I must confess that I found Eragon a little hard-going at first and was somewhat frustrated by what I conceived to be a rather simplistic and naive style of narration. It wasn’t until I idly found myself googling Eragon’s author, Christopher Paolini, that I came to understand that he was just a teenager when Eragon was published. With this in mind, I felt a my feelings soften towards the book’s narration.
As it is, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Eragon and found its plot very engaging. You can’t help but root for Eragon and Saphira – their story is the age-old one of good striving against seemingly unconquerable evil. I must confess I find it hard to analyse and critique Eragon as I have with other books, it is well plotted, but aside from this its narration, characterisation and structure are extremely straightforward. Although, I am loath to level any criticism at a young writer’s triumph, I do find Eragon’s unsophisticated style a little unsatisfying.
It might be that my years poring over old books and deciphering carefully crafted description make me an unfit reader for Eragon’s simplicity and ‘to-the-point’ voice, but I do believe that Eragon is ideally positioned to ensnare a new generation of young readers to the genius of fantasy novels. And, as such, I think Eragon wholly worthy of the praise and acclaim it has garnered.
As for the story of Eragon and his journey towards finding out who he always was and who he will eventually become, I look forward to reading it and remain hopeful that as Eragon matures so will his storyteller’s writing. As for the events transpiring on the page, I have my theories and hopes – as do all readers when commencing a story that spans so many pages – I won’t voice them here, but will bide my time until I have finished Paolini’s cycle of books and see if they live up to my hopes and expectations.
I will continue my reading of The Inheritance Cycle, but before I commence reading Eldest (the second book in Paolini’s series) I intend to diverge and, instead, will be reading the second in Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels, The Silkworm.