(Review) Eragon, The Inheritance Cycle Book 1 by Christopher Paolini

Publication Date: April 2005. First published 2002.
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf.
Genre: Fantasy fiction, dragons.
Age Range: 12 and up.
Pages: 528.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.


Further books in the series:
Book 2, Eldest
Book 3, Brisingr
Book 4, The Inheritance

Fifteen year old Eragon works a farm with his uncle Garrow and Roran. They live in the land of Alagaesia. Eragon finds an unusual blue stone while hunting. His first thought is to sell the stone. At this point in the story, the object is thought to be a brilliant blue veined stone. One night the stone cracks and a dragon emerges. Eragon seeks the advice of Brom, a man with stories of dragons and dragon riders.

My Thoughts:
I'm a newby to fantasy fiction and I'm a little giddy about the genre.
Who doesn't love a good dragon story?
From the first page, there is an expectation Eragon is a special young man. His past is mysterious, and in book one nothing in detail is revealed about his lineage, but I'd not be surprised if his parentage has unique capabilities.
In book one,

  • I was introduced to Urgals, an elf, Kull, and dwarves. 
  • Battles are won and battles are lost. 
  • How to take care of a dragon. 
  • The abilities of a dragon. 
  • Eragon's growth into manhood.
Over-all, Eragon was an enjoyable story-very good.