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Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,085,419 Ratings  ·  17,799 Reviews
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 soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight he is thrust into a perilous ne
Paperback, 754 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published June 2002)
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ThomyZ I really don't wanna be mean, but if one considers this a "great book" one must have somewhat limited experience with literature in general and…moreI really don't wanna be mean, but if one considers this a "great book" one must have somewhat limited experience with literature in general and fantasy in particular. I was 24 when I read it shortly after it came out; there was a great hype about it, almost Harry Potter-like for a time and, like apparently many others here, I felt cheated when I actually read this mediocre mix of genre clichés and teenage wish fulfillment. I'm happy for everyone who enjoyed it, but the fact that many share the view that it is overrated does not come as a surprise.

(also, capital letters and a dozen exclamation marks do not exactly make it easier to take this question serious in the first place)(less)
Amariah Dixon I read it when I was 12 and LOVED it. The story gets more exciting as you go on. I read it every chance I got.
I mean, it's your choice--and you might…more
I read it when I was 12 and LOVED it. The story gets more exciting as you go on. I read it every chance I got.
I mean, it's your choice--and you might not like the story as much! all according to preference. but believe me, it's definitely worth a shot. :)(less)

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Jul 26, 2007 J.Elle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
I cannot adequately express my complete and utter loathing for this book. I was working at a library during the time that this book was being published and had access to a galley of the novel. I did finish it, but only so I could know (entirely how much) Christopher Paolini (the supposed 16-year-old author-genius) had plagiarized J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of The Rings" trilogy. If you are not familiar with the Inheritance books, allow me to inform you:

Lord of the Rings: Trilogy
Eragon: Trilogy
Lord o
J.G. Keely
May 13, 2007 J.G. Keely rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Standard fantasy fare, except that while most fantasy authors lift their plots only vaguely from a previous author, Eragon is simply the plot of Star Wars with a Lord of the Rings paintjob:

Princess flees, trying to keep precious item out of the evil emperor's hands. Boy finds item. Bad guys burn down his farm and kill his uncle. Old mysterious man helps him, and turns out to be part of a secret order of knights to which boy's (now evil) father belonged. Gives boy father's sword and takes him (ev
Aug 12, 2007 Brownbetty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one I liked
Two or three years ago, everywhere I went there was some display attempting to sell me Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. It was obviously a bad book without opening the cover: the back cover carries a quote from the book, and an endorsement by Anne McCaffrey, and I'm pretty sure I could get that woman to supply a blurb for a double mint wrapper to the effect of "I couldn't put it down! An author ... to watch for!" The quote is "Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the ...more
May 02, 2010 Nataliya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one
Here is a short list of things I find more enjoyable than reading Eragon:

Why does this book read like it was written by a fantasy-obsessed 15-year-old? Oh, nevermind... Is THAT why is has EVERY single one moth-eaten fantasy cliché???
It's like Paolini actually, in all seriousness, used Diana Wynne Jones' humorous The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a real technical manual on how to create the Eragon universe. And the proud parents of a budding "new Tolkien", instead of proudly allowing him to read
Sep 04, 2007 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone...especially LOTR fans
Shelves: alreadyread
I LOVE the Inheritance books. I had never heard of Christopher Paolini before, and was walking through Barnes and Noble when I saw this book on the end display. What caught my eye was the dragon on the front cover (I love dragons, and my "artistic eye" was captivated by the artwork). This is a great fiction/adventure/fantasy novel. Anyone who is a Lord of the Rings would truly have an appreciation for this book. I was hooked from the moment I picked up this book and began reading. The story begi ...more
M. Weaver
May 07, 2007 M. Weaver rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8 year olds
Shelves: worst-books
EDIT: Re-wrote/fixed up this review on 8/21/2012 to reflect my changes as a critiquer/reviewer

Right so. I'll just say it: I hate Paolini's work. To my very core. I don't really think it's so much the "he stole from Tolkien/Lucas/Gandhi/God/my dog..," though whoever may say this has a point. Even though he blatantly took ideas from pioneers in their respective fields, that isn't what bothers me the most.

When I was fourteen, I admired him out of mere jealously. I was absolutely green with envy tha
Ben Alderson
Jan 23, 2017 Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
seriously, Ben. Why have you not read this sooner. This beast has been sat on your TBR pile for years. What is wrong with you? Was little Ben intimidated by the size?


I honestly think this is one of the best fantasy YA stories. Such a classic!

Feb 21, 2011 Katerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Before we get started
-Please,please do not judge a book by its movie.
-I read Eragon for the first time when I was 15 years old.I've re-read it 5 times since (I didn't own many books back then so after I took advantage of my neighbor's and my cousin's library,I kept re-reading my poor collection) and every time I loved it just the same,because it was the book that introduced me to the world of fantasy.

