Saturday, November 27, 2010

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Book Details
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Paperback, 786 Pages
2007, Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 0440240735
Series: Book 1 of Inheritance

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.

Let me start by saying, I haven't read a lot of novels with dragons. I don't consciously steer clear of them, I'm just not very well versed in the creatures. I was a bit wary of reading Eragon, because I didn't really enjoy the movie, but since so many people seem to love this novel, I gave it a go.

I could have probably gone without reading Eragon. It's a well written, very clearly detailed novel, but I couldn't grasp the love other people have shared about it. I loved the magic aspects of the book, especially Eragon's learning about his abilities and seeing them grow, but I didn't care for him as a character. He has this huge, sweeping adventure in which he bonds with multiple characters that I didn't care about either. The main focus on the novel, beyond Eragon's journey, was his relationship with the dragon Saphira. While he clearly bonded with her, I had trouble thinking of her as anything beyond a pet he could communicate telepathically with. They obviously connected on a deeper level than that, but either due to my limited knowledge of dragons or that I lack the love others have for the creatures, I didn't "get" it.

While it wasn't quite my thing, I can see the appeal of Eragon. It truly is an adventure on a grand scale involving fantastical events and mythic creatures. I won't be continuing the series, but would definitely recommend this book to those who love sword and dragon fantasy.


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