authors of the original Dragonlance Sagas. The influences from Star Wars were also blatant. This book was also about 100 pages too long as the story was stagnant in many places. If you are looking for a good read try the Amulet of Samarkand or books by one of the authors mentioned above. Save your money kids, there are much better books out there.
Date published: 2004-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD! This book was amazing it was the best book I every have read in my life If your looking for a new book this one is right I just simply can't wait to get my hands on the next 2 books thanks for writing such a great book your my hero!!! rebecca
Date published: 2004-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wonder... I read over thirty books in a week. i sam a serious bookworm. I'ev read this book, and just because ist a teenager doesn't make ita nymroe amazing it was teh most pathetic attempt at writing i've ever seen. just because his parents own a damn publishing company doesn't make it any greater to egt him to publish it. If that should be published, each little fantasy agme a little kid plays should be published and called the best book ever, absolutely patehtic.
Date published: 2004-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eragon Rocks!! After reading this book, I have been awaiting the release of the sencond book, Eldest. Chirstopher Paolini is a genius for being able to write such a great book at such a young age. This book takes Dragon Fantasy to the next step.
Date published: 2004-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'd be lucky for an Inheritance as good as this! When i first picked up Eragon I wasn't sure how much I'd like it, but I chose to give it a try. Boy oh boy am I sure glad I bought it. Eragon pulled me in for the whole christmas holiday when i first had it. Even the lure of Disney World couldn't pull me away for long. I remember sitting by the pool in a Disney World Resort reading Eragon on Christmas Day. The book is exciting, creative, touching, and so many more things that I can't even find words to describe. I loved this book enough to read it over three time already and I haven't even had it for very long! To top it all off I think that tonight I will just scrap my plans of picking up a different book, and just start reading it all over again, noting that I just finished re-reading it this afternoon. I am very impressed and inspired by Christopher Paolini, for writing this great book when he was only a teenager. In fact he has inspired me to start writing a book of my own, though I seriously doubt it will be any good. THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER for writing a great beginning to a trilogy that I can't wait to get my hands on!
Date published: 2004-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER!!!! This is the best book you will EVER read!!! After redaing this book I don't even want to pick up another Harry Poter book! Eragon rocks and I can't wait for Eldest to come out!
Date published: 2004-07-16

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Kobo eBookEragon

Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 26, 2003

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 037589036X

ISBN - 13: 9780375890369

From the Publisher

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.

“An authentic work of great talent.”—The New York Times Book Review

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

“Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.”—Booklist, Starred

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

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller


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