Dec 7, 2012

Eragon - Christopher Paolini

 Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy, until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed.
Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save, or destroy, the Empire. (From
I have mixed emotions about this book. While I enjoyed it, there were somethings that bothered me.
There was a lot of little things that leaned toward witchcraft such as fortune telling and some of the spells. The one character even admitted that she was a witch. There were other characters that were leaning that way also...
Another thing was one scene where Eragon was healing the elf when he had to undress her.
But the main thing that bothered me was that there was times when I thought of something as evil and Eragon passed it off as no big deal. There is an evil character but he doesn't really show up or really prove his evilness. I realize this is only the 1st book and it will most likely pick up in the other book. I guess what I'm really trying to get at is there was no real sense of an over powering good. Galbatorix was evil, as were Durza and the Urgals. The Varden wasn't exactly portrayed as good and Saphira, while she would do all she could to protect Eragon, she was still a very deadly creature that many people feared.
I really did enjoy this book and the characters it seemed to be missing true meaning. Honestly what bothered me was the lack of something deeper, and that's Jesus.
Most of the fantasy books I read are Christian. They don't always jump out like neon lights, there are plenty of little elements that point to Jesus.
This book didn't have that because it isn't a Christian book.
While reading this book I kept asking myself, "why can't I just like this book? What's wrong with me and popular books?"
Books that are popular in the public eye are normally a red flag for me. Not all but a good portion of them.
But I realized it's not me. It's the fact that Jesus has been driven out of our culture. He's treated like an inconvenience and that bothers me, as it should.
Whole this book was excellent as far as plot, characters, and writing, it's lacking Jesus.

This is not a book that I am going to be chomping at the bit to add to my personal library. I'm not even sure how quickly I'll be reading the next book...
Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate this book, it was a good book and I enjoyed it, but it was missing a key element.

Title- Eragon
Author- Christopher Paolini
Type of Book- Fiction

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