Review: Eragon

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Eragon is the first book written by Christopher Paolini and was published for the first time in 2001. But it didn’t really take off until it was republished in 2003. It is the first in a series of four books named ‘The Inheritance Cycle’.

Granted, Paolini was only fifteen years old when he wrote this, and it shows. But he has done a great job with his skill level. The writing might not be great, but it isn’t bad either. Besides, his writing improves a lot in the other books in the series.

Eragon tells the story of a young boy named Luke Sky, excuse me, Eragon,who finds a dragon egg and becomes one of the legendary Dragon Riders. He then goes on to join a rebellion against the evil empire (Not that one) that rules over the land of Alagaësia.

Despite looking suspiciously like Star Wars with dragons, this is not a bad book.

The plot might not be that deep, the characters may not be that complex, and the world might be a generic high fantasy world with elves, dwarfs and dragons, but that won’t stop you from enjoying the story.

The secret to enjoying this book is the mindset you approach it with.

I approached this book as an adventure story. Eragon goes from simple farm boy to legendary dragon rider when he finds the dragon egg, a huge responsibility in that world. He rises admirably to the challenge and grows into his role by stories end. Of course along the way he meets new people, makes new friends, and finds a beautiful girl. There are also plenty of action scenes in the story to keep you interested.

I would recommend this book if you are a teenager or want to enjoy an afternoons quite reading without engaging your higher brain functions.

If you are used to reading fantasy stories or looking for a deep engaging story, you will find this book dry and bland.

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