Eragon, Inheritance Cycle Book 1 by Christopher Paolini
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I read Eragon many years back, and because I started the series when it first came out, I had to wait a while to read the next book, Eldest. By then, I had forgotten quite a bit of the earlier narration, and I eventually gave up on the series.
I’m not saying that it’s poorly written though. In fact, I remember enjoying Eragon when I first read it. The series was concluded a few years back, and I’ve finally found my way back to it.
I have a vague memory of the gist of the story, but I’ve forgotten most of the details, so this second read of the book is almost akin to reading it for the first time. And I’m enjoying it all over again.
The book is written in the traditional style of most epic fantasy series, and the names created by Paolini for the characters and places give it a Lord of the Rings “feel”. The story line is also a common one about a boy coming of age, discovering he’s meant to be the hero who saves the world, and eventually doing so (or so I predict). It reminds me of the Belgariad series by David Eddings. Nevertheless, the story is well-paced enough to keep me turning the pages until I reach my destinations (I read mostly on the move these days).
There’re no novel magical systems in here, but what caught my attention back then was the fact that Paolini wrote Eragon when he was only in his teens, and he was only nineteen when the book became a bestseller in 2003. My curiosity paid off, because it is actually quite an entertaining read.
I’m on to the next book, and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.
VERDICT: If you like conventional epic fantasy series filled with magic, dragons, elves and dwarves, and don’t like to think too much about how the magical system works, this series will be a fairly entertaining one.
For those who want to know a little about the story line, here’s an overview from bookdepository.com:
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy–until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save–or destroy–the Empire.