This review may contain inadvertent spoilers. Proceed at your own risk. Some information and images come from promotional material.
I first saw a DVD with the title Eragon sitting on my in-laws movie shelves. I picked it up and was intrigued by the plot and watched the movie. That was many years ago and I didn’t know at the time it was based on a book. Or at least I don’t recall knowing that. I found that Eragon was actually a series of
three four books written by a young Christopher Paolini and I purchased all four books.
A new adventure hatches in the first book of the Inheritance Cycle, perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings! This New York Times bestselling series has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.
When fifteen-year-old Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and, 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.
Christopher Paolini tells a thrilling story of Eragon, a farm boy who accidentally discovers he’s a dragon rider. We all love these stories over regular people overcoming their background to do amazing things with their otherwise boring life. It provides us with hope. Hope that maybe one day we’ll get to go on an exciting adventure, one that possible includes mythical creatures, magical powers, foreign lands and lots of new friends.
My only complaint is that the books are longer than the average book I read. Yes, I love books that can be finished in a few weeks instead of books that take me a month. Remember, I’m also balancing work, family, homeschooling, and this blog so my free time to read is very limited. And with Eragon, I keep seeing the book and wanting to read just a few paragraphs which leads me to lose track of time because I get drawn into the story. I really need to work on getting an e-reader. Or better yet, audio books.
I’ll review the remainder of the books when I get to reading them as they aren’t at the top of my ‘To Be Read’ pile due to those fast reads jumping ahead of the longer books.