Eragon (Inheritance Cycle Series #1)

Eragon (Inheritance Cycle Series #1)

by Christopher Paolini

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Don’t miss the latest book from the author of EragonThe Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia! 

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.

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.

“An authentic work of great talent.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.”—People

“Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.”—Booklist, Starred

“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.” —Publishers Weekly

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375890369
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/26/2003
Series: Inheritance Cycle Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 18,744
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Christopher Paolini’s abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at fifteen after being homeschooled all his life. Both Eragon and Eldest, the second book in the Inheritance trilogy, became instant New York Times bestsellers. Christopher is currently at work on the final volume in the trilogy. He lives in Montana, where the dramatic landscape feeds his visions of Alagaësia.

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Eragon knelt in a bed of trampled reed grass and scanned the tracks with a practiced eye. The prints told him that the deer had been in the meadow only a half-hour before. Soon they would bed down. His target, a small doe with a pronounced limp in her left forefoot, was still with the herd. He was amazed she had made it so far without a wolf or bear catching her.

The sky was clear and dark, and a slight breeze stirred the air. A silvery cloud drifted over the mountains that surrounded him, its edges glowing with ruddy light cast from the harvest moon cradled between two peaks. Streams flowed down the mountains from stolid glaciers and glistening snowpacks. A brooding mist crept along the valley’s floor, almost thick enough to obscure his feet. 

Eragon was fifteen, less than a year from manhood. Dark eyebrows rested above his intense brown eyes. His clothes were worn from work. A hunting knife with a bone handle was sheathed at his belt, and a buckskin tube protected his yew bow from the mist. He carried a wood-frame pack.

The deer had led him deep into the Spine, a range of untamed mountains that extended up and down the land of Alagaësia. Strange tales and men often came from those mountains, usually boding ill. Despite that, Eragon did not fear the Spine–he was the only hunter near Carvahall who dared track game deep into its craggy recesses. 

It was the third night of the hunt, and his food was half gone. If he did not fell the doe, he would be forced to return home empty- handed. His family needed the meat for the rapidly approaching winter and could not afford to buy it in Carvahall.

Eragon stood with quiet assurance in the dusky moonlight, then strode into the forest toward a glen where he was sure the deer would rest. The trees blocked the sky from view and cast feathery shadows on the ground. He looked at the tracks only occasionally; he knew the way.

At the glen, he strung his bow with a sure touch, then drew three arrows and nocked one, holding the others in his left hand. The moonlight revealed twenty or so motionless lumps where the deer lay in the grass. The doe he wanted was at the edge of the herd, her left foreleg stretched out awkwardly.

Eragon slowly crept closer, keeping the bow ready. All his work of the past three days had led to this moment. He took a last steadying breath and–an explosion shattered the night.

The herd bolted. Eragon lunged forward, racing through the grass as a fiery wind surged past his cheek. He slid to a stop and loosed an arrow at the bounding doe. It missed by a finger’s breadth and hissed into darkness. He cursed and spun around, instinctively nocking another arrow.

Behind him, where the deer had been, smoldered a large circle of grass and trees. Many of the pines stood bare of their needles. The grass outside the charring was flattened. A wisp of smoke curled in the air, carrying a burnt smell. In the center of the blast radius lay a polished blue stone. Mist snaked across the scorched area and swirled insubstantial tendrils over the stone.

Eragon watched for danger for several long minutes, but the only thing that moved was the mist. Cautiously, he released the tension from his bow and moved forward. Moonlight cast him in pale
shadow as he stopped before the stone. He nudged it with an arrow, then jumped back. Nothing happened, so he warily picked it up. 

Nature had never polished a stone as smooth as this one. Its flawless surface was dark blue, except for thin veins of white that spiderwebbed across it. The stone was cool and frictionless under his fingers, like hardened silk. Oval and about a foot long, it weighed several pounds, though it felt lighter than it should have.

