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Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  749,012 ratings  ·  14,156 reviews
When Eragon finds a polished 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 nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of ...more
Published March 1st 2007 by Corgi (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)
A'len No, it doesn't pick up. If anything it just gets more excruciating to read. Of course, if you really want to know how it ends then I have a good…moreNo, it doesn't pick up. If anything it just gets more excruciating to read. Of course, if you really want to know how it ends then I have a good alternative to slogging through the book itself; watch Star Wars, Episode IV.(less)
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Oct 02, 2013 J.Elle rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Aug 12, 2007 Brownbetty rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 07, 2007 Faith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Aug 21, 2012 M. Weaver rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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/Ghandi/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
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

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.

Mar 21, 2007 Brent rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Jan 23, 2008 Cy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Emma (Miss Print)
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
Nov 01, 2012 Echo rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Sep 28, 2008 Benny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Apr 14, 2008 Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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!
Synesthesia (SPIDERS!)
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
Dec 07, 2011 Jonathan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Flimsy knockoff

*cough* might as well be plagiarism *cough*

You know that insult, falling off the ugly tree and hitting every ugly branch on the way down? Well, this book fell off the cliche tree and hit every single over-done and beaten-to-death cliche on the way down and then it landed in plagiarism. Every cliche or trope in sci-fi/fantasy is present in all 500+ pages of this... I hesitate to call it a story. The page count may not seem like a lot, but when it's a story or a poor mash-up of seve
Apr 21, 2008 Nightfalltwen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 15 year old boys with a sword fetish
Shelves: children-9-12
The story is your typical Hero's Journey (for more info, study up on Joseph Campbell) and that makes the plot fairly predictable. I know a lot of people compare it to Star Wars and say that Paolini copied the ideas from it and LOTR, but Star Wars follows the Hero's Journey almost verbatim and so does Eragon. Come on people. George Lucas and JRR Tolkein are/were no strangers to the idea either. Quit making stupid comments about how this author stole from that author. The hero's journey has been i ...more
I find it extremely impressive that this was written by a teenager whose family helped him self-publish it until it got picked up by a publisher for young adults.


(1) Too much analyzing by the main character on issues which don't need to be raised or which are superfluous;

(2) Some of the character interplay doesn't feel believable; I won't say what or I'd spoil the story;

(3) Basic fantasy story with the usual archetypes.

(4) Standard elves and dwarves if this bothers you. If not, then it'
Dec 06, 2008 Melora rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an imagination
Recommended to Melora by: Nan
While I hesitated to read this book at first (saw the insipid movie, and not a big fan of juvenile books in general), it's actually a great fantasy novel. Reading can be such a great escape, and these novels (I'm now on the 3rd in the series) are a great example of this.

I'm sure to irritate a lot of people by saying that I've purposely avoided the juvenile books for the masses (the Harry Potter cult and the Twilight-crazed zombies). And I was afraid that this series would be more of the same; o
I first read this book shortly after the second book came out, when I was about 10 years old. I was supposed to go on a pretty long train ride and I needed something to occupy me so I decided to pick up a book. I had only ever read for school projects and stuff, never for pleasure, mostly because reading was for nerds (yeah, I'd punch 10 year old me as well). I settled on this book because (to my tiny 10 year old brain) it seemed really long and the cover looked cool. On the train journey I bega ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Shane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All men
Recommended to Shane by: my friends

Captivating, amazing, astonishing!

One day Eragon was out hunting in the Spine, a forbidden place where many enter and little return. He was on his third day of his hunting trip, he was tracking down deer when all of the sudden there is a loud bang and I burst of light. Eragon went to go investigate what happened, when he arrived where the bang happened he discovered a polished blue stone. He took the stone back to his village, Carvahal, and tries asking merchants and traders what the stone
Briana Patterson
Ah...what to say about this book? I can't feel that great about it. In essence, as I have not been a big fantasy reader until recent years, the narrative was done well enough. Paolini has a decent writing style, and I did not find reading this book painful.

However, I do have to say that I agree with many of the statements that he lacks a lot of the originality. I mean, it's pretty obvious that Eragon is hardly more than a Luke Skywalker and that Darth Sauron - I mean Galbatorix is a rip of othe
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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.

His works include the international bestsellers Eragon, Eld
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