Sunday, January 08, 2006
Fearing that my mind was turning to mush with all the network TV I am watching, I was relieved to borrow a copy of Eldest, the second book by Christopher Paolini. This is an excellent fantasy series about a human named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira. Eragon is the last of the dragon riders in the land of Alagaesia, and the evil King Galbatorix (who was once a rider) seeks to either win Eragon to his services or destroy him. For fans of Tolkien, the book will feel familiar at times - the main players are elves, dwarves, and humans, and there is a mysterious all-powerful bad guy with shadowy henchmen and even an army of beasts called Urgals. And while there are points that I feel Paolini skirts too close to the LOTR series in some of the action and scenery, for the most part he has created a fantastic and readable story that is very hard to put down.
Posted by Marshall at 10:33 PM