Denver Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club

Eragon cover Eragon (2002)
book one of Inheritance trilogy

A New York Times Bestseller

Knopf hardcover
497 pages
cover art by John Jude Palencar (left)

Eragon movie tie-in paperback (right)
Eragon movie tie-in cover

From the inside cover of the hardcover:
       One Boy...One Dragon...A world of adventure.
       When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter.  But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
       Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power.  With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
       Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?  The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands....

Read for group discussion on August 24, 2005

How we each rated these books
Dan 7 Amy 7 stack of books 10   Wow! Don't miss it
8-9  Highly recommended
7    Recommended
5-6  Mild recommendation
3-4  Take your chances
1-2  Below average; skip it
0    Get out the flamethrower!
U    Unfinishable or unreadable
-    Skipped or no rating given
Cheri 8 Barb -
Aaron 5 Cynthia 6
Jackie 6.5 Ron -
Christine 6.5 Deb 5
Mike 5 Stephanie -
Gary - Patty 4
Andres 4    

Chistopher Paolini (1984-    ) is a US writer. He began writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he was fifteen.  He lives with his family in Montana.

Inheritance trilogy
-- Eragon (2002)
-- Eldest (2005)
-- Brisingr (2008)

The movie Eragon opened in the USA on December 15, 2006.  Distributed by 20th Century Fox.  Runtime 104 minutes.  MPAA rating PG.

The film was directed by Stefan Fangmeier, known mainly for visual effects work, a first-time director.  Peter Buchman, who wrote the script for Jurassic Park III, wrote the screenplay.  It was filmed in Hungary and Slovakia.  Special visual effects and animation were by Weta Digital and Industrial Light & Magic.

In the movie, newcomer Ed Speelers plays Eragon.  Jeremy Irons plays Brom;  Sienna Guillory is Arya;  Robert Carlyle plays Durza;  John Malkovich is Galbatorix;  Garrett Hedlund plays Murtagh;  Alun Armstong is Uncle Garrow; Chris Egan plays Roran;  Gary Lewis is King Hrothgar;  Djimon Hounsou plays Ajihad;  Singer/songwriter Joss Stone is Angela;  and Rachel Weisz is the voice of Saphira.

Aaron's book review of Eragon on Fantastic Reviews
Jackie's book review of Eragon on Fantastic Reviews
Randomhouse official site: Eragon, fantasy novel by Christopher Paolini, Inheritance Trilogy | Author Profile: Christopher Paolini
BookLoons Reviews - Eragon by Christopher Paolini - profile of young author Paolini
Missoulian: Young Montana author has gained national acclaim (Oct 2003)
Green Man Review: Christopher Paolini, Eragon (Inheritance, Book One)
Christopher Paolini and Eragon: A Homeschool Success Story
(Eragon) Shurtugal :: A New Generation Of Dragon Riders
Eragon - official movie website

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