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An alternate cover edition for ISBNcan be found hereOne boyOne dragonA 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 soon 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 wow, so i wrote a scathing review of Christopher Paolini s book when i was a very passionate but stupid and embittered seventeen year old i still get notifications on this site from people who either loved or hated this review i do stand by some of what i said, sure butthan a decade later, here is what i think i was trying to say, but was so burdened by hatred and jealousy to do so i ll leave the original in tact for posterity s sake, but it s a super unfocused and awful you ve been w wow, so i wrote a scathing review of Christopher Paolini s book when i was a very passionate but stupid and embittered seventeen year old i still get notifications on this site from people who either loved or hated this review i do stand by some of what i said, sure butthan a decade later, here is what i think i was trying to say, but was so burdened by hatred and jealousy to do so i ll leave the original in tact for posterity s sake, but it s a super unfocused and awful you ve been warned When I was fourteen, I admired Christopher Paolini out of jealously publishing a book at the age fifteen, and having it hit the New York Times Bestseller list Incredible Basically unheard of But in retrospect, over a decade later, I have nothing but empathy for the guy He was a child when he got published, and his clumsy writing reflects that exactly the work of a somewhat precocious fifteen year old with a thesaurus glued to his palm and a love for fantasy He got swept up in popularity and an outpouring of love for his first book largely based on the fact that he wrote it at such a young age But as a result, he never quite had the opportunity to grow organically as a writer beyond that fifteen year old boy who struck authorial gold thanks to parents with serious ties to the publishing world, and a ton of luck This is clear by the way he flounders to find a voice for the rest of his series his writing becomes less focused, duller, and possibly evenoverwrought and overworked His characters do seem to grow and change over the course of four novels, but that is truly a low bar to set in terms of expectation Paolini hasn t been able to break away from the world of Alagaesia like JK Rowling, who too has fallen from many a fan s graces and continues to Tweet her way into obscurity, Paolini doesn t seem to have any stories left to tell Maybe the world he created is a comfort to him, and something he wants to mine for his own personal enjoyment or maybe because it was a massive cash cow he milked for years and years, and that s all he knows Regardless, it s sad to see such stagnancy from someone who might have held some talent as a young person, but whose growth was curtailed due to in my opinion premature fame Wish you and your buckets of money all the best, Paolini here s the original review, in all it s cringeworthy glory Right so I ll just say it I hate Paolini s work To my very core I don t really think it s so much the he stole from Tolkien Lucas Gandhi God my dog.., though whoever may say this has a point Even though he blatantly took ideas from pioneers in their respective fields, that isn t what bothers me the most.When I was fourteen, I admired him out of mere jealously I was absolutely green with envy that he could publish a book at age fifteen and receive any kind of acclaim But in retrospect and nearly vomiting as I attempted to get through a chapter of Eldest, which I failed at miserably , I realized that I had no reason to envy Paolini at all He doesn t know how to write String together a vague semblance of a story Possibly But at the end of the day, the description is purple, the dialogue is stilted, and the character development is next to non existent.For starters, has anyone noticed that he is obsessed with stating distances Something like, Two feet away stood three troops of fifty, in rows of five, making ten people per row is a sentence uncannily close to one I read in the actual book itself This kind of information is superfluous and distracting, taking away from important aspects of a novel such as character development which, by the way, he integrates next to none of Who is Eragon I seem to have forgotten everything about him, other than the fact that he is creepily obsessed with a woman who has no interest in him, he acquires fighting skills incredibly fast read Mary Sue red flag , and only reprehensible villains disagree with him Basically, he s perfect, and he only gets evenamazing at everything he does Where is the fun in a character like that I do, however, remember Murtagh a little Probably because he s the only one who changes at all as a character throughout the book, other than the occasional insight into Eragon s personal airplane I mean, pet