Eragon found the stone both beautiful and frightening. Where did it come from? Does it have a purpose? Then a more disturbing thought came to him: Was it sent here by accident, or am I meant to have it? If he had learned anything from the old stories, it was to treat magic, and those who used it, with great caution.

But what should I do with the stone? It would be tiresome to carry, and there was a chance it was dangerous. It might be better to leave it behind. A flicker of indecision ran through him, and he almost dropped it, but something stayed his hand. At the very least, it might pay for some food, he decided with a shrug, tucking the stone into his pack.

The glen was too exposed to make a safe camp, so he slipped back into the forest and spread his bedroll beneath the upturned roots of a fallen tree. After a cold dinner of bread and cheese, he wrapped himself in blankets and fell asleep, pondering what had occurred.

Reading Group Guide

introducing fantasy
Fantasy is a form of literature that presents psychological realities in an imaginative or fantastical way. Using myth and folklore as a background, modern writers of fantasy set their stories in an imagined world or in a real-life setting where magical events take place.


Ask the group to discuss folk tales and myths they remember hearing or reading in the past. Who were the characters who fought for good, and who were the evil characters? Ask them to describe to each other scenes they remember from those stories. How was magic used? What emotions did the stories evoke? What do they remember about dragons in those early tales? Make a list of character traits exhibited by heroes and villains from folk tales and myths. Which of these traits are most important in real-life situations?

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Eliz_L More than 1 year ago
Eragon is a blazing start to the wildly popular Inheritance saga. Paolini weaves a suspenseful, exiting tale that will keep you turning the pages! The book starts out a tad boring, and it might take a bit of effort to get beyond the first 10 pages, but after that, one event after another sends you to Aglaësia, experiencing Eragon¿s feelings like your own. As Eragon journeys from his home to avenge the death of a loved one, you learn more and more about the infamous Empire and Galbatorix, as well as his black dragon Shruikan. While Eragon studies magic and swordplay, he also learns some secrets better left unknown...

