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Eragon (Inheritance Book 1)
by Christopher Paolini
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 12 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 710L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2003
NO. PAGES: 544
GENRE{S}: Fantasy, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
SERIES: Inheritance
SEQUEL: Eldest (Inheritance Book 2)
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
ISBN: 0440240735
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
Eragon (Inheritance Book 1)—Book Review

Fifteen-year-old Eragon is a poor farm boy enjoying a simple life with his uncle and cousin. But Eragon's life changes forever when he finds a mysterious blue stone in the forest glen near his home. Thinking the stone will bring some value, he attempts to trade it, but this only calls attention to his discovery. When a dragon hatches from the stone, Eragon realizes that he has been chosen to enter the ancient legacy of Dragon Riders. Because Eragon is the first Rider outside of the Empire's evil King's control, he and his family are in grave danger. After his uncle is brutally attacked, Eragon and his loyal dragon set off to seek revenge. With the help of a wise old storyteller, Eragon must learn to use his new powers and decide where his loyalties lie.
The Scoop
Eragon (Inheritance Book 1)—Book Review
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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.
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by Maxwell M {YOUTH}
on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 03:31:51 PM

Out of the hundreds of books I have read, this book by Christopher Paolini is by far my favorite. It has monsters, secrets, and pitched battles at every turn and is a must read for all fantasy fans.
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