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(The Inheritance Cycle #1)

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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 ne
Paperback, 503 pages
Published April 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published June 2002)
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Sashia I am actually really glad you asked this question Damian, because it is one I have wondered for a long time. I have read countless posts on how horrib…moreI am actually really glad you asked this question Damian, because it is one I have wondered for a long time. I have read countless posts on how horrible it was, but most of the time there is no concrete reason given. Personally, I think anytime there is something is largely popular (harry potter, the hunger games, frozen, etc.-the writer of this post is not endorsing any of these examples) there is going to be a group screaming about terrible, boring, and stereotypical it was.
Also, many have probably seen the movie and that spoiled it for them. And maybe some are just a little jealous that a 16 year old can write better than they will ever be able to.
The book has "stereotypical fantasy characters" in that it has elves, dwarves, and dragons. I really don't see that as a problem. I like elves, dwarves, and dragons, and I don't think there are enough fantasy books written that include them. I don't think anyone would complain that a sci-fi book was horrible because it had the "stereotypical" aliens in it.
Also other people have compared it to star wars for some reason, but that argument breaks down once you try to compare some of the characters, or predict one or other of the plot lines from how it turned out in the other one. The only part that is reminiscent of star wars is where Eragon is told part of his family tree. And personally, I think Paolini pulled "I am your father" play to make it more believable and accepted by the audience, so the twist that finally comes would be more of a shocker.
Seriously, to really hate this series you must either not like traditional fantasy at all, or not have very good intuition to see all the questions and points, Paolini weaves through his writing.
P.S.-As for "having a limited experience with literature" I read the Anne of Green Gables series when I was seven and was reading several works of Dickens, To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Diary of Anne Frank when I was ten.
P.S.S.-Sorry this post was extremely long.(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 alter…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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Check out this book in my very first video review!
Anyway, onwards to the review!
I could read this one a hundred times and love it just the same.

This was my middle school book series. I read it over and over and over (and, as you may have guessed, over and over...).

It had dragons! And elves and magic and swordplay and not a love triangle in sight.

Even rereading it as an adult, I just...cannot separate all those happy memories So keep in mind, my review might be is more than a bit bias
Jul 26, 2007 rated it did not like it
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 rated it did not like it
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May 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I don't care what anyone says, I freaking loved this book. I get that it's sooooo freaking cheesy, with a Gary Stu and a BABY DRAGON and a weird elf with whom ---- oh, can't say that cause it's a spoiler. Heh. ANYWAYS, it's great.

Yeah it literally checks all of the shitty high fantasy YA wet dream, with an orphaned SPESHUL character and dragons and elves and deus ex machina up the yin yang, but I. DON'T. CARE.

I loved it the first time I read it and I still love it now. The movie was an unmitig
Aug 12, 2007 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
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fae, 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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beginner to fantasy books
Age of the readers and how well acquainted they are with the high fantasy genre seriously need to be considered here.

I don’t think I need to say a lot on my review on this, Eragon is a very popular book and it’s been quite mixed received, to say the least. The majority of love and dislike usually depends on when did you read the book for the first time? If you were still a child or teenager, and haven’t read a lot or any high fantasy books yet, you’ll probably love this. Unfortunately, I’m readi
Ben Alderson
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!

Michelle Webber
May 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: 8 year olds
Shelves: worst-books
wow, so i wrote a scathing review of Christopher Paolini's book when i was a very passionate but stupid and embittered seventeen-year-old. i still get notifications on this site from people who either loved or hated this review. i do stand by some of what i said, sure. but more than a decade later, here is what i think i was trying to say, but was so burdened by hatred and jealousy to do so. i'll leave the original in tact for posterity's sake, but it's a super unfocused and awful. you've been w ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Jul 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
This was straight up painful...

Full review to come!
Julio Genao
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it


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 rated it did not like it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1), Christopher Paolini

Eragon is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Paolini, born in 1983, wrote the novel while still in his teens. After writing the first draft for a year, Paolini spent a second year rewriting and fleshing out the story and characters.

