Eragon - When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands....
Eldest - Darkness falls. . . despair abounds. . . evil reigns. . .
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn't know whom he can trust.
Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle-one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.
Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .
So now you know a little about the story line and yes they are very Tolkien'ish but not as "heavy". I would just like to say I was VERY impressed that Paolini started writing Eragon when he was around 15 years old...that is one reason I wanted to read it...to see what this kid had written. I was blow away; I could not put this book down. Every moment of my day when I had free time was spent reading it. When I finished Eragon I moved right on to Eldest and it was the same, I could not put it down. You find as you read not only is Eragon's life followed but also people close to him and you end up getting wrapped up in their stories as much as you do his own. Oh and the pronunciation/translation guide in the back of the book is very handy…I had to flip back to it a few times because I just HAD to know what something meant. :P
If you like fantasy/sci-fi type books this will probably be right up your alley.
Here are some links of interest:
http://www.alagaesia.com/ - Official website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaga%C3%ABsia – Wikapedia Article on the Trilogy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Paolini - Wikapedia Article on Paolini
http://www.eragonmovie.com/ - They are making a movie…I hope it is as good as the book!