Book Review: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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The book Eragon by Christopher Paolini is a fantasy novel set in the middle ages. The author, Christopher Paolini, wrote this novel when he was 15 years old. Eragon was originally published in 2002, and is the first novel in Paolini’s series.

The story takes place in the magical world of Alagaësia. The main character, Eragon, is a teenage boy who stumbles across a magic stone one day while hunting in the evil King Galbatorix’s forest. Eragon soon discovers that stone is really a dragon egg, and because the egg hatched for him, he becomes part of a elite group known as Dragon Riders. Because of Galbatorix, there are few dragons and Dragon Riders still in existence, and Eragon and Saphira, his dragon, become the last hope for good in the land of Alagaësia. With the aid of an old man named Brom, both boy and dragon seek out the people of the Varden, a hidden society of men and women who are fighting the evil kings rule. Eragon and Saphira learn that the Varden can only be successful in it’s mission with the aid of a Dragon Rider. There are many twists and turns for Eragon and Saphira, making their journey to the Varden an adventurous one.

I think Eragon is an excellent fantasy novel. Though it deals with fantastical elements such as magic and mythical creatures, the fight between good and evil and the struggle for power is grounded in reality. Many of the conflicts in the book can be paralleled in modern day society – adding depth and believability to the plot. It is an entertaining read that kept me guessing what was going to happen next. By creating the element of suspense, Paolini was able to enhance the reader’s engagement in the text, and at times, I felt as though I was living the story myself. The characters are endearing, believable and memorable. It was easy to connect with Eragon’s character because the emotions he experienced were relatable and established a connection with the reader....
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