Eragon - written by Christopher Paolini
Eragon is the first book written by Christopher Paolini. This is a fantasy tale involving a boy's growth into manhood and his journey toward realization of who he is to become. Eragon was raised by his uncle Garrow in a rural village. His mother had placed him with his uncle as an infant. No one knows who his father is, this is not revealed in this book. Paolini leaves enough loose ends to encourage readers to continue the tale, as soon as the next book is available.
Many elements are common to fantasy titles. There are sorcerers, monsters, villans with greater knowledge of magic and how to use it, a sword that has a "name", all things one comes to expect in a novel of this genre. It is the way Paolini blends the elements that makes this an exciting adventure. While it is a looooooong book, kids from 4th grade on up, who like fantasy, will enjoy Eragon. I'm looking forward to the next in the series, Eldest.