I couldn't put it down until I had reached the last page, and even then I hungered for the next book in the series. If you're in the mood for a fantasy book that¿s chock full of fighting, swordplay and good vs. evil, you¿ve come to the right place! I must warn you though, you're not going to like it when you've read all three and Paolini hasn't finished the fourth book!
BookWorm0327p More than 1 year ago
This series is fabulous!I honestly think you can't call yourself a fantasy lover until you've read this. When I first picked this up I was so excited that the third book (and what I thought was the last book) would be out in time, so I didn't have to wait for it, but then Paolini pulled a fast one and no I (and many others) have to wait in suspense for the 4th book to come out! I'm not to upset about it though because i know the last book will top them all and it keeps Eragon and his dragon Saphira's story going a little longer! If you're looking for a book filled with adventure, fantasy, and even some romance this is the 1st book i'd recommend!
Cressy More than 1 year ago
Eragon was a very organized book, with engaging characters, and a well polished plot. It is a good representation of a boy, not yet 15, becoming one of the almighty, but now nearly extinct dragon riders with lessons in life we should all consider. Eragon is about a young farm boy (named Eragon), who finds a polished blue stone while hunting for food in the Spine. The stone hatches, and from it emerges a dragon. Saphira, as she is later named, is the first dragon born after the famed dragon riders were destroyed by Galbatorix, who is now king, and his forsworn. He raises his dragon in secret, afraid the king may find him, but unable to disown the child dragon. Soon, Galbatorix's evil minions, the Ra'zac, pass through the town and learn of the dragon. While Saphira flees into the Spine with Eragon, his home is destroyed and his uncle mortally wounded. Eragon sets out to avenge the Ra'zac with the old storyteller, Brom, who may be more then who he says he is, leading full speed into this thrilling novel. I highly enjoyed Eragon, and cannot evaluate the book without high praise for the writing style, characters, and depth. Palini's writing is organized, and descriptive, enabling you to take part in the character's emotion, mind, and setting without overflowing you with information. His characters are full in depth, mind, emotion, and history, enabling you to feel as if they could be anyone in your classroom, or anyone walking through the street. Though you must not forget the plot itself, as it is upbeat, remarkable, and logical. Overall, I absolutely recommend this book to a friend, relative, or bookworm. I complement the style, plot, depth, and honesty of a book marking the journey of a young boy to a fierce warrior. Eragon is a read well worth the time, effort, and price.
Charliemum More than 1 year ago
I haven't been able to read books for a very long time because I'm allergic to ink and paper. Within 5 minutes of reading my eyes start itching, they start watering and I start sneezing. Then all I want to do is sleep, my brain will shut off. Now I have the NOOK, I'm reading everything I can. So, I'm really late at reading Eragon but I really love it. I only wish that the movie did it justice. I found that the writer made everything so exciting but the movie made it seem short and very unappealing. I love anything about dragons so when the movie came out I was excited but then when I saw it, it was a letdown. Now that I've read the book and seen the movie again, it is really a letdown. Hollywood needs to stick with the book and not change it so much.
VaBookworm More than 1 year ago
This book didn't disappoint! I saw the movie, and had been wanting to read the book for quite some time. I'm glad I finally found the time to read it, because it's probably one of the best books I've read in a very long time. It does a great job of filling that gap where Harry Potter used to sit :o) I love the characters, and the creativity of the story. It's got all of the classic elements: farm boy turned hero, romance, adventure, villains, and sidekicks... Chris Paolini is an imaginative writer with impressive skills, considering he started writing this when he was 15. I will definitely read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christopher Paolini is truley an artist. A , once, ordinary boy travels through a miraculous, life threatening journey that changes his life forever! Whoever is looking for a adventurous read, Eragon is the book for you! Eragon is truley a gripping read, as well as the rest of the Inheritance cycle.
Pheonixfly More than 1 year ago
This Book is so good! I have read it almost 10 times and never geet tired of it!
JaKobe More than 1 year ago
Eragon, Eragon, Eragon. Oh man this book is quite interesting in a good way. If you are into the whole magic and mystical creatures thing then you will love this book. So its pretty much about this boy, Eragon, who stumbles across a very rare stone looking thing that he is startled by while hunting in the mountains. He doesnt know what it is so he tries to sell it but nobody will buy it from him. So he takes it back home and it starts to hatch! And a little dragon comes out. So he takes care of it as it grows. And it becomes massive. So he then hears rumors of some evil forces in his town looking for this dragon egg that he had already found. So he starts to snoop around and finds out a lot of info and that he is a dragon rider. So he runs as fast as he can back to his house and finds that the evil forces have already burned his farm down and killed his uncle. So it goes on from there and Eragon learns how to be a true dragon rider and he becomes hope for the good guys. It is very interesting and fun to go along the journey with Eragon. It is a very facinating story and i cant wait to read the other novels in this series. The book is ten times better than the movie because the movie skips out on a lot of good scenes that are awesome in the book. If you have not read this book i strongly suggest you read it because it is very entertaining and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I give it probly a 9 out of 10. Very good read and a great action packed novel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Eragon is a fast moving adventure book of dragons and there riders, immortal evil kings, magic, dwarves and elves. There is only one word for this book "awesome". I recommend this book to everyone. This book starts out when an average farm boy Eragon is hunting in a mysterious mountain range called the Spine. He finds a blue rock that turns out to be a dragon egg. The egg hatches and he names the dragon Sapheria. It is soon after when two mysterious cloaked strangers show up and start asking questions about the egg, a death occurs. He is forced to flee his home with a mysterious story teller named Brom to hunt down the strangers. If you want to know more read the book! Overall this is one of the best books I have ever read, I give it a five out of five stars. There are no bad aspects of this books. It is adventurous and suspenseful read it!
