Book review, book recommendation and personal experience about Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A boy and a peculiar looking stone. This is the beginning of an epic story.

Without spoiling too much, the story is about a fifteen year old farm boy who found a polished blue stone which he first wanted to sell but later on decides not to do so. This strange stone turns out to be a dragon egg. As soon as Eragon cares for his dragon hatchling Saphira, evil forces decended on the village where he and his family live. Eragon had to leave his village and family behind with only his mentor and fast growing dragon. This was the beginning of a big adventure.

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I read this book several years ago and after reading it, I had an enormous bookhangover. Luckily for me, there was a second (Eldest) and a third book (Brisingr) and even a fourth and last book, (Inheritance). Remembering those enjoyable times, I wanted reread to Eragon , and so I did.

The Inheritance cycle made me fall in love with reading English books. Honestly, I read the first book in Dutch but after then, it seems to be so much more fun reading them in English. As a result, I read the rest of the book cycle in English. I admit, it was a harsh time because I had to look up almost every word due to its use of quite specific vocabulary. Nevertheless, it was a great experience.

You may wonder why I gave this book the highest rating but there are a few aspects that, in my opinion, take the story to a higher level. The characters are so well elaborated in terms of their appearance, emotions and desires that the reader easily can empathize with the characters which I couldn’t bring myself to in Lord of the Rings. The characters of the Lord of the Rings were too rigid, every adventure Frodo (main character of Lord of the Rings) undertook was coloured with the strong feeling of duty and honour. Whereas while reading Eragon, I could almost experience what the characters were going through. The paragraphs which highlight the emotional bond between Eragon and Saphira, alternating between a loyal friend and a bossy sister, were heartwarming to read. Furthermore, some paragraphs were extremely funny but I won’t reveal anything so you can enjoy them while reading Eragon.

If you want to buy one of these books (what I really recommend), you just have to click on the links which will lead you to Amazon.

Do you have different opinions about Eragon or the whole Inheritance serie? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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