Book Review: The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

For those of you who were disappointed by the movie Eragon, I greatly advise you to read the books because the screen adaptation was a crime against The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

The story takes us on the adventure of young farm boy Eragon who finds a dragon egg from which hatches Saphira, a female dragon who chooses him as her rider. However, merciless king Galbatorix who is after the eggs is able to pinpoint its general location and sends the Ra’zac, his henchmen, after it. So, Saphira and Eragon escape, and the adventure, which spans over 4 books, begins.

While many people point out that there are many similarities between the Inheritance Cycle and Star Wars, Earthsea, and other stories, it is worth noting that Paolini was only fifteen years of age when he started working on Eragon. Moreover, despite the similarities, Eragon and the rest of the books in the cycle still contain excellent creativity, a thrilling storyline and very well developed characters.

In general, readers who enjoy stories blending different magical creatures and various storylines will definitely enjoy Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle. Again, while the movie was okay, though not excellent, it did the story more harm than good.

 

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