dragon I mean, companion, Saphira Even her characterization is sacrificed because she s used as a plot device by Paolini rather than fleshed out as an actual character None of the characters are memorable and the main character is my least favorite character of them all How are we supposed to root for the main character when he is nothing but an arrogant snot, constantly reaffirming a holier than thou attitude to everyone around him The plot is a cliche hero s journey that has been done before, and better, might I add Where s the appeal in that Answer there is none.What left is there to hold in high regard His world building skills False I don t know why he decided that his world of Alagaesia had to have EVERY single climate condition imaginable, but doing so made his world seem juvenile, fake, and forced Not to mention boring judging by the awful over description of said world With regards to the language he created He mostly ripped from old Norse words He s admitted to it himself Look, anyone can string a bunch of letters together and call it a language But Paolini hasn t a single clue when it comes to linguistics And hey, I ll admit that I don t either But I also don t try to create my own languages that Ior less steal and claim that I created all by myself Seriously, Paolini s alleged arrogance based on interviews I ve seen read disgusts me.All in all, sure, it s fantastic that he published a book at such a young age, but are we as a society lowering the bar that much as to celebrate mediocrity The man is now twenty eight years old and his successive books Eldest, Brisingr and finally, Inheritance are decidedly much worse than his first book on every front That he wrote when he was fifteen This is a huge problem in my eyes Someone so unwilling to grow or change like any other writer should have their title of writer stripped from them It s insulting Check out this book in my very first video review Anyway, onwards to the review I could read this one a hundred times and love it just the same This was my middle school book series I read it over and over and over and, as you may have guessed, over and over It had dragonsAnd elves and magic and swordplay and not a love triangle in sight.Even rereading it as an adult, I justcannot separate all those happy memories So keep in mind, my review might be isthan a bit bias Check out this book in my very first video review Anyway, onwards to the review I could read this one a hundred times and love it just the same This was my middle school book series I read it over and over and over and, as you may have guessed, over and over It had dragonsAnd elves and magic and swordplay and not a love triangle in sight.Even rereading it as an adult, I justcannot separate all those happy memories So keep in mind, my review might be isthan a bit biased Eragon, a farm boy, stumbles upon a suspicious blue stone while hunting in the Spine an area that few would go to even in the best of times He loses sight of his prey but brings home the stone anyway figuring that he might sell it.However, once folks find out it s from the Spine they refuse to touch it Begrudgingly, Eragon takes it home only to discover, a few short days later, that the stone is not a stoneit is an egg A dragon egg.And while Saphira his young dragon is cute for the first few weeksSoon, Eragon realizes that keeping a dragon, even a young one, is no easy task When a tragedy befalls Eragon s family, he sets off with Brom, a local storyteller, and Saphira on a quest for revenge Along the way, he meets both friend and foe He travels far farther that he ever dreamed possible and experiences losses that will irrevocably change him Nothing isdangerous than an enemy with nothing to lose, he thought Which is what I have become Rereading this as an adult, there are a few things I picked up this time around like how Eragon is always just strong enough to vanquish his enemies, how he is always in the right place at the right time, how he s able to pick up swordplay and magic at an unbelievable speed And yetThere is one thing that 11 year old me and 25 year old me would absolutely agree.One thing that remains steadfast and true I will defend this book to my dying day This book is simply the best The best of the best Audiobook CommentsWhile the book may be the best of the bestthis audiobook narrated by Gerard Doyle was not In particular, Saphira s voice was absolutely, hands down, the worst voice ever bestowed upon a dragon I could understand going for a deeper voice for a dragon, but she s a young, female dragon, not a crotchety 1000 year old creature with a chip on his shoulder It was painful to listen to Over 10 hours of a deep, guttural flem in the back of your throat sort of voice think yoda on steroids.