His parents saw the final manuscript and in 2001 decided to self-publish Eragon; Paolini spent a year traveling around the United States promoting the novel. By chance, the book was di
James Trevino
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dragons and elves and dragons!

A lot of people faulted Paolini for trying to copy Tolkien, but the truth is, their styles are nothing alike. Tolkien is much more poetic and his writing more archaic.

Paolini is a much more straightforward fantasy guy. And that is not a bad thing. I really enjoyed this book and the series overall ranks as one of my all time favorites! Why? Because it is so well written! Seriously now, the descriptions and characters and everything! And it is fascinating really... w
Ahmad Sharabiani
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1), Christopher Paolini

Eragon is the first novel in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. After writing the first draft for a year, Paolini spent a second year rewriting and fleshing out the story and characters.

The book tells the story of a farm boy, named Eragon, who finds a mysterious stone in the mountains. Not knowing the stone's origin or worth, he attempts to use it as payment to a butcher. A dragon he later names Saphira hatches from the stone, whi
Wren (fablesandwren)
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 rhetorical device for le
A wonderful rec from my GR friend, Anish :) Thank you! :)

Also a super great BR with Sweet Pinky , Lovely Saphy's Trainer and Gentleman Grumpy Cat :)

I saw the movie and loved it, but when I heard about the book recently, I was curious together with a slight feeling of worry as reading the book after watching the movie adaption works quite bad for me. But I wasn't disappointed, this book is wonderful!

RL keeps messing up with me, so, sorry in advance for a short review. This wonderful books is wo
Jul 15, 2007 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
Merphy Napier
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, five-stars
I used to reread this series on loop in high school but I haven't read it in about six years.

Rereading this book brought back a lot of nostalgia but I was so happy to find that setting my old feeling aside, this story still held true.

It's a huge, and detailed world, filled with tons of different creatures that each get so much attention and depth. It doesn't gloss over anything, yet never feels slow, it's so atmospheric that it really feels like you could fall into the story and be a part of it
✨ A ✨
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Almost everyone knows how this story goes. Eragon finds a huge egg in the forest but thinks it is just a precious stone — that is until it hatches and a dragon emerges. Dragons and their riders have been iradicated from the empire by the evil king Galbatorix. Eragon thinks he can keep his dragon, Saphira, a secret, but when the King sends the deadly Raz'ac to find and capture him and Saphira he realises that he has put his whole town in danger. Eragon now has to live on the run from the empire o ...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
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The greatest enemy is one that has nothing to lose.”

It's been a while. Many years have gone by since I read this as a young teenager/old child. The only problem is that I have never read the fourth and last part of this series. At the time of its release, I had already forgotten what had happened in books 1 - 3. Since then I have not been able to find the time and motivation to reread them. I finally decided to start listening to the audiobooks to freshen up my memories.

I believe that the age
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holy guacamole.
A great read.
Definitely try it. :)
Mar 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to laugh at Eragon's incompetence
Recommended to Sofia by: Literally everyone
Five things I still don't know:

1. What the fourth dimension looks like
2. What I'm going to do with my life
3. Who killed Schrödinger's cat
4. Whether or not extraterrestrials exist
5. Why Eragon's a bestseller

The extent to the ripoffness of Eragon vs. Tolkien can only be properly described with an analogy.

The Quality of LOTR:

It's your little cousin's birthday. On your family trip to NYC, you sneak to the Lego Store and purchase a Lego Star Destroyer. You know he'll be ecstatic, and you're co
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I've been dying to reread this one for a while, but I was looking at its GR entry and noticed it's listed as YA fantasy. I've always considered it MG, possibly because I first read it when it was released, which was when I was 10 years old or so. Am I remembering wrong, maybe, since it's been so long?

Anyways, I'm putting it to a vote: do you consider Eragon MG or YA? What about the other books in The Inheritance Cycle?
Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana. He published his first novel, Eragon, in 2003 at the age of nineteen, and quickly became a publishing phenomenon. His Inheritance Cycle—Eragon and its three sequels—have sold nearly 40 million copies worldwide. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is his first adult novel.

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