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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.
Loved it.. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. Hope he comes out with more. Bravo. Bravo. BravoPublished 2 days ago by Joe Roush
I will say right away that my 8 year old daughter liked this book a lot more than I did, she might have given it 4 stars while I gave it 3. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Maria Haskins
A somewhat lighthearted if not naive take on fantasy story telling. Entertaining enough.Published 9 days ago by shawn switzer
Really creative, an excellent idea and very good writing. I sometimes find it hard to concentrate and make sense of fantasies, but this is amazing. Read morePublished 11 days ago by yehuda salzberg
Loved this book as a kid and am now in the process of reading it with my boyfriend.Published 11 days ago by Helena