eli_the_bard More than 1 year ago
Eragon, a 15-year old farm boy, finds a mysterious blue polished stone while hunting to feed his family. Later, he is shocked to discover that it's a dragon egg. Not just any dragon egg, but one of the last three in all of the empire of Algaesia, for the rest are held by the evil king Galbatorix. He raises it in secret from his family until, one day, he returns home to find his uncle and cousin killed by Galbatorix's evil minions, the ra'zac. He leaves on a journey with his dragon, whom he had named Saphira, and the eccentric village storyteller with a secret or fifteen, Brom, who starts Eragon to on his training to become (Da da da dummmm) a dragon rider. At first, he only wants to avenge his family's death, but eventually it shifts into a power struggle between good and evil, and Eragon's attempt to save all of Algaesia. I like this book. The series breaks away from the standard "high fantasy" style of writing, particularly in how the author, Christopher Paolini, makes dragons feel more "real" (instead of using them as your standard cookie-cut monster) by having them speak and occasionally even allowing readers into the depths of their minds. Despite (or perhaps because of) all this, his dragons never lose that sense of mystery. On the downside, there is a bit too much Tolkienese influence for this young bibliophile's liking (though that could be called a good thing in moderation). I give the series an enthusiastic 4 stars out of 5.
OnlinerNotes More than 1 year ago
I have read this twice now and really enjoyed the series. I've also had friends read it aloud to their kids, with a good deal of discussion and sharing because of it. The story delves into the mythology of Europe, with an unusually kind, Buddhist like Dragon, typically gruff elder/teacher, a life-changing tragedy, and the young male who is searching for meaning in his life. There are a lot of things that are very common in this story, but it is paced well and uses language to engage rather than distract. It is a new classic, and should be on the life list of anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction.
CR33AJ More than 1 year ago
Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, was suspenseful and there was never a dull part. Eragon is a young man who is in his high teens. In the story all he wants is to avenge the death of a loved one at the hands of Glabatorix, an evil emperor that thirsts to control the remaining dragons and dragon riders left. This is a story about Eragon who during a venture into the spine, an infamous mountain range, finds a stone while hunting deer. Thinking that it will be a good trade for food, he takes it home to sell. He soon finds out that it was no stone and that it will be the ticket to one of the biggest adventures of his life. During his adventures he learns how to become a Warrior and the darkest secrets of Magic. He uses his newfound knowledge to overcome obstacles that he encounters along his way. He also encounters new friends and foes that follow him through his hard times and the entire story. The diction in this story is phenomenal and makes you want more. Once you start you will never stop. This was one of the best books that I have ever read and I do not like to read a lot of books. I could never put the book down, I never wanted to stop, not even to play basketball or baseball, a sure fire book. The one thing that I did not like about this book was all the words, names, and places that are included that are not regular names, words, or places; in order to understand, get the book with the gold dot on it that says, "Deluxe Edition, with foldout map and expanded language guide."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eragon by Christopher Paolini is a novel about a boy named Eragon who finds a stone in the Spine. He soon finds out that the stone isn't exactly a stone, but a dragon egg. When the dragon hatches he names her Saphira. The two become attached and soon learn of the dragon riders and that they must rescue the eggs from Durza. The book talks about the adventures Eragon and Saphira have on their way to get the eggs. At the end of book they learn that Eragon can finish his training with the elves, so he goes to join the elves. A major theme of this novel is to believe in yourself and always think believe that you can do anything. I really liked this novel because it has a great story plot and it kept me interested throughout the entire novel. The thing that I disliked about the novel was that it was confusing at points and hard to understand. But overall I would recommend this book to everyone 13 and up. Some other books that should be read are the other books in the series by Christopher Paolini.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eragon is a fantastic and mystical adventure.Perfect for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eragons is one of the best books I have ever read. It is the perfect blend of fantasy and adventure. The main character (Eragon) is a boy who starts out as a farm hand and suddenly becomes a dragon rider. He then goes on an adventure to find out more about how to be a dragon rider. There are many suprises that will keep you enticed in the book. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes fantasy books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. Makes you want to read more and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres drinking ( intoxication)and cursing and violence ( death , killing , fighting , etc) in this book . I suggest ages 10 and over at least . ( even though its not like we kids havnt heard curse words and worse in our lives ) but other than that this book is hillarious , awesome , well writen , adventurous , catchy , and you will get wrapped up in the best book ever if you buy this book . You willnt regret it . the book is AWESOME .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are not sure about buying eragon because of some bad reviews, don't listen to those. Those people probably had different expectations than you would have. If you keep your expectations lower than theirs then you will be more amazed and hooked on to the book than you would. If you ask me..... i recommend this book to everyone over the age of 10 or 11 because of vilence but it really is a great book. I posted a review on the 1st and look how many times i said it was good..... 3 times...... This is a great book. There are plenty of good reviews also, look for the good ones and if they really are so manu bad ones, read a book that people who bought this also bought. Also take note that the author was fiftwen when he wrote Eragon and look at the book now! Go ERAGON!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of action, adventure and exitement, this book keeps you turning pages. Full of detail and descreption, you feel as if you are there. I wish i could give this book more than five stars!!!!!!!!
