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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The character Eragon and the dragon Saphira are fantastic and Christopher Paolini created them wonderfully.
This book drags on and seems like a very cheap imitation from the names and plot of the story, which seems interesting at first.
I don't really care about any of the characters or what happens to them, because I don't feel like I even know the characters.
Good book, good reader. Have passed it around to at least 5 people, ages 14 to 61. We all liked it.Published 3 days ago by Janice Cox
my favorite part was the testing duel between arya and eragon. what a beautiful depiction of the pen being mightier than the swordPublished 4 days ago by KTD
Wonderful book. Am going to read all of them in the series. This one came used to me, but was in good condition.Published 5 days ago by Carolyn G. Gustavich