WOOHOO, this is the last book to complete my Winter Wonderland Bingo!!! It only took like, what, a little over a year and a half? 😅 I had a hard time finding a “book with elves” to read, but Eragon is the perfect choice. Eragon is a wonderful high fantasy adventure full of dragons, heroes, monsters, and magic. It’s set up with a cliffhanger and has lots of foreshadowing throughout the book that never leads to anything conclusive, which is unforgivable, but DRAGONS! 🐲 HEROES! MONSTERS! MAGIC!
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.
The first time I read Eragon was when I bought it for a friend’s birthday present. (I was poor/stingy enough to read all of the books I buy for my friends before I gave it to them, haha.) I don’t remember if I continued reading the series (I have a feeling that I did, because I get a dreadful feeling in my stomach every time I think about what’s to come), but I remember liking this book for the four key factors I mentioned above: dragons, heroes, monsters, and magic.
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have a relationship that only a dragon and his or her dragonrider have. Dragons in Paolini’s world, judging by Saphira’s personality (which could be totally off the mark here), seem to be intelligent beings that can be swayed by beast-like tendencies, and are as multi-dimensional as humans are. Eragon himself faces many difficulties in this first book, and grows both physically, emotionally, and magically while he overcomes the many hurdles set in front of him. He’s a hero amongst heroes, and is quite stereotypically the character that Eragon is centered around.
In this book, Eragon’s adventures are very goal-oriented. He is guided by good ol’ Brom, who teaches him the ways of the dragonrider world, and they move forward with a drive that I seldom see in stories like this. That’s why, surprisingly, the one concern I have about this book is the plot and the future directions the series will take. Eragon goes to get his fortune read, and Paolini outlines quite specifically (in the vaguest way possible) what will happen to Eragon in the future. And A LOT will happen to Eragon in the future! This first book is already packed full of foreshadowing of friends/enemies and important events, and what do you mean there’s a gazillion other things that will happen before Eragon’s adventure ends??! I’m just hoping that this doesn’t turn out to be another book that I can’t finish because the plot becomes too convoluted…
So far so good – Eragon has captured my attention, although I know that it probably won’t last because I can tell that Paolini is still unsure of what direction he wants to take, which doesn’t bode well at all. But I’ve got to enjoy this moment!