Eragon by Christopher Paolini
(Inheritance, Book 1)

74%

27 Critic Reviews

This solid, sweeping epic fantasy crosses vast geography as it follows 15-year-old Eragon from anonymous farm boy to sword-wielding icon...A slight tone of arrogance running through the narrative voice will hardly bother readers busily enjoying the reliable motifs of elegant immortal elves, mining dwarves...
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.


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.

“An authentic work of great talent.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.”—People

“Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.”—Booklist, Starred

“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.” —Publishers Weekly

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller


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About Christopher Paolini

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Christopher Paolini is the author of three other bestselling novels about Alagaësia: Inheritance is the fourth and final volume in the cycle. Christopher lives in Montana, where the natural landscape has been a major inspiration in the creation of his stories. You can find out more about Christopher and the Inheritance cycle at alagaesia.com.
 
Published August 26, 2003 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 528 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction
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All: 27 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

This solid, sweeping epic fantasy crosses vast geography as it follows 15-year-old Eragon from anonymous farm boy to sword-wielding icon...A slight tone of arrogance running through the narrative voice will hardly bother readers busily enjoying the reliable motifs of elegant immortal elves, mining dwarves...

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 12 2015

He carries a substantial Tolkien influence...the volume opens with a detailed map of Paolini's world, and ends with a glossary and pronunciation guide for his invented language. An auspicious beginning to both career and series.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Jude on Oct 03 2011

The book sucks you in and you just can't stop reading. It is packed full of action and magic, everything you could want in a story. From the very start there is something happening...There is nothing more I can add as this amazing book is beyond my descriptive powers.

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Reviewed by AYRA on Jul 07 2011

Eragon's travels were interesting and exciting, and the story has lots of unexpected turns, which I loved. Readers who like adventure and excitement, and who care for the environment, will enjoy this book.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Diana Wynne Jones on Mar 06 2004

Eragon and his dragon mature together, believably. But better still, Paolini has achieved a portrayal of true affection between boy and dragon, without ever labouring the point, and this shows real skill.

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Reviewed by Jude on Oct 03 2011

It is a whole new universe you can read to yourself and enjoy. There is nothing more I can add as this amazing book is beyond my descriptive powers.

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Reviewed by AYRA on Jul 07 2011

Eragon's travels were interesting and exciting, and the story has lots of unexpected turns, which I loved. Readers who like adventure and excitement, and who care for the environment, will enjoy this book.

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Reviewed by Chris Bancells on Jan 11 2009

In his writing of Saphira, Paolini manages to balance the moods and thoughts of a sentient being with the instincts and inexplicable depth of an animal. Impressive. Most impressive.

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Reviewed by Chris Bancells on Jan 11 2009

Eragon is a fun, familiar story that has enough freshness about it to keep any fantasy fan, and most other readers, interested...The characters are rich and dynamic, and they are interesting in and of themselves...His pacing is superb, with the plot moving along at a breathless speed for much of the time.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Yumin Ye on Feb 28 2012

...Paolini is able to come up with a unique fantasy world of Riders, elves, Shades, Urgals, and many other creatures sure to come in the subsequent books...What would it be like to be connected to a dragon? To communicate through thoughts...Paolini doesn't make sure you wonder. He makes sure you know.

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Reviewed by Sarah Lindesmith on Feb 16 2010

However, I do firmly believe that there was too much hype for a book that was written with underdeveloped writing style...His characters are very worldly and believeable...Eragon is worth the read. Just don't expect to be "wowed" out of your chair by it, because you will be disappointed.

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Teen Reads

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Reviewed by Amy Alessio on Oct 18 2011

His world is intricate, his characters believable, and his writing engaging. Both casual readers and hardcore fans of fantasy and science fiction novels will be enchanted by this well-crafted fantasy and unquestionably will look forward to parts two and three of this exciting trilogy.

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About.com

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on Jan 18 2013

While Eragon is a very entertaining story, Paolini's writing is still somewhat immature. This should be expected as Paolini began writing Eragon at age fifteen...The novel's pace is quick and exciting throughout most of the book. Packed with action and magic, Eragon is a fun read.

