Book Review: Eragon

by Melissa on December 17, 2009 · 0 comments

in 10-14, ATOS 5.0-5.9, Adventure, Fantasy, Lexile 700-799, Made into a movie, Part of a series or set

Title: Eragon
Series: Inheritance Series, Book 1
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Author: Christopher Paolini
Lexile: [?] 710L
ATOS Level: [?] 5.6
Parent Rating:
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Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
Go For Ages: 14-17


In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon, finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.


This is a meaty, well-written book.  A great book for teens interested in dragons and magic.  Teen boys, in particular, will identify with the protagonist as he struggles to identify who he is as he comes of age.  There is some darker aspects to this book, so I would stick with the recommended age range.


Level 1 & 2 [?]

Sexual Content

Attempted rape by bad guys of female character.


Characters get hung over after drinking beer and brandy.


Some brutal description of war; beheadings, blood splattering, corpses, piles of bodies, spear through a baby’s body.  Really creepy, evil bad guys.


Eragon struggles with the fact that his mother abandoned him and he doesn’t know who his father is.  Man describes terrible physical abuse as a child.


Sorcerers and Riders have special powers, there are witches and fortunetellers, different gods are prayed to, necromancy.

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