Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Review by Floresiensis
When Eragon, a young farm-boy, discovers a polished stone in the forest his first thoughts are of selling it to feed his family. The stone turns out to be the home of a dragon hatchling and as Eragon secret ely raises it evil forces descend upon his family and he is thrown into a world of magic and power with only an ancient sword and a fledgling dragon to help him.
Eragon is a remarkable achievement by Christopher Paolini especially when you take in consideration the tender age at which he wrote the novel. It is a tale that contains beauty and friendship, told by a young author who believes fully in the world that he has created.
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.
There is a surprising amount of violence in Eragon, seeing as it is a book aimed at young adults and the story can get somewhat repetitive (Paolini is a fan of David Eddings after all) and you will struggle to find anything in Eragon that you have not read elsewhere.
In summary, entertaining and enjoyable but unfortunately repetitive and unoriginal.
Maryam from Pakistan
It is actually really weird for people to be comparing that it has similarities with other books - the thing is - SO WHAT? Guys grow up - you read something, you get influenced by it, you write and pretty soon you start getting more ideas - the thing is he was very young when he wrote it- shows great potential - second let's wait for him to write something else and then judge him - why on just one book or series would you want to discard him JUST BECAUSE he seems similar to other books - give it a chance - give HIM a chance - the book is amazing by the way - and I loved it because it was a whole story - look past it and see and learn to enjoy what you read - yes you might not like it but others do - ahhhh even HP series people still debate its a kiddish story; only those who have read it know it isn't - so give the writers/authors a break! =) Oh yeah the movie - although it is good in a way but to say its actually a live action of the book- Yes, I'm not happy with that - the book is better.
Isaac from New York
I don't understand why there's so much hate towards Paolini. I really, really love his series on a deep level. If you are looking at this page to see if you should read his books, please at least just give it a try. There are a lot of people with a lot of anger towards a lot of things in this world who just want to give everything a bad reputation, so ignore them and take a look at the first book.
Naomi from Canada
I think Eragon was very well written but at some points it just got boring and I feel like some of the fighting might have been too descriptive and a lot of times it got really exciting but a few pages later it was just boring but other than that I LOVE Eragon and the author Christopher Paolini.
Lachy from Australia
Excellent book with a gripping plot, if somewhat unoriginal at times. I couldn't put this down!
Guy from England
A nice enough series for teenagers, but frankly I am dissapointed with the blatent copying of Tolkien. Whilst a good story with enjoyable characters, there is a lack of plotlines and the ending of the series leaves holes big enough to poke a dragon through. It also leaves dozens of loose ends that left me most unsatisfied. If you are 13-14 or younger read this, if slightly older, and want a good read, try the Malazan Book Of the Falllen, a Song of Ice and Fire or Lord Of The Rings - THESE BOOKS ARE FAR SUPERIOR!
From from From
Best series I have ever had the pleasure to read. I've read it eight times. I think he uses beautiful language and don't get how people can criticize his writing. I recommend it to anyone.
Lucia from Spain
I think christopher paolini wrote a great book. At times it got boring though
Jaden from US
Great fantasy but needs more er er stuff.
Akmal from India
Hey it is the 1st novel U read completely and as I am 18 and a junior artist writing my own songs Eragon helped me to rectify a few things in my debut novel, The World In Me. It is under rectification and I hope soon it will be released. Anyways thanks a lot to Christopher.
Sam from Australia
Lastly they also completely hammered the movie... They destroyed the whole series with one movie... great work Only once was Roran introduced in the movie and it was because he was being hunted and being forcibly recruitied into Galbortorix's army... I'm not sure what the director was reading but it seemed that he wrote a whole new book but kept the plot, conflict and solution. I was also disappointed with the actors for: Arya - she was too happy and too human, definately not an elf. In the first novel she was always on edge and depressed. Galbortorix - I don't like how he was shown in the first movie, a lot of creativity was formed until the last book when you at last get to visualize him, until then his mysteriousness was good. Eragon - he was alrite, Brom and Murtagh were by far the best. I read Eragon before I saw the movie and he appeared just as I visualized him. Murtagh actor was also good, his darkness was evident, unlike Arya's representation of her character. Also.... where was Katrina in the movie...
