Book Review: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 10.53.16 AMTitle:  Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini

Series?  book 1 of 4 in the Inheritance Cycle

POV: Third person, past tense. One narrator.

Cliffhanger?  No

Author’s Website:

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars


About the Book (from Goodreads)
One boy . . .

One dragon . . .

A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. 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 he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.


My Review
I liked this book more than I thought I would!  I had heard many different opinions about this book and was not sure that I would like it.  Plus it is really really long, and I kinda get intimidated by really thick books.

I’ve heard some people say this is like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.  Well, does have similarities to those stories.  But it is still an amazing adventure. It did not take long for me to get into Eragon’s story.  There are some moments where the story drags just a little, but overall it was really fun to read.   Throughout the book I thought it was a solid 4 stars, but I LOVED the ending, which bumped it up to 5 stars.

The ending was just so perfect.  It is comparable to the ending of The Fellowship of the Ring movie.  The whole story has lead the main character to one decision.  While that immediate conflict is solved, there is clearly more story to tell.

I was surprised by how much magic was in the book.  Eragon is a rider, so he naturally has the gift of magic.  He has to learn the spells throughout the book.


Audio Review
The audio for this book was Amazing!!  Definitely one of the best audio books.  The reader, Gerard Doyle, was really easy to follow.  It was very clear who was speaking.  It was also very clear if a character was thinking or if the character was speaking aloud.  There is some background music during certain scenes, and they are well placed.


About Rivka Ray

I am a book loving college student who never has enough time to read. I am also in love with all things Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

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