Murtagh by Christopher Paolini

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Exiled Dragon Rider Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn, grapple with the aftermath of a fallen evil king, facing society’s hatred on the outskirts. Amidst whispers of impending danger in Alagaësia, they embark on a perilous journey, using wit and strength to confront a mysterious and deceptive witch. Murtagh, a prominent character from Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, navigates a world that has forsaken him, discovering his true stance in this captivating novel. “Murtagh” promises an epic return or an exciting introduction to Eragon’s world, blending familiar landscapes with uncharted territories and the complexities of identity and redemption.

Book review of Murtagh

“Murtagh: World of Eragon” is an enthralling addition to Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, bringing to life the struggles of the titular Dragon Rider in the aftermath of a toppled tyrant. The narrative kicks off with Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn, navigating a world turned hostile, their once-reluctant role in the fallen king’s reign haunting them.

In this gripping tale, the duo grapples with societal exile, a consequence of the past they can’t escape. The author masterfully weaves a sense of isolation and impending danger into the story, setting the stage for an epic journey through both familiar and uncharted lands. Alagaësia, the backdrop for Paolini’s richly imagined world, is brought vividly to life with whispers of brittle ground and a faint scent of brimstone.

The strength of “Murtagh” lies not just in its fantastical elements, but in the intricate exploration of the protagonist’s character. Murtagh is no longer a mere pawn in a tyrant’s game; he must grapple with his identity and values in a world that has turned its back on him. The book becomes a compelling exploration of redemption, self-discovery, and the resilience of the human spirit—themes that resonate deeply with readers.

The narrative seamlessly introduces a mysterious witch, adding layers of complexity to Murtagh and Thorn’s quest. The witch, shrouded in enigma, becomes a formidable adversary, forcing our protagonists to employ every weapon in their arsenal, from keen intellect to raw strength. Paolini crafts suspenseful encounters and surprising twists, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

One of the novel’s strengths is its ability to welcome both newcomers to the World of Eragon and returning fans with equal enthusiasm. The familiarity of the landscape, coupled with unexplored territories, creates a perfect balance that captivates readers regardless of their prior experience with Paolini’s works. The narrative’s fluidity allows readers to seamlessly immerse themselves in the story, whether they are rekindling their love for the series or embarking on an Eragon adventure for the first time.

The world-building in “Murtagh” is nothing short of spectacular. Paolini’s descriptive prowess breathes life into every setting, making Alagaësia a character in itself. From the outskirts of society to the shadows harboring wicked secrets, each locale is meticulously crafted, enriching the reading experience.

As the title character grapples with his past and endeavors to define his future, readers are treated to a rollercoaster of emotions. The author’s adept storytelling and character development create a bond between the reader and Murtagh, making every triumph and setback feel personal.

Final verdict

In conclusion, “Murtagh: World of Eragon” stands as a testament to Christopher Paolini’s storytelling prowess. The novel seamlessly blends fantasy, adventure, and introspection, offering a rich reading experience. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the Inheritance Cycle, this book is a must-read, beckoning you into a world where dragons soar and Dragon Riders discover the true depths of their strength and purpose. “Murtagh” is a captivating journey that lingers in the reader’s imagination, leaving them eagerly anticipating the next chapter in Eragon’s world.

Our Score


Character Depth and Development: “Murtagh: World of Eragon” excels in portraying the complexity of its titular character. Murtagh’s evolution from a reluctant participant in a tyrant’s reign to a character grappling with identity and redemption adds depth and emotional resonance to the narrative.
Rich World-Building: Christopher Paolini’s world-building skills shine in this novel. The vivid descriptions of Alagaësia, from the outskirts of society to uncharted territories, create a captivating backdrop for the story. The immersive settings enhance the overall reading experience, making the world feel both familiar and new.
Engaging Plot and Suspense: The narrative’s well-crafted plot keeps readers hooked from start to finish. The introduction of a mysterious witch adds an element of suspense, and Paolini skillfully weaves unexpected twists into the story. The book maintains a balance between action and introspection, ensuring a dynamic and engaging reading experience.


Pacing Issues: Some readers may find certain parts of the novel to be slow-paced, particularly during moments of introspection and character development. While these moments contribute to the depth of the story, they might lead to a sense of drag for those seeking a more fast-paced adventure.
Limited Accessibility for New Readers: Although the novel attempts to welcome both new and returning readers to the World of Eragon, there may be instances where newcomers feel slightly overwhelmed by references to past events and characters. A more comprehensive introduction to the world and its history could enhance accessibility for those unfamiliar with the series.
Ambiguous Resolution: The novel leaves certain plot points and character arcs somewhat open-ended, which might leave some readers wanting more closure. While this approach can be intentional for a series, it could potentially leave standalone readers feeling a bit unsatisfied with the resolution of certain storylines.

MurtaghPublisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf Books for Young Readers
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 704 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593650867
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593650868
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 – 15 years
Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 – 9
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.05 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.37 x 2.07 x 9.31 inches

About Article Author

Jenna Carter

Jenna Carter spends most of her time immersed in the imaginary worlds that authors construct. Her favorite place in the world is a library full of old books where she hopes to one day find a hidden door to the world of Narnia.
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