I know that it has taken me a while to read this, but can you blame me after the movie? It wasn’t exactly the most amazing film ever made. Actually, it was pretty boring. The only reason I did decide to read it was because, firstly, I love dragons and, secondly, my book club happened to have them
“Eragon” was the last book out of the three I chose from book club this month and I’m glad I did save it for last because it would have been an excruciating wait until the next meeting, had I read it first!
The book is 100 x better than the movie (as they tend to be) and is filled with magic and adventure. Eragon is a 15 year- old farm boy from a town called Carvahall and when he stumbles upon a sapphire, blue stone while out hunting in the Spine, his life is changed forever. Eragon becomes the first of a New Generation of Dragon Riders.
There are a lot of twists and turns in the story as Eragon is forced to go on a journey in search of revenge and purpose. During his travels he meets an interesting array of characters, good and bad, while he begins to learn about his heritage and what it means to be a Rider.
The story is one of those that captivate you from beginning to end! I mean, who is not enthralled by magical creatures and races, such as Dragons, Dwarves, Elves and even a Werecat?
As you should know by now, for me, a book does not end when I turn the last page – I have to go and find out more – So that led me to Christopher Paolini’s website.
It is there that I found something that completely shocked me. Did you know that Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon when he was 15 years old? If you’ve read the book, or once you’ve read it, you will understand why that is such a shock. It is a book you would have expected to be written by a gentle old man, the kind that likes to tell stories – someone like Brom, in fact – definitely not a 15 year-old child! I mean, to be completely honest, I used a dictionary for some of the words in that book!! Words like ‘conflagration’ (a destructive fire), ‘nigh’ (lit. near) and ‘whinnying’ (a soft neighing sounds made by the horses) to name a few. I know that a lot of that is added in the editing process but I mean, come on! This kid created an entirely new world! It’s just amazing!
So if you love myths and magic, or you’re hungry for something adventurous, this book is definitely for you! Oh and I almost forgot to mention the best part – there are another two books, Eldest and Brisingr, as well as a fourth on the way!!