Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Summary:
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 the 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.
Review:
Antonia is the best and bought me this entire series for Christmas this year. I was planning to read it because it is the Booksplosion book of the month and I’ve never read the series before, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. Antonia was excited because she totally loves this series. We decided to buddy read the whole series together! I am reading Eragon for the first time, but it’s a reread for Antonia. We obviously started with Eragon.
I went into this book expecting to like it, but not sure how much I would like it. There was no doubt in my mind that I would like it, I wasn’t worried about disliking it in the least. My prediction was not wrong. I totally loved this book and I think I’m only going to love them more the further into the series we get. Let’s talk about what I liked and didn’t like and all the good stuff.
I liked Eragon. Even though it was a typical 2000s chosen one trope, I still liked him. He wasn’t a know it all. He wasn’t suddenly super powerful. He learned how to fight. He learned how to do magic. And he’s still learning. I think he was likable and entertaining. I enjoyed following him as he traveled and figured out what to do with all of the changes that were happening to him. The only thing I didn’t like was that Eragon was complimented like ten times in the latter half of the book about how skilled of a swordsman and a fighter he had become, but despite this, he manages to get knocked unconscious and even kidnapped so. many. times. It was annoying, not enough to really put me off, just something I noticed and didn’t like.
I also loved Brom. He was funny and sassy. I liked his relationship with Eragon. I also wanted him to answer all of Eragon’s questions, but I liked the air of mystery he gave. I love the relationship that developed between him and Eragon while the traveled. I can’t wait to see what else we learn about him.
Murtaugh, another traveling buddy that I like. He’s loyal(ish) and interesting and mysterious. There’s so much that we don’t know about him and I really enjoyed learning about him. I also loved his dedication to getting Eragon to his destination. I’m interested to see what happens with him in the next books.
There is so much traveling done by these characters. Many readers don’t like that, but I’m not one of those. I ate up these pages telling me about this world. This world that Eragon lives in is huge and beautiful and creative. Paolini does some seriously incredible world building and I can’t wait to see more of it in the next books. I feel like there’s some serious build up that will be rewarded in the later books and I can’t wait for it. There were some action scenes that were very well done. Paolini’s writing was everything I wanted and more.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I’m sad I slept on it for so long. There was absolutely incredible worldbuilding and I loved it. The characters were interesting and quickly brought me into the story and had me invested in their futures. I was surprised several times in the direction the story took which I appreciated. I can’t wait to see where this story is going to take the characters in Eldest.

“Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it’s actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Eon by Alison Goodman

Summary: She has a powerful secret… with deadly consequences.
For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve dragons of good fortune.
But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; the penalty is death.
When Eona’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne. Eona must find the strength and the inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

So I literally just finished Eon a couple minutes ago. I couldn’t put it down. I started it at around three this morning. Don’t ask why I decided to start a book that late. I figured I’d read a few pages then go to bed. It didn’t work out that way. It starts out suspenseful and continues that way throughout the entire book. There isn’t really a point anywhere in the book where Eon is safe and you never really get a second to stop and breathe. The fast pace was a little overwhelming at times but I think it worked for the storyline.
I really like Eon. She’s spent so long pretending to be a boy that she’s more comfortable with it than with being a girl. She’s awkward between them and I enjoyed seeing that. She did irritate me at times. When I could understand why her dragon wouldn’t come to her and Eon had no idea. I knew what the dragon wanted her to do. The Mirror Dragon is the dragon of truth. I mean, really? How could she not see that the dragon just needed her to be honest? Instead, she kept lying and it pushed the dragon away more and more. Despite that, I still liked her. She was strong and kind. She didn’t let her new wealth and power go to her head.
I loved Lady Dela, Ryko, Rilla, and Kygo. They were all interesting secondary characters. Lady Dela and Ryko were completely different from how I expected them to be. They were always surprising me. I loved Kygo. His character seemed to realistically portray a prince whose father is dying and his uncle is planning to take over and destroy the empire. It was a little heartbreaking that we don’t know what happens to him at the end of the book. I can’t wait to see more of him.
I really liked the setting and plot. It was complicated and something new was always popping up but I felt like it tied together well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s fast-paced, suspenseful, and has vivid descriptions. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy style writing.
-Antonia

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