Thursday, December 07, 2006

 

#58: Eragon


I've had to ask many of my students to stop reading the book Eragon by Christopher Paolini several time in class. After reading it myself, I understand why they had so much trouble putting it down. It is an extremely well written story that captures the reader from the first page. I decided to read the book because I saw that it was being made into a movie and I enjoyed every page and I can't wait to see the movie. It's the first book of a trilogy written by Paolini. The third book still hasn't been published. I am expecting the 2nd book to be good and I already checked it out from the library. I'm not sure if I'll get it read by the end of this year though so I can't promise a blog entry about it.

Here is a summary I found on Amazon..."Eragon, a young farm boy, finds a marvelous blue stone in a mystical mountain place. Before he can trade it for food to get his family through the hard winter, it hatches a beautiful sapphire-blue dragon, a race thought to be extinct. Eragon bonds with the dragon, and when his family is killed by the marauding Ra'zac, he discovers that he is the last of the Dragon Riders, fated to play a decisive part in the coming war between the human but hidden Varden, dwarves, elves, the diabolical Shades and their neanderthal Urgalls, all pitted against and allied with each other and the evil King Galbatorix. Eragon and his dragon Saphira set out to find their role, growing in magic power and understanding of the complex political situation as they endure perilous travels and sudden battles, dire wounds, capture and escape."

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