Monday, December 10, 2007

Eragon

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 nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...
- Synopsis from the back cover of the novel.

"The idea of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher's love for the magic of stories led him to craft a novel that he would enjoy reading. The project began as a hobby, a personal challenge; he never intended it to be published. All the characters in Eragon are from Christopher's imagination except Angela the herbalist, who is loosely based on his sister." Source:
Alagaesia.com

First sentence: Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world.


Eragon (503 pages) by the young Christopher Paolini will take you on an exhilaratingly dangerous and magical journey -- a journey which will unveil his destiny as a Dragon Rider. Book 1 of the Inheritance Trilogy is highly readable. When I discovered that Paolini was only fifteen when he started writing the book, I was even more amazed. Naturally, I began reading more critically and I must say, I love what he has done with the characters and how each event unfolds.

Readers will be able to see Eragon's progression from a brash young fifteen-year-old farm boy to a more mature sixteen-year-old warrior come the time for him to face the battle. That's right, his life turns upside down almost overnight. Throughout the story, Eragon's curiosity serves him well even though most of the time he irritates his sage, Brom, as he barrages him with endless bout of questions on dragons and how certain things came into being. Brom initially masks himself as a storyteller but there is more to him than that. His true identity is slowly exposed as the story gains momentum.

Paolini did a great job in portraying the affection between Eragon and his dragon, Saphira. I almost could hear or imagine Saphira's voice as she (yes, it's a she-dragon) speaks with her Rider. It's quite cute hearing her calling him "hatchling" or "little one". With Saphira, his magic is stronger.

Eragon's adventure is also filled with tragedy which causes the death of his loved ones. Not all is lost though. He makes new friends along the way and learn many new things, including the ancient language to perform his magic. He even learns how to read.

I have its sequel, Eldest in my collection of books and will be watching out for the other two books in the Inheritance cycle. Yes, there will be all together four books...