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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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I can't say Meh enough as I listen to this book. The cliche of the farm boy who is of noble birth, with a wise mentor, and taken to a foreign land... it's overdone. This is just a clump of cliche after a clump of cliche. Not impressed. I'm granting it more than one star because I actually decided to finish the book, rather than give up.

However, the fact that I skipped more than half a disc and didn't lose one bit of the story... pitiable at best. ( )
  gilroy | Sep 14, 2015 |
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  Lorem | Sep 4, 2015 |
"I first read this book in the second year of college, during Christmas break. The first thirty pages or so were a drag, but were also what glued me to the story. It was really slow, only depicting Eragon going around his village, explaining who was who and what was what. Regardless, I remember being impressed at how well Paolini described it all; it is very easy to like a book instantly when you can picture everything so clearly, without getting dizzy by unnecessary detail, and there are very few authors out there that can do it, to my experience. Even though I felt ok reading all this slow start, I felt somewhat afraid that the whole book would be like this; however, at 2011 this series was already tremendously famous, so I knew there couldn't be such hype about a book that wasn't really good, thus I persevered for a couple hours. It was worth it.

Eragon is a great story. Despite its lack of originality, Eragon's plot is still engaging enough for those willing to overlook some things here and there. The themes of this book are classics that don't ever fail to attract those still innocent enough to believe in humanity's goodness: the unfailing bonds of friendship, loyalty and love; feelings that anyone could relate to and be captivated by.

More specifically about the characters, I found them surprisingly well developed. Eragon, initially, is just a common farm boy who lives with his uncle and cousin Roran. They are very poor, so they work hard to survive every harsh winter. Eragon was abandoned by his mother to the cares of his uncle yet as a baby, so he is more of a son to him; there is no special treatment to Roran nor anything, both are treated with respect and love and both consider each other as brothers. This is what makes the events that come further in the story be twice as painful.

Due to his poverty, there's not much that Eragon can do with the little free time that he has but sit around at the village's pub and listen to people talking and telling stories. This way he meets Brom, an old man who enjoys telling stories about ancient times when dragons flew freely on the skies mounted by their riders. Soon enough, Eragon finds in Brom a true friend and teacher, as he finds himself under a turmoil of events that set his life upside down, being the most intriguing of them the fact that he is, all of a sudden, the first dragon rider alive in centuries (not considering the evil King Galatorix).

Saphira, his dragon, is one of my favorite characters. It's hilarious how Paolini innovates by creating this new way of communication by which dragons and dragon riders can talk to each other by telepathy, so Saphire actually has a voice and particular reactions to events. Actually, in most cases she acts as Eragon's bigger sister, per say, teaching him the perils of the world (apparently, dragons have a shared ancient memory or something, through which they can remember facts happened way before they were born and other kinds of information).

I was completely absorbed by this story mostly because it is filled with suspense, loads of very well explained background, intricate magic system and, of course, action. I would strongly recommend it to virtually anyone (maybe to children above 8 years old?); there is no much violence and even when there is, it's common magic and sword fighting display, not anything gory at all. Also, it might be inspirational to young people to read it and get acquainted to the quality of Paolini's first work, since he wrote it being little more than 15 years old.

Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review:
Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.
Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.
The greatest enemy is one that has nothing to lose.

The Last Passage
Pity showed on Arya’s face as she murmured, “You have paid a terrible price for your deed, Eragon Shadeslayer.”
Murtagh laughed harshly. “Yes. Now you’re just like me.”
Dismay filled Eragon, and he closed his eyes. He was disfigured. Then he remembered something from when he was unconscious … a figure in white who had helped him. A cripple who was whole—Togira Ikonoka. He had said, Think of what you have done and rejoice, for you have rid the land of a great evil. You have wrought a deed no one else could. Many are in your debt.…
Come to me Eragon, for I have answers to all you ask.
A measure of peace and satisfaction consoled Eragon.
I will come.
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  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
I am not big on epic fantasy like this. It's usually very hard for me to world build in my head and imagine the setting and everything. It's not a problem I usually have with anything else, but for some reason epic fantasy does that to me. This book, however, didn't do that to me. I actually really REALLY enjoyed this!

This was my first time reading Eragon. When this book was really huge and blowing up all over the book world, I was reading my adult contemporary and just had no time for silly YA nonsense. Now that all I read is silly YA nonsense, I figured it was time to give this a try. I'm really glad I did to be honest. This was a fresh and unique world, a unique storyline and really interesting. I did watch the movie in theaters and really liked it, clearly I don't now. The movie is horrible. I've never seen a worse book to movie in my entire life, it was infuriating.

Eragon was such a good character. I loved him. He was the exact way a 15 year old should be portrayed. Selfish and silly and dumb, and yet he is mature in the right moments and takes on his responsibility because he has to. As well, his reactions to things are fitting. His reaction to his uncle dying was exactly how it should have been, his reaction to his cousin moving/leaving was perfect and his reaction when Braum died was again very appropriate. It is clear that the author knows how to write male characters realistically and I am a huge fan of this since I often find issues with the way characters are portrayed realistically.

Reading his interactions with Saphira (forgive me for spelling, I listened to this book) were my favourite parts. His insecurities were something he wasn't afraid to voice to her. Her voice in the audiobook made me have issues with her, but if I'm being honest I am not her biggest fan. I appreciate her but I don't love her. I just love their relationship and dynamic.

The very very minor romance plot in this story don't fit for me. I'm sure it gets developed and explored much more later on but right now I just don't think it's appropriate.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this. It was something new and creative that I have never experienced before and it's really a nice breath of fresh air!

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  thatgirlbookworm | Aug 5, 2015 |
This is a decent book when you consider the very young age of the Author at the time of writing. It is a decent story but does not offer a huge amount in originality in the characters. I liked the power of discovering the true names of things and how those names can change over time but that was about it. I finished the whole thing pretty quickly but I do think there was some skimming involved. There was a whole lot of nothing to go with the something and boy does it just get worse as the series goes on. ( )
  areadingmachine | Jul 6, 2015 |
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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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