Saturday, April 16, 2011
No, I haven't read Eragon before now. Yes, I know, it's shocking. It's almost more famous than Harry Potter or Twilight (both of which I haven't read yet) . . . or so I wish! Eragon is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and it takes a lot of skill to do that.
One thing that makes Eragon such an awesome book is that when the author, Christopher Paolini, started writing the book, he was fifteen years old. One thing that makes it even more awesome is that at that time he was already graduated from high school.
. . . So yes, before I read this book I had seen the movie. Anyone, who has or hasn't read the book, would agree that the movie sucks. But I believe that watching the movie made me enjoy the book more. That very rarely happens.
Eragon is a book that takes place in the fantasy world of Alagaësia. This is a world populated by many races, including Humans, Elves, Dwarfs, an evil race called the Urgals, and Dragons. Three of these races have either gone extinct or gone into hiding after a monarch took over Alagaësia.
The story is about a farm boy, Eragon, who discovers an object that forever changes his life. He goes on an adventure filled with action, strength, and fear. I will not give away the story, as that is usually a stupid thing to do, but I will say that this book is indeed intriguing, captivating, and hard to beat in it's genre.
There are times you think the story could've been written better, such as major plot twists that are written to seem undramatic, but overall this is one amazing book. And to be written by a teen? Paolini got the entire book written and published in three years (it's nearly 500 pages), and he was still a teen through it all!
Eragon is the first book in a series. It is followed by the books Eldest, Brisingr, and finally Inheritance is coming out in November. I'd recommend you get them all, even though I've only read the first.
But anyway, that's it for now! I'm thinking of doing a game review next, because this time I've been posting too many blog posts about books, instead of vice versa, and I want it to stay even.