Sam from Australia
I don't appreciate people commenting on this site about how bad these novels were. I've read the Inheritance Cycle for the 5th time and I'm only now picking up hidden details throughout the book. Seriously Paolini's age at the time he started the books is impressing, but neither is it original. Most people confuse Tolkien's work with the fantasy genre itself. No one can define a genre from a single book alone. Sure Tolkien's books were great but I love how Paolini strived on differentiating his work from most any fantasy novel. Also to those who question the series for being original, what pieces have you created? I don't understand how people can judge Paolini for being original or copying another book when the accuser has written no more then a 800 word synopsis on a book. I think it's a good book and I admire how creative Paolini was, especially with the ancient language, elves customs and greetings and the overall history of Alagaesia. Good work to Paolini and I'd like to see more from him, also curious to see if he can manage a different genre. Also Murtagh is my favorite character, love his twisted character and if not for him Galbortorix would never had died and lost his wards, but I've always been questioning how Murtagh discovered the name of the ancient language o.0
Jack from USA
This book is a book that everyone should read.
Mia from Australia
The Inheritance Series has put Christopher Paolini high up on my list of authors- which inclues Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, J R R Tolkien, J K Rowling, Rick Riordan, Shakespeare and Jane Austen, to name a few. As many say, every story is a retelling- of life. They all have similar elements in some way- it isn't plagiarism. Christopher Paolini is highly original, has a wonderful voice and authentic emotion.
Dean from USA
Eragon rocks. Dragons are really cool. I really like this book.
Krystal from New Zealand
Eragon is an amazing book. I read it when I was fairly new to fantasy, so I thought it was the most original thing in the world. Of course, eventually I was proven wrong, but Chris has an amazing writing style and a way of making you part of Eragon's world that seems extremely natural. No other books have given me that 'natural' feeling ... it's as if worlds in stories are all just made up, but Alagaesia isn't. It feels real. And personally, I love all the pointless detail because that is part of what contributes to its reality. If you skip all the little things, you are writing a story. If you put in all the little things ... you are IN the story. Complete <3 for Eragon ^.^
Joshua from Stewart
Well I think that the 'love' thing goin' on between Arya and Eragon went nowhere, clearly a representation of his own love life, and also his plaigarism is shocking, he should have just put his name on on the cover of Lord of the Rings. I used to like him, but he is absolute rubbish, you suck Paolini!
Ethan from USA
This was one of the most horrid books I have ever read. The characters are completely flat, and large sections of the book, along with most of the main characters, were taken almost word for word from Wheel of Time. Eragon is Rand. When I described Perrin to one of my friends, he literally thought I was describing Eragon's blacksmith friend (forget his name). This book is not just inspired by other books, but total rip-offs. If you want to read this, read Wheel of Time instead.
Katie from Kent
Admittedly this book shares a lot of similarities with the Lord of the Rings, but this does not mean that it's a bad book. The plot is engrossing and enjoyable, the characters easy to relate to and the relationships, particularly that between Eragon and Saphira, stirring, regardless of the "stolen" ideas. I really enjoyed reading it, and it does not deserve to be disregarded, particularly given that it's a book that's aimed at a young audience who are less likely to pick it to pieces because of its flaws.
Neil from Townsville-Australia
Reading the first book I was struck by the somewhat childish style but stuck with it. I ended up enjoying it well enough but thought the second book was rather better. Like many others, I found the detailed, protracted battle scenes throughout the series quite tedious and usually flicked through the pages to get past the endless bloodshed! By the fourth book I had more than enough of it all and I didn't even finish it. I did peek at the last 20 pages or so to see how it all ended and thought the story felt unfinished. The characters seemed to just disperse in all directions and the "love story" between Arya and Eragon went nowhere. Paolini seems to have spent more time and effort on developing the character of Roran than of Eragon himself and all in all I found the last book tedious and frustrating.
Jess from Sydney
I absolutely loved the Inheritance Cycle, it was absolutely amazing. I thank Christopher Paolini for giving me a reading adventure to remember.
Kim from England
I was first introduced to this book back when I was 10. At that kind of younger age, I was entranced by the magic and mysteries this book presented. Now, I do acknowledge that many of the ideas in this book were built off of others but I still believe that this is an overall amazing read. Since Inheritance came out, I was forced to read Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr all over again since I had forgotten important plots and what not... and I came to appreciate even more not only with the plot (since I was mainly focused on that when I was younger) but also his style of writing. I like his use of language, logic, and perspective... but then again... I'm nowhere close to "professional" at writing... so who am I to talk? :) So. My opinion. The writer is still young indeed, as said on these other reviews, and he certainly shows promise. I personally look forward to his future works and hopefully his creativity will be boosted even more!
