I gotta say, I rarely thought of Star Wars while I was reading the first book. I guess the power of the dragons would be like the force? Rescuing a captive girl, again, that is a pretty typical storyline. Maybe somebody should try to do lotr in a sci-fi environment; give em some blasters and light sabers and let em go wild. Might be a big seller.

So I did enjoy reading the first book. Didn't read the second as the story got off course from traditional fantasy, and I enjoy traditional fantasy. Roran fighting off the Ra'zac? Kinda detracts from Eragon's accomplishments...

Its amazing how popular it was to start, and that came largely from the book tours the family did when they first released the book. They personally scheduled library and school readings for a grass roots movement; incredible. The people spoke and eventually he got picked up by a big publisher. I don't think his parents had been successful publishing before that.