Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published April 2005 (Orig. published 2002)
Eragon is the first novel in the Inheritance Cycle and tells the story of a boy who finds a mysterious “stone” which later hatches a dragon, Saphira. Together they embark on a quest to avenge the death of a family member and through this become involved in the dangerous politics of his homeland, Alagaesia. They must choose to side with the evil King Galbatorix or escape his agents, risk their lives and fight for freedom.
If you saw the movie Eragon a couple years back but didn’t read the book, you missed out on a real adventure. While I loved the characters– especially Saphira and Eragon’s mentor– some of the descriptive passages move a bit slowly. The entire novel is a lot for readers to chew at over 500 pages. I would have enjoyed it more, I think, at 100 pages shorter.
There is a lot of magic/sorcery-type content as well as telepathy, etc. Obviously the story contains dragons, which are portrayed as thinking, feeling, benevolent creatures.
Some battle sequences and creepy villain characters. Light to moderate gore with battle injuries.