Eragon is not a great book. It's not even a good book. I like the fantasy genre, and I like teen and YA books, but I could not get past the tedious dialogue and convenient contrivances of the plot. I got to a point where I dreaded opening the book to face another page. It isn’t even original—just a composite of other fantasy series.
And I’m mad that so many well regarded review sources showered praise upon this book. For shame. Those people should know the difference between good writing, and teenage writing that may someday be morphed into something much better.