November 27, 2011

Written by Christopher Paolini
Reviewed by D. Williams
Rated 5 out of 5

When Eragon, a poor farm boy living in the small town of Carvahall, discovers a mysterious blue stone in the mountains, he has no idea of the sudden twist his life is about to take.  Long before Eragon existed, the Dragon Riders ruled Alagaesia.  But when Galbatorix, an evil Rider, killed all of the Riders and their dragons, he took over the land and ruled with an iron fist.  Now the stone, which turns out to be an egg, hatches, revealing one of the last dragons in the world.  Because of the dragon, Eragon’s home is destroyed and his uncle, who raised him, is killed by strange creatures called the Ra’zac.  Thirsty for vengeance, Eragon now becomes a Rider, trained by Brom, a mysterious old man who has an incredible secret.  On their journey to find the Ra’zac, Eragon and Brom must overcome many challenges and obstacles, but no one could predict what happens next.

This book has many themes and ideas, such as despair, hope, and fighting against all odds.  Eragon is constantly beaten on until he thinks he can’t go on, but then finds a way to continue.  Trust is a major theme, because Eragon knows so little about Brom and still must put faith in him.  When he is put to the test, Eragon must overcome insurmountable opposition just to prove himself worthy.  Finally, Eragon must believe in himself as he rises from a lowly farmer to a legendary Dragon Rider.  Believing in yourself is the main theme of Eragon.

Eragon is one of my all-time favorite books.  The author is an amazing writer, and tells the story well.  The characters have enough depth to seem realistic, and they are not overdone.  The themes are evenly balanced, and there is never a dull moment.  Eragon has all of the requirements of a great book and more.  The writing is interesting, with a language invented by the author mixed in.  In my opinion, this book is one of the best books I have ever read.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the adventure genre and good storytelling.

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