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Eragon: Book One (The Inheritance Cycle, 1)

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I would like to see one of you come up with a story that has nothing similar to any other story out there (and it actually be a good story). Maybe the world he "created" is a comfort to him, and something he wants to mine for his own personal enjoyment--or maybe because it was a massive cash cow he milked for years and years, and that's all he knows. Personalised advertising may be considered a “sale” or “sharing” of information under California and other state privacy laws, and you may have a right to opt out. He makes another romantic attempt on Arya, but she gently rejects him, and leaves to rejoin the Varden.

And lastly, too many words, phrases, and concepts seem to be entirely lifted from other well-known works.Though we only know of two that live in the first book: Saphira and Galbatorix’s second and forced dragon Shruikan. Christopher’s large, diverse and intensely devoted fan base—including many parents who thank him because Eragon turned their reluctant readers into book lovers—are sure to add this special edition to their bookshelves. Something like, "Two feet away stood three troops of fifty, in rows of five, making ten people per row" is a sentence uncannily close to one I read in the actual book itself.

Grey clouds lay low upon bay and land alike, and a muffled stillness softened the sound of Murtagh’s steps. He travels far farther that he ever dreamed possible and experiences losses that will irrevocably change him. The SFSignal review, like The Christian Science Monitor, did say that Roran had the "strongest sequence" in the book. Werecat Carabel promises information about Bachel and her Dreamers if Murtagh rescues kidnapped werecat children.No matter how many leagues separated him and Thorn, a part of them would always remain connected, even if the distance kept them from hearing each other’s thoughts or feeling each other’s emotions. Teirm, one of my personal favorites, which has a history of being attacked by pirates, Urgals and other enemies. Everyone loves Eragon, and those who don't are evil or will repent their ways (see the elf-dude that he fights in Eldest. In addition, the book features an essay written by Christopher Paolini reflecting on this tenth anniversary milestone and on the artists who have inspired his work on the Inheritance Cycle and beyond.

I couldn't help feeling the entire time I was reading it that I had read this story before, nothing was much of a surprise, and things that didn't make sense or got in the way of a conflicting original vision were smoothed over with excuses or deliberate muddling of motives.However, both are crippled, and so cannot fight Galbatorix directly, choosing to pass on their knowledge. I've re-read it 5 times since (I didn't own many books back then so after I took advantage of my neighbor's and my cousin's library,I kept re-reading my poor collection) and every time I loved it just the same,because it was the book that introduced me to the world of fantasy. It was obviously a bad book without opening the cover: the back cover carries a quote from the book, and an endorsement by Anne McCaffrey, and I'm pretty sure I could get that woman to supply a blurb for a double mint wrapper to the effect of "I couldn't put it down! Eragon and Saphira are taught the use of logic, magic theory, scholarship, and combat, among other things. In the future, Eragon could be a book that I’ll consider giving to my kids to spark their love for reading.

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