Book Preview: Eragon

Eragon (Inheritance, #1)Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Paperback, 544 pages

As was the case with Twilight, I liked the story more than the writing. There were instances where I felt like the writing was forced. According to a student, the movie didn’t do the book justice, so that’s a point in the book’s favor.

I appreciated the complexity of the relationship between Eragon and his dragon, Saphira. I also appreciated that Paolini took a break from the traditional hero journey archetype when he introduced a second mentor after the first was killed.

I don’t feel the sense of urgency with the Inheritance series as I have with other series. I’m not sure why that is. Readers will enjoy the story. They will say, Eragon is going to fall for Arya the elf. They will wonder how the Varden will defeat the urgals. And they’ll be ready for Eldest after they find that Eragon leads the defeat of the Shade that was hunting him.

Now, to take on the Empire. But first… some training with the Elves and a mystery guy from Eragon’s dreams.

For other blog posts about Eragon, or for other book information (e.g. Lexile, Amazon links, etc.) check out the Evernote entry in My Library


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