I was going to have a different book featured in this months Book Blog, but I ran out of time, so I had to feature this one (it was my only backup).
Written when the author, Christopher Paolini, was 15, Eragon is a novel about a teenage boy named Eragon. It’s the first in a series of four (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and an unwritten fourth book), and takes place in the fictitious continent of Alagaësia.
The adventure starts when Eragon finds a strange blue rock, while out hunting. He soon realizes that the rock is in fact an egg – A dragon egg to be precise!
After his house is destroyed, and his uncle killed, he, his dragon (Saphira) and his mentor – Brom (a storyteller) – set out to chase and kill a pair of fearsome “Ra’zac”.
Along the way, Eragon discovers that Brom is really an associate with the Varden – a rebel group. He also learns how to become a legendary Dragon Rider.
One night, they are ambushed, and, although a stranger named Murtagh saves them, killing the Ra’zac, Brom dies. Murtagh sets off with Eragon to find out about the Varden. However, Eragon is captured, and sent to a prison, where he finds a drugged Elf. Murtagh and Saphira come to Eragon’s aid, and they rescue the Elf, and try to take her to the Varden, where she will be looked after.
When they arrive at the Varden’s secret location, which the Elf, named Arya told Eragon about telepathically, they are finally able to rest.
However, an army of Urgals – the enemy – find the base, and attack. The Varden manage to win the battle, and Eragon kills a Shade – a magical sorcerer. He blacks out, and is told telepathically (through his dreams) to go to the Elves, who are hidden in a forest. He is told that Arya will take him.
The book was good, however, some say that the book is similar, plot wise, to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I can see how Eragon is similar to Star Wars, with the evil Empire, the rebels in a secret base, and the MC setting off on an adventure with a mentor who was secretly involved with the rebels, after the MC’s home was destroyed. I don’t think too much was taken from LotR, as fantasy books are allowed to have Elves and Dwarves as characters in them.
Overall, I give the book 7/10. It was interesting, and will definitly be getting book number 4.