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Reviewed by Taisha Turner on Jan 28 2014

If you enjoy the J R R Tolkein novels, you will surely like this book. The mysteries blend well with the fantasy. What will happen next? Turn the pages and enter the fantastic world of Eragon. The book has five hundred pages, but you will attempt to read it in one sitting.

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Reviewed by LunarWolfShadow on Feb 20 2015

It gives you the feeling of actually being there with the characters themselves and fighting along with them. I love Eragon so much that I couldn’t put it down once I started reading...If you choose to read it you better have a lot of time on your hands because you won’t want to put it down once you begin.

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Reviewed by Calvin S on Feb 20 2015

Overall, this book is a very well-written and addicting book which introduces the new stupid hero which learns about his abilities, like real people in the real world, who tend to get progressively smarter as time goes on...I think this book is very well-written and Christopher Paolini is a truly gifted writer.

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Reviewed by r8m9cjams on Feb 20 2015

I loved Eragon. It has just the right amount of hack and slash action and intriguing story. For that reason I would recommend it for anyone over the age of 7. It is one of the best books I have ever read and I read a lot.

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Reviewed by chocolatecake15 on Feb 20 2015

Eragon is a book full of excitement, sadness, and bravery. Despite all the things he has to overcome, Eragon is always ready to move ahead, to continue. He doesn't give up; instead he keeps fighting.

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Reviewed by Floresiensis on Mar 01 2012

On the plus side, Eragon is enjoyable, entertaining and a book that will appeal to young adults around the world. However, on the negative side, there is a distinct lack of originality and if you were being kind you might say that Paolini was paying homage to Tolkien and Star Wars rather than simply re-writing them.

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Reviewed by Antony Jones on Oct 10 2008

The story does however borrow quite heavily from established fantasy series...Having said that, the quality is written to a high standard although the lack of experience by the author is quite telling in places...it is quite a nice story for all that though, worth a read just don't expect too much.

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Reviewed by Matt Berman on Mar 11 2011

The story is large in size (around 500 pages), epic in scope, and very engrossing. For a generation of young fantasy fans who love long, monumental, high fantasy, a teen author is icing on the cake. It's not long, however, before they begin to notice the long-winded descriptions, the clichés and hackneyed dialogue...

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Reviewed by Ryan Arciero on Mar 01 2015

In summary, Eragon by Christopher Paolini is an excellent fantasy novel, and one that is worthy of its popularity. For those who enjoy a young adult fiction adventure about a boy and his dragon, then this is certainly a dragon’s “tale” for you.

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Reviewed by Denise Dutton on Mar 08 2015

But whatever his age, Paolini has come up with a well crafted, evenly paced, interesting read. The fact that he is young is indisputable, but if you are in the market for a good story well told, this just may fit the bill...This book has enough going on to warrant repeat readings...

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Reviewed by Sondra Eklund on Apr 20 2004

I did like this book, and more so the further I read. I admit that I’m much more impressed by Christopher Paolini’s marketing abilities than his writing abilities, but it is a good book, and an amazing accomplishment for a teenager.

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Excellent Reads

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Reviewed by excellentreads on Sep 28 2010

To start off I just wanted to say that I’m a sucker for fantasy, so this book, being an epic novel and all, was like heaven for me. I was just indulging in this book day to night, and it was, in my eyes, Fantastic....It was all very planned out and well written...

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Reviewed by Aaron Hughes on Nov 30 2003

Now nineteen, Christopher Paolini wrote most of Eragon when he was only fifteen and sixteen, and the highest praise I can give the novel is to say that it is a remarkable effort for a sixteen-year-old...The book's saving grace for me is Paolini's remarkable facility with language.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jackie Sachen Turner on Sep 30 2005

Instead, Paolini's fantasy creatures and plot similarities will read like new ideas, thus making this novel seem fresh and creative to some younger readers. I like his vocabulary, although some reviewers say he uses too many adjectives. Most sentences flowed well and many passages became exciting page turners for me.

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Rated the book as 5 out of 5

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Raphael J.k 19 Feb 2015

The Inheritance series is one of the best I have ever read... Loved the way the author keeps you guessing and leaves clues that come into play later on, in the other books

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