The Inheritance Cycle #1 Eragon
Series: The Inheritance Cycle #1
Author: Christopher Paolini
Published in English: 2002
Dansk titel: Eragon
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2004
Finished Reading: June 2019
Genre: Fantasy & YA
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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. With only an ancient sword and tge advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.
If only I had read this as a child then I would have enjoyed this so much more, instead I was kind of like, meh, for the most part. I get why people call this a copy of the lord of the rings – but I wouldn’t call it a hundred-percept rip-off, simply because I don’t think that’s possible. Tolkien created this world, everyone coming after is just using his ideas, and let’s be honest Paolini doesn’t have the skill to pull of that kind of work Tolkien created. Paolini’s work is a lot more childish and frankly, the way he writes and expresses himself sucks in comparison.
I must agree with the majority on this one, this is a cheesy cliché and the ground plot for every fantasy novel out there. A boy finds out he is special, goes on a huge world trip, traveling and training, becomes strong, loses someone important, gains friends, becomes filled with unresolved emotions, lashes out to the world, solves an issue and then boom, happy ending.
I didn’t like Eragon as a character. There was just something unappealing about him and his reaction pattern became predictable. If you’ve read many books in this genre, you too will know what is going to happen and when it’s going to happen. I was about to quit this read a bunch of times, but I promised someone to give it a try and I ended up finishing it, in order to know why it was so great.
I won’t say the book as bad even though I was about to quit it a bunch of times. It’s predictable to the hardcore reading geek. I follows a strict template of how a fantasy story is supposed to progress making it very sterile and without spirit. However, to the young reader out there whom just starting reading Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and whatnot, I’d suggest this series as well, and I’m sure the kid will eat this long book raw and have a blast.