Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
Review by Emily Neumann
Eragon was an incredible book about a teenage boy who accidentally stumbles upon an ancient legacy when finding a gleaming blue stone in the woods. After many weeks of hunting, Eragon encounters an exquisite dark blue stone with spiderwebbed thin white lines lying in the foliage. Instead of bringing food for the winter as Eragon thought it would, the stone brings a dragon hatchling that might cause him some trouble. “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 from an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and his fledgling dragon travel through the territories of an enemy whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the fabled Dragon Riders?
Eragon was full of adventure and a spectacular start to the Inheritance Cycle series. Christopher Paolini writes in a marvelous way that has so much feeling it brings tears to your eyes. For example, when Eragon returns to his house to find his uncle, Garrow, he finds him unconscious under the remains of his blasted house and starts bawling, you can’t help but feel sorry for him. Christopher includes every minute detail so that you always know what’s going on. Eragon’s developing bond with Saphira, his dragon, drags you through the story so that you can read the book through a different perspective. Christopher Paolini manages to pull off a stunning fantasy story of an orphan boy that everyone will adore. I highly recommend this book and this series to ages young and old because it is one of the most superior books I have ever read.