Eragon by Christopher Paolini May 16, 2009Posted by KJ theBookGirl in Novel, review, theBookGirl.
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Eragon is a fantasy hit worldwide. It follows the story of a teenage boy, Eragon, who finds a Dragon’s egg which hatches for him. Eragon now has to become a Rider, as in the ancient legends. However, this egg was wanted by King Galbatorix, evil king of the country, and this made Eragon infamous and top of his Most Wanted list.
And so the epic story is born, a story of revenge and love, hate and honour, of all things powerful and motivational. Eragon begins a quest and the reader enters a world where to do what is right you have to fight against everything.
Here’s the blurb:
“One world… 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 realises 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. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands…”
This book is extremely good as it is a perfect escapism novel, filled with action and fantasy where no one has to worry about the Credit Crunch or Swine Flu.
The plot is thick and complex, maybe with a little too much detail for one not acquainted with Paolini’s intricate world, but otherwise easy to follow, with unexpected twists and turns.
The characters are well developed and although there are few sub-plots, this is improved in the second of the series. Eragon is well illustrated and most definitely a three dimensional character with flaws as well as honourable characteristics.
Paolini writes well, keeping the reader interested, and giving imaginative descriptions which aren’t too long winded.
Bad points? Some of the language and terms Paolini has made up are a little hard to remember and pronounce (although there is a guide at the back)
Good points? Complex, chunky plot, well developed characters, a clear style and gripping narrative makes you unable to put the book down, once you get into it.
Overall, I would recommend giving this a read. It lacks a developed romantic story, but the action and adventure do make up for that.