The second book/film that I want to talk about it Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I have to admit I thought the film was awful. The only good part of it for me was Saphira the Dragon and Murtagh (He was swoon worthy!).
One boy . . .
One dragon . . .
A 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.
Film Rating: 1.5 Stars
Book Rating: 4.5 Stars
This book is like Marmite you either love it or hate it. I have seen many negative reviews about the book itself, but I personally really enjoyed it. Some reviews say that it too similar to other books like The lord of the rings, I do not find this. Bearing in mind that Christopher Paolini was 15 when he first started to write this book, I still think that the writing is descriptive, flows well and keeps your attention. It is a well paced book, there was no part that I felt like skim reading. It has been a while since I have read this book, but there are bits and pieces I remember off the top of my head. This book is a fantasy adventure book about a boy who finds a stone in a forest that he keeps to sell without realising its a dragon egg. Eragon goes to the market to sell the “stone” but as no one realises it’s a dragon egg no one wants to buy it from him. Eragon keeps the egg and one day it hatches into a Dragon, Dragons are nearly extinct in and the person to have a dragon in the kingdom is the evil king Galbortrox. As soon as Eragon touches the dragon he gets a mark on his hand proclaiming him a dragon rider. Eargon raises his dragon Saphira in secret, when Eragon goes to town next he listen to a story teller called Brom talk about Dragons and their riders. While in town Eargon hears that the Raz-zoc are looking for what sounds like the Dragon egg he found. Eragon rushes home as everyone knows he found the “stone”. When Eragon get home Saphira flies him away despite his protests to save him from the Raz-zoc, but when they come back the house has been burned down. This is where the adventure truly begins for Eragon and I will not spoil it buy going in what else happens. What I like about this book is Eragon is not perfect, but Saphira is there to guide him. The relationship between the two is so sweet. It makes me happy that Saphira hatches specifcally for Eragon because she believes he is her dragon rider and she tells Eragon this.
Give this book a try despite the bad film and negative reviews, you might be pleasantly surprised.