Nikholas from New Jersey
This book was great. I just finished Inheritance today and of course, loved it. I loved all four books and will buy them when I have enough money, just because supporting this young author is the right thing to do. READ THIS BOOK and do not listen to the people who say "oh this is very similar to so and so and I couldn't get into it for blah blah blah reasons." Number one he wrote it at a very young age, so his ideas will obviously reflect some of the ideas he absorbed from other books. Not to mention that there are authors double his age that do this. Number two, it's an excellently written cycle and shows some real stylistic maturity. My only problem is he could've gone into more detail with Eragon and Arya but if that's not his thing or he didn't feel comfortable doing that for whatever reason, it doesn't matter, the whole cycle was great regardless.
Bekky from Cambridge
I read this when I was about 12, loved it. I found it really hard to read The Lord of the Rings, gave up about half way through the first book, and can see from the LOTR films that there has been some cross over, but still, the actual story, not the same! I finished Inheritence today, loved the whole series and wish I could read it all again with a fresh mind.
Gary from Vancouver, BC
Eragon has a distinct quality of banality. It's impressive that Paolini was able to complete a novel at the age he was and with the ardor he presented, his sequels seemed promising (which didn't live up to the hype). The book itself was overlong, overstuffed with abysmal dialogue and callowness, in his character's predicaments. The best thing I can say about the book and it's writing ability, all together, is that I was able to finish it.
Ganesh from India
Eragon is pretty good actually but quality goes down as series progresses. Eragon was the only book of the series that I could read again and again. Then Inheritance came out and I couldn't even finish it. Actually I was searching for reviews of book 4 to see if I was the only one not to like it, when I saw this review. Eragon is not as bad as some say, but neither should it be made out as a 2nd coming of LOTR to deserve 9 or 10 stars. Pretty good for young adults and below average for adults spoilt by the likes of Sanderson and Rothfuss.
K Christopher from Idaho
When I first read the book I thought it was one of the best books out there! After I looked at some reviews of the book I realzied that Eragon wasn't that good because there wasnt' any real fresh ideas but its a good read! I hated the book so I am writting my own series but it's more than Eragon!
Jake from Keidel
The only reason that I give this even a three stars, is because it inspired a movie with the amazing Jeremy Irons. Nothing more. I know that there are only so many ways we can write a story, and it is bound to become rather repetetive, but, really, does the world need a new farm-boy-saves-the-world? Can't we have a farm-boy-destined-to-destroy-the-world and is being hunted, but he doesn't know why, which causes his resentment to destroy the world? (Actually, that sounds quite good). Some bits were good. Mainly, when I closed the book. I couldn't find anything original, and I tried. Maybe it's the dragons, maybe it's the elves (how many immortal, undying races are there in fantasy, and how come they don't rule the world?), or maybe, maybe, it's because this was written by a 13 year old (not the most talented people on the world) who's parents owned a publishing company. I suggest try reading it backwards. It's about a boy who brings a shade back to life, causes his uncle to be brought back from the dead, sees the death of a dragon. His reward: be a farm boy. In other words, please, PLEASE, don't read this series. Look, I'll offer you a cookie. Come on, take it.
Kaizoku04 from Tokyo
I cannot understand how this book grew to be popular. The only significance to this book is the age at which the author wrote it. The shameless resemblance to Tolkien's work is apparent in every facet of this book. And the author only gets worse with each installment in the series. Do not waste your time on it...
Olivia from Arkansas
Amazing!!!!!! I absolutely fell in love with this book!!! I can't understand how some cannot find joy, life and love in this book.
Ryan from Australia
Eragon is fantastic! I recommend it for anyone, of any age. It beats Harry Potter, which I bet would be a challenge for any writer. The detail Christopher puts in the books, how alive the characters seem when your reading the book, makes you feel like your in the world of Alagaesia. I am a writer myself, and Christopher Paolini has inspired me to write my book: White Shadows (hasn't been published). Christopher your a legend, and may your swords stay sharp!
