Friday Review: Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eragon is a poor farm boy. He stumbles across a lovely blue stone that he picks up because he thinks perhaps he can sell it to get money to provide food for his family. The stone turns out to be a dragon’s egg- dragons that were thought long extinct in the land. When the dragon hatches, Eragon is pulled into a world he never knew existed. A world of magic, dragons, political intrigue, and danger. Because the cruel and devious king of the land wants Eragon’s dragon- and Eragon if he can convince him to become one of his dragonriders. Opposing the king is dangerous business, and Eragon and his blue dragon are in for the fight of their lives.

Okay, there are a lot of people who truly hate this book, and series. I guess I understand why- it’s pretty standard coming-of-age, poor boy turns hero fantasy fare with dragons. And it has a lot of nods to coveted fantasy standards like Lord of the Rings. All true, but, then again, so do a lot of fantasy quest series and they don’t get the vilification this one does. Yes, Paolini was sixteen when he wrote Eragon, and there are points in the story where that shows. But overall, it was not a bad book. Lots of reliance on tropes and standard fantasy fare (elves, trolls, and the like), and it doesn’t stray too far from those ideas. Again, same with many other series of this fantasy type. Eragon himself is fairly believable as a teenage boy hero (maybe because he was written by an, at the time, actual teenage boy?). Saphira is very much how I would imagine a dragon would be, with a very not-human outlook on everything. There is plenty of action, some personal drama, decent worldbuilding, and a plot that kept me interested. Was it a perfect book? No, but it wasn’t complete trash, either. It was an entertaining read, and I will likely look into the second book at some point.

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