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads I cannot adequately express my complete and utter loathing for this book I was working at a library during the time that this book was being published and had access to a galley of the novel I did finish it, but only so I could know entirely how much Christopher Paolini the supposed 16 year old author genius had plagiarized J.R.R Tolkien s Lord of The Rings trilogy If you are not familiar with the Inheritance books, allow me to inform you Lord of the Rings TrilogyEragon TrilogyLord o I cannot adequately express my complete and utter loathing for this book I was working at a library during the time that this book was being published and had access to a galley of the novel I did finish it, but only so I could know entirely how much Christopher Paolini the supposed 16 year old author genius had plagiarized J.R.R Tolkien s Lord of The Rings trilogy If you are not familiar with the Inheritance books, allow me to inform you Lord of the Rings TrilogyEragon TrilogyLord of the Rings a main character AragornEragon main charactor EragonLord of the Rings Aragorn s love interest is Arwen the daughter of an elf king Eragon Eragon s love interest is Arya the daughter of an elf king Lord of the Rings bad flying things are RingwraithsEragon bad flying things are Ra zacLord of the Rings there is a big fight in the troll dungeonsEragon there is a big fight in the troll dungeonsI could continuesuffice it to say, after reading Eragon I classified it as Lord of the Rings with a dragon This is definitely not worth anyone s time, unless you want to amuse yourself by noting how many similarities there are between the trilogies.Addendum WOW Thanks for all the comments This is, by far, my most popular review I m glad to know others share my feelings for this pitiful excuse of an imaginative novel Addendum 2 If you, like so many others in the comments, find fault with my apparent ignorance and wish to correct me regarding the fact that this series is not a trilogy, please see comment 53 Addendum 3 I can t even I just can t Do you know how many people have commented on the fact that this isn t a trilogy since I added Addendum 2 SPECIFICALLY addressing that I don t even know how many because I ve lost count What does this teach us It teaches us that people don t read Let that sink in This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Standard fantasy fare, except that while most fantasy authors lift their plots only vaguely from a previous author, Eragon is simply the plot of Star Wars with a Lord of the Rings paintjob Princess flees, trying to keep precious item out of the evil emperor s hands Boy finds item Bad guys burn down his farm and kill his uncle Old mysterious man helps him, and turns out to be part of a secret order of knights to which boy s now evil father belonged Gives boy father s sword and takes him ev Standard fantasy fare, except that while most fantasy authors lift their plots only vaguely from a previous author, Eragon is simply the plot of Star Wars with a Lord of the Rings paintjob Princess flees, trying to keep precious item out of the evil emperor s hands Boy finds item Bad guys burn down his farm and kill his uncle Old mysterious man helps him, and turns out to be part of a secret order of knights to which boy s now evil father belonged Gives boy father s sword and takes him eventually to princess, then dies tragically Boy learns how to fly X Wings er, dragons and goes to take on his father and the evil emperor, c., c Paolini also resembles other fantasy authors by denying that he is a fantasy author, instead imagining that he is a great literary talent In his own wordsIn my writing, I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney s translation of Beowulf1 Unfortunately, his control of language isakin to a piece of Harry Potter fanfic There are some days that I wish my parents ran their own publishing company, too However, if such a boon would require me to write as obliviously as Paolini, I would have to decline Yeah, I know he was eighteen, but so was Byron when he wrote Hours Of Idleness and Pope when he wrote his Essay on Criticism If Paolini doesn t hesitate to compare himself to what he sees as literary greats, I certainly have no problem with letting my criticism fall with equal weight on his little bit of fluff.I think the reason I keep returning to Pulp writers like Robert E Howard is that those authors just wanted to write exciting stories instead of the next literary event Authors who lack pretension often write very good stories, because they aren t forcing themselves to write overblown, overly complex stories Many modern fantasy authors do the opposite they write redundant escapist yarns and then get upset that no one considers them to be literary greats, yet.There is nothing new or interesting here for anyone who has read fantasy before it s just a rehash of old cliches The writing, pacing, and characterization are substandard I wasn t surprised to find that a teen boy wrote this book it s exactly what I would expect a teenage fantasy fan to write.My Fantasy Book Suggestions