Part of the The Inheritance Cycle series
When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter.
But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power.
With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?
The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/03/2007
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780552155519
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Review by jmbalfe
Like most people in Alagaesia, Eragon has grown up hearing tales of the dragon riders who watched over the realm before Galbatorix, one of their own, betrayed them and took the crown. Such stories have little real impact on Eragon’s world – until the day he stumbles upon a dragon’s egg and inadvertently becomes one of a new generation of dragon riders, destined to either fall under Galbatorix’s dominion or join the rebel Varden and fight for the realm’s freedom. Either way, Eragon’s life will never be the same.The story builds quite slowly before rapidly gathering momentum, sweeping you along with Eragon and his dragon Saphira as they try to stay one step ahead of Galbatorix’s forces and figure out what to do next. The characters are well-rounded, their flaws and somewhat prickly personalities only making them more relatable, and Paolini’s society is rich with competing political forces, most of which have merit as well as problems, ultimately making for a very complex and interesting story. The detail and authenticity of this world and these characters sets Eragon apart from other Young Adult Fantasy. Well worth the read.