Eragon, the first book of the Inheritance trilogy by Christopher Paolini, is a fantasy with all the usual good stuff: heroes, princesses, bad guys and, best of all, dragons. But this is not your typical fairy tale.
Read our staff reviews of this well-told and intricate story, which was dreamed up by the author when he was just 15 years old.
Kids Book Reviews
Elsie Jo, age 14
This wonderfully, excellently written fantasy, by Christopher Paolini, is filled with adventure, magic, and danger. From the very first sentence this book promises to capture you and send you flying into a magical world full of dragons, elves, dwarves, and simple farm boys.
The book starts with a young boy named Eragon who is hunting one day and finds a smooth blue stone. Soon strange things start to happen and he is blown into a new world of adventures.
My favorite character is Saphira because of her sassy, proud, and yet gentle and kind nature. She makes me laugh with her comments, but she is still a dragon and is not to be messed with.
I loved this book. There was nothing I disliked except for the fact that someone very special and important dies. The book ended and left me craving the next one. It has all the things I love in it. Magic, adventure, action, and even a little romance. I would recommend it to anyone but especially for kids ages 11 and up.
Renae, age 12
Are you looking for a spectacular, high flying adventure that will blow your mind? Get ready to join Eragon and Saphira as they soar over Alagaesia in search of the mysterious Varden. Once you've boarded this boat, there's no going back. Does Eragon have the courage to leave his simple farm life behind and join this war between good and evil? There's only one way to find out.
When I first picked up the book my thoughts were this looks really long and not very exciting. Sure enough when I started reading I was bored to death. I decided to put it down for a "while". I was about 8 years old at the time. A few years later after finishing a book and searching for something else to read, I came across Eragon again. Wearily, I began to read. I was almost instantly hooked and immediately after I finished I wanted the next and then the next! I am now feverishly waiting for the following adventure and I am beginning to think that Christopher Paolini has forgotten all about the book! Trust me, Mr. Paolini, I haven't forgotten, so get writing!
Also, I need to inform readers about ages. My opinion is ten and up. This is an interesting book in the way that it was written. I can't help but think that the vocabulary that is used is a bit more complicated than your average speech today. Though this should not discourage readers from enjoying this adventurous tale, it will merely make it even more wondrous and amazing. I encourage new and experienced readers to enjoy this phenomenal piece of work and to find their place by Eragon and Saphira's sides and experience how it feels to be a true dragon rider!
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