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
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"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