Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Knopf Books
Release Date: August 25, 2003
When young 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 adopted family meat for winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon 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 inescapable destiny, magical forces, and powerful people. With only an ancient sword and the instruction of an old, mysterious, hermit storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a Emperor whose evil and power knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...
I do like this series. However, it was kind of bitter sweet for me as well. I am a late comer to this series and I had watched the movie when it first came out. Up until reading this book I had actually liked the movie. Until reading this book showed me just how much the movie strayed from the book. It made me want to cry at some points. I did like this book. However, it took such a long time for me to read. Because it is it's own world it takes me so much longer to read then other series, but also the fact that there is just SO much detail you have to take in to understand what is going on. If you are up for a challenge, I definitely suggest this book for you to read.