Jawnny-B More than 1 year ago
Eragon is the only books that I say I have picked up and not willingly put back down. Eragon is a young hunter who finds a dragon egg and raises the dragon. He then learns that with this dragon, he is now part of an ancient group that fights evil called the Dragon Riders. The genre of Eragon is fantasy. There is a lot of swordplay, magic, and magical beasts. The way magic is interpreted in this book is very unique. It is completely original and it is very interesting to read about. The other characters are extremely well put together. Eragon, the main character and narrator throughout this book is smart, handsome, and young. He has his troubles with finding himself, but he gets more comfortable with who he is as the book progresses. The characters of the book are very cleverly put together and advance the plot smoothly. Every character Eragon meets teaches him something that he takes with him forever. The other main character in the book is an elderly man Brom. He is Eragon's mentor, and teaches him various skills that a Dragon Rider needs to learn. Brom serves as a father figure to Eragon. Christopher Paolini, the author, did a great job of conveying Eragon and Brom's bond through their travels. This book mainly targets young children and pre teens but anyone with an open mind will enjoy Eragon. However, there are many topics that are hard to understand and some younger children may have trouble retaining certain facts. There are many different languages that are spoken and it is up to the reader to keep looking in the Language Glossary in order to keep up. Christopher Paolini gives an excellent background story for almost every character you encounter. There are rarely settings and places in the book that are not extremely well described and the Paolini makes it easy for the reader to visualize what is going on in the world that the characters live in, Alagasia. Most teenagers would like the fact that there is never a dull moment. The book is packed with fighting, interesting dialogues, and epic battles. If there is one thing I could say is wrong with this book, it is that there are many parts that seem very unoriginal. There are many similarities to other fantasy novels and movies like Star Wars and Lord of The Rings. People that enjoyed the Harry Potter books would really enjoy Eragon. The way that magic, friendship, and loyalty is mixed into a complex story line is extremely entertaining and fulfilling. Eragon has one many awards, including; New York Times Best Seller, USA Today Best Seller, Wall Street Journal Best Seller, and Book Sense Best Seller. The book Eragon was so entertaining that it was made into a movie! Even though it was successful, the movie did not do the book justice. This book is by far the most exciting book I have ever read in my entire life. The style of writing is amazing. The way that Christopher Paolini tells this tale is very descriptive, fun, and action-filled. The book changed the way that I thought about magic and adventure. This book is incredible and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a good read. I give Eragon five out of five stars! As stated in the book Eragon "May the coming years bring you great happiness." The best way to achieve this happiness is to read Eragon!
BookWorm8 More than 1 year ago
I really liked the idea of dragon riders, and the writing improves in the later books. I'm on the 3rd book of the trilogy and really liking it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paolini writes reasonably well. He adds some interesting ideas to fantasy writing, such as the idea that the energy used for magic must be derived from the user. While the plot of a poor farm boy rising against an evil king is used quite often, it is still workable and takes an interesting course in Eragon. His characters are complex, multifaceted people and don¿t always follow a predictable role. Brom, Eragon¿s mentor, loses to Eragon in a sparring match relatively early in the book. From that point on, Brom only improves on Eragon slightly, mentally and physically, but is a constant companion and acts like a father to Eragon rather than a teacher. Eragon also befriends a boy, Murtagh, who is a few years older than Eragon. Murtagh is an interesting character who always helps Eragon and is merciless to his enemies. He is exactly as skilled as Eragon at sparring and prefers to keep his past a secret. This added complexity is common to many characters in Eragon.
Paolini is descriptive throughout the book. His consistent use of figurative language painted a vivid picture in my mind. He writes in the style of many noted fantasy authors, such as J.R.R. Tolkien. In addition, a great deal of the Ancient Language, which controls magic and is spoken by the elves, seems to be reminiscent of the language of Tolkien¿s elves. I found that the names often define a person or a place; Teirm is a tiered port city, Helgrind is the focus of a barbaric religion, etc.
Eragon is a very compelling read. Occasionally there was a section that seemed like a segment of a children¿s book rather than teen or young adult fiction, but overall, Eragon is well written, descriptive, enthralling, and entertaining. I recommend this book for any lover of fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
¿The fable of dragon riders.¿ Told by a wise man, once only thought of as a silly storyteller. The beginning of a tale, that would change the fate of the world. Eragon, a poor farm boy with no parents or siblings, only his uncle and his cousin Roran left in his family. Eragon finds what he thinks is only a stone, which would be so much more. When he takes it into town and tries to sell it for meat to last the winter but no one dares buy it. But the next night the stone hatched, revealing a baby dragon. And the stone was also an egg. With this, it attracts the empire. While Eragon was in town, the empire burns down his home and kills his family. This starts the epic, plot twisted filled journey that takes Eragon across his entire continent trying to find the men who killed the last members of his family.

