Book Review: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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** This is the first traditionally published book I’ve read in a long time. I’m very glad I’ve read it as it’s something that’s always intrigued me. I was lucky enough to have it given to me and it’s been an absolute blast reading it! Especially because the reason why I started writing seriously was because I read an epic YA fantasy in 2009. It’s books like this that can really inspire aspiring authors to get writing.

My Review:

Eragon is the type of story that keeps you glued to every page. This is a great example of young adult fantasy – and the type of story that inspires my own writing in the genre. Eragon’s character development is amazing and he’s so realistic with a good heart. Every character leaves a mark on you in some way – and the epic journeys he takes kept me turning the pages. Even the stories that Brom the story teller talks about earlier in the story were so intense and spellbinding. I enjoyed the descriptions of the landscapes, people, and Saphira the dragon. It really draws you in and I imagined it playing out like a movie.

My favourite part of the story is his relationship with his dragon, Saphira. Their bond is incredibly strong – they’re like best friends, but it’s somehow even deeper than that because of her ancient knowledge and their ability to communicate through the mind. She’s an incredible character who loves Eragon unconditionally and I enjoy how she calls him “Little one” even though she’s technically younger than him by 15 years. I LOVE the concept Dragon Riders and how the dragons choose their rider. Her sass is humorous and she’s always there to help him and his friends even if she’s hurt.

I also enjoyed the interactions between Murtagh and Eragon. They’re best friends in the making for sure – and I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s some great twists involving this. I was intrigued by Arya, the elf, and I can’t wait to read more about how her story intertwines with Eragon’s as I read the series.

This was such an excellent story and likely one of the best anyone could read in this genre. I’m so glad I’ve finally read it! πŸ™‚

My Rating: 5/5 stars

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