Book 41 is a book I have been listening to with my husband. It is Eragon, the first in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Yes this is an older book and had an okay movie made based on it (though you can’t compare the book and the movie or you will hate the movie because it doesn’t do the book justice). For me, this is a re-read since I had read this book in high school but I didn’t remember many details, except for what they did put in the movie. Just a heads up, the end of the movie is no where near the same as the movie, also the elf Arya is supposed to have raven hair, not pretty brown hair. Just some things that I hated about the movie. But this isn’t about movies but books and so I will talk about the book. Just beware, since I listen to it as an audiobook, I will comment on that as well.
So the story of Eragon is like Lord of the Rings except dragons are good and people can be chosen to be their riders. Paolini did a great job of building the world that Eragon lives in. He placed characters in place to help show the history of the Dragon riders and how they fell and why this world is in the position it in now. It was just really amazing to see how everything fell into places as of world building. Paolini didn’t make a world that needed so much explaining in the beginning, so he wrote the information as the reader needed it, building without overwhelming them. The only thing that would frustrate me with book if I had read it instead of listened to it is the language. There is an ancient language that Eragon learns (and that dwarves and elves know as well) that I would have no idea how to pronounce. It seems to be close to Germanic in origin so something that I wouldn’t know how to pronounce. I think I have mentioned in another review that I didn’t like that there was so much language that I didn’t know how to pronounce. This doesn’t stop me from liking a book overall, it’s a personal perspective. I voice it because it is something to warn other readers who may have the same perspective.
Eragon is a great main character in my opinion. He grows from an adolescent boy to a young man who is on the brink of becoming a great man. You can see the potential of the hero that Eragon is supposed to be. You really see how he learns from his mistakes and he tries to do what he can to make the correct decision about his future and his place in the world. Saphira, his dragon, is interesting in that she is young but wise. She does what she can to help Eragon and to mentor him, but she is young herself.
The supporting characters were also interesting. Eragon meets people that you think you won’t see again but they show back up again. At the end of the story, you start to question who is loyal to who and what did Eragon get himself into. I know I started to question whether if he made the right decision to go where he did, though it wasn’t like he had much of a choice. I feel like Eragon doesn’t get much of a choice in a lot of what happens to him. He is thrown onto this path when he found Saphira’s egg in the wilderness.
Now what really gets me is the end of the book. There is a mystery kind of thrown in there right when you thought the story was concluding. That being said, you know there is going to be more to the story since Eragon has to defeat the tyrant king but the reader doesn’t know what the next step is until the last chapter. Eragon is protected and helped by the mysterious presences that requests that Eragon come to seek him out in the city of elves. There is now a somewhat purpose to the second book. Is that all that is going to happen in the second book, probably not. Paolini doesn’t seem like an author to just have one thing happen in this epic story. I think it is a starting point for the reader to look forward to, with other things happening to Eragon. I think Eragon has a lot more heartache and heavy decisions to make before this story is finished. Am I going to read the other books? Did I ever read the other books? No, I haven’t read the other books. When I started this series, I was young and didn’t believe in flaws in my heros, so when Eragon did something in the second book, in the first couple of chapters if my memory is correct, it made me mad at the character and so I stopped reading. I am curious so I do want to read the rest of the series. I am a different person now then I was in high school and love when my hero’s are flawed because they are real and relatable in my opinion.
Well that’s it for this book. See you next book. (Sorry if this review is a little random and choppy. I listen to this for half a month, fell asleep for a chapter or two every time I was in the car and did this review at midnight after driving for a day. I am a little tired)
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