The characters, themselves seem normal enough. Eragon, a perfect protagist. He wouldn't steal from a baby, if he was starving. He always tries to do the right thing and almost rips his own hand off when he can't. As he grows older, in time he gains cunning, the ability to think things through. But not with some training and role model from Brom. The old man himself is highly intelligent, quick thinking, and is usually seen saving Eragon's life multiple times. When Brom is no longer 'available,' a new character is introduced, Murtagh. He hides many secrets, but that does not interfere with his protagist attitude. Having a shadowy past makes him very interesting to watch and see the reason behind his decisions.

Eragon is a book that one will enjoy from the second they finish the first page. The reader will be enticed by the fantastical vocabulary of the author. With plot twists and very interesting characters that seem to have always something to hide, this book will drive you insane with curiosity. No doubt in my mind that you will not only love this book, want to go out and buy a three different copies just for an excuse to reread it over and over again. You'll shed tears of joy when you hear about Eldest the sequel to Eragon. You will be entrapped by this fascinating fanasty, bewildered by how a powerful book can change you. Unimaginable joy, you will be a mad page turner for the tale of Eragon, the dragon rider.
Dragon_Master1 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, I really enjoyed it. I thought that Eragon didn't ride on Saphira enough though to really be called a dragon rider, but other then that it was a great story. If you asked me he didn't ride on his dragon nearly enough, he rode on a horse far too much. What kind of dragon rider rides on a horse 90% of the time and doesn't ride his own dragon. Still though, was a great book, and I'll definitely be reading it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I nen,ver liked to read until I read Eragon. Now I cant stop reading.