Posted by: Nyxks | January 20, 2007

Eragon (Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy)

Eragon (Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy)
by Christopher Paolini
© 2003 Alfred A. Knopf
497 pages Hardbound
ISBN 1-375-82668-8 (trade)
1-375-92668-2 (library binding)
$18.95 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

It is hard to believe that a book of this power and scope could come from the work of one so young in years. The only explanation, of course, is that Christopher is a world-class bard.

There is much to admire in this first book in the trilogy. It has the power and scope of Tolkein, as well as the likeability and fast pacing of J. K. Rowling. The young hero of this series (Eragon) has many admirable qualities, as well as a few less-desirable ones.

This is a book to be savored. Do yourself a big favor and set aside a lazy weekend to read this book. Stock up on snacks, disconnect the phone, and plan to do nothing else. You will, most, likely, begrudge every moment spent away from the pages of this entertaining novel.

This is a fast-paced adventure tale which is almost impossible to put down. Assuming that the next two books hold up to this level, I predict that it will take its place beside Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy as a classic in the literature.

It is the archetypal heroic story. The young hero comes from obscurity, learns from a mentor (who is taken away before his training can be completed), and completes the first phase of his journey, while still facing the unknown future. To see this young man mature is to see our own growth in understanding.


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