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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
I absolutely could not put this book down, first or second time I read it.
If Christopher Paolini keeps writing books like Eragon it will only be a matter of time until his name will be mentioned with the best fantasy writers out there.
This book drags on and seems like a very cheap imitation from the names and plot of the story, which seems interesting at first.
Although I would agree that Christopher Paolini is a good writer, I would like to mention Anne McAffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by suze1976
This is one of my favorite series! A gripping story and well developed characters that leave you reading chapter after chapter. Too bad they messed up the movie. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Looney DaLoon
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 10 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 11 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 11 days ago by nancy