Eragon is a satisfying read with lots of action for fantasy lovers who are not intimidated by a long book. Eragon initially lives a very simple existence, but as the story unfolds, his character evolves, tackling a world filled with physical and ethical challenges. His uncle and his mentor both die, leaving him grief-stricken and angry. In spite of his losses, Eragon is generally honorable -- he is outraged when he witness a slave trade and refuses to kill unless absolutely necessary. The story involves lots of weapons and fantasy violence, although it is not very detailed until the final battle (monsters are disemboweled and some heads are cut off). Language is mild (b-stards, a-s). Eragon's mentor smokes a pipe and the two drink beer one time. Eragon is drugged by captors so that he cannot use magic. Readers may be inspired by the fact that the author was fifteen when he started writing this novel. Fans will look forward to the next installment, Eldest.