I came back to this when I stumbled upon the German audiobook which was read by one of my favourite readers, Andreas Fröhlich, well-known for being one of the "???".
So I listened to it, for a very, very long time...
I stand with my first evaluation of the book. The author put a lot of
effort in creating a complex world of dragons and other fantastic
beings, clearly inspired by The Lord of the Rings. The main character
Eragon is not completely likable (his dragon Saphira is though) and he
has to go through some difficult times, sometimes making some
hard/stupid decisions. You sometimes get more interested in the other
characters and feel stuck inside Eragon's point of view. Main flaw of
the book: It's too long. It focuses on tiny bits and pieces, sometimes
forgetting the overall narrative. Of course it's important to give some
background mythology and history in a fantasy epic like this, but it
The dragon and rider idea is lovely though, it was well
done in the audiobook, giving the mind-to-mind-conversations of Eragon
and Saphira a special sound effect.
I'm not sure if I will revisit
the other books of the series. It just takes too much time that might be
better spend with other books.