Sunday, July 31, 2011

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle written by the young author Christopher Paolini. In this book, we're introduced to the main character, Eragon, and the world that he lives in—a magical world with many different races (e.g., dwarfs and elves) and magical creatures (eg., dragons).We learn about Eragon's role as a dragon rider as well as what he can accomplish as a dragon rider (e.g., using magic). We also learn about the evil Empire and Eragon's interactions with it.

Overall, I really liked this book. Every page was full of excitement because I really didn't know what could happen next during Eragon's adventure. Also, it was very interesting to learn about all the magic stuff that existed in the world. I especially liked how Paolini made such sophisticated rules for magic. For example, I liked how in the story, using magic to accomplish a task would require as much as energy as if one were to complete the task without magic. Furthermore, I really looked forward to the end of the book because of some prophecies made during the middle of it—I really liked to know how they would turn out to be true.

Well, to my disappointment, it turned out that the prophecies would only come true in the successive books, as nothing else about the prophecies were mentioned during the rest of the book. Also, I found it hard to follow the story of the book, as new concepts, characters and locations were constantly introduced (and often in Elven language). Furthermore, the story became repetitive at the end—each time Eragon would be brutally attacked, and then rescued by someone else.

Despite these flaws, I still liked this book a lot. I am currently reading the second book in the series, and am probably going to read the other two as well.