Friday, August 18, 2006

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Title: Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: The appearance of a mysterious blue stone changes the life of a farm boy when it hatches.

The Take-Away: Even though Paolini uses many conventions of fantasy, he tells a good story. The first chapters belie his age and experience, but he redeems himself with interesting characters and good battle scenes.

The epic adventure sprawls across Alagaesia, with Eragon running for his life. His teacher, Brom, knows more than he reveals, much to Eragon's frustration. The lessons Eragon needs to learn are not just the lessons of warfare and fighting, but logic, reason and understanding. Learning them in the midst of battle leaves holes and gaps in his education that may prove fatal during the last battle of the novel.

Recommendation: I didn't read fantasy books as a child, so I haven't burned out on the genre. I liked this title, but would hesitate in recommending it to someone with an extensive background.

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