- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (6 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552552097
- ISBN-13: 978-0552552097
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eragon: Book One (The Inheritance Cycle) Paperback – 6 Jan 2005
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There's always room for another fantasy quest trilogy--as long as it has distinction, originality and a cracking plot. Eragon has. This is the first book in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy, which he began writing when aged only 15, is an amazing debut that demonstrates a written maturity beyond its creator's years. Any rough edges borne through inexperience are quickly forgiven as his story takes the reader on an imaginative journey by way of a host of likable and interesting characters and several breathtaking and dramatic sequences of high fantasy.
Eragon's adventure begins when he is out hunting one day in the mountainous region of his world known as the Spine. While eyeing-up a tasty deer with his bow, his aim is disturbed by a polished blue stone that explodes from the sky and narrowly misses him. The oval shaped object, cool and frictionless to his touch, weighs several pounds and it turns out to be his only reward from his day's hunting session. Returning to his home town Carvahall, Eragon's unsuccessful attempts to exchange the stone for meat for his family begins a run of bad luck that will eventually force him to flee his place of birth. This heralds the beginning of a new destiny for him.
The stone is in fact a dragon's egg and it hatches in Eragon's company--making him the first new Dragon Rider for many years. Suddenly, the fate of the Empire rests in his hands and he must navigate a dark and dangerous terrain, and some formidable enemies, to challenge the might of a king whose evil is limitless.
Despite its classic quest format there are enough new ideas and twists and turns to make it stand out among its legion of competitors in the genre. Eragon begins a bigger story that continues with the follow-up Eldest. Suitable for readers aged 12 and over. --John McLay --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
"A compelling and action-filled adventure . . . A galloping good example of its genre" (Daily Telegraph)
"This book is an achievement. Readers will be transported" (The Sunday Times)
"A portrayal of true affection between boy and dragon - Paolini writes like someone gripped by his own story" (Guardian)
"A stirring fantasy of epic proportions" (The Bookseller)
"Christopher has created a complex and fascinating world in this first book of his Eragon trilogy . . . Filled with history, ancient tales, magic, magical creatures, and with a superbly crafted story "Eragon" is sure to delight many lovers of fantasy tales" (Through the Looking Glass)
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The inheritance cycle is such a good journey that everybody in the world should read. It is easily my favourite series of all time squishing the harry Potter series into the dust, along with the spooks or the anthony rider series as well. I spent my read these books as much as I could during my summer holidays and i could never seem to put it down, reading hour after hour after hour. the detail is so perfect that I felt like I knew the characters myself and It made me want to join the Varden and fight Galbatorix.
I would recomend these books to anybody I knew and hope so much that there will be a continue of somesort from inheritance.
I will tell you this much though i picked this book up and couldnt put it down. The whole world seemed to stop just because the story was so compelling.
Eragon is a story of an ordinary boy who (for reasons unknown in this book) was left with his uncle and cousin on a farm. His whole life is then changed when he finds a shiny rock in the forboding area the spine, where many dont dare enter for its ominance with magic and death.
his whole life changes from that day and when the stone hatches he embarks on the journey of a life time to become the first of a new line of dragon riders who were thought extinct. Well all excepting King galbatorix.
The best thing about Eragon is he is imperfect. he makes mistakes constantly to the point at some points you feel like shouting get some sense boy! fortunately he has a number of people around him that help him survive each encounter. The truyth of the matter is that even though eragon is the main character and the story revovles around him the other characters are what makes this book flow so well and there stories entwined with his are what make the story interesting.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy books even though many have told me its a cheap version of lord of the rings, I disagree this feels alot easier to read and spends less time talking about the history that takes you away from the story and more entwines history into the story always leaving you with questions that keep you interested
The plot has one or two weak points and there's a feeling of deja vu for anyone familiar with the genre, but for all that it is a good story. The only thing I struggled with was the author's style: he seemed to me to be trying too hard to make it impressive, so that the good characters use all their skill and spend every last shred of energy at every task, and always seem to have just enough time for some dramatic last words or last-minute action, while the bad guys have evil-sounding names and live in appropriately grim landscapes. I kept wishing that just once, someone would make a silly mistake or come across a landscape - or a tool - that looked ordinary. It was enough to put me off reading the next book, at least for a while, although as this appears to be Paolini's first book things might calm down a bit later on.
I liked the comparison between Eragon and Star Wars. It strikes me that the Star Wars film trigoly released in the '70s showed episodes 4, 5 and 6 because episodes 1, 2 and 3 just weren't as good. Now that the Inheritance Cycle has stretched to three and a half books, there may be great things ahead.
I look forward to the remainder of the journey, I have recommended this book to my family and friends, who I know will enjoy it just as much as I have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All about eragon and how he finds a Dragon egg
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Great book loved by my daughter but a bite to long to hire out from library... so bought herPublished 10 days ago by MVM
Brilliant book thrilling and exciting cannot wait to read the second, third and also the fourth. Praise to Christopher PaoliniPublished 15 days ago by Keyur
Arrived perfectly, couldn't ask for a better description of the book and delivery was super fast.Published 15 days ago by john mclaughlan
this is written by my son this is a great book especially since they are written by an 11 year old i spent hours looking after my imaginary dragon after reading these all the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Stiasny
Very enjoyable, once started don't want to put it down. Transports you to this fantasy world.Published 3 months ago by rosemarie edmunds
Definitely do not doubt buying this very enthralling book. Far outweighs the film, would recommend for anyone who likes dragons or fantasy in generalPublished 3 months ago by Mr. R. Fox
My daughter and I absolutely loved this book and the the rest in the series.
I found myself making comparisons with Lord of the Rings, but in truth I enjoyed these more... Read more