The Inheritance Cycle – Eragon

So finally my books arrived by mail from Amazon.com. Since I saw the movie Eragon some months back I have wanted to read the books really bad.

I quickly escaped into the world of Dragons and Dragonriders and the fight between the good versus the mad and the evil king Galbatorix. Of course the book was far better than the movie which I learned has deviated quite a bit from the books, leaving no room for a follow up movie.

I loved the book. I have always loved fantasy novels and Christopher Paolini manages to capture the readers and keep us within the story until the end. Of course, this is not a book you read in a day, mainly it has so many pages that most people would not be able to – but it has been in my tote for the past few weeks accompanying me for all travels to and from work and letting me escape into the world of Alagaesia in otherwise busy days.

The books blue cover represents Eragons Dragon Saphira.

Disclaimer: The following text has been borrowed from Wikipedia and I give them all credit.

Synopsis
The book starts off with a prologue, describing an encounter in a forest between a Shade (a sorcerer possessed by evil spirits), three elves, two male and one female. The Shade, named Durza, with the help of twelve sentient horned humanoids called Urgals, kill the two male elves and capture the female elf, Arya. Before she is captured, Arya magically transports a blue stone she was carrying, which is later revealed to be a Dragon egg, to a mountain range called the Spine.

Eragon, a fifteen-year-old boy who lives with his uncle Garrow and cousin Roran on a farm near the village of Carvahall is out hunting in the Spine while he happens upon a beautiful blue stone that he brings with him home, in case he can sell it and help provide for his family that way.

A few days later, with no success in selling the stone, nor finding a possible value to it, Eragon witnesses a baby Dragon hatch from the stone with was not a stone but a Dragon Egg. Eragon names the Dragon Saphira. He raises the Dragon in secret until two of King Galbatorix’s servants, the Ra’zac, come to Carvahall looking for the egg. Eragon and Saphira manage to escape by hiding in the Spine, but Garrow is fatally wounded and the house and farm are burned down by the Ra’zac. Once Garrow dies, Eragon is left with no reason to stay in Carvahall, so he goes after the Ra’zac, seeking vengeance for the destruction of his home and his uncle’s death. He is accompanied by Brom, an elderly storyteller, who provides Eragon with the sword Zar’roc and insists on helping him and Saphira.

Eragon becomes a Dragon Rider through his bond with Saphira. Eragon is the only known Rider in Alagaësia other than Galbatorix, who, with the help of the now-dead Forsworn, killed the Riders a hundred years ago. On the journey, Brom teaches Eragon sword fighting, magic, the Ancient Language, and the ways of the Dragon Riders. Their travels bring them to the city of Teirm, where, they meet with Brom’s friend Jeod.

In Teirm Eragon meets Angela the witch wo reads Eragon’s fortune, and her companion, the Werecat Solembum, gives Eragon some mysterious advice.

With Jeod’s help, they are able to track the Ra’zac to the southern city of Dras-Leona. Although they manage to infiltrate the city, Eragon encounters the Ra’zac in a cathedral and he and Brom are forced to flee. Later that night, their camp is ambushed by the Ra’zac. A stranger named Murtagh rescues them, but Brom is gravely injured. Knowing that he is about to die, Brom reveals to Eragon that he used to be a Dragon Rider. His Dragon’s name was also Saphira, but an evil Dragon Rider named Morzan killed her. Brom then avenged Saphira’s death and killed Morzan. After telling Eragon this, Brom dies.

Murtagh becomes Eragon’s new companion and they travel to the city Gil’ead to find information on how to find the Varden, a group of rebels who want to see the downfall of Galbatorix. While stopping near Gil’ead, Eragon is captured and imprisoned in the same jail that holds a woman he has been having dreams about. When he breaks out of his cell, he discovers that she is an elf. Murtagh and Saphira stage a rescue, and Eragon escapes with the unconscious elf. During the escape, Eragon and Murtagh battle with Durza. Murtagh shoots Durza between the eyes with an arrow, and the Shade disappears in a cloud of mist.

After escaping, Eragon contacts the unconscious elf telepathically, and discovers that her name is Arya. She tells them that she was poisoned while in captivity and that only a potion in the Varden’s possession can cure her. Arya is able to give directions to the exact location of the Varden: a city called Tronjheim, which sits in the hollow mountain Farthen Dûr. She also adds that they have only four days to reach the Varden or she will die. The group go in search of the Varden, both to save Arya’s life and to escape Galbatorix’s wrath. When they are traveling to the Varden the group notices a huge unit of Urgals following them. The Urgals are revealed to be larger than normal and are called Kull. On the way, Murtagh reveals that he is Morzan’s son.

The Kull reach Eragon right outside the Varden’s entrance, but are driven off with the help of the Varden, who escort Eragon, Saphira, Murtagh, and Arya to Farthen Dûr. When they arrive in Farthen Dûr, Eragon is led to the leader of the Varden, Ajihad. Ajihad imprisons Murtagh after he refuses to allow his mind to be read to determine if he is friend or foe to the Varden. Eragon is told by Ajihad that Durza was not destroyed by Murtagh’s well placed arrow, because the only way to kill a Shade is with a stab to the heart. Orik, nephew of the dwarf King Hrothgar, is appointed as Eragon and Saphira’s guide. Orik shows them a place to stay and introduces them to Hrothgar. Eragon also meets Ajihad’s daughter, Nasuada, and Ajihad’s right hand man, Jörmundur. He also runs into Angela and Solembum, who have arrived in Tronjheim, and visits Murtagh in his prison. He is tested by two magicians, The Twins, as well as Arya.

Eragon is at last able to rest, but a new invasion is imminent. As the battle begins, the Varden and the dwarves are pitted against an enormous army of Urgals, deployed by Durza and Galbatorix. During the battle, Eragon faces Durza again. Durza, having gravely wounded Eragon’s back, is about to capture him but is distracted by Saphira and Arya, who break a large star sapphire Isidar Mithrim on the chamber’s ceiling. Durza’s attention is diverted long enough for Eragon to stab him in the heart with Zar’roc. After Durza’s death, the Urgals are released from a spell which had been placed on them, and begin to fight among themselves. The Varden take advantage of this opportunity to make a counter-attack, forcing off the Urgals. While Eragon is unconscious, someone called The Cripple Who Is Whole contacts him telepathically and tells Eragon to come to him for training in the forest of the Elves, Du Weldenvarden. The book ends with Eragon agreeing to accompany Arya and Saphira to Dû Weldenvarden to complete his training with The Cripple Who Is Whole.

The Inheritance Cycle on the Internet
Christopher Paolini

Shurtugal.com
Alagaesia.com

Inheritance on InheriWiki
Inheritance on Wikipedia

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