“First, let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered… . Give men your ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don’t follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not. Consider none your superior whatever their rank or station in life. Treat all fairly, or they will seek revenge. Be careful with your money. Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen.”
― Christopher Paolini, Eragon

Eragon is the first novel in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Shortly about the plot, the book tells the story of a farm boy named Eragon who lives in a small village in the kingdom of Alagaësia. In the very beginning of the book, Eragon finds a mysterious stone. Or so it appears until Eragon realizes it’s not a stone but an egg. A dragon egg which should not be possible as dragons have long disappeared from Alagaësia. The reason for their extinction is a dragon rider Galbatorix who killed all the dragon riders and their dragons and crowned himself king. Of course, Galbatorix soon finds out about Eragon and Saphira and wants to hunt them down.

“The greatest enemy is one that has nothing to lose.”
― Christopher Paolini, Eragon

I first read Eragon when I was 13 and back then I was immediately hooked by this story and it’s just impossible not to adore Saphira. I was so enamored with her, that I used her name + some characters as my first nickname in various internet pages. Reading and reviewing Eragon now, ten years later, is harder than I expected. There are issues with Eragon and you have to keep in mind that Christopher was only 15 when he wrote Eragon (I was so jealous of that fact). Sometimes the pace of the book is very fast and sometimes one event seems to go on for tens of pages. Writing is a bit clumsy and there are grammatical errors.

“It’s amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this books survives, his ideas live.”
― Christopher Paolini, Eragon

Where the magic of Eragon lies, is the interaction between Eragon and Saphira.  Their relationship is everything you want a creature and a human to have. And I love how they’re similar, yet different in many aspects and how they grow in the story.

5/5 stars

How-To Read Eragon
If you love Lord of the Rings, Dragonlance or Earthsea series, I’m sure you’ll adore the Inheritance Cycle. There are similarities between this one and LotR that may annoy some readers, yet I think that if you read enough of books, you’ll see that there are nothing but similarities everywhere. 
This is a wonderful read for fantasy lovers and especially for dragon lovers. Though the length of the book is not very easy.
You can read a sample chapter of the book by clicking here.
There’s a movie adaptation yay. The movie got mostly unfavorable reviews. I just don’t get why they always fail with movie adaptations of great books like this.
 Eragon is the first part of the Inheritance Cycle, so if you liked this, you’ll have 3 more books to go.

“Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”
― Christopher Paolini, Eragon

Have you read Eragon? Who is your favorite dragon in literature?

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    1. I think in sequels Paolini’s writing developed a lot, however, they were all really heavy reads o.O Like maybe 200 pages less per each book would have done it.

  1. Thanks for the review! I’ve heard so much good stuff about this book, but . . . I’ve tried to read this twice and have failed to get past the first chapter both times. Is it worth making myself push past that part?

    1. Thanks for reading! :D Well, yes I do think you should push past the first chapter! Or maybe even first five and if you don’t see it as worth reading by then, don’t read it. I mean I was struggling with Pride and Prejudice for years. First I never got past few first chapters and then I couldn’t get further than half. And then I finished it and ended up hating it so there’s no point in reading something that gives you bad vibes from the beginning :)

  2. I have heard that one must read the first one first, and then try to read the others if you liked the first one. I was really close of buying the three of them but that is what I was told.

    I liked LOTR enough, even though I am not finished yet, so I might give it a try.

    I wrote a post exactly about people talking about “this book is the same as this other book” (

    I do not have any dragon T_T. The only dragons I know are Smug and Norbert… :( So I cannot say! haha

    1. Haha well that’s a clever thing to do really, although…The Inheritance Cycle books are so pretty <3 One must have strong willpower not to buy them when one sees them on eBay…

      I really liked that post. It's like everything in life is repeating, sometimes we upgrade the wheel, sometimes we downgrade it but the wheel itself has already been invented.

      That's just sad! And Smaug is not even a nice dragon o.O

      1. Not a all… I need more dragons in my life haha

        THE analogy! Thank you for thanking the time to read the post :3 sometimes I think I am too drastic on what I think… haha

        I know! They were really really cheap! T_T and it is about dragons!!! :3

  3. I have heard so many great things about this series and have always meant to give it a try but keep forgetting (*facepalms*), so it makes me so happy to hear you liked this so much! :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    1. Haha oh you must not forget it now! :) This was one of those first fantasy series I ever read in my teens so it had a pretty big influence on me. Thank you! ❤

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