A Piper book review
November 29, 2019 By:MHS Piper
By: Nolan Bryant
Eragon by Christopher Paolini was written in 2002 when he was only 17 years old and was continued over three other books becoming the series known as the Inheritance Cycle.
What makes the series truly remarkable is not the imaginative setting, but how Paolini created multiple languages that the character speak in through the series. The races of the story consist of humans, dwarves, elves, and brute-like beast called urgals.
Each speak a different language that branch of into separate dialects based on the geological location in the book.
Each race can communicate with each other on a limited basis for political and social gatherings, but lack a general understanding of each other’s language and culture. Today, our world cultures act much like this separate but connected in limited ways. For us the scientific field serves as our connection between cultures. The science community uses latin; a dead language but everyone in the science field knows the language allowing for communication.
In Eragon, Paolini uses a similar idea in that all races know a limited amount of the worlds dead language known as the ancient language.
The series use of very realistic ideas that are common in today’s society makes it so the book can walk the fine line between fantasy and realistic fiction.
The book is immensely complex, yet enjoyable to read in one’s leisure time. It’s a series that can be read once and understood and remembered, but for the more dedicated reader gets better and better as its read again and additional informational can be picked up.
Overall the series is phenomenal in its use real life ideas in a fantasy based world combined with its author extremely young age when it was published