Description from Goodreads:

One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.


Eragon by Christopher Paolini has 503 pages (Is that all?) and was published in 2002 by Knopf Books for Your Readers

What I loved about this book:

I think it is amazing that it was written by a 15 year old. I shudder to think what I could have produced at that age.

The cover.

When I was finally finished with it.

What I loathe about this book:

The length.  It was tedious and tiresome.  After a few chapters, I had to force myself to continue reading.

Perhaps the worst element of this book was the lack of originality. It had one predictable cliché after another. It reminded me of The Lord of The Rings, which I should actually count as a plus. However, Eragon was not nearly as engaging as Tolkien’s work.

I really did not enjoy this book.  It just went on and on and on…  I was so excited to read Eragon as I had heard a lot of great things about this book and it also came very highly recommended by a friend. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. It just seemed flat, dull, lifeless. There was nothing that stood out and pulled me in.

I have not decided if I can bring myself to read the sequels.

Rated: 2 Plot Monster Spiders


Notable Quotes:

“People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn’t.”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon

“Mmm….she’s doomed! You’re doomed!! They’re all doomed! Notice I didn’t specify what kind of doom, so no matter what happens, I predicted it. How very WISE of me.”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon

MDW original review. Source: Library


One thought on “Eragon

  1. bethbuckauthor says:

    I didn’t like this book, either. I read the second book, and the characters made so many terrible and unrealistic decisions I decided not to read the other two books in the series.

    At least the book wasn’t as bad as the movie (young boy from the provinces obtains a magic weapon from the last remaining member of an order of supernatural nights, has to save the princess and overthrow the evil empire – Star Wars with dragons).

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