My rating: 5 Stars
I read Eragon when I was 15. And again when I was 17. Then again when I was 21.
The moment I opened this book, it whisked me away. Picture Lord of the Rings, but YA. God knows, I’ve read Lord of the Rings enough times, but when I was younger, getting through that book was like getting through my long period American History class where I had a blind teacher. Droning, really.
LOTR is amazing, but it’s a lot to take in for a kid. Thus, my relationship with Eragon was born.
Eragon is a poor farmer’s nephew, born of unknown legacy. He finds a mystical egg that contains his new dragon and life partner, Saphira.
Saphira is one of two (view spoiler) living dragons in the land of Alagaesia. The other is paired with the evil king of Alagaesia. Madness ensues, and Eragon is left alone with his dragon, everyone he cares about and every worldly possession stripped from him. He sets off to fight the Empire (very Star War’s, amIrite?) alongside an old storyteller from his village.
This books tells the story of his journey, his finally joining the allied forces fighting the evil king, and his first entry into battle.
I enjoyed the first of the quartet of books the most, as most people usually do. It was full of adventure and magic. The other three focus more on war and battles, not my cup of tea.
I don’t consider Eragon a rip off of LOTR. Yeah, it’s another world with different languages used throughout the novel. And it has it’s share of mythical creatures. It’s got the war for control of the land, with one main protagonist holding the key for the good guy’s victory.
For as much as Paolini struggles with originality, he makes up for it with the imagination and skill with which he fleshed out this magical world.
Everything is completely thought out. This is one series I’ve read where there are no loose ends. You’re never left wondering. And after you’re done with all four novels, you are left feeling completely satisfied. (hehe, maturity glitch)
Eragon is also a coming of age story. I strongly related to Eragon as a teen when I first read this. Living out your normal life, waiting for something extraordinary to happen. No, I didn’t grow the standard main character crush on him like I did with Fred Weasley (view spoiler), I saved that for Murtagh (view spoiler) who is a supporting character in the novel.
Paolini does a great job world building as well as character building. I could feel the different character’s personalities. I had an emotional attachment to each character through the novel.
I recommend this book for: sci-fi fans, dragon lovers, and LOTR fans.
Favorite character: Murtagh and Saphira
Least favorite character: The Twins
P.S. The author is quite an artist too. Love his work.