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Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon (2002)

by Christopher Paolini

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Series: The Inheritance Cycle (1)

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    PghDragonMan: Continuation of the story . . .
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    hermionewannabe: If you enjoy fantasy works than you will love the Eragon series.
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I found a hardcover copy of this book at my favorite used bookstore and decided to give it a chance since I've heard wonderful things about this series.

While I have to agree with some of the reviewers who said that the plotline seemed predictable in places, I found that that the details of the story were more than original enough to make up for that.

I found the characters to be very easy to connect to and the relationship between Eragon and Saphira to be particularly heartwarming.

I didn't know anything about the series before I started reading. I was nearly halfway through before I looked at the author bio and realized that Mr Paolini was only fifteen when he wrote this story. That's amazing! At fifteen I was far from capable of writing anything longer than fifteen pages, much less something with this level of sophistication.

I'm eagerly awaiting my next trip to the city so I can swing back by my bookstore to pick up the rest of the series. ( )
  Mozzie | Jan 15, 2015 |
This series is gripping -for all ages ( )
  fross | Jan 8, 2015 |
A great book, perfect for those who are actively interested in fantasy literature, and perhaps an introductory novel to those readers just starting out in the genre.
  Climbing-books | Dec 18, 2014 |
Zu diesem Buch gibt es ja eine Menge an begeisterten Kritiken - und nicht nur von uns 'einfachen' Lesenden ;-). Nein, auch die Presse äußerte sich enthusiastisch zu diesem Erstlingswerk eines 15jährigen, so dass ich mich doch mit einer gewissen Erwartungshaltung an das 700-Seiten-Werk heranmachte. Und war nach den ersten drei, vier Seiten erst mal enttäuscht. Ein relativ schlichter Satzbau, kurze eher wenig ausdruckstarke Satzgebilde - hmm, da muss die Geschichte ja wirklich gut sein, um einen über das Andere hinwegsehen zu lassen.
Und die Geschichte IST wirklich gut! Sogar sehr gut! Eragon, ein 15jähriger Junge kurz vor dem Eintritt ins Mannesalter, findet bei seinen Streifzügen einen blauen Stein, der sich nach einiger Zeit als Drachenei entpuppt. Er zieht das kleine Geschöpf im Verborgenen heran, das ihn jedoch schon nach kurzer Zeit überragt. Als sein Heim zerstört und sein Pflegevater ermordet wird, wird Eragon klar, dass man auf der Suche nach ihm bzw. dem Drachen ist. Zusammen mit dem Geschichtenerzähler Brom und Saphira, dem Drachen, flieht er und erfährt, welche Verantwortung nun auf seinen Schultern ruht. Denn mit ihm ist die Tradition der Drachenreiter wieder auferstanden...
Die Geschichte ist von der ersten bis zur letzen Seite spannend: Alles ist durchweg mysteriös, beginnend mit der Herkunft Eragons (Wer ist seine Mutter? Und sein Vater?), der der Drachens (Woher kommt das Ei? Wieso landet es bei Eragon?) über die Gestalt Broms (Woher kommt er? Was war er früher?) und vieler weiterer Geschehnisse. Man fällt wie Eragon von einer Überraschung in die nächste, und kaum ist ein Rätsel gelöst, taucht das Nächste auf. Klasse gemacht und bei dem Schluss muss ich unbedingt noch den zweiten Teil lesen :-) ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
I read the reviews of Eragon here on Goodreads, and I wasn't really sure what to expect based on the mixed vitriol and adoration. It's unlikely I would have even picked up the book but my 9yo daughter found it and loved it. I decided to read it ostensibly on her recommendation but actually because it was on the YA shelf at the library and I'm a little nervous about the books on that shelf. What the heck was my kid reading? So I set aside my own reading for a couple of days and read Eragon

And...it's not bad. Sure, it's a little amateurish---some cliched language, a lot of 10-cent words (wait, are they still only 10 cents? Or has inflation increased the price?), and too much of the background was just revealed by the remarkably talkative people in the story when I would have preferred more subtle means---but it was fun to read. The battle near the end was especially enjoyable (I really don't think that's a spoiler, but I apologize if I'm wrong). It does bear a striking resemblance to LOTR and Star Wars, but it's also its own story.

I'm not sure if I'll read Eldest, though. I'm really itching to get back to my hoity-toity literary fiction. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Nov 6, 2014 |
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''Eragon,'' for all its flaws, is an authentic work of great talent. The story is gripping; it may move awkwardly, but it moves with force. The power of ''Eragon'' lies in its overall effects -- in the sweep of the story and the conviction of its storyteller. Here, Paolini is leagues ahead of most writers, and it is exactly here that his youth is on his side.

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Paolini, Christopherprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, GerardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuittinen, TeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scotto di Santillo, Maria ConcettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to my mom, for showing me the magic in the world; to my dad, for revealing the man behind the curtain. And also my sister, Angela, for helping me when I'm 'blue.'
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Eragon knelt in a bed of trampled reed grass and scanned the tracks with a practiced eye.
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It has been one hundred years since the last of the legendary Dragon Riders was slain by the evil Galbatorix, whose tyranny now weighs heavily upon the vast land of Alagaësia. Only three dragon eggs survived the slaughter, and when one of these eggs hatches to a farm-boy named Eragon, Galbatorix dispatches his most fearsome minions to hunt the new Rider down. With his dragon to protect him, Eragon manages to survive the king's first attack, but his uncle is not so lucky. Before long, Eragon finds himself on a quest for revenge that will take him to the far ends of Alagaësia – but an epic power struggle rages around him, and he will soon come to understand the monumental weight of the legacy he has inherited.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440240735, Mass Market Paperback)

Here's a great big fantasy that you can pull over your head like a comfy old sweater and disappear into for a whole weekend. Christopher Paolini began Eragon when he was just 15, and the book shows the influence of Tolkien, of course, but also Terry Brooks, Anne McCaffrey, and perhaps even Wagner in its traditional quest structure and the generally agreed-upon nature of dwarves, elves, dragons, and heroic warfare with magic swords.

Eragon, a young farm boy, finds a marvelous blue stone in a mystical mountain place. Before he can trade it for food to get his family through the hard winter, it hatches a beautiful sapphire-blue dragon, a race thought to be extinct. Eragon bonds with the dragon, and when his family is killed by the marauding Ra'zac, he discovers that he is the last of the Dragon Riders, fated to play a decisive part in the coming war between the human but hidden Varden, dwarves, elves, the diabolical Shades and their neanderthal Urgalls, all pitted against and allied with each other and the evil King Galbatorix. Eragon and his dragon Saphira set out to find their role, growing in magic power and understanding of the complex political situation as they endure perilous travels and sudden battles, dire wounds, capture and escape.

In spite of the engrossing action, this is not a book for the casual fantasy reader. There are 65 names of people, horses, and dragons to be remembered and lots of pseudo-Celtic places, magic words, and phrases in the Ancient Language as well as the speech of the dwarfs and the Urgalls. But the maps and glossaries help, and by the end, readers will be utterly dedicated and eager for the next book, Eldest. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

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In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

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