Eragon: Book One
- Random House Children's Publishers Uk
- Publication Date:
- 06 January 2005
- Fantasy & magical realism
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A very origanal book
Eragon is hunting in the deep forest (The Spine) when he comes upon a blue stone. Not sure what it is he puts it in he's backpack to take with him. He figures he might get a few coins for it, enough to buy meat to last through the winter. When no one will buy the blue stone after realizing it was found on The Spine, Eragon decides just to keep it on a shelf. Late one night he hears a strange noise and realizes its the blue rock. Suddenly it starts to hatch! As Eragon sets in shocked silence watching as a baby dragon appears out of the egg. For awhile, afraid to tell even his uncle and cousin, he keeps the dragon hid in the forest. Things start to change rapidly not soon after this. Eragon and Saphira and together with Brom, the town story teller, will set out to avenge the death of his Uncle Garrow. Their travels will take them from one end of Alagaësia. They met up with elves, drawfs and many other characters along the way. The final showdown at the end of the book will keep you on the edge of your set as Eragon and Sahira and others fight against the evil empire.I truly enjoyed this novel and understand when critics say this book rivals "The Harry Potter" books. The next book in the Trilogy is called "The Eldest". If you liked Harry Potter I am sure you will enjoy this series. Unlike the Harry Potter books, Eragon, has some fairly graphic battle scenes. Quite a few beheadings and disemboweling. If Christopher Paolini writes like this at age 19, imagine what his books will be like when he's a little older!Rating 5/5
Great for all fantasy lovers. And if you're a book freak, you'll never want to put it down!
A poor 15-year-old farm boy living with his cousin and his uncle, who raised him, Eragon goes off to hunt for food for his family. He enters a dangerous area of the mountains, where most fear to go. In this place, there is suddenly an explosion. In the middle of a burnt circle, Eragon finds what he first believes to be a polished blue stone, about a foot long and “like hardened silk.” But when the stone, which he tried to trade for meat after his failed hunting trip, turns out to have been the egg of a beautiful dragon, Saphira, who had lain dormant in her egg for hundreds of years before choosing to hatch for him, Eragon has his hands full of trouble – trouble that will bring suffering to his town, breaking up his family, and making him the object of hatred. Trouble that will shatter life as he knows it and force him to accept monumental responsibilities he did not seek or desire and to go on a quest through challenging landscapes and lands with unfamiliar customs that he must master to face the most powerful and frightening beings in the land, while making many alliances and friendships along the way. This is one of my favorite books. I love Paolini’s use of language and the relationships between the characters, particularly between Eragon and Saphira. I love the balance between Eragon’s physical adventures and challenges and his mental struggles. I love the elves, especially, of course, Aria. I did find the dwarves a little less developed, though. Once the book got going, I was hooked and read straight though it and the second book, Eldest. (I started reading Brisingr, the third book in the cycle, but there is a particularly violent section in the beginning that caused me to put it down for a while….I plan to finish it soon though and have preordered the final book, Inheritance, which comes out this November.) Both my teen daughter and my dad were equally enthusiastic about this series and they have each read all three books twice! Since Paolini began writing this cycle at the age of 15 and produced such fantastic work at such a young age, I am hopeful that we have much to look forward to in the future from him!
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