The story
When I got this beauty in my hands,I thought that Eragon was the dragon (laugh all
Oct 29, 2012 julio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


as if written by an enthusiastic but tragically over-encouraged teenager with insufferably supportive parents who somehow happen to be well-connected in the publishing indus—wait.


carry on, then.
Aug 20, 2008 Swankivy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A short (and somewhat sarcastic) summary: Main character = Eragon, mysteeeeerious boy-child left with his aunt and uncle by wandering mother, father unknown. Boy finds mysteeeeerious stone. Turns out to be dragon egg. Boy raises dragon and bonds with it strongly. Bad guys come and destroy boy's house and kill his uncle. Boy swears revenge. Boy's secret dragon is discovered by mysteeeerious storyteller who turns out to be master swordsman and random magic user. The hunt for the bad guys begins, a ...more
Jul 15, 2007 Archgallo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Probably the most expensive fanfiction I've ever read. I'm not sure what possessed the publishing company to publish this book (although I heard that Christopher Paolini was self-published at first). I also wrote a book when I was 16 (much like Paolini) and the quality was pretty much the same as Eragon, that is to say, awful. Eragon (the character) is a total Mary Sue/Gary Stu: he learns to fight with a sword in just a few weeks, his past is angsty, he's the first dragon rider for centuries, ...more
Darth J
September 2015 Updated Review

Although written by a homeschooled teenager (and it definitely shows, especially in the sequels), I was entertained by this novel. I had seen the movie first which makes it look like the world was cobbled together while trying to bridge the gap between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, and was turned off to reading the novels. After being told by a cousin of mine that the book was next to nothing like the movie, I tried it out and fortunately found the statement to be
Cait • A Page with a View
This was one of my favorite books in middle school and IT'S SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE. Please do not judge it by that mess.

I initially had a hard time getting past all of the LOTR similarities to actually enjoy the book (like could the elf he's in love with be named something besides Arwen Arya? The Eragon/Aragorn and Urgal/Uruk stuff is hard enough). But it really does end up being something incredibly unique on its own and is totally worth reading. The worldbuilding is amazing and I can st
Mar 21, 2007 Brent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dragon lovers and fighters
i learned that this book kicks butt i mean common ppl you see this explosion in a forest gather up the guts to go see what it was and its a hue piece of saphire (or is it?) well then eragon goes around trying to sell it because his family is poor but know one wants it because it came out of the spine! (for those that dont know what te spine is its a collection of mountians only the brave go in but only the lucky come out) i seen the movie and i literally wanted to send a P.O. email to him i swea ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Cy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My enemies.
This book spells 'trite' excellently. Unfortunately, that's the best quality it possesses.

This idea has been overworked many times before, and, if I may borrow a baking metaphor, overworked dough makes for flat product. Not only does he steal from successful greats, but ignores completely that the reason why they were great would be because of their ingenuity with GOING TO THE SOURCE and making it their own from there. The book takes information from mouths others, throws it together into a cong
Jun 05, 2007 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my former roommates is addicted to Young Adult fantasy books, and got me hooked right along with her. She had read the first two books in this series right when they first came out, and urged me to read them before seeing the movie (which, I later found out, was awful). So I did. Despite the criticism that Paolini's books get, I found I really, really enjoyed Eragon. He pulls a Tolkien and creates his own world, complete with different races, cultures, and languages, which is no easy task ...more
Wren | WrensReads
WrensReads Review:

You know that saying “I’ll wait till the movie comes out?” Don’t.

So I am an aspiring author. Let me shed some light for those who don’t understand this series is a unique series.

Imitation: a method of writing instruction that bas dropped off the map, fallen through the floor, and disappeared from the face of the earth as far as modern education is concerned. And yet imitation is arguably (according to Aristotle, Cicero, and numerous other authorities) the most effective rhetor
Jun 22, 2010 Nian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
Eragon has got to be one of the most tedious books I have ever read. I normally love fantasy (my love for Harry Potter is an indication of this) but Eragon, I could not get through. It was excruciatingly long for such a simple journey. He chances upon all things magical and makes such a big commotion of things. Everything is supposedly mysterious. But it is actually more annoying than mysterious. I love adventure, but his journey was slow paced and took f o r e v e r to get through.

The writing
Hasham Rasool
Christopher wrote this book when he was fifteen years old. He did very well.

I love the relationship between Eragon and Saphira. I could see there are true affections between the boy and dragon.

