Cricket Readers Recommend


by Christopher Paolini

Eragon is the first book of the Inheritance cycle. An adventure is born to him when he finds a polished blue stone in the forest--but the stone is not merely a stone, but a dragon egg. From this comes the root of both joys and problems, as Eragon is then hounded by the men of the evil King Galbatorix and is forced to flee his home. With only an ancient sword and an old storyteller to help him on his way, can Eragon find the way to survive?

Average: 3.9 (12 votes)
submitted by Timothy C., age 11
(June 19, 2008 - 6:48 am)

Brisingr isn't the last book. And, I'm afraid that Saphira might die. Paolini said a major character is going to die at the end. (shudder) :(

submitted by Emily Z., age 10, Massachusetts
(July 31, 2008 - 1:46 pm)

that would be Islanzadi who dies.

submitted by a.g.
(July 13, 2012 - 10:02 am)

I LOVE it!! But it's sad Brom dies.

submitted by Lee P., age 12, North Dakota
(July 20, 2008 - 4:21 pm)

This book is so good! Don't get scared off by the width of it, you'll regret it if you do.

submitted by Alexis A., age 12, Louisiana
(August 24, 2008 - 2:01 pm)

I absolutely loved this book! It was such a long book, so it took me a while to finish. I really want to read the second one! I have learned these words from the Ancient language: Stenr = stone, Brisngr = fire, Slytha=sleep, and Edwig inglasia=silver hand (I am pretty sure I did not spell that right at all!) I know I do not know many of the words, but I'll keep working on it. I have not seen the movie yet. Are there sequels to the first movie? I like Saphira and Angela so far. Eragon is pretty cool too.


As Christopher Paolini would say, "May your swords stay sharp!" 




submitted by Hannah P., age 13, Douglasville, G
(May 29, 2009 - 8:32 pm)

Oh, I love these books! Then again, I love lots of books, but still! These really are some of the best! (I'm talking about the whole series.) Okay, now I have a question-how do you post your own topic? Not a comment, a topic. 

submitted by Madelyn, age 12, Virginia
(May 31, 2009 - 9:35 am)

These books are annoying. They're full of purple prose and not enough action (the action that is there is bogged down by the purple prose and verbosity). Paolini is not original, either. I mean, teenage boy who has to, what, save the world or something? Where have we heard THAT before?

I respect the opinions of those who do enjoy it, but they irk me greatly.

And to those discussing the name "Eragon":

ERAGON= DRAGON with an "e" instead of a "d." Perhaps Paolini's one stroke of minor genius.

submitted by Mary W., age 11.37, NJ
(May 31, 2009 - 11:47 am)

you mean post your own book? there should be a little button on the top left corner when you go to the list of reccommended books that says post a review or something

submitted by dragon rider
(October 6, 2011 - 10:30 am)

I love this series!!!! About major characters dying: with any luck, it will be Eragon!!! (Hey, who said that?) But it'll most likely by Arya. :(

Mary W.: you can say the same about Harry Potter: "A boy sets out to, what? Save the world? Where have I heard that before?" In fact, that's been a cliché since the beginning of time. Pretty much every idea is a cliché these days, there are so many books. When I was little, I thought it would be groundbreaking to have a book that didn't start with "once upon a time." ;-p In fact, some things are such clichés that they're coming around again--i.e., at some point, a prince saving a princess will be a new, shocking thing to write about!!! ;););)
Oh, and if you want to make your own thread, click on the little picture on the upper left hand side of the page. It says something like "click here to talk about ____"
submitted by Aliza, age 13, Vermont
(June 4, 2009 - 3:34 pm)

Of course I can say that about HP, Aliza. It's true there too. But at least JKR is a good writer. And at least her books have interesting, original characters. And her plots are involved, and she has concrete villains, and she doesn't write entire novels consisting of purple prosy descriptions of deserts and elf settlements. And her made-up words don't live off of apostrophes, hyphons, umlauts, and accent marks- they come from Latin. She is obviously so much better and worked so much harder, in my humble opinion.

submitted by Mary W., age 11.39, NJ
(June 5, 2009 - 3:22 pm)

Ah, but at least Harry isn't a Gary Stu. At least, not until the fifth-sixth-seventh books, at which point everyone's rooting for Voldy anyway so it doesn't matter.

submitted by TNÖ, age 16, Deep Space
(July 20, 2009 - 3:44 pm)

Actually, the books are much based off Norse mythology, with names like Utgard and Hrothgar. And not all the words are "made up". Seithr, meaning witch, probably comes from the Icelandic word seider, pronounced seither, that means evil magic or witchcraft. to those who don't believe me read The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer and then read the appendix. Seider is actually spelled with what looks like an italic d which is curved like a semicircle and with a line through the "tail" at the top. I would probably find some other words that could be traced to Old Norse or Icelandic as well. After all, its much easier to base an imaginary language off a real one, like J.K. Rowling did with Latin. And Icelandic or Old Norse uses lots of accent marks, so those could be explained as well. Language class is over now. Lets start Book Appreciation! These books are awesomeful!

submitted by DragonPhoenix
(June 7, 2009 - 11:16 am)

*is impressed* Okay. Conceded.

However, just the fact that Paolini based some words off of Old Norse and Icelandic is not enough to persaude me that his books are worth reading.

submitted by Mary W., age 11.41, NJ
(June 8, 2009 - 3:25 pm)

And to further prove the Norse roots, you know Waës Haël, or however you spell it, meaning heal? Well, I read a book ("Blood Feud" by Rosemary Sutcliff) where the main characters were Norse, and Waës Haël was what they said when they were about the drink something--you know, like saying Health.

submitted by Aliza, age 13, Vermont
(June 9, 2009 - 5:34 pm)

Okay, okay... I get it. Paolini researches his made-up languages, as do you guys. That is still not a plausible reason to like a book, however. Bella researches vampires... but that's no excuse to like her, right?

Stilll, impressive research.

submitted by Mary W., age 11.42, NJ
(June 10, 2009 - 3:53 pm)