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A new adventure hatches in the first book of the Inheritance Cycle, perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings! This New York Times bestselling series has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.

When fifteen-year-old Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and, gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save--or destroy--the Empire.

Features interlocking art that reveals an image across the spines of all four books! And don't miss the most recent book set in Eragon's world, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia!

"Christopher Paolini is a true rarity." -- The Washington Post
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, c2003
ISBN: 9780375826689
Branch Call Number: YA PAO
Characteristics: 509 pages :,illustration, map ;,24 cm


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Jun 21, 2021

After hearing so many people praise this book and hold it as a cornerstone of their fantasy reading experience, I thought I'd better do this book justice and actually read it, instead of judging it on its movie. My final take: not impressed. This novel feels like the younger cousin of Lord of the Rings, told via The Wheel of Time's long-windedness. This book was so full of cliches that my 14 year old called what was going to happen before the chapter ended. You've got the teenage chosen one who doesn't know his parentage or that he knows he's special. He finds a maguffin. There's a wizened old one who leads him on his journey from home who knows more than he's saying. He gathers some friends along the way. There's some giant baddy who was beaten halfway hundreds of years ago but comes back and needs another beatdown. Toss in a prophecy. All. The. Beats. Are. Here. I don't care who wrote this. It doesn't matter that it was written by a kid. It's old, it's cliched, and I was bored. There were huge sections that could have been edited out. In the middle it lacked direction. I didn't care about any of the characters- not even the dragon, sadly.
I suppose this is fine if you're just getting into fantasy, but even then it's still longer than it needs to be. If you're looking for a super safe, super vanilla fantasy, this is it, but it didn't do anything for me.

Jun 18, 2021

Christopher Paolini, is BRILLIANT. He basically wrote his own language, and his books can reach up to 800 pages, when he was so young to write it! He perfectly connected each character that appeared, into a tangled web of plot twists. Although it may drag from time to time, you will enjoy Eragon and Saphira. And their epic adventure to come!

Jun 08, 2021

amazing book. I am amazed that such a young author could write such a great book. It reminds me so much of the lord of the rings trilogy. the young villager of a small town finds a blue stone that changes his life. he leaves his town to reveal the secrets that lie in the stone. his companions brom, arya, and murtagh. his hardships strengthen when he becomes an outlaw to the king. his bounty gives him obstacles including Urgals and Ra'zac and the shade Durza. of all recommendations I have made this one will be the largest

May 27, 2021

Despite the inherent similarities between this book and Harry Potter, I still immensely enjoyed the intricate storyline and slow revelation of plot details. The pacing of action throughout the book is unpredictable and adds excitement to what comes next.

Following the destruction of his hometown farm and the unexpected hatching of a dragon, Eragon is swallowed up in an effort to travel across a wide and expansive kingdom in pursuit of revenge against his uncle’s killers. As he grows alongside his dragon, Saphira, Eragon finds that he is at the center of a power struggle that stretches across decades and threatens to destroy dissenting societies all across the continent of Alagaësia. Paolini deftly and capably weaves an ancient tale of magic that blends mythical creatures with a relatable protagonist.

Apr 19, 2021

A young boy, living mostly in poverty, discovers a brilliantly bright blue stone in the forests near his home. Pretty soon, his entire life falls apart as he realizes that he isn't holding another bartering item, but the future of the entire kingdom itself: He's found the last dragon egg. Can he escape the kingdom's evil king, Galbatorix, or will he, along with everyone he loves, be executed?
Personally, I'm a fairly harsh critic of books. However, this book is pretty interesting. While the first few chapters are fairly bland, the necessity of them becomes more noticeable in later chapters. I love the evil king plot stories, especially medieval-themed stories. This is one of those stories. It's a great book to pass time and is especially interesting because of all the different subplots running underneath the main plot. Christopher Paolini structured the book so it sets up well for the later books. The characters are fairly likable and there are some surprising plot twists, which I was especially grateful for. Overall, this was a satisfying read and I am definitely excited for the other books in the series! Recommended for anyone 10 years old and up.

Rating: 3.5/5

If you liked this book, be sure to check out:
Beyonders, By Brandon Mull: An extremely fun and interesting "evil king" story, which should be a must-read for people who liked "Eragon"!

Dragonwatch, By Brandon Mull: If you liked the dragon aspect of this book, be sure to check out "Dragonwatch"! However, make sure to read "Fablehaven" by Brandon Mull first, or you won't really understand anything! :)

Apr 16, 2021

Eragon lives in a small town in the countryside mountains with his uncle
and cousin. He sets out to hunt when he comes across a shiny blue stone. Intrigued by its strikingly vibrant color, he takes it home. What he once thought was a nice bluestone, hatches into a dragon. Not long after, hostile presences from the Empire arrive
in the small town, looking for the dragon egg. Eragon is forced to go on an adventure to learn about the ways of the Dragon Riders and the world outside his small town. But the information he learns of the outside world and the dark past of the empire forces
him to choose a path of light or dark.
When I first read this book, I immediately loved it. The development of
Eragon and the information in the book flows perfectly. The detailed explanations allow you to understand immediately, making it easy to read. I highly recommend this book for people who love fantasy and adventure. Lots of action takes place in the book and
there are also different races.