Allison from Canada
I have read the book through many times and love it. Sure he stole most of the ideas but his writing is good. I don't know how people can say there was to much description, if you want to much description then read The Hobbit by Tolkien. The movie of Eragon SUCKS. And also try reading Treasure Island- The descriptions make no sense most of the time.
Josh from Ohio
So glad that after just a few years of its publication, and the very horrible movie brought on by the junkie writing, that it has become generally acknowledged by everybody that this young kid stole pretty much everything for his books and they have been subsequently ignored now. It was a fluke that they had gained popularity. Riding on the wave generated by the Lord of the Rings being remade this time into live action movies instead of the original cartoon versions. People jumping onto it and reading it most likely due to the aspects of dragons and things. I read this book when it first came out and felt no real interest in it. Not until I noticed a few things that were sadly very openly similar to the point of knowing it was purposely taken from other works. It is easy for people to say that he was inexperienced so those who 'trash talk' the books need to lay off of him. But there's the most important thing. Inexperience should not be an excuse for theft. I wish it was possible to make it so people could get their money back from the book sales and also from the movie. But sadly that's impossible.
Renee from Idaho
The Inheritance Cycle were by far the best books I have ever read, everyone keeps saying that he plagerised, if that were so then the story would pretty much be the same as the the others, it is not it is completely a different story then Star Wars or LOTR, it may have things that are similar to other stories in other books or even similar names to places and events in time but the point is they are not same, similar and the same are completely different. Most everyone uses the same basics in their books, to say that he plagerised is like saying that anyone who uses elves or dragons in their books are also plagerising. Quit being jealous that he was able to write such a good book and you weren't. You not liking the book and out lashing is just your opinion because you don't like it. Christopher did a great job writing these books with hardly any experience.
Veronika from Croatia
Considering the fact that I'm no fan of Star Wars and only watched the movie adaptation of LOTR, I can't say just how much of the book is plagiarized. I can only say that I've read this book in an instant as soon as the story picked up. This was the book that got me into magical creatures and magic itself as I wasn't fond of it before. Maybe I'll find tons of better written books, but I'll never forget just how eager I was to keep reading the book at 1 AM. One thing I didn't like was the overly detailed descriptions, I pretty much got lost a few times.
Likkamatti from Finland
Eragon was an OK book. But nothing more because I didnīt like Christopher's writing style and the story was so unoriginal. But it wasn`t SO bad. There was some good in it too. 6 out of 10.
Ian from London
Utterly derivative work with a poor writing style to boot. There's so much better out there that deserves mention before these books.
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Anonymous from unknown 2
It is like, so cool, (soz didn't put name down) good book, should have a competition like 'create a dragon'. They should make more films of it and give Chris more credit!
anonymous from unknown
I can't tell how you couldn't like this book. I loved it ! It was second only to The Lord of the Rings!
Aoife from Ireland
This book disgusts me, as does its author. If I had ripped off so many classics writing this book, I wouldn't be able to live with the guilt. The only reason Paolini hasn't been sued is that most of the people he stole ideas from are too rich to care and the rest of them fear the backlash of a whole bunch of Eragon "fans".
Cameron from England
This is a great book. I entirely enjoyed it from cover to cover and it left me wanting more. You go on about it being blatant plagerism then why hasn't he been sued? Even so, that's not the point, he created an enthraling novel and an expansive world that has been enjoyed by many (some people must like it seeing that there is a movie and a video game) and that is the whole point of fiction books - TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY!!!
Tripti from India
I really think it was not that bad. Heck, I'm not a writer but it was kind of interesting. I think it is better than the Harry Potter series at least!
He wasn\'t thirteen when he wrote it...are you kidding? So much misinformation. The version you read right now was written by a nineteen year old, with the help of his family and at least one professional editor. Horrible.
Will from Virginia
Even without considering Paolini's blatant plagiarism, the book was written by a spectacularly poor writer. Paolini was 13 at the time, and I have some sympathy, but this is not a book for adults or for experienced readers.
Alex from Australia
I absolutely loved this book and Eldest and i can't wait for the next to come out, I am a writer and i don't see how you can hate his work, it is magnificent. If my book does end up getting published and they ask who my greatest influence was i would say Christopher Paolini.
Nelson from Florida
I find Christopher Paolini to be a boring and terrible writer. I myself am a writer and I make sure I have fresh and original ideas. He is the worst author in the history of the world and I hate his work!
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