I have seen Eragon film long time ago, I can't remember what all of the casts look like but I can remember a bit what happened. The movie of Eragon and the book are very different. I love the book! I really didn't like a film. It is pointless! Alhamdulillah.
I tried writing a novel when I was fifteen, too; but the difference between me and Paolini is I had the decency to chuck it when I realized how terrible it was. I’m not going to list a host of authours he ‘borrowed’ from — many people just have different opinions where exactly he borrowed from so I don’t want to get into it. It’s just… I think he had potential; descriptively, there were some parts of Eragon that were very well-written. But for the rest, he tried too hard and he tried too early. ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
First read: 2007 (5 stars)
Re-read: 2017 (3 stars)

When I first read Eragon I LOVED it, but it wasn't as good this time around! I suppose 10 years makes a difference!
Jan 13, 2008 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2002 I was 16 and a sophomore in high school. I was the Manhattan finalist for a storytelling festival. I was writing, mostly poetry. The year before I had been named runner up in a contest held by the Poetry Society of America and had the poem I entered read on the radio. I used to feel pretty good about those accomplishments until I read Christopher Paolini's bio on his first book.

In 2002 Christopher Paolini was 15 and a high school graduate. So, of course, the next obvious step was to writ
Sep 28, 2008 Benny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone/Fantasy lovers
Recommended to Benny by: Friends
Eragon = Star Wars


The book opens with Princess Arya/Princess Leia smuggling a dragon egg/message or Death Star plans from the evil kingdom/Empire. She manages to hide it successfully but is captured by Ozzy Osbourne/Durza/Darth Vader and interrogated about it’s location. A simple orphan farm boy named Eragon/Luke acquires the egg/message/plans but doesn’t really know what to do with it. One day/night he returns home to find his uncle and aunt murdered by ra’zak/stor
I give up.

Today is November 10, and I've read a grand total of 26 pages since August.

I just don't like it. The writing itself isn't quite up to the standard I would expect, but I know Paolini was a teen when he wrote it. I'm not excusing the choppiness based on his age because I know some teen authors who are simply angelic with their writing, but that kind of polish comes with experience.

Some books manage to be epic fantasies where interesting things actually happen.

Also, each chapter ends as E
Oct 01, 2007 Echo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children who haven't been introduced to quality fantasy yet
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy, duds
It's been a few years since I read Eragon, and someday I mean to pick it up again and reread it so I can move on to Eldest. Unfortunately, I remember very little of the book. When I picked up Eldest and read the introduction where Paolini explains what happened in Eragon, I thought, "Really? I don't remember any of that." It was that forgettable. So I can't give much information about plot, characters, or anything very detailed. What I do remember are my reactions when reading the book. My first ...more
Spider the Doof Warrior
Someone needs to grab this cub and shake him several times and tell him THAT HE IS NOT TOLKIEN!
His prose is not delicious and artistic. It's irritating. It makes you sit on the toilet while reading shouting out the worse lines from the book and then you just want to bang your head against the wall as you realize this cub is making millions while you are STILL struggling to perfect the same stories since 1999 and beyond!
It makes me feel rather bitter.
The worse thing is this book is such a rip off
Colleen Houck
Chris Paolini not only wrote an amazing book but his personal story of getting published is inspiring. He carried around his manuscript for four years and kept working on it and adding to it. When other boys his age were playing video games he was immersed in his world. Fabulous book!
Oct 13, 2007 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy epics
I’m very happy I’ve finally read Eragon! It’s been a book that I’ve been curious to read for a long time. Because of it’s comparisons with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (which I very much love!) I’ve wondered if Eragon would be another great fantasy epic or a terrible rip-off. I’m not entirely sure that it is either. But I did enjoy the book, and would recommend it to others!

I’ve wavered between giving this three or four stars. I would like to give it three and half, but as I can’t, I’ll go with t
Jul 24, 2008 Randocommando added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The rating of zero stars is on purpose.

This is one of the worst books I have read in a long time. If you search hard, between the covers of this book you may find an original idea. He ripped off ideas from Anne McCaffery, Jane Yolen, Tolkien, etc. He just had the happy coincidence of writing his book McCaffery and Yolen have faded into obscurity.

I have never seen a book published with so many editorial errors. He had poor sentence structure. He used so many words in the wrong context that it was
Sep 15, 2011 Jonathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans who are more on the young side
There are a lot of novels out there that are closely inspired by The Lord of the Rings and similar fantasy icons. Some so closely that certain people name them as rip offs.

Eragon is one of those novels that has been called a knock off of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. However I make a distinction. To me this novel is merely inspired by those tales. There is no direct copying at mind but a mere translation of similar themes and archetypes commonly found in fantasy nowadays.

That doesn't excuse
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Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains rise on one side of Paradise Valley. Snowcapped most of the year, they inspired the fantastic scenery in the Inheritance Cycle.

Christopher is grateful to all his readers. He is especiall
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The Inheritance Cycle (5 books)
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