Mar 22, 2021

Eragon is the story of a 15 year old poor boy from Alagaesia. The story starts with him finding a shiny blue stone while he is on a hunting trip. He carries the stone home and soon learns that he has stumbled upon a dragon egg. This draws him into legends about Alagaesia's most powerful warriors, the legendary dragon riders. Can he free Alagaesia from the tyrannous reign of the evil king Galbatorix, or will he succumb to the forces of evil? Find out by reading the book. If you enjoy fantasy and action, Eragon is just the right book for you. However, since there are some violent sections in the book, it might not be suitable for younger readers. I would recommend the book for anyone 12+.

Feb 04, 2021

Eragon was such a lovely book. It was comforting and written form the heart of a young author. But it was also thrilling and full of excitement. I fell in love with this book very soon after I'd started reading it. Saphira is perfect and oh how I want to meet her. If you read this, I sincerely doubt you'll regret it. I'd recommend this book to fans of classic fantasy stories.

Jan 13, 2021

Super great series totally recommend it

Dec 17, 2020

I’ve been recommended this series a few times by friends, and will confess to starting it once and then getting sucked into another story -- most likely Percy Jackson -- and letting my hold expire. But, after yet another recommendation, I gave it another shot (aka reading past the first chapter) and it has now become one of my favourite series of all time. Fifteen-year-old Eragon’s story begins when he finds a mysterious blue stone outside of his village. (See if you can figure out what it actually is by the book cover…) After he realizes that what he has found is, in fact, no ordinary stone, he finds that he has become entangled with things far greater than anyone ever would have expected of a mere farm boy. Cue the epic adventure filled with fantastical creatures and no small amount of swordplay. May I point out real quick that this story began its journey to the page while its author was fifteen? Eragon’s vast range of characters and unique yet nostalgic worldbuilding serve as just another reminder that young writers can accomplish big things. So, if you happen to be one of the magical sort yourself and can’t refuse another journey into a mystical world, let me be the first to recommend this book (and its following three) to you. May your swords stay sharp! @storygirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Jul 21, 2015

When Era on finds a dragon egg. His and his towns life will never be the same. He has to run for his life, learn to be a dragon slayer and how to fight. Exciting fast moving hard to put down

May 28, 2015

Eragon finds a dragon egg that was stolen from Galbatorix. It hatches and after his uncle's death, he goes on an adventure with Brom, who dies and he meets up with Murtagh, the son of a killer and betrayer, Morzan. When Eragon gets to the Varden, there is a big fight where Urgals attack Tronjheim and Farthen Dur. The sequel of this book is Eldest and this series is Inheritance.

Aug 16, 2012

A young boy finds what he sees as only a very interesting rock in the badlands of the kingdom he lives in.. It turns out to be a dragon egg, first one in a very long time. With this discovery comes great power; but, it turns out he's not the only one wanting the power and not all for good. He has to fight to survive and learn quickly, fortunately not without help. And very interesting help it is.

Jul 18, 2012

Its about a boy named Eragon who live in a small village. His life changes when he finds a dragon egg. He is now on the run and on a quest to bring Galbatorix to justice

Jun 25, 2011

Eragon is an orphan and lives with his uncle Garrow adn cousing Roran. After his uncle is killed by the malicious Ra Zac, Eragon decides to defeat Galbatorix, a rider who has turned to evil. He sets off to Alagaesia with his dragon Saphira and a strory teller named Brom. Unfortunately Galbatorix is trying to get Eragon on his side of the batle. Will Eragon be able to resist Galbatorix?

notTom Dec 16, 2010

In the land of Alagaesia, evil and fear run rampant under the regime of Emperor Galbatorix, no dragon has been sighted for years, and memories of the last Dragon Riders have faded away. So when a teen named Eragon living in a remote area discovers a big blue stone, he has no idea what it is worth, or what the Empire will do to obtain it. When the evil forces of the Empire destroy the only life he has ever known, Eragon sets out on a quest to gain revenge against the Empire with his mysterious friend Brom and the dragon Saphira. Traveling to the far reaches of Alagaesia, he seeks to unlock the mysteries of his past and while he discovers his legacy to become the next of the Dragon Riders.

May 31, 2010

An adolescent by the name of eragon goes hunting one week and wonderously finds a blue stone! this immerses eragon in a sinister plot where he will meet allies in unlikely places and probably one of the greatest enemies of all....

Jul 13, 2009

A fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

Jul 26, 2008

A teen is destined for great and magical things when he comes across a blue stone while hunting.
This is the first of a trilogy.


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Captain_America Aug 15, 2011

Eragon told Saphira, "You should land somewhere now and hide. We're going in." "Sticking your nose where it doesn't belong. Again." She said sourly. "I know. But Brom and I have some advantages most people don't. We'll be all right." "If anything happens, I'm going to bind you to my back and never let you off."
"I love you too."
"Then I will bind you all the tighter."

Captain_America Aug 15, 2011

Brom: "People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't."

Dec 16, 2010

"If anything happans, I'm going to pin you to my back and never let you off."
"I love you too."
"Then I will bind you all the tighter."

May 31, 2010

Argetlam-Silver hand

Jun 13, 2008

"Live in the present, remember the past, but fear not the future - for it doesn't exist, and never shall." -Saphira


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Jul 17, 2014

Violence: Gore

Feb 18, 2012

Violence: lots of killing and blood and gore

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