by Christopher Paollini
Imagine you’re taking a walk in the woods, minding your own business, when you find a beautiful pure blue gem—a sapphire or a blue diamond. What would you do? [Wait for answers] Would you keep it? Sell it on E-bay? Give it to someone you love?
Eragon is a teenager like you – he’s nobody special, not rich or famous. In fact, his parents may have a tough time surviving the next winter. So when he stumbles on a gem that is obviously very valuable he knows what he has to do: bawk it quickly and quietly. But before he has a chance to find a buyer, something terrible and wonderful happens… the stone hatches.
Turns out that the stone is an egg and from it emerges Saphira, a majestic dragon – a beast that was thought to be extinct but has somehow survived. Eragon and the dragon bond and Eragon’s life is never going to be the same again. He is now a Dragon Rider, with great new powers and possibilities. And when his uncle is killed by servants of the evil King Galbatorix that he also learns that he has great new responsibilities. Eragon and Saphira begin a quest for justice that will entangles them in politics, evil and danger to an entire world.
Booktalk by Jane Wheeler, Whatcom County Library System
Last Updated: January 15, 2008