Review: Eragon

One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

This one has been on my shelf for a long time. I tried to read it when I first picked it up, but it was back before I was really into fantasy–there’s a reason it took me so long to read Harry Potter–and so I think I read 50 pages and quit. Saphira has been staring angrily at me from the shelf ever since.

Now that I do love fantasy, I figured it was time to finally give this one a second chance.

I honestly don’t know how to rate this. It was an entertaining book to read, but I feel like I’ve read it before. While searching for fan art last night (because, dragons), I saw one post about this being Star Wars fan fiction. I can see the resemblance, but the whole time I was reading it, I felt like I was readingĀ Lord of the Rings/Hobbit all over again. Sure, other stories have elves and dwarves, but this was SO SIMILAR. The quest across nations, the threads of old magic, the war at the dwarves’ mountain. There’s even a ring–though I’m not sure what the symbolism is there quite yet. It’s weirdly similar.

Still, I didn’t hate it, and the story IS unique enough to stand alone. If the rest of the books made their way into my hands, I would probably read them too, but I’m not going to actively seek them out or add them to my TBR. But, if they show up on my library’s feature shelf or something, or hit the $1 shelf at Half-Price, sure.

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