Today, I will be reviewing the book “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini. This book is the first book in series” Inheritance Cycle“. and it is truly amazing. This book is perfect for those who like myths and fantasy. You can’t put it down.It captivates you as you enter the magical world of Eragon. It is set in medieval times.Let me now tell you a little bit about the story.
Eragon is a poor farm boy who lives in the village of Carvahall. The evil and mad king Galbotrix rules the land called Alagaësia. He has black dragon Shruikan and his wicked followers, “the Foresworn” by his side in the capital Urû’baen. The opposition,the Varden, are deadly enemies of the empire and are forever fighting to rule the land. Eragon and his family ,however, are battling to survive the winter. One day when Eragon was hunting in the huge and dangerous forest called “The Spine”, he finds an exquisite stone with an intricate pattern all over it. He has never seen anything like this before. He takes it with him in the hope that he could sell it and buy meat for his family. However, when the stone is declared worthless in the market, he takes it home. At night , a strange noise started coming from the stone. A piece of it breaks and from it emerges a baby dragon!!!
It’s not a stone, he realises…but an egg. He touches the dragon hatchling and they are bonded for life.His life can’t exactly be normal anymore. After all, he just hatched a dragon!! His life has changed, forever. Fate chose him. It was his destiny to become a legendary dragon rider. Alas, his family ,who has been kept in the dark about the whole thing, are unknowingly in danger as the empire caught wind of the dragon. They burn down his house and then murder his uncle. This was all done by Ra’zac- the emperor’s elite evil force. Eragon now travels with the dragon Saphira and an old storyteller Brom (there is more to Brom than what meets the eye) to avenge his Uncle’s death. The war between the empire and the Varden is being fought for the next generation of riders as the side which has them will become the unconquerable rulers. He has to choose- the Varden or the current evil monarch.He gets tangled up in dangerous situations and plots, with unlikely allies. Also, his dreams are troubling him. He sees a mysterious girl in the prison in his dreams.Who is she? What should he do?
This book is extremely good and I love it. Everything is really vividly described, so you can almost see it. This book is really imaginative. The way it is written helps you visualise the scene. It is also teaching us to be brave and hard working. There is a lot of shades in the characters, that balances out things nicely. It may not have humour element but it is excellent none the less. It takes a lot of hard work to write something original and interesting and this book is both. Did you know that Christopher Paolini was only 15 years old when is began writing this particular book. It is amazing. This is so exciting and it is full of adventures that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is full of twists and turns and a lot of GASP moments. I may sound like an advert for this book but believe me it is worth it. I am sure if you like the fantasy genre this is right up there. You will love it.I definitely did.
I can’t wait to read rest of the inheritance cycle and write reviews of them!! Hope that this review was helpful and you liked it.