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Eragon by Christopher Paolini


Book Summary

A young man becomes involved with ancient magic when he discovers an invaluable dragon egg. Without knowing what it is, he tries to trade it to pay off some family debts and buy some food, but that doesn't work out. When the egg hatches and Eragon realizes he is emotionally linked to the dragon, he has to seek some answers to understand what is happening. The trick is that no one else knows the dragon exists, and he'd like to keep it that way. How can he keep this gigantic secret?

Book Review

I attempted to read this book several times and found the first 80 pages or so to move very slowly, so it took some persistence. The plot is moving well after 200 pages, but in a 500-page book, you're waiting a while to become truly invested in the story. There are some interesting world-building features at work, and Lord of the Rings fans are likely to click with some of the similar  fictional legends and creatures embedded in the work. The action sequences work well, but for me, it was difficult to stay with the story because I missed having rich characters, or clever dialogue, or a meaningful message. It's a long adventure story, and for some readers, it's well worth the trip.

This is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle; subsequent books are called Eldest, Brisinger, and Inheritance.

Eragon book cover

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Identity
  • Dragons
  • Quests
  • Ambition; Strength
  • Perseverance

Discussion Questions for this book:

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