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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.
When I was interested that was because, I was in a phase when I wanted to read things with dragons. (I still do; I'm just more discerning. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Debra Tucker
I bought this for my 4th grader teacher recommended she loves it. It's a pretty good read for an advanced reader. I'm pleased with the purchase.Published 13 days ago by J. Sandford
I love this series so much. I have read it multiple times, and loved it each time! The story really sucks you in and you love the characters quickly. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bryan J Memmott
I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book in the original language now years after I read it in Swedish. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Angelica Berglund
Well written, especially for a seventeen year old. It was a bit drawn out and predictable though. It was highly recommended by a family member. Good but not Tad Williams good.Published 17 days ago by kaimori kazoku
One of my favorite series! Brilliance, magic, dragons, action, romance, suspense, and mystery all rolled into one. A series to rival Harry Potter!Published 20 days ago by Jessica Padecky