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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.
After buying this book upon its release as a young teen, I figured I would not enjoy it as much going back but I was mistaken. As good as the first time!Published 6 days ago by Winter Piller
I'm heading into junior high, and decided to read this book because of my love for fantasy. Christopher Paolini did an amazing job using descriptive words, and I would recommend... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lili Kim
Loved all of the detail and adventure. filled with chaos and action. Don't watch the movie because the book is so much betterPublished 7 days ago by nancy
This is a great intro installment to start this series. I would highly suggest reading the Whole thing! Haven't been this engaged since the Harry Potter days! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Chase Patrick
To all the people hating on Eragon, shut. Up. I didnt have a clue that the author was 15 when he wrote this book and i still thought it was amazing. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jadi Morrison
Now a lot of people have made some pretty harsh criticisms about the originality (or lack thereof) in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ryjacork