Author: Christopher Paolini
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Age Group: 14 and above due to violence
Synopsis: “Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire”(Amazon.com).
It makes me sad to disclaim I didn’t actually finish this book. I’ve done a lot of positive reviews lately, but this is not one of them. So, here’s why I didn’t finish reading Eragon.
I saw the movie Eragon several years ago and thought it was a really cool story–especially the dragon of course. I heard from many people that the book was way better and had a lot more details, which didn’t surprise me since that’s generally the way things go. So, I added it to my TBR and finally got around to picking it up this year.
As promised, there were definitely a ton more details in the book. In fact the first twenty minutes of the movie was about the first half of the book by my estimation. A lot of things happened that weren’t touched on in the film and there was a lot of useful backstory, but sometimes things can go overkill. I thought maybe I could handle the ample descriptions after reading Lord of the Rings, but apparently not in this case.
There were so many descriptions of the land they covered and less action in this book than a lot of what I’ve read. Basically, I would say that the writing is a little dry. Some people can totally float their boat with writing like that, but not me.
I ended up stopping about halfway through because I realized that I was having to really push myself to pick it up everyday and that probably meant I wasn’t really enjoying it. I really wanted to like this book, but the writing style and slow plot just didn’t mesh with me. If you really like heavy texts like Lord of the Rings, then this might be something you would enjoy, but if not then